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Stratford Upon Avon Travel Tour Cotswolds?

Will be April in Stratford Upon Avon. Is there a particular local travel tour company anyone has used to see Cotswolds?
We will also do the canal tour - Countes of Evesham
Thank you/diane

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Will you have a car, or are you looking for a tour that will pick you up at your hotel or at the train station? If you have a car, it might make it easier to join a tour that originates from a different town.

For Stratford-upon-Avon itself (I realize that's not what you're asking), I can recommend the hop-on-hop-off bus that leaves from the Tourist Information Centre. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and helpful. It's great if you can plan an entire day for the HOHO bus so you'll have adequate time to explore Anne Hathaway's cottage and Mary Arden's farm, as well as the locations in town. Note that traffic jams are not infrequent, and they will throw the bus schedule behind.

I can't personally recommend a Cotswolds tour that leaves from Stratford-upon-Avon, but Googling "Cotswolds day tour from Stratford-upon-Avon" brought up some results, including this one.
https://www.gocotswolds.co.uk/
Also, in TripAdvisor this one got a great review, but it was a few years ago
Secret Cotswold Tours- Day Tours
And you might try asking the Tourist Info Centre http://www.visitstratforduponavon.co.uk/contact-us

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No need to Google for a tour to take.

You can read my thread I posted here:
https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/day-tours/go-cotswolds-tour-with-tom-the-most-fun-we-had-while-in-england

We are just back home from spending three weeks in England. The highlight of our entire trip was the day we spent on a tour of the Cotswolds on the "Go Cotswolds" Tour, hosted by Tom. We were staying in Stratford-Upon-Avon, where we were picked up at our hotel in the morning by Tom and his mini-bus. Several other tour members were already onboard. The mini-bus seats 16 passengers comfortably, so you are not with a huge bus load of people.

We went to Chipping Campden, Broadway Tower, Stow-On-The-Wold, Bourton-On-The-Water, and the Rollright Stones, to name a few of the stops. Tom gave out walking maps in some of the towns, and made recommendations for shops selling coffee and cakes, or lunch. Plenty of time was given for us to walk around and take photos at each stop.

Tom was born and raised in Stratford-Upon-Avon, so he knows the Cotswolds quite well. We enjoyed his stories and explanations of local landmarks. Being a local, Tom can also suggest some great restaurants around Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Tom has a great personality, and keeps the whole trip fun! Not a dull moment!

Tom runs tours of the Cotswolds on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Priced at £35 per adult and £25 per child (under 16; under 3s go free). You will be picked up from your hotel, or from Warwick Parkway or Leamington Spa rail stations, if you choose. Tours start at approximately 9.15am, and finish at approximately 5pm for a full day’s Cotswolds adventure. Once a month, Tom also runs a pub tour of the Cotswolds. Pick up is also possible, on Sundays, from Moreton-in-Marsh rail station.

"Go Cotswolds" Tour is highly rated on TripAdvisor, and has just received the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for 2016!

Now you don’t need to hire a car to visit the Cotswolds. Just contact Tom through his website, and book a fun day tour in the Cotswolds. http://www.gocotswolds.co.uk/
Click the red "Book Now" button on this page to sign up for the tour.
http://www.gocotswolds.co.uk/tour-details/
Or contact Tom at phone number 07786 920166 or email [email protected].

Also see the following page, "Joining a Go Cotswolds Tour From London and Birmingham" to see how to do just that:
http://www.gocotswolds.co.uk/blog/joining-a-go-cotswolds-tour-from-london-and-birmingham/

I would also like to make the suggestion that "Go Cotswolds" Tour with Tom, be added to future editions of the Rick Steves guidebooks. It is a great tour, with an excellent tour operator who reminds me of a very young Rick Steves!

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Thank you! I am booking with your recommendation a tour of the Cotsworlds!
Many thanks!!
Wonderful site here!!
Diane

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3823 posts

You won't be disappointed. Great tour company, great tour guide & owner (Tom).