5 days from £729 per person
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 Stow-on-the-Wold, and uncover centuries’ worth of history at grand Sudeley Castle. We’ll stay close to 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.
Your holiday includes:
3 excursions and visits
- Stratford-upon-Avon city tour, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and a boat trip on the River Avon
- Sudeley Castle & Gardens
- Tour of the Cotswolds including Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold
- 4 nights in hotel (accommodation as specified or similar)
- 8 meals: 4 breakfasts (days 2-5) 4 dinners (days 1-4)
- Welcome drink
- Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
- Titan tour manager
- Travel in destination by coach
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to our hotel, located just outside Stratford-upon-Avon. We aim for you to arrive at the hotel between 4pm and 5pm and the rest of the day is free.
Stratford Manor (4-star)
Anne Hathaway’s Cottage - Stratford-upon-Avon
We’ll take a tour of Stratford-upon-Avon this morning, before heading to 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. Returning to Stratford-upon-Avon, we’ll head to the most picturesque part of the town to board an all-weather boat for a leisurely sightseeing river cruise. We’ll sail through the old lock to the River Avon, enjoying commentary as we glide along, learning interesting and unusual facts about the town’s history, industrial heritage, river wildlife and William Shakespeare. There’ll be time after the cruise to explore the town at your own pace
Sudeley Castle and Gardens
We’ll make a visit to elegant Sudeley Castle and its award-winning gardens. As a royal residence to Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, the Castle played an important role in England’s history. Follow in their footsteps, as you explore the original 15th-century west wing, the South Hall, and the east wing - still occasionally used by the existing family today. Then stroll through some of the 10 magnificent gardens, each beautifully styled in different designs. Maybe wander into the lovely 15th century church, where the last of Henry VIII’s six wives, Katherine Parr, lies entombed.
We’ll drive through the characterful Cotswold countryside today, making stops in Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold. The former is regularly voted one of the prettiest villages in England and often referred to as the ‘Little Venice of the Cotswolds’ for its lovely bridges, built from honey coloured Cotswold Stone, that criss-cross the tranquil River Windrush. The nearby town of Stow-on-the-Wold is a delight to explore, with a large and historic market square, quaint boutiques, antique shops, galleries, tea rooms and cafés. We recommend a visit to St Edward’s Church, once a prison for Royalist troops as the town’s only lockable building. The north door seems as though it’s lifted straight from The Lord of the Rings.
Day 5 Stratford-upon-Avon
You’ll be collected at 10am by your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.