Oxford & The Cotswolds Tour
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Runs at 9. 15 am from Paddington Railway Station on
Wednesday, December 30
Wednesday, March 30
Meet Simon by the Passenger Information Point (it's very near Platforms 1 & 2).

If you're thinking about going on this one you're on the edge of perfection. Don't turn your back on it. Which is by way of saying, Oxford makes words sing. Towery city and branchy between towers; cuckoo-echoing, bell-swarmed, lark-charmed, rook-racked, river-rounded."  

Yes, yes, yes, welcome to the city of dreaming spires! "There's no other place like it in the world, it is a despair to see such a place and ever to leave it." Our setting: Oxford's mediaeval colleges and walls; its bridges, libraries and gardens; its cloisters and quads, its towers and dreaming spires, gnawed by time and echoing with centuries of youthful exuberance.

Our themes: town and gown; the life and times of generations of dons and undergraduates; kings and punting and Alice in Wonderland; scholars, wits and celebrated eccentrics; poets and Inspector Morse, Brideshead Revisited and Shadowlands and, yes, American Presidents who didn't inhale. Want to see more? Click here for a very special photo-essay. And here's one [it's a work in progress at the moment] of The Cotswolds leg of the tour.

And that's just the half of it! In the Cotswolds we'll explore a world of chuckling streams, stone bridges, and thatched cottages; of ancient churches and manor houses; of old mills and millponds; of vast panoramas, rolling hills, and deep green valleys; of villages out of a storybook. Explore, in short, what is quite possibly the most beautiful countryside in the world.

Let's say it again, you're well advised to check out the taster.  It's a lovingly shot little film of day, destination and guide (ah, Richard! – cynosure of guides, golden of voice, red of cap, pink of courtesy! Not to mention platinum of well-connected, etc. etc.). 

Tariff  c. £39
N.B. for the total cost for the Oxford & Cotswolds trip simply add the Guide's Fee to the Tariff.  (The Guide's Fee is £18 for adults, £16 for over 65s and students, and £14 for Loyalty Card holders.)
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