Day 1 – Blenheim Palace
Board our private executive coach at your preferred pick up points – stop at a convenient property en route such as Blenheim Palace, the home of the 11th Duke of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and set in beautiful parkland of 2,100 acres landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown in the 1760’s – continue to the 4* Four Pillars Hotel at Witney.
Day 2 – Oxford & The Ashmolean Museum
Guided tour of the City of Dreaming Spires taking in the architecture and traditions of Oxford’s university and other famous buildings and institutions – The Ashmolean Museum was Britain’s first public museum founded in 1683 and is home to the University of Oxford’s world class collections of art and archaeology.
Day 3 – Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Shakespeare’s Birthplace & Hall’s Croft
After a scenic drive through the Cotswolds, visit Anne Hathaway’s Cottage which was still owned by her descendants until the late 19th century and contains the Hathaway bed and many other items of furniture owned by the family – guided tour of Stratford upon Avon taking in Shakespeare’s Birthplace where rooms are furnished to recreate the interiors as they might have been in the 1570s and Hall’s Croft, the 17th century home of Shakespeare's eldest daughter, Susanna, and her husband, Dr John Hall.
Day 4 – Charlecote Park & Compton Verney
The National Trust’s Charlecote Park has been home to the Lucy Family for over 700 years and its mellow brickwork and great chimneys seem to sum up the very essence of Tudor England – the award winning art gallery at Compton Verney is located in the setting of a Grade I listed Robert Adam mansion and our guided tour examines its outstanding collection of British, Neapolitan, Germanic and Chinese paintings.
Day 5 – Christ Church Picture Gallery
The Picture Gallery at Christ Church in Oxford is one of the most important private collections of Old Master drawings in the country including works by Leonardo, Michelangelo, Dürer Raphael and Rubens – return to our original departure points with comfort stops en route.
Half board accommodation
All excursions & guided tours included
Executive coach throughout
One free place per 10 paying passengers
Introductory tour of Oxford
Guided tour of The Ashmolean Museum
Anne Hathaway’s Cottage
Guided tour of Stratford upon Avon
Hall’s Croft, home of Shakespeare's daughter
Compton Verney Art Gallery
Christ Church Picture Gallery
Four nights on half board basis at the 4* Four Pillars Hotel at Witney. Located ten miles from the university city of Oxford, facilities include a restaurant, bar and swimming pool and all rooms are en suite.
Single room supplement £89
Entrance fees to places of interest (NT properties free to NT members)
Tailor-make this tour
Your tailor made tour
Here are some more suggested places of interest you might like to include:
- Bodleian Library - one of the oldest libraries in Europe includes the 17th century Convocation House where parliament was held during the Civil War and Duke Humfrey’s medieval library whose former readers have included writers such as Oscar Wilde, CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien
- Radcliffe Camera - the first rotunda library built in Britain and the interior of the architectural icon of Oxford
- Royal Shakespeare Theatre - a behind the scenes tour exploring both the public and private areas of the Theatre, the origins of the RSC and the theatre making process
Reviews for Oxfordshire & Shakespeare’s Stratford upon Avon
Date of tour: June 2010
The holiday to Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and Bath was another success. All my members were very happy with the itinerary. The hotel, the driver, the guide and last not but not least the weather. So my thanks to Damian for setting things up, Sandy for organising the holiday and to Mike and John for having built up a successful travel business with customer satisfaction as its prime goal.
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Remember this itinerary is just our suggestion. Tailor make this tour exclusively for your group to suit your members’ budget or preferences. You could:
- stay at a 3* hotel
- for more (or fewer) days
- include different excursions – see ‘Tailor-make this tour’ tab for suggestions
- bring a specialist lecturer
- include all entrance fees & gratuities
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