Tour Itinerary

Day 1:  Tuesday May 5th, 2020

Arrive to Heathrow Airport and group transfer to Hawkwell House Hotel in the outskirts of Oxford.

 

A welcome dinner will be provided at hotel this evening.

Day 2: Wednesday May 6th

Board the coach at the hotel after breakfast and travel into Oxford for your Lewis Carroll’s Oxford walking tour plus general introduction to the city. Lasts about 2 hours with entrance to some Oxford colleges and will end at the Ashmolean Museum where you can then explore the extensive art collection for inspiration and have lunch on your own.

After lunch the afternoon is free to enjoy painting, sketching, photography and sightseeing. The coach will collect you in the later evening and return you to the hotel for dinner.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 3: Thursday May 7th

After breakfast the coach will take you into Oxford for the whole day, enabling you to paint, sketch, photograph and sightsee at your leisure. You will be able to purchase dinner in Oxford under your own steam before the coach will collect you in the later evening and return you to the hotel.

Meals provided: Breakfast

Day 4: Friday May 8th

After breakfast at the hotel there will be a watercolor demonstration. You will then be taken into Oxford before lunch to allow you some free time for lunch and the afternoon free for painting. The coach will not collect you until around 8.30 pm this evening, to allow you time to find dinner in the city on your own.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Saturday May 9th

After breakfast this morning the coach will take you into Oxford for the whole day and collect you in the early evening and return you to the hotel for dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Sunday May 10th

 

This morning the coach will take you further afield after breakfast, taking you first to the atmospheric Cotswold village of Broadway, often referred to as the 'Jewel of the Cotswolds' due to its sheer beauty and magnificence. Many well known characters have spent time in Broadway drawing inspiration from its beauty and location including Oscar Wilde, Claude Monet, Edwin Abbey, John Singer-Sargent, William Morris and Edward Elgar. The village is nestled at the foot of Fish Hill (where apparently monks used to store fish and the 18th century ‘Fish Inn’ once stood).

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Broadway's majesty is seen in its wide street lined with a mix of Tudor, Stuart and Georgian buildings. The village has one of the longest High Streets in England. 

After lunch on your own, we travel on the iconic village of Bourton on the Water, straddling the river Windrush with its elegant low bridges beside tree-shaded greens and tidy stone banks. Bourton-on-the-Water has been described as the 'Little Venice' of the Cotswolds. After this visit the coach will return you to the hotel for dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Monday May 11th

After breakfast this morning the coach will take you into Oxford for the whole day and collect you in the early evening and return you to the hotel for dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Tuesday May 12th

After breakfast at the hotel we travel to one of the most stately homes in England - Blenheim Palace. It is the principal residence of the Dukes of Marlborough, and the only non-royal non-episcopal country house in England to hold the title of palace. Blenheim Palace is a World Heritage Site often referred to as Britain’s greatest palace, and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. The grounds include a great lake, beautiful formal gardens, walking paths, and the Temple of Diana, where Churchill proposed to his future wife Clementine.

Your ticket will allow you entrance to the house, and you may draw, paint or photograph the exterior of the palace or its 2,000 acres of Capability Brown landscaped parklands. If stately homes do not interest you, the charming Cotswold village of Woodstock is just a few minutes walk from the Palace.

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Woodstock town is a collection of easy-to-explore historic, honey-coloured streets as lovely as any found in the Cotswolds. Wander in and out of interesting boutiques, unique art galleries and antique shops. The Oxfordshire Museum in the heart of town tells the story of the ancient county.

No matter how you chose to spend your morning, the coach will collect you after lunch and take you for one final time into Oxford. You may wish to spend the afternoon completing one final painting, or exploring the many attractions the city has to offer. The coach will return you to the hotel later in the day and you will meet up again with the group for a farewell dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Wednesday May 13th

 

After breakfast at the hotel you will be transferred to the airport in a group for your return flights.

Meals: Breakfast 

 

What’s included in this tour:

  • Group airport transfers from London Heathrow (an additional charge would be made for transfers from other airports or for individual transfers)

  • 8 nights at Hawkwell House Hotel

  • Full breakfast and group dinner on 6 nights

  • Travel to and from Oxford and all additional excursions by coach

  • Oxford walking tour

  • Entrance cost to Blenheim Palace

  • Entrance to some Oxford Colleges as part of your walking tour

  • Entrance to Broadway Tower

  • Room hire at Hawkwell  House for watercolour class

 

What’s not included:

  • Lunches

  • Two dinners when in Oxford

  • Any additional attractions or entrances are at your own expense

  • Any gratuities

  • Airfare not included

  • Travel insurance 

 

Prices:

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