Let me start from the beginning- the appearence of the guide is important, it shows professionalism - or a lack of. Our guide was disheveled and missing front teath. She lacked historical knowledge of the cotwolds. As we went from one village to the other she gave us about 5 minutes of information, let us off the bus and instructed to be back on the bus--NO guided tour! The Palace was wonderful-we had to use the audio guide--our guide did NOT enter with us. This was the most disappointing tour of our travels.
Well organised, excellent tour - perfect way to see beautiful Cotswold villages on a sunny day. Plenty of time to visit Blenheim Palace and enjoy the gardens. Amusing tour guide who gave a good commentary throughout the day. Recommend this tour as you see countryside, villages, Blenheim all close to London. Nice packed lunch provided! A good day trip - enjoyed seeing the sights.
The tour is very well organized. The length of stops were just right. There were the thoughtful toilet stops at the right places. The Cotswolds was very informative, esp the stop at the little town with a little river running through the middle of the town with its little shops that carried very interesting items. The tour guide named Geoff was very considerate of his senior citizen tour members and very knowledgeable about things that happened in all the places that we visited. The tapestries in Blenheim castle are worth the visit. Stopping at the rotunda Bath and being surrounded by all the old buildings and the Roman-built cobble stone roads is really something else!!! I would recommend the tour to all history buffs.
I felt it was really well organized but not too intense. We did the Blenheim Cotswolds tour. It was nice because we got to stop off and walk around villages at our own pace , then we had a pretty decent packed lunch and ended up at Blenheim. Our guide was really first rate -- really knowledgeable. Highly recommend.
I love the Cotswolds, and loved this tour. We spent enough time in Burford and Bourton-on-the-Water, although I would have liked a little more time in Stow-on-the-Wold. It was my first trip to Blenheim Palace, and well worth it. I would almost say the gardens are better than the palace! Pete was a great guide, although maybe a little bit too chatty at the end of a long day : Arrive early if it's your first time to that particular departure point - it's a little more confusing to find than Victoria Coach Station
The visit to several villages in the Cotswolds was very enjoyable - they were very quaint and weren't overly crowded even though our tour was on a summer Sunday. Blenheim Palace is a great place to visit - it has a genuine palace look inside and out. The grounds around the palace are huge - you could spend a full day and not see all of the grounds but the landscaping is beautiful and world famous so they are well worth some of your tour time.
Wonderful tour! The experiences cannot be beat! I was a little peeved with how rushed we were in our final Cotswolds stop(we did it backwards- Cotswolds then Blenheim) and we only got 30 minutes in our last stop and then got back to London an hour early. :( not cool. Otherwise, great tour!
The tour bus that was used for this tour was not great. We were seated toward the back of the bus and several of the seats were broken - they would not sit upright and would recline on their own. Both seats in front of me and mom were reclining the whole time - their seats reclined so far back that their heads were within a few inches of our faces. It was very uncomfortable - and frankly claustrophobic by the end of the long ride back to London! We could not get off that bus fast enough. We were not the only ones affected by reclining seats - there were at least 5-6 other seats that were doing this. Another guest informed the bus driver, and he didn't really seem to care. He just said - I'll tell maintenance.
Additionally, the tour guide was very hard to understand over the loudspeaker in the bus. Her accent was thick. Overall, it was not a very pleasant experience when we were on the bus - we left pretty disappointed with this tour.
Did not have enough time at Blenheim Palace. Since our roughly 2 hour stay at the Palace was interrupted by a film crew, there was even less time to enjoy the Palace. The film crew basically shut down parts of the property and I was stuck in an off camera area for about 30 minutes. I would suggest that one of the villages be eliminated and the time added to Blenheim. Or possibly offer a Blenheim only tour. Our tour guide, Pete, and driver, Al, were very good. Pete provided us with interesting facts about London, the Cotswold and Blenheim. Al navigated the difficult traffic as a true professional. When we were given our entry tickets, Pete did not give us the free guide and map to the property.