Discover the Charming Cotswolds

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With its rustic rural charm, rolling hills, vibrant market towns and picture-perfect villages, the Cotswolds offer unspoilt countryside and picturesque villages built of the honey-coloured stone for which the region is famous. Based in Cheltenham, our tour explores the charming Cotswold towns of Broadway, Stow on the Wold and Bourton on the Water. There is also the opportunity to visit 2 historical cities – Gloucester and Cheltenham – as well as the charming Cotswold village of Painswick with its famous Rococo Gardens.
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Day 1 Arrival
We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.

Day 2 Gloucester & Painswick Rococo Garden
We spend this morning in Gloucester with time to explore at leisure. We can visit the medieval Cathedral (used in most of the Harry Potter films as Hogwarts), the award-winning Gloucester Waterways Museum overlooking the River Severn, and the recently restored historic Victorian Docks that now buzz with museums, shops, boats and restaurants. We can even take a 45 minute boat trip on the Gloucester canal on one of the boats that took part in the Dunkirk evacuation. In the afternoon we make our way to the delightful Cotswold village of Painswick, famous for its churchyard with 99 yew trees and the famous yew clipping ceremony in September. While here, we visit the Rococo Garden, designed in the 1740s for the owner to use as his ‘playground’. Positioned in a hidden valley offering spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, it features intriguing garden buildings, magical follies and flowers and colours that transform by the seasons.

Day 3 Cheltenham & Steam Train to Broadway
This morning we have some free time to explore Cheltenham at leisure. This Regency town, made popular as a spa destination by George III, is brimming with history. As we stroll along the promenade, it’s easy to see why it became a favourite amongst 18th century aristocrats after its health-giving spa waters were discovered. Cheltenham is also famous for its festival and the Gold Cup, so it is fitting that we head to Cheltenham Racecourse to board the Gloucester-Warwickshire steam train to the nearby town of Broadway, nesting in the Cotswolds. Here, we have time to browse this interesting Cotswold town before returning to our hotel.

Day 4 Scenic Cotswolds Drive – Bourton on the Water, Stow on the Wold & Chipping Campden
Today we take an excursion by coach around the Cotwolds, visiting Bourton on the Water, known as the ‘Little Venice’ of the Cotswolds. We then head to the market town of Stow on the Wold before returning to our hotel with a final stop in charming Chipping Campden en route.

Day 5 Departure
After breakfast, we make our way home.
Legend

Delta Hotels by Marriott Cheltenham Chase

Brockworth, Gloucestershire
AAAA Spa Facilities
This hotel is set in 15 acres of private grounds on the edge of the picturesque Cotswold Hills. The hotel is a contemporary and sophisticated haven with 122 elegant bedrooms. The restaurant and bar are both spacious, open plan areas with fantastic views over the surrounding hills and there is also a sumptuous spa area, indoor swimming pool, steam room and spa bath. • Ground floor rooms • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Leisure facilities • Coach parking is on-site & free of charge

Queens Hotel Cheltenham - MGallery

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
AAAA Luxurious Hotel New to Albatross
The hotel is located in the fashionable Montpellier district in the heart of Cheltenham and encapsulates the heritage and grandeur of the neoclassical era. The hotel boasts 84 beautifully appointed bedrooms. The restaurant offers guests a true taste of the region with a menu consisting of fresh, quality produce sourced from local farms and artisans. The ornate bar offers an intimate atmosphere for guests to relax in the peaceful ambience. Coach parking is off-site & free of charge.

Delta Hotels by Marriott Cheltenham Chase

Brockworth, Gloucestershire
4 Nights Half Board

Twin from £286pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £108
Selected Dates Only

Inclusions
• Porterage
• Choice of menu
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• Entrance to Painswick Rococo Garden
• Steam train journey from Cheltenham to Broadway

Queens Hotel Cheltenham

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
4 Nights Half Board

Twin from £339pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £158
Selected dates only
Based on Sunday arrivals

Inclusions
• Porterage
• Choice of menu
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• Entrance to Painswick Rococo Garden
• Steam train journey from Cheltenham to Broadway
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