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- Type of Tour: Private Driving Tour with a Blue Badge driver-guide (or on option, for an extra cost, with a driver and a separate Blue Badge guide)
- Duration: 8-9 hours
Oxford's Highlights: The Sheldonian Theatre, Radcliffe Camera, the Bodleian Library, Christ Church Cathedral (incl. Dining Hall), the Bridge of Sighs, the Divinity School...
Stratford's Highlights: William Shakespeare's birthplace, Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Memorial Theatre & 14th century Holy Trinity Church and the Harvard House
- Meeting Point: in the lobby of your hotel or in front of your apartment's building
- Max. Size of your Party: up to 7 people
- Price: £780 flat for your party of up to 7 people (entrance tickets excluded)
- Cancellation: full refund if we receive your notice at least 1 week before the tour date, 100% cancellation fee otherwise
During this 8-hour private guided tour of Oxford & Blenheim Castle, you will have the opportunity to discover both the oldest university in the English-speaking world (Oxford) and the Hometown of Shakespeare (Stratford-on-Avon).
The driver-guide will pick you up at your hotel (or apartment) to drive you first to Oxford. Located right in the middle between London and Gloucester, Oxford exudes intellectual activity and scholarly pursuits: it is the second-oldest continually running university, right after the University of Bologna and it includes 38 colleges and 6 permanent private halls. Over the centuries, Oxford has certainly built up an impressive reputation after educating a total of 26 British Prime Minister. Oxford is known as the "City of Dreaming Spires" based on the architecture of the world famous University buildings. No woman was allowed inside the University until 1878 and it is only in 1974 that the last of the all-male colleges opened their doors to women. Its fine, wide streets and noble buildings (and even its pubs!) have been the backdrop for countless TV programmes and films, from Inspector Morse to Harry Potter.
Starting at Christ Church, perhaps the best known of the university's colleges, you will then visit the Sheldonian Theatre, Radcliffe Camera, the Bodleian Library (second largest library in the UK with 11 million items), the Bridge of Sighs, the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, The Queens' College Oxford and the Divinity School (subject to availability and restrictions). With your Blue Badge Guide, you will visit memorials that bear witness to important moments in history, including the memorial to the Oxford martyrs of the Reformation and you will see Charles I's Royalist headquarters in Oxford during the English Civil Wars.
After this amazing visit, you will have a lunch in one of the local restaurants and then our driver-guide will bring you to Stratford-Upon-Avon (around 1 hour drive).
Located on the North of the beautiful Cotswolds, Stratford-Upon-Avon is the birthplace of William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), nicknamed "the Great Bard", the world famous English Playwright and Poet who lived there during the Elizabethan era. Our Blue Badge will explain you where and how Shakespeare was living in Stratford and what happened when he finally moved to London to start his theater career. Indeed Stratford contains the home where Shakespeare was born, the cottage where Anne Hathaway resided before their marriage and the church where the couple is buried. For families, our guide might include a last stop at the Butterfly Giant Farm to entertain your children.
We will then drive you back to London and drop you off at your hotel or apartment.
Our standard pick-up/drop-off for this tour is within Central London limits.
It is also possible to pick you up outside Central London limits at extra cost, please contact us to receive our quote.