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Day 1 – Welcome to Stratford-Upon-Avon

Check in to your hotel in Stratford-Upon-Avon & have some free time to explore.
Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace & take a canal boat tour on the river Avon.

Overnight, Bed & Breakfast at the Arden Hotel Stratford-Upon-Avon or similar

Day 2 – Day Tour to Cotswolds

Get picked up from your hotel by a coach at 09.00 am
The tour visits a variety of towns, villages and beauty spots that characterise the beauty of the Cotswolds – a region of quintessentially English countryside and a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The stops on our Cotswolds day tour are:

Dover’s Hill view point.
Chipping Campden (1 hour free-time, maps provided).
Broadway Tower.
Stow-on-the-Wold (1 hour 15 minutes free-time, maps provided).
Bourton-on-the-Water (45 minutes free-time).
We also visit a secret of-the-beaten-track Cotswolds village – but you’ll have to join us on a tour to find out about this one!

Overnight, Bed & Breakfast at the Arden Hotel Stratford-Upon-Avon or similar

Day 3 – Goodbye Stratford-Upon-Avon

This morning after breakfast, your adventure ends.

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Front entrance to Billesley Manor Hotel

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Henley Ice Cream Shop Entrance

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Hotel du Vin, Stratford Upon Avon - Exterior

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Mary Arden's Farm Stratford-upon-Avon

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