Easygoing Walking Tour England
Dolce Tempo Journey among Castles, Gardens & the Cotswold Way
Thousand-year-old villages. Honey-colored limestone homes. Cozy pubs and peaceful tea rooms. Placid rivers and lush hillsides dotted with sheep. Things move slowly in the Cotswolds. After all, why change what’s worked for centuries? There’s a pleasing arithmetic to life here. Ramble the countryside in the morning. Stop by the pub for lunch. Like 1+1=2, it just works. We promise—it can really be that simple.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels
Start Stratford-upon-Avon, England/ End Bath, England
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Refreshingly Active Adventures
Enjoy classic English footpaths that wind through forgotten forests and deserted hillsides, along cobbled streets and past crumbling castles.
Amble leisurely, with plenty of opportunities to say hello to the locals and admire beautiful gardens and villages along the route. It’s the perfect opportunity to Immerse yourself in English country life.
Unique Hotels & Delectable Dining
Discover British hospitality at our unforgettable premiere hotels, where modern service and cuisine meets traditional service and style—from a palatial 15th-century country manor to a renovated estate nestled in the heart of a quintessential English village.
6 Days Premiere Hotels
Get acquainted with the Cotswolds in classic British style with morning tea and scones on the grounds of Hidcote Manor | Explore the intricate gardens of this historic estate | Stroll along peaceful footpaths to Chipping Campden | Browse the local shops and enjoy lunch in a 500-year-old building | Enjoy walking through some of England’s most beautiful villages, from Snowshill to Broadway | Visit Broadway Tower to admire stunning views of the surrounding countryside | Relax with a dip in the pool or a visit to the hotel spa.
A warm welcome awaits at this beautifully restored 17th-century farmhouse, part of a stunning 400-acre estate. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member. (pool, spa)
Take your time exploring the ruins of a 13th-century Cistercian abbey | See the medieval wall paintings at the church in Hailes | Stroll the iconic Cotswold Way, passing villages and castles | Explore the award-winning gardens of Sudeley Castle | Experience English pub culture with a hearty lunch at the Black Horse | Visit the Slaughters, a pair of beautiful and historic villages that straddle the River Eye | Take some time to wander quaint Guiting Power and enjoy a pint or some shopping.
Dating back to 1485 and set on 90 acres of protected National Trust grounds, this elegant country manor boasts the perfect fusion of tradition and modernity. (pool, spa)
Savor magnificent views of the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains from Crickley Hill | Stroll onwards to picturesque Painswick, the “Queen of the Cotswolds” | Spend some time exploring the town’s lively main street | Enjoy a final walk with views of the Severn Vale and the Forest of Dean, or indulge in a spa treatment at our hotel.
Nestled in one of the finest and best-preserved villages of the Cotswolds, this former prospect house is a newly renovated Palladium masterpiece offering views of the Slad Valley. (spa)
The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy
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Dolce Tempo: What to Expect
Our walking activities allow you to leisurely explore local footpaths and paved walking paths, exploring authentic, local hidden gems. Get away from the crowds to experience the essence of your location, taking time to explore and experience your region on your own terms. Your day unfolds according to your agenda, not someone else's. Easygoing daily routes typically 2-3 hours of walking per day, approximately 2-7 miles. Fully supported with dedicated Trip Leaders, support vans and meticulously selected routes and a Backroads navigation app to offer guidance on the route.
The terrain on this trip is generally level with rolling hills and a few steeper climbs and includes a mix of sheep trails and rocky paths, well-maintained dirt paths and paved country lanes. Our routes can be wet and muddy.
- All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
- Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
- Snacks and beverages between meals
- Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
- Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
- Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
- Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
- All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
- Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
- On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
- Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
- Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
- Park and other entry fees
- Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
- Select coach transfers
- Baggage transfers and porterage
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