Day 1 CotswoldsMake your own way to your hotel in Upton St Leonards. This evening enjoy a Welcome Drink with your travel companions at your hotel which is set in acres of beautiful grounds. Meals included: D
Day 2 Cotswolds & Cogges Manor Farm
The Cotswolds is a part of rural England that has been declared an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, thanks to its rolling hills, beautiful villages, and historic sights. See the best of this spectacular region today as we start with a scenic drive to Whitney. Visit Cogges Manor Farm in Witney, Oxfordshire. Enjoy the wonderfully preserved collection of Cotswold stone farm buildings. The site has been farmed since before the Domesday Book and parts of the manor house date back to the Thirteenth Century. Here you will see some of the film locations for Downton Abbey and Colette. Later we stop in Bourton-on-the-Water fondly known as 'the Venice of the Cotswolds'. The clear waters of the River Windrush trickle through the village under small bridges and it's full of golden stone cottages and is regarded as one of the Cotswolds' most famous and picturesque towns. Return to your hotel for dinner.
Day 3 Cheltenham & Cotswolds Pub Lunch
This morning, enjoy a guided walking tour around the delightful spa town of Cheltenham to admire the city's beautiful Georgian architecture and learn about the 'Age of Elegance'. Then we travel to The Fleece Inn owned by The National Trust and run with a love of tradition. The Fleece Inn is a pub steeped in history, originally built in the early 15th century, and bequeathed to the National Trust in 1977. The Fleece Inn is without equal in England and has played an enormous part in six centuries of Cotswold history. It was originally built as a longhouse in the time of Chaucer by a farmer named Byrd and remained in the ownership of a single family for virtually the whole time. It has remained largely undisturbed in its architecture since the mid-17th century. Return to your hotel where the rest of your day is at leisure. In the evening how about joining your travel companions for a game of boules at the hotel.
Day 4 Sudeley Castle & Gardens
This morning visit Sudeley Castle – a must-see on any visit to The Cotswolds. This spectacular castle has played an important role in England's history, boasting royal connections that stretch back over 1,000 years. Walk in the footsteps of past kings and queens including Richard III, Elizabeth I and Lady Jane Grey. It is also the only private castle in England to have a queen buried within its grounds - the last of Henry VIII's six wives, Katherine Parr lived and died in the castle. She is now entombed in a beautiful 15th century church found within the gardens. Inside, the castle contains many fascinating treasures and the magnificent gardens are world-renowned, providing variety and colour from spring through to autumn. After your tour you of the castle you will have free time for lunch and a wander through the lovely gardens. Later return to the hotel and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.