Private Guided Tours

Private Guided Tours – A Sample Itinerary:

A possible itinerary might be as follows:

Day 1: Transfer from the airport to the Ellenborough Park Hotel, Cheltenham. Table booked at the Champignon Sauvage Restaurant Cheltenham 19h30 (7.30 pm).

Day 2: 09h30 Guide to meet you at the hotel and walk from there to Buckland Manor. He will go over the route notes and the itinerary during the day’s walking. Lunch can be taken in the village of Winchcombe.

Highlights of the walk: Cleeve Hill, Belas Knap burial mound, Winchcombe and Sudeley Castle, Hailes Abbey, Stanway House and Stanton. Approx. 13 miles

Bikes will be delivered to Buckland Manor either late evening or early morning.

Day 3: morning bike ride following by lunch in hotel.

13h30 – Driver will pick you up and take you to Bath – free day in Bath. Arrange time for the return journey directly with driver.

Day 4: Walk from Buckland via Broadway village, Broadway Tower to Chipping Campden. Approx 9 miles – the walk can continue to Hidcote Gardens. We will provide route notes.

Day 5: Walk from Chipping Campden via Blockley, Moreton in Marsh and Stow on the Wold to the Slaughters. Approx. 18 miles. If too far you can be collected at Stow on the Wold (or elsewhere).

Bikes will be delivered to the Lords of the Manor for the cycle ride the next day.

Day 6: Circular route from hotel – Bourton on the Water, Cold Aston – Turkdean-Hawling-Guiting wood Naunton and the Slaughters. A short detour from Turkdean will take you to Burford – and back the same way. Approx. 45 miles.

A shorter circular route including Bourton on the Water and Burford of approx. 20 miles is the alternative.

Day 7: Departure for airport. Depending on flight time, a circular walk from the hotel is possible.


what’s included:

Included in the tour:

  • Transfers to and from the Cotswolds

  • 6 nights B&B accommodation in hotels as mentioned above

  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel

  • Guide for first days walk

  • Bike hire and delivery

  • Maps and route notes

  • Transfer on day 5 to shorten the walk if required

 

Here’s what some of our previous clients have said about “The Best Of The Cotswolds” walking tour…

It was everything we’d dreamed of and hoped for. In honor of your hospitality and in the spirit of David Letterman’s “Top 10? list , we wanted to provide you with our official feedback from the trip.

Counting down from number 10…

10. Most favorite walking section/leg of the trip: Winchcombe to Broadway. Loved sneaky “Puck Pit” Lane to Hailes Abbey!

9. Posh-est hotel: Bath Priory (This hotel needs no explanation. Our room and view were spectacular.)

8. Most awesome bathroom: Dormy House (The warmest shower I ever took. Period!)

7. Funniest waitress/server: Either Alex at Butlers or Margaret at Dormy House.

6. Biggest kick-ass hill: the climb to Broadway Tower folly. OMG. We had to rest twice.

5. Best Pub: King’s Arms at Stowe-on-the Wold. The views at night from the fireplace and square: AMAZING! or the Fleece Inn view of Cirencester ranks up there.

4. Coolest view on the walk : Coming from Belas Knap over the hill to see Sudley Castle down in the Valley. Where were the trumpets, knights galloping, and flags waving?

3. Most British moment: Anne popping out her window from your upstairs cottage with 2 Americans too damn early on Saturday. (VERY LOCAL HERO!!).

2. Coolest museum: Cirencester Roman Museum (with Hailes Abbey a close second.)

1. The moment I took home in my heart: Prayers at the Hailes Church outside of Hailes Abbey. The veil between heaven and earth IS thin there and we said prayers for everyone.

There were so many, many more amazing moments: watching the rain come down on the Rococo gardens; more mud; friendly cats, dogs, ponies and sheep, amazingly old huge fireplaces, teatime and friendly people everywhere…the list goes on.
— Mr and Mrs L, Illinois, USA
Dear Christopher

We very much enjoyed our 4 days walking and were so fortunate with the weather – warm but not too hot and no rain until the very minute we arrived in Castle Combe when it thundered down!

I was going to write to you with comments but will try and do it tomorrow when I have a little more time. The B & Bs were excellent and high standard and the notes on the whole clear and explicit; very good to have the Ordnance Survey maps alongside. However, we did have one or too problems which you should know about for the future. Taxi service excellent and the company was most friendly and obliging; we begged a lift with them on the second day to shorten the walk by an hour or so (and paid them direct of course as it was a few miles out of their way).

Many thanks for organising it all for us : we would most certainly recommend your company.
— Mrs G, U.K.
We had an absolutely wonderful trip walking through the Cotswolds, June 6-16. It’s unusual to have a vacation exceed all your expectations, but this one did. Hotels and B&Bs were all just terrific. They were clean and neat and our hosts were most accommodating. The directions for our walking, for the most part we’re pretty clear. We only made a couple of very minor wrong turns, but nothing significant.Our luggage was transported every time, right on time. I would highly recommend your company to anyone. Thank you!
— D.W. and party, UK & USA
A rather belated thank you for your help in arranging a very enjoyable tour of the Cotswolds. All three of us had a good time and already another American friend is wanting to do the same trip.

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