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Bibury, Arlington Row, Cirencester, Painswick and Burford in this chauffeur-driven guided tour following the Romantic Road through the Windrush Valley and Central and Eastern Cotswolds.
Starting at the location of choice in the central Cotswolds this private driver-guide tour follows a scenic route along part of the Cotswolds Romantic Road covering the best spots in the central and eastern Cotswolds. You will pass through the Windrush Valley and visit pretty villages along the way including Bibury, Painswick, Buford, Swinbrook and also the old roman Capital of the region, Cirencester. The tour passes through scenic Cotswolds countryside and at a pace relaxed enough to enjoy the scenery and atmosphere with plenty of time for stops. You will be looked after by our knowledgeable driver-guide and travel in our luxury MPV that can hold up to 7 guests.
Your guide will give you a background of the areas history as you drive and at each of the stops you are free to either explore the village with your guide or to have some free time to yourself, relax and maybe do a little spot of shopping. As this is a private tour, it is your tour, and the itinerary is totally flexible so you can easily spend longer in a place you like or get out of the car to take some photos.
We tend to stop for lunch in a traditional country pub and some guests like to enjoy afternoon tea in a traditional tearoom or a pint of ale out in the sunshine. We will drop you back at your hotel at the end of the tour- usually around 6pm.
This tour is available any day of the week subject to availability.
We charge £300-350 for a full day touring the Cental Cotswolds and this is suitable for groups of up to 7 people, fantastic value for your own custom Cotswolds experience. Extra hours are charged at £45 per hour.
Off-Season Price- 7 hour tour (10am to 5pm)-December to March- £300
On-Season Price- 8 hour tour (10am to 6pm)-April to November- £350
Please make sure your read all tabs of the tour page. If you have any questions about this tour please click the green ‘Enquire Now’ button above to send us your enquiry and we will get back to you ASAP with some answers.
Once you are ready to book the tour click the ‘Book This Tour’ button below and you will be taken through to our booking pages where you will be required to pay a deposit of £100 to confirm the tour, with the balance to be paid again via credit card prior to the tour or in cash on the day to your driver-guide.
Please note all tours are subject to confirmation. In the unlikely event your requested dates are not available we will contact you and your deposit will be refunded.
As this is a custom tour we will try and build a fun day out based on your preferences and wishes. As a guide, some of the villages/landmarks in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds we may visit include the following.
Northleach-A delightful example of an unspoilt Cotswold wool town. The Church of St Peter and St Paul was endowed by wealthy wool merchants in the 15th century and is known as the “Cathedral of the Cotswolds”.
Burford– many people’s favourite town in the Cotswolds. A wonderful high street slopes down onto the River Windrush for spectacular views. Full of history and old buildings this is a true jewel in the crown of the Cotswolds. Unmissable!
Lechlade- Lechlade lies on the highest navigable point on the river Thames, crossed by the 18th century Halfpenny Bridge. The Church os St Lawrence is said to have been the inspiration for the poet Shelley to write the romantic stanzas in a Summer Evening Churchyard in 1815.
Fairford- centred around a 17th and 18th century square, Fairford was another important wool town in the middle ages. The Church of St Mary’s dates back to the 15th century and contains some of the finest examples of medieval stained glass windows in the whole of England.
Bibury– set in the picturesque Coln Valley, William Morris famously described Bibury as “the most beautiful village in England”. Bibury is a very popular spot and has a lovely Saxon church as well as the 14th century row of Weavers cottages, the picture postcard Arlington Row.
Cirencester- the ancient capital of the Roman Empire, it was known as Corundum Dobonnorum and was the second largest city in Roman Britain. The Corinium (Roman) Museum is worth a visit and the Parish Church of St John the Baptist is one of the grandest wool churches in the country.
Painswick– Affectionately known as the “Queen of the Cotswolds”, Painswick is one of the hidden gems of the Cotswolds. Famous for the 99 yew trees in the Churchyard of St Marys. The pretty winding streets and Cotswold stone cottages are beautiful and quintessential Cotswolds.
You may also choose to visit the following attractions located in the central Cotswolds area (entrance fees apply).
Painswick Rococo Garden-created in the 1730’s in a deep valley and Englands only Rococo Garden making it unlike any other garden in the Cotswolds. (see blog post)
Bibury Trout Farm-feed the fish, have a picnic n the sun and take some trout home with you. (See blog post)
Kelmscott Manor– 16th century manor house which was the Cotswolds retreat of William Morris, the Father of the Arts and Crafts Movement.
Cotswold Wildlife Park– take a walk on the wild side and enjoy a safari in the middle of the Cotswolds! (See blog post)
Chedworth Roman Villa– Roman Villa built in the 4th century AD and consisted of 50 rooms or more making it one of the biggest country houses in England at the time.
The tour starts at 10am and we can pick up anywhere in the Central Cotswolds area for free. Pick ups and drop offs outside the Cotswolds available at an extra cost. See below for more details. For pickups outside these areas please send us an enquiry. For those coming in from London for the day the most cost/time effective option is to take a direct train from London Paddington to Kemble or Stroud.
Pick up costs
Cheltenham, Stroud, Cirencester area drop off- FREE
Moreton-in-Marsh, Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold area- FREE
Chipping Campden, Broadway area- £20 each way
Stratford-upon-Avon area- £50 each way
Oxford, Woodstock area- £20 each way
Bath, Castle Combe, Lacock area-£40 each way
London Heathrow- £140 each way
Central London- £160 each way
Please send us an enquiry if you have any questions about pickup spots and charges.
How much is the tour?
The tour costs between £300-£350 per group depending on the season
How many people can join?
Our vehicle is an 8 seater so can fit up to 7 adults
Do you offer London pickups?
Yes, we do but there is an extra charge (see Meeting tab)- a more cost-effective option would be to take a train from London Paddington to Kemble or Stroud train stations. Train tickets can be bored at www.thetrainline.com
Can I stop for photos?
Yes, as this is a private tour we can stop whenever you want, as long as it is safe to do so!
How long is this tour?
This tour lasts up to 8 hours, usually from 10am to 6pm, but this is flexible. Please note our winter tours are shorter and tend to finish at 5pm due to daylight hours.
How do i get to the Cotswolds?
The easiest option would be to get a direct train from London Paddington to Kemble or Stroud train stations. Train times and prices can be seen at www.thetrainline.com.
Where does this tour start and finish?
The tour can start from anywhere in the Cotswolds and we will meet you and drop you off at the location of your choice (hotel, train station etc). Pick up/drop off outside the Cotswolds is available at an extra cost.
Cotswolds Adventures Ltd
23 Old Hospital Rd
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