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Select Tour: Blenheim Palace and Cotswolds

Highlights / General details BLENHEIM PALACE: Blenheim Palace is a masterpiece of English Baroque architecture and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. The stunning State Rooms are brimming with priceless works of art and magnificent tapestries. The Palace is still inhabited today by the Duke of Marlborough. The Gardens are set in over 754 hectares of land with an exquisite water garden. THE COTSWOLDS: This region of outstanding natural beauty is characterized by attractive small towns and thatched villages of yellow Cotswold stone made prosperous by the historic wool trade. We'll make a short stop in the village of Bibury, once described by William Morris as "the most beautiful village in England" and see Arlington Row, a row of weavers cottages built of local stone. Then on to Bourton-on-the-Water, the "Little Venice" of the Cotswolds. Its picturesque High Street is flanked by shaded greens, and the River Windrush, spanned by several arched stone bridges, runs alongside. DOWNTON ABBEY VILLAGE: In the village of Bampton, we visit the street where many scenes from the "Downton Abbey" TV series were filmed. You can see the Church where a number of "Downton" events were hosted, from weddings and funerals to the Downton Fair. Next to the church is Churchgate House which was used as the Crawley family home, and the old Grammar School which now houses the Bampton Library and Community Archive and served as the Downton Cottage Hospital. The street is also the location for two local pubs, "The Grantham Arms" and "The Dog & Duck". Inclusion Hotel pick up from select hotels only; •See Blenheim Palace with an option to visit the Palace State Rooms and Gardens; Panoramic tour of the enchanting Cotswolds; Visit the villages of Bibury and Bourton-on-the-Water; Visit the village of Bampton, setting for the TV series "Downton Abbey"; First class luxury motor coach and the services of a professional Tour Guide; Personal Audio Headset; Free Wi-Fi on Tour Coaches. Exclusion Entrance fees (may be purchased from tour guide); Food and Beverages; Tour guide gratuity. Hours of operation Available: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday (May-September); Departs at 8:45am. Japanese guided tour is available Friday Only. Duration Approximately 10 Hours. Inclusion Hotel pick up from select hotels only; •See Blenheim Palace with an option to visit the Palace State Rooms and Gardens; Panoramic tour of the enchanting Cotswolds; Visit the villages of Bibury and Bourton-on-the-Water; Visit the village of Bampton, setting for the TV series "Downton Abbey"; First class luxury motor coach and the services of a professional Tour Guide; Personal Audio Headset; Free Wi-Fi on Tour Coaches. Exclusion Entrance fees (may be purchased from tour guide); Food and Beverages; Tour guide gratuity. Hours of operation Available: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday (May-September); Departs at 8:45am. Japanese guided tour is available Friday Only. Duration Approximately 10 Hours. Location This tour departs at the Victoria COACH Station - Victoria COACH Station, 164 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9TP. Closest Underground Station is Victoria. Tour finishes at Victoria Train Station. Additional Information The state of the art VOX Radioguide® system is used during the walking sections of this tour: guests are issued with a personal headset ensuring they never miss a word of the guide's commentary. Policies Attraction Entrance fees are not included, but tickets may be purchased from your Tour Guide. Please Note: this tour does not visit Highclere Castle. Complete information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher. **All information requested must be supplied or booking is subject to automatic cancellation**