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Exploring the Cotswolds - 8 days

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4.6 Based on 7 Reviews
  • duration 8 days
  • tour type Private
  • age requirement 18-99 yrs
  • max group size 20
  • guiding method Self-guided
  • Tour Code BM-16525
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
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  • Starts Stratford-upon-Avon, England
  • Ends Winchcombe, England
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Discovering the typically English countryside
  • Walking parts of the Cotswold Way
  • Enjoying the flexibility of walking with a daypack from village to village
  • Experiencing the hospitality in the warm family run B&B’s and guesthouses
Start in Stratford-upon-Avon and end in Winchcombe, the tour "Exploring The Cotswolds - 8 Days" is a self-guided walking tour that takes 8 days. You will travel through Broadway, Blockley, Winchcombe and 4 other destinations in England. "Exploring The Cotswolds - 8 Days" is a private tour which includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

A week long walk in the picturesque Cotswolds of southern England. This holiday is intended to appeal to those who want a gentle introduction to walking in the English countryside; the Cotswold’s are hilly rather than mountainous - the highest point being little more than 1000 feet above sea level. Officially designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Cotswold landscape is an entrancing mixture of parkland, cultivated fields with dry-stone walls of Jurassic limestone, and patches of unspoilt woodland. Stone-built, also, are almost all the cottages, farmhouses, villages, and small towns that our route passes. About half of our itinerary, around 50 miles (from Stratford-upon-Avon to Winchcombe), coincides with the Cotswold Way, a 102 mile Long Distance Path that is claimed to be the best waymarked in England.
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1 : Arrive Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Day 2 : Walk to Mickleton via Hidcote Gardens - 17 km/10.5 miles, 5.5 h
  • Day 3 : Walk to Broadway via Chipping Campden Fish Hill - 14.5 km/9 miles, 4 h
  • Day 4 : Walk to Blockley - 19.3 km/12 miles, 6 h
  • Day 5 : Via Batsford and Lower Slaughter to Bourton on the Water - 21.5 km/13 miles, 7 h
  • Day 6 : Walk to Guiting Power - 11.6 km/7 miles, 4 h. Taxi to Winchcombe
  • Day 7 : Taxi to Guiting and then walk to Winchcombe 18.5 km/11.5 miles, 6 h
  • Day 8 : Arrangements end after breakfast
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Accommodation
  • 7 nights B&B accommodation on a twin share basis usually with ensuite facilities
Meals
  • 7 breakfasts
Others
  • One piece of luggage per person transferred from Inn to Inn, not exceeding 20kg
  • Information pack including route notes & maps (1 pack per room booked)
  • Emergency hotline
  • Return taxi Guiting Power to Winchcombe
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Travel to Stratford and from Winchcombe
  • Lunches, dinners and drinks
  • Transfers
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
CUSTOMER REVIEWS
4.6 - Excellent
Based on 7 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Oct 07 2019
4 - Very Good
Very Good
Trina Willis did a good job answering questions, and helped us with handling of extra bag. The accomodations in general were good, with Three Ways House our favorite, as it had both a very nice room and great restaurant. Diane... Read more
  • Anonymous
  • On Jun 11 2019
5 - Excellent
Excellent
We enjoyed a lovely week of walking in this beautiful part of England. We can't speak highly enough of the accommodation. The notes and maps provided were excellent.
  • Anonymous
  • On Oct 30 2018
5 - Excellent
Excellent
We had the most fabulous time in every way possible. The weather was so sunny and warm that we never used our rain jackets that we brought along with us. The walking footpaths were perfect as were the maps that you sent for us... Read more
  • Anonymous
  • On May 14 2018
5 - Excellent
Excellent
Too many high points to name - ancient old villages (day 5 had the most), beautiful views of countryside, sheep with newborn lambs everywhere, beautiful fields with hedges all around, all the fruit trees in color, woods with huge... Read more
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CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Exploring the Cotswolds - 8 days tour. You can cancel the tour up to 70 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 69 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 14 February 2023, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 14 February 2023, a deposit of 182 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 69 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Exploring the Cotswolds - 8 days tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Exploring the Cotswolds - 8 days tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

For Solo Travelers

A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene global standardised protocols have been adopted.
  • Rigorous hygiene safety measures will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated atleast 14 days prior to departure.
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