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    One Day South Cotswolds Driver Guide Tour

    • 8 Hours
    • Driver-guide and executive-type vehicle
    • Cotswolds

    Explore the region’s lesser-known gems. We take you to the Cotswolds’ hidden corners which visitors often miss; the places the locals love. Nestled amongst these lesser-trodden southerly valleys are towns such as Tetbury, home to King Charles; Cirencester, once Princess Diana’s favourite shopping destination and Castle Combe, a village so heart-stoppingly beautiful, it’s almost impossible to believe it’s not a film set.

    Departure & Return Location

    • Tour starts and finishes anywhere in the South Cotswolds (the region between Castle Combe and Bibury)
    • If you require pick up or drop off outside of South Cotswolds, (eg London or Oxford) you can request when booking
    • Central London to the Cotswolds is about 2 hours by car or 95 minutes by train
    • Hotel Pickup: Meet the guide at the front/lobby of your hotel accommodation five minutes before tour start-time

    Price Includes

    • Driver-guide and executive-type vehicle

    Price Excludes

    • Entry fee to any attractions you choose to visit
    • Lunch

    Important Information

    • Our full-day tours last approximately 8 hours in the Cotswolds
    • Our tour covers the South Cotswolds i.e. Castle Combe to Bibury
    • Mileage fees are incurred for journeys outside of the South Cotswolds
    • Start and finish point - not sure or need advice? Call or e-mail us

    Cancellation & Payment Terms

    • Full payment is due at the time of booking
    • Full refund up to two weeks before
    • 50% refund when cancelled 7-14 days before the tour
    • No refund if cancelled less than a week before the tour
    Tell Me More...

    The manicured Cotswolds of the North attract a myriad tourists; but the South Cotswolds hold more rugged secrets in the form of deep-hidden valleys, harebell-covered meadows, and steeply wooded hills. Nestled amongst these natural amphitheatres are towns that seem to have sprung organically from the earth; ancient towns with fascinating shops, restaurants that cook with ingredients grown on Cotswold soil or grazed on Cotswold hills, and attractions that show off to the full England’s largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty: an area famed for its teetering stone walls, its flower-carpeted limestone grasslands, its beech woods and rolling hills fed by babbling streams. 

    Our driver-guides all live locally and know the area better than anyone. As they take you through picture-postcard scenery, they can explain the history of towns and villages such as Bibury, with its famous Arlington Row of former weavers’ cottages, and Cirencester, a Roman capital, which grew yet richer on the proceeds of the medieval wool industry.

    There’s Tetbury, once home to King Charles and Camilla: indeed, this is the town where the Princes William and Harry grew up. Tetbury is much-visited for its antique emporia, food and other individual shops, none more famous than Highgrove, selling unique crafts, the profits from which go to the King’s own charities.

    Stunning Malmesbury Abbey, dating back to the 12th century, is the burial place of Athelstan, England’s first King. The town is also home to a more modern attraction: the outstanding Abbey House Gardens, famed not only for their horticulture but for their owners, known as the Naked Gardeners for reasons that may become clear!

    There’s also an option to visit ancient Lacock Abbey, where the Harry Potter movies were filmed.

    You can’t claim to know the Cotswolds without visiting the uncrowded South; here you’ll find the true flavour of a living, breathing area.

    Additional Experiences Just for You

    We also have a curated selection of experiences you might enjoy during the tour:
    • Country house hotel afternoon tea
    • Foraging tour
    • Lacock Abbey tickets
    • Horse riding
    • Highgrove garden tour

    Please read our South Cotswolds’ itinerary, ideal for first-time visitors.

    Note: route can be adjusted to fit with ANY start and finish point eg a Cheltenham hotel, or Moreton in Marsh train station.

    • Start: Your hotel, train station etc
    • Bibury
    • Cirencester
    • Tetbury, antique shops and Highgrove shop (the inspiration of King Charles)
    • Malmesbury
    • Lacock
    • option: Lacock Abbey
    • Castle Combe
    • option: afternoon tea at Manor House hotel
    • Finish: Your hotel, train station etc

    Your guide will also include hidden Cotswold villages, taking you off the beaten track and into the quintessential heart of this rural idyll.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What are your payment terms?

    Full payment is due at the time of booking.

    What if I need to cancel the tour?

    These are the cancelation fees. For more information, please read the booking terms and Conditions.

    Period before arrival date within which notification is received Cancellation Charge
    2 weeks or more Full refund
    7 to 14 days 50% of tour price
    7 days or less  100% of tour price

    What Time Will The Tour Start?

    Our Tours usually start at 9:30 am, but whatever time suits you.

    How Long Is A Tour?

    A full day tour is 7 to 8 hours. A half day tour is four hours.

    What Type Of Vehicle Will We Be Travelling In?

    You’ll be touring in an executive-type vehicle, ensuring comfort and luxury throughout your journey.

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