Sunday 17th: We depart travelling south via the Cotswold’s with various village stops enroute
to the outskirts of Gloucester and our hosts the Hallmark Hotel.
Monday 18th: Today we take a VIP visit to Chavenage, a wonderful Elizabethan house of
mellow grey Cotswold stone and tiles which contains much of interest for the discerning
visitor including stunning rooms including the wonderful Great Hall. We are to be met by a
member of the family for a 2 hour guided tour. We spend the remainder of the day at lovely
town of Cirencester.
Tuesday 19th: This morning we head for Toddington for a 35min ride on the Toddington to
Cheltenham Railway. After our train ride we have free time to explore Cheltenham. We
then head to Stratford upon Avon and take a 45 minute scenic return cruise along the Avon
as the boat passes Shakespeare’s burial place (Holy Trinity Church), The Royal
Shakespeare Theatre, historic bridges and beautiful riverside gardens.
Wednesday 20th: This morning we head across the Cotswold’s to the beautiful city of
Oxford. The ‘city of dreaming spires’ is steeped in a rich and fascinating history, famous for
its prestigious Oxford University, the city is home to its 38 colleges whereby many notable
scholars have emerged. Oxford's splendid High Street is lined with numerous magnificent
buildings (including many of the colleges) and was described by American writer Nathaniel
Hawthorne as "the finest street in England." We have free time to explore and get lunch
before heading homeward early in the afternoon.