Experience picturesque landscapes in the pastoral English countryside on this hiking tour of scenic Cotswolds with host Kerry Brown. Famous for its quintessentially English market towns and villages built from honey-coloured stone, the Cotswolds are a range of gently rolling hills and the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales, making them a perfect base for outdoor enthusiasts. You’ll find some of the world’s most famous and beautiful gardens in the Cotswolds, as well as wildlife parks, castles, stately homes, and the finest historic buildings and churches in the country. What better way to discover them than by ambling along Cotswold Way Walking Trail? You will discover many of the charming villages and quaint towns that dot this national trail, whose entire length spans 102 miles north to south.
September 19 - 26, 2020
Price per person land only $4,099 based on two sharing. Not included: International & domestic flights, travel insurance, personal expenses, meals not mentioned in the itinerary. Single supplement $1,100. Private transfers are available at additional cost for those not arriving at the same time as the group. Hold your space with a $600 non-refundable deposit.
Your Package Includes:
- Transfers by private coach or taxi as per the Itinerary
- Daily Breakfast at hotels
- Daily 3-course Dinners including wine or soda, tea or coffee
- The services of a local rep to meet you upon arrival at Heathrow Airport and accompany the group from London
- to Broadway on day 2
- Expert tour guide for days 3-7
- Entrance fees as per the Itinerary
- Gratuities to local guides, drivers and restaurants
- Separate luggage transfers from Broadway to Moreton-in marsh on Day 5 and from Moreton-in Marsh on Day 6
Saturday 19 September – London
Arrival in London and private transfer to the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel, ideally located in Central London. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure. Check out the nearby Borough Market, London’s most renowned food market, located right next to London Bridge and a short walk from Big Ben. Visit the Towers of London, a UNESCO Heritage Site and home to the Crown Jewels of the British Monarchy – plus some brutal and fascinating history hidden in its walls!
Sunday 20 September – London – Broadway (B,D)
Upon arrival in the picturesque town of Broadway, check in to your hotel, a striking building of half stone and half-timber. An inside door bears the date 1575. From 1772, the building has looked much as it does to this day. You will enjoy 3 nights at this lovely hotel. Afterwards, enjoy exploring the town of Broadway independently; you may wish to walk up to Broadway Tower, an 18th-century folly (or building constructed strictly for aesthetic beauty) to enjoy lovely views of the surrounding countryside – an excellent introduction to the Cotswolds. Broadway is often referred to as the ‘Jewel of the Cotswolds’ and the ‘Show Village of England’ because of its beauty. The village’s “broad way”, High Street, is lined with a delightful mix of Tudor, Stuart and Georgian buildings, and hedged by majestic red chestnut trees.
Monday 21 September – Snowshill (B,D)
After breakfast, a short hike south brings you to Snowshill, a secluded village on top of the escarpment above the villages of Broadway, Buckland and Laverton. Visit Snowshill Manor, a 16th-century country house owned by the National Trust which has fine gardens. Before returning on foot to Broadway, the Snowshill Arms makes a good spot to enjoy lunch. You will enjoy an afternoon of leisure before dinner at a nearby restaurant. Consider visiting some of the very fine art galleries, some of the best in England due to the legacy of the Broadway Artists’ Colony which included writers and artists such as Henry James, J.M. Barrie, Vaughan Williams and William Morris.
Tuesday 22 September – Broadway – Winchcombe (B,D)
Today you will depart on a popular, well sign-posted walk along the Cotswold Way, which takes in the attractive villages of Stanton, Stanway and Wood Stanway, and offers wonderful scenery. Winchcombe is another attractive and historic Cotswold town offering plenty of places to have lunch. Afterwards, visit Sudeley Castle which has many royal connections. Katherine Parr, the last of Henry VIII’s wives is buried here and King Charles I sought refuge here during the Civil War. At the end of the afternoon, a train of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway will take you back to Broadway
Wednesday 23 September – Broadway – Moreton-in-Marsh (B,D)
Departing from Broadway after breakfast, a walk of 12km brings you to Bourton-on-the-Hill in time for lunch at the Horse and Groom. Continue onwards for 3km to visit Batsford Arboretum and botanical garden: 22 hectares of gardens, trees, and shrubs from around the world. Later continue to Moreton-in-Marsh, one of the principal market towns in the northern Cotswolds. It has a wide high street lined with pubs, shops and galleries, and hosts a weekly Tuesday market. Enjoy dinner at your hotel.
Thursday 24 September – Moreton-in-Marsh – Lower Slaughter (B,D)
Head about 7km along the Fosse Way to Stow-on-the-Wold, another picturesque market town and a good place to stop for lunch. Afterwards, enjoy more time strolling through the rolling Cotswold countryside before arriving at the end of the afternoon in the charming village of Lower Slaughter (the name derives from the Old English slothre meaning ‘muddy place’) and check in to your lovely hotel for the next 2 nights, Slaughters Country Inn. Dinner will be enjoyed at the hotel.
Friday 25 September – Lower Slaughter – Bourton-on-the-Water (B,D)
Enjoy a leisurely day enjoying picturesque Lower Slaughter. You might enjoy a pleasant 30-minute walk north to Upper Slaughter, which houses the beautifully gabled Manor House. Upper Slaughter is also known as a ‘Double Thankful Village’ due to all their then members of the armed forces surviving both World War I and World War II. Later in the afternoon, you will walk 2.5 km to Bourton-on-the Water, probably one of the prettiest villages in Britain with the River Windrush running through its centre. It is sometimes called the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’ because of the collection of charming bridges that criss-cross the river. Enjoy dinner in Bourton before returning by taxi to your hotel.
Saturday 26 September – Lower Slaughter – London (B)
Private transfer to Heathrow for your flight home.
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