Premium Tours Cotswolds Day Tour From London – Video + Review
Author: Bob Handford
The English countryside is a complete contrast to London in almost every way but every bit as worth visiting. The quintessential English countryside characterised by attractive small towns and villages with narrow lanes, village pubs and churches and green hills all around are depicted in so many films and TV series that for many visitors the English countryside is something they must witness. And they are right do so.
Many of the images you have seen in the films and TV would have been shot in the Cotswold region to the west of London, well within range of a day tour from London.
Many of the tours that say they visit the Cotswold region in reality just drive through them.
Premium Tours Lunch in the Cotswolds tour is one of the few that spends all of the day in the Cotswolds itself.
So one Sunday morning in August Bob boarded the tour coach in London to see for himself what the tour was like.
The tour itself visits four very different Cotswold villages, Bibury, Bourton On The Water, Stow on the Wold and Burford.
As the title suggests lunch is included in the tour and was taken in Bibury, described as “the prettiest village in England”
A nice touch was that the favourite dish chosen by members of the tour group on the menu was Trout, fresh from the trout farm next door.
Arlington Row Bibury
The tour was easy paced and struck me as a good way of having a rest day in the middle of 4 or 5 days hard sightseeing in London that can be exhausting.
You can relax all day, as you are transported from place to place, given lunch and plenty of free time to take in everything around you at a pace of your choosing.
The guide talks for most of the time while you are on the coach, but for the most part its gentle background giving you a much better insight into what you see.
Once you are in the villages you\’re free to explore on your own, whether that be visiting a church, the shops or just sitting outside a café or tea room and taking in what is before you.
Bourton On The Water
If seeing the English countryside is a priority for you and like most visitors you do not have time to spend 2 or 3 days in the countryside, this is a good option.
Although the pace is quite leisurely, you\’re not hanging around killing time at any stage. There are no “artificial stops” at souvenir places in the middle of nowhere and you do have free time in the villages to “do your own thing”
At the end of the day, reflecting on the tour in the coach as it traveled back to London it was surprising just how much there was to reflect on, at the time it seemed so leisurely.
If you have the time I would recommend you hire a cottage or something in the Cotswolds and spend 3 or 4 days there. It is excellent walking country, lots of antique shops and of course lots of pubs and tea rooms in addition to all the villages to potter around.
If you don\’t have 3 or 4 days, a day tour like this is a good alternative.
The Lunch In The Cotswolds tour runs all year round, although not on a daily basis. In summer running three days a week.
Below is a video I made that gives you a good flavour of what to expect if you took the tour too.
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