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“I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it” – so wrote William Shakespeare in As You Like It. Explore Shakespeare’s Stratford, including visits to his Birthplace and School, and hear how young William grew to become arguably the world’s greatest writer. There is so much more than just the Bard to discover on this 6-day tour, however: explore the picturesque Cotswolds and the tranquil Hidcote Manor Garden, visit world-famous Warwick Castle and immerse yourself in the medieval streets of scholarly Oxford.
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Select Cosmos 2021 Europe tours are limited to an average of just 24 guests per tour. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Cosmos European tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery Europe vacation is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.
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Check into your hotel with the rest of the day free to relax. Car parking fees are included. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Discover the beautiful hometown and final resting place of Stratford’s most famous son, William Shakespeare. Join your Tour Director for a walking tour, including entrance to SHAKESPEARE’S SCHOOLROOM, where William was educated and inspired to become one of the world’s greatest playwrights, and entrance to SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHPLACE.
Discover why the Cotswold Hills are so renowned as you visit the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales. See some of its quintessentially English market towns and villages built from honey-coloured stone, including stops in the picture-book villages of Stow-on-the-Wold and Broadway. Then visit HIDCOTE MANOR GARDEN, lovingly tended by the National Trust and split into a series of “outdoor rooms”, each with its own different character.
A full day to relax or to join an optional excursion offered by your Tour Director.
A spectacular start to the day with a visit to magnificent WARWICK CASTLE. Marvel at the opulent Great Hall and State Rooms, and see the former private apartments. Today’s other highlight is a walking tour through Oxford, the City of Dreaming Spires, to see the colleges where Britain’s elite receives its outstanding education.
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.
It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.
Set in 5 acres of landscaped gardens alongside the banks of the River Avon, the hotel is ideal for both business or leisure guest.
Our expert Tour Directors help you get the most out of every place you visit - and have a 96% customer satisfaction rating.
We’re delighted to have achieved the Good Housekeeping Reader Recommended endorsement for customer experience.
We are a member of ABTA and our flight-inclusive holidays are protected by ATOL. If your holiday is cancelled for any reason, you’ll receive a full refund.