Rolling countryside, ancient limestone villages and chocolate-box houses; the Cotswolds is the picture of quintessential England. On this short break, we’ll meander through cobbled streets lined with Tudor thatched cottages, see beautiful Bourton-on-the-Water, and uncover centuries’ worth of history in grand Sudeley Castle. We’ll stay in Stratford-upon-Avon. Once home to William Shakespeare, we’ll see reminders of his life and work as we stroll through the city, enjoy a river cruise and step inside the picturesque childhood cottage of his wife, Anne Hathaway.
4 nights in hotel (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to The Stratford (4T), just a short journey from Stratford-upon-Avon. We aim for you to arrive at the hotel between 4pm and 5pm. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the hotel’s amenities.
Sudeley Castle and Gardens
Join a morning excursion to the elegant Sudeley Castle and Gardens. The Castle has played an important role in the turbulent and changing times of England’s past, with royal connections that stretch back over 1,000 years. The castle is surrounded by award-winning gardens and a breathtaking 1,200-acre estate, including a beautiful 15th century church where Katherine Parr, the last of Henry VIII’s six wives, lies entombed, making it the only private castle in England to have a queen buried within its grounds. Following your visit, we stop in Stratford-upon-Avon for the afternoon, from where you are free to return to the hotel at leisure.
Anne Hathaway’s Cottage - Bourton-on-the-Water
This morning we visit Anne Hathaway’s beautiful cottage. Built as a two-room farmhouse some 550 years ago, it was converted into the chocolate-box thatched cottage we see today. Anne was born and lived here, raising her siblings until she married William Shakespeare. The story of their romance is retold in the cottage and the gardens are also worthy of your time. Later, we visit Bourton-on-the-Water, regularly voted one of the prettiest villages in England. It is also often referred to as ‘Little Venice of the Cotswolds’ for the lovely bridges, built from honey coloured Cotswold Stone, that criss-cross the tranquil River Windrush.
Canal and River Tour
After a leisurely breakfast, we board an all-weather boat at the historic canal basin of Stratford, the most picturesque part of the town. We sail through the old lock to the River Avon for a leisurely sightseeing river cruise. A commentary will offer interesting and unusual facts about the town’s history, industrial heritage, river wildlife and William Shakespeare. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the area.
Day 5 Stratford-upon-Avon
You will be collected at 10am by your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.