Multi-Day Tour

Iconic England: Oxford, the Cotswolds & Stonehenge (7 days)

Cox and Kings

London, United Kingdom To London, United Kingdom

Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Dec 2018

Iconic England: Oxford, the Cotswolds & Stonehenge (7 days)

Day 3

To the Cotswolds

Day 4

The Cotswolds

Day 5

The Cotswolds

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
London, United Kingdom
Preferred: Macdonald Randolph Hotel
elite: Macdonald Randolph Hotel - 2 Nights
None
Upon arrival in London, you will be met by your Cox & Kings representative and escorted to one of England's most famous cities, Oxford. Upon arrival, the remainder of your day is at leisure.
Day 2
Oxford, United Kingdom
Preferred: Macdonald Randolph Hotel
elite: Macdonald Randolph Hotel
Breakfast
Join your local Cox & Kings guide this morning for a comprehensive discovery of Oxford. The colleges in Oxford date back to the 13th century and among the university's famous students were Bill Clinton, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and Lewis Carroll. Embark on a fascinating walking visit, which includes the Great Hall in Christ Church, where many scenes from the Harry Potter movies were filmed. Continue to the Bodleian Library and the picture-perfect college courtyards for which Oxford is famous. For lunch, we recommend you to enjoy your own tapas menu by sampling 4 or 5 of Oxford's best food market stalls. Tonight, we suggest a pint at one of Oxford's classic pubs, such as the Eagle & Child, where JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis used to meet with other writers.
Day 3
To the Cotswolds
Preferred: Macdonald Swan's Nest Hotel
elite: The Arden Hotel - 3 Nights
Breakfast
Depart this morning for Blenheim Palace, first stopping in the village of Bladon where Sir Winston Churchill's grave is found at St. Martin's Church. Birthplace of Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is one of Britain's finest stately homes. It's surrounded by landscaped parkland and elegant formal gardens. A triumph of romantic architecture, the palace is a World Heritage Site. Next, continue to Stratford-Upon-Avon, at the doorstep to the Cotswolds. This medieval market town is the birthplace of William Shakespeare and you will have the opportunity to visit the cottage where he was born.
Day 4
The Cotswolds
Preferred: Macdonald Swan's Nest Hotel
elite: The Arden Hotel
Breakfast
This morning wander the streets of this medieval market town straddling the River Avon. Later, continue up the Avon and back in time to Warwick Castle. Built by William the Conqueror after the Norman invasion, Warwick quickly became a mighty stronghold that developed into one the most recognizable and striking fortifications in the land. For a thousand years everyone from kings and queens to lords and ladies has stayed at Warwick. England is blessed with more than its fair share of stunning castles and the grandeur and history of Warwick Castle makes it no exception.
Day 5
The Cotswolds
Preferred: Macdonald Swan's Nest Hotel
elite: The Arden Hotel
Breakfast
Spend the day discovering the Cotswolds, an expanse of gently sloping green hills. Explore villages made of honey-colored stone, sip pints in ancient pubs and see some of Britain's most beautifully preserved medieval churches. Some of the quaint villages may include Chipping Campden, Broadway and Bourton-on-the-Water. High in the Cotswold Hills, Hidcote Manor Gardens is a lush English country garden overflowing with seasonal blooms. Walk among the garden rooms, discover rare shrubs and trees and get to know one of England's most influential gardens. Enjoy afternoon tea in a charming tearoom in one of the villages before returning to your accommodations at the end of the day.
Day 6
Salisbury, United Kingdom
Preferred: Mercure White Hart Hotel
elite: Lainston House - 1 Night
Breakfast
This morning travel south for a visit to one of England's most iconic monuments. A relic from the Stone Ange, Stonehenge has withstood the test of time. The method of its construction remains a mystery to this day, and it appears 5,000 years ago, these huge 40-ton stones were dragged from over 280 miles away in Wales. However, many legends and theories abound. The beautiful Salisbury Cathedral is an international symbol of Christianity and one of England's most striking architectural monuments. Visit The Chapter House, home to one of only four surviving copies of the Magna Carta, and then see the oldest working clock in Europe, which dates back to 1386. At the end of the day, settle into your accommodations for the journey's final evening.
Day 7
London, United Kingdom
None Breakfast
This morning, you are accompanied overland to London to continue your journey.

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On this journey, explore the quintessential sights of the England outside of London. Savor a visit to the college courtyards and libraries of the historic city of Oxford, including where many of the scenes from the Harry Potter movies were filmed. In the scenic hills and valleys of the Cotswolds, see quaint villages, impressive churches and stained-glass windows. Attempt to unravel the mysteries of 5,000-year-old Stonehenge. Head to the striking Salisbury Cathedral and see ...

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highly recommended

By: rebecca


Reviewed on: 04 Oct 2013

Cox and Kings coordinated a complicated itinerary with many different air segments and they were very detailed and thorough. Their guides were knowledgeable and enthusiastic and very accomodating to the needs and interests of their clients
Travel Advisor:  Barbara Luttenberger
Not Recommended

missed some key things

By: travelgal


Reviewed on: 07 Oct 2013

1) hospital not be open on moon day wasted time 2) misinformation about internal connecting flight 3) already had visa and they got duplicate 4) no idea about what time living goddess would appear wasted time again 5) no one reconfirmed departure times, would have been sitting around the airport for hours 6) didn't need as many days as recommended
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overall was fine but could have better

By: Not provided


Reviewed on: 05 Mar 2014

the agency used too many different companies and out sourced the trips and guides to different areas that it was difficult to find who was responsible and who to contact in case of an issue. People will be better served if the same company was consistently used. Also if they have booked a room in a hotel, not to book the lowest category of the room in the hotel but give guests an option to book a room with a balcony or overlooking the water
Travel Advisor:  Cassandra Bookholder
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Not Recommended

Never again

By: Johnstew


Reviewed on: 07 Apr 2014

I have a major issue with Cox and Kings as a “luxury supplier”.There is more to the term than booking expensive hotels and tours. A well planned, informative experience that ensures client satisfaction must occur. Communication with Cox and Kings was almost nil. There was virtually no information provided to us once they had payment. The final delivery of documents was nothing more than a copy of the original booking marked final. These documents (such as they were) came late. Cox and Kings excuse was they “were waiting on ‘final’ confirmation from suppliers”. Based on the start of our trip, it’s not clear that they were communicating with them any better than they were talking to us.  They failed to tell us that the in country flight could only accomodate 25lbs of luggage, great fun repacking. They screwed up the excursions planned at our first stop and we missed one. Another listed tour stop did not happen and several were not as described. GO ELSEWHERE!
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Excellent

By: Fellow Traveler


Reviewed on: 27 May 2014

Eva was an excellent guide in Prague.  Enjoyed the tours and would recommend again.
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Tolson
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recommended

By: LC47


Reviewed on: 16 May 2014

As a single traveler I thought their services were good but too expensive. The tour operators seemed competent.
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Tolson
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Recommended, but with a caveat

By: Jean


Reviewed on: 22 May 2014

Our travel agent used Cox and Kings for our group's three-day stay in Prague. The hotel, Hotel Paris, was wonderful and the tour guide was exceptional.  We had a wonderful time while we were there.  The only disappointment was the Hungarian folk dancing show/dinner.  The local singer and dancers did a very nice job, but the meal was not just bad, it was inedible.  Two slices of gristle in cold, gelatinous gravy, followed by cake so dry it was like sawdust.  Have a glorious time in Prague, but skip that dinner!
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Tolson
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Excellent trip thanks to Cox And Kings

By: Barrett


Reviewed on: 24 Nov 2014

The safari experience at three camps was unbelievable. External well planned and executed. Absolutely no flaws. Ready to go back and do it all over again. They know what they are doing. One can have high confidence in their work.
Travel Advisor:  Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg

Incan Peru Done Perfectly

By: JohnSt2


Reviewed on: 11 Jul 2016

My wife and I just completed an ideal week in Peru arranged by Cox and Kings, America. The itinerary they planned was executed flawlessly. All the hotels, tours, meals and guides exceeded our high expectations. We stayed in Belmond hotels in Lima, Cusco, Urubamba & Machu Picchu. They are all exceptional; immaculate and well situated; large and well appointed rooms. The staffs are welcoming and couldn’t do enough to ensure we had a memorable stay. Our package included breakfast and lunch. Hotel breakfasts had many choices both North & South American dishes; all tastefully prepared. Lunches at upscale restaurants with a great selection of Peruvian dishes. You’ll love Peruvian cooking & you will get plenty of it. You won't need dinner. Our guide, Henry Coavoy Goongora (we called him Henry), was excellent; able comprehend the subtleties of our questions. He went above & beyond to personalize our experience, e.g. arranging for my wife to ride a Peruvian Paso horse. We had a fantastic time.
Travel Advisor:  Jesse Taylor

Prague One on One

By: Pat and Lee


Reviewed on: 12 Nov 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our private tour of Prague. It was one of the best experiences of our trip. Professional and well versed guide who was sensitive to our needs. Made Prague come alive for us. Could not have been better.
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Tolson

Land assistance

By: David


Reviewed on: 03 Nov 2016

Cox and kings land packages, and their guides were absolutely excellent as usual.
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Tolson

Well managed operation

By: JRobert


Reviewed on: 27 Jan 2017

Cox and Kings spare no effort or cost on every detail of the trip ensuring complete satisfaction in every detail.Particularly impressed by the quality of all the people and the seamless teamwork.
Travel Advisor:  Rachel Hardy

Cox & Kings - India 2017

By: K.Bueso


Reviewed on: 10 Feb 2017

As a tour operator, I would definitely recommend Cox & Kings but I would make mention of certain concerning items which I have not seen with other tour operators such as G Adventures. The Good Cox & Kings made us feel welcomed since the day we arrived in India. A very friendly representative met us at the airport in India with our names on a board. This made us feel welcomed and safe. Also the representative was very helpful in some inquiries we had such as ATM withdrawal and purchase of a SIM Card at the airport. He was very friendly and conversational on the trip to the airport. At every step of the way, Cox & Kings had a representative to meet us and explain the process. We visited four different cities in India and they had several representatives assisting us to make sure the trip was great. The drivers were very professional and on time. The Kind of Bad Not sure if it was Cox & Kings or individual guides, but they push their "trusted" stores on to us for purchasing souvenirs
Travel Advisor:  Lisa Renae Torgerson

Scenic Cruise river tour April 2017

By: sue


Reviewed on: 13 May 2017

We are fans for life .An excellent ship, plus everything was first class...., comfort, wonderful quality, very professional staff. .Excursions, (all choices prepaid with 3 choices) were the best we have experienced , above all others. The entertainment at all venues ,including on board the ship, was top quality. Accommodations for inclement weather ( not too warm and or sunny) were thoughtful and efficient.
Travel Advisor:  Sherry Wilczewski

Great planning.

By: High Altitude


Reviewed on: 05 Jun 2017

Trip planning and documentation were thorough and complete. Follow-through after trip completion also very good.
Not Recommended

Inconsistency in Trip Planning

By: Anonymous


Reviewed on: 22 Oct 2017

There were many inconsistencies in the planning and execution of this recent trip. Turns out we could have gotten our China Visas in the States and could have bypassed Nepal which was our preference. Receiving other pertainent documents was also done at the last minute. Some of the hotel accommodations (in the countryside in Tibet) were not up to the standards of a trip of this caliber. The service and food at the Taj Tashi in Thimphu was also not up to par. The room at the Uma Paro was tiny and cramped. There was a very long day driving to Gantey, fours hours each way that could have been handled differently, by having us sleep overnight at the Gantey Lodge and returning the next day. Had we known It was a National Holiday in China for 8 days, we would have bypassed the one day in Chendu to see the Pandas; the crowds were horrific and made it very unenjoyable and impossible to see the Pandas even though we got up very early that day.
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Excellent drivers and guides

By: Penny


Reviewed on: 08 Nov 2017

We would recommend Cox and Kings to anyone. Our guide Michele inPrague was excellent. She knows and loves Prague, and it was great to talk with her about so many different aspects of Czech life. All Cox and Kings services were professionally and flawlessly executed.
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Tolson
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Cox & Kings tour operators were awesome

By: Humphrey


Reviewed on: 10 Mar 2018

The contact I had with Cox & Kings was great. Dania in the US was really helpful and provided me with all of the information and help I needed. Their representative in Tanzania was very helpful too. Our guide, John was great. He was so knowledgeable about the animals and the parks, and he knew where to look for the animals. We really enjoyed having him as our guide. He was very professional and took very good care of us.
Travel Advisor:  Katie Schmitz
Not Recommended

Great guides but didn't listen to clients

By: Travel with Granny


Reviewed on: 12 Apr 2018

We had a difficult time getting what we wanted with this company. They wanted to fill every minute and we wanted lots of time to wander and explore. Also, my physical limitations made so much public transportation very difficult. The two guides we had were absolutely marvelous and tried to make up for some of the scheduling over programming. I cannot praise our guides enough for their kindness, competence, and knowledge.