Elegantly rolling across five counties, the glorious, golden Cotswolds are full of picturesque villages and chocolate-box cottages and we visit some of the most beautiful, on our packaged tour. We also enjoy a steam train journey and some of the Cotswolds' most beautiful natural sites. Image: GWSR - GreetTunnel02032013 - Photograph courtesy of Jack Boskett
Detailed Overview

This holiday journeys through the Great West Way® a touring route between London and Bristol, where you'll find a mesmerising mix of picture postcard villages, rolling hills and historic sites.

Hotel

4* Doubletree by Hilton Swindon, Swindon

Set in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside, just 3 miles from Swindon town centre, this hotel offers the contemporary 14Twelve Brasserie and Bar/lounge, along with a fitness centre. All en-suite bedrooms are equipped with TV, telephone and tea / coffee making facilities.  

• Ground floor rooms • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Fitness Centre • Free Wi-Fi • Air Conditioning • Telephone • Safe • HDTV • 24-hour room service • Starbucks • Lounge •

Price Includes

  • 3 nights dinner, bed & breakfast

  • Welcome tea/coffee and cookie on arrival

  • 3-course buffet menu with 4 choices per course

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • Glass of wine with dinner each night

  • Entrance to Westonbirt Arboretum

  • Guided Tour of Old Arboretum or Silk Wood

  • Entrance & guided tour of Miserden Park & Nursery

  • Single journey on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway

  • Porterage

  • Escorted throughout



Image: GWSR - GreetTunnel02032013 - Photograph courtesy of Jack Boskett

Tour Itinerary
Day 1

We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.

Day 2

Westonbirt Arboretum & Bath
After breakfast, we visit Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, for a 90-minute walking tour. Home to 5 national tree collections and 2500 different species from all corners of the globe, we can appreciate the majesty and understand the importance of the arboretum in research and conservation. We have time for lunch in the friendly café before departing for Bath, and the afternoon at leisure. We are spoilt for choice with things to do and see in this honey-coloured, compact city: from the famous Roman Baths and Pump Rooms to the Royal Crescent, Victoria Art Gallery and Bath Brew House, it feels as though we have stepped into a Jane Austen novel.

Day 3

The Garden at Miserden & Cheltenham & Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway
This morning, we travel to The Garden at Miserden for a mid-morning guided tour. This 17th century house and garden are a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Overlooking a deer park and rolling hills beyond, our tour takes us through the delightfully cared for gardens, including extensive Yew, a notable topiary walks and ancient Mulberry Tree amongst other features. For lunchtime, we head into Cheltenham with its great choice of dining options, before going to the famous Race Course to join the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway (GWSR), for a gentle 35-minute journey through glorious Cotswold countryside to Toddington, where there is a shop, museum and large tearoom. Please note, GWSR events are held on some weekends, when the railway will be extra busy.

Day 4

After breakfast we make our way home.

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