Chocolate-box Cotswolds

Elegantly rolling across five counties, the glorious, golden Cotswolds are full of picturesque villages and chocolate-box cottages and we visit some of the most beautiful on our packaged tour. We also enjoy a steam train journey and a private guided garden tour at Bowood House.

 
PACKAGED ITINERARY

Day 1 Arrival
We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.

Day 2 Bowood House & Lacock Abbey (NT)
This morning, we visit Bowood House and Gardens, enjoying tea and coffee on our arrival before we walk through a secret door into an enchanting garden for the start of our 90 minute guided tour of Lord and Lady Lansdowne's private award winning walled garden. In the afternoon, we visit historic Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village. Set in rural Wiltshire, the village is famous for its picturesque streets, historic buildings and huge popularity as a filming location. The Abbey is located at the heart of the village and houses the Fox Talbot Museum which celebrates the achievements of former Lacock resident, William Fox Talbot, famous for his contribution to the invention of photography.

Day 3 Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway & Cotswold Villages
This morning, we head for Cheltenham Racecourse from where we enjoy a gentle 35 minute journey on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway (GWSR), through glorious Cotswold countryside to Toddington, where there is a shop, museum and large tea room. (Please note, GWSR events are held on some weekends, when the railway will be extra busy). In the afternoon, we visit the historic Cotswold village of Broadway or elegant Stow-on-the-Wold before heading back to our hotel via the beautiful village of Bourton-on-the-Water and the town of Burford.

Day 4 Departure & Swindon Designer Outlet or Steam Museum of GWR
After checking out of our hotel, we visit the Swindon Designer Outlet for a spot of shopping, or alternatively, the Steam Museum of the Great Western Railway, which is opposite the Outlet.
Legend

Doubletree by Hilton Swindon

Swindon
AAA+ Double for Single Occupancy Great Touring Location Great West Way
Located on the outskirts of Swindon, this 4 star hotel has recently been refurbished to a high standard and is ideally placed for visits to the beautiful regions of both the Cotswolds and Wiltshire. Each of the 171 bedrooms is decorated in a modern style and there is a modern open plan restaurant with an open kitchen and a spacious split level bar/lounge that has recently been refurbished. • Ground floor rooms • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Coach parking is on-site & free of charge

Swindon Marriott Hotel

Swindon
AAAA Double for Single Occupancy Great Touring Location Great West Way
This modern 4 star hotel is located in its own grounds on the outskirts of Swindon with excellent access to the Cotswolds, Oxford and Wiltshire. Each of the 156 bedrooms are modern and well decorated and the bright, spacious restaurant overlooks the garden, which offers plenty of seating for groups. There is a lovely bar with comfortable seating areas and the excellent leisure facilities include an indoor swimming pool, spa bath, sauna and gym. • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Leisure facilities • Coach parking is on-site & free of charge

Doubletree by Hilton Swindon

Swindon, Wiltshire
3 Nights Half Board
Twin from £204pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £65

Inclusions
• Porterage
• Welcome tea/coffee on arrival
• Choice of buffet menu
• 1 glass of wine with dinner each night
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• Entrance to Bowood House & 90 minute guided tour of Walled Garden
• Entrance to Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum & Village
• Single journey on GWSR: Cheltenham Racecourse - Toddington

Swindon Marriott Hotel

Swindon, Wiltshire
3 Nights Half Board
Twin from £219pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £60

Inclusions
• Porterage
• Welcome tea/coffee on arrival
• Choice of carvery menu
• 1 glass of wine with dinner on 1st night
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• Entrance to Bowood House & 90 minute guided tour of Walled Garden
• Entrance to Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum & Village
• Single journey on GWSR: Cheltenham Racecourse - Toddington
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Features of this tour


  • Private guided tour of Bowood House Walled Garden

  • Entrance to Lacock Abbey & Village

  • Single journey on GWSR: Cheltenham Racecourse - Toddington