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Couples, Friends & Solos
6 days 5 nights
Activity Level: 1-3
From: $5,799 - $6,199 pp dbl occ
($1,650 - $1,750 for sgl occ)
In the Cotswolds, England's premiere hiking destination, every step forward is also a step back in time. Follow cobbled paths through chocolate-box villages with honeypot cottages. Walk along woodland trails and rolling hills. Explore an ancient castle and savor a proper pint in a traditional English pub. Often quirky, always charming—experience the past from the comfort of the present.
Start Oxford / End Bath
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Enjoy tea at Hidcote Manor Garden and walk its splendid grounds | Stop for lunch in ancient Chipping Campden | Hike along a trail to the Cotswold escarpment offering sweeping views of the England countryside | Discover Snowshill, one of the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds | Follow a footpath linking the hamlets of Stanton, Laverton and Buckland | Linger in lively Broadway, the Jewel of the Cotswolds | Walk to Broadway Tower for a 16-county panorama | Set out from the 13th-century Cistercian abbey ruins at Hailes, once an important English pilgrimage destination | Walk the celebrated Cotswold Way through the quaint town of Winchcombe en route to Sudeley Castle | Enjoy the castle's award-winning gardens and be entertained by stories told by a farmer at Postlip Hall Farm.
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)
With a local Cotswold warden, walk on Warden's Way, a path linking a series of quintessential Cotswold villages, including Lower and Upper Slaughter | A traditional British pub lunch awaits at the Black Horse in Naunton | Stroll through Guiting Power, a charming historic village | Wander the peaceful meadows around Tetbury, a medieval town that was once the center of wool trade, and browse its antique shops, bookshops and boutiques for a treasured souvenir | Set out on foot to discover the picturesque towns of Barnsley and Bibury, famous for their beautiful chocolate-box cottages complete with thatched roofs and English gardens | Take a walk through farmland and tree-lined trails to an ancient Roman road.
Nestled in 220 acres of Cotswold meadowland, this lovely "country modern" hotel offers the ideal blend of elegance and coziness. (pool, 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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Our Private Trips are best for groups of 6 or more. We suggest joining a scheduled trip.
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Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.
The terrain on this trip is rolling with a few steeper sections and climbs and includes a mix of sheep trails and rough rocky paths, well-maintained dirt paths and paved country lanes. Our routes can be wet and muddy.