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Chipping Campden

Discover the Charming Cotswolds With its rustic rural charm, rolling hills, vibrant market towns and picture- perfect villages, the Cotswolds offer unspoilt countryside and picturesque villages built of the honey-coloured stone for which the region is famous. Based near Cheltenham, our tour explores the charming Cotswold towns of Broadway, Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water. There is also the opportunity to visit 2 historical cities – Gloucester and Cheltenham – as well as the charming Cotswold village of Painswick with its famous Rococo Garden. PACKAGED ITINERARY Day 1 Arrival We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner. Day 2 Gloucester & Painswick Rococo Garden We spend this morning in Gloucester with time to explore at leisure. We can visit the medieval Cathedral (used in most of the Harry Potter films as Hogwarts), the award-winning Gloucester Waterways Museum overlooking the River Severn, and the restored historic Victorian Docks that now buzz with museums, shops, boats and restaurants. In the afternoon we make our way to the delightful Cotswold village of Painswick, famous for its churchyard with 99 yew trees and the famous yew clipping ceremony in September. While here, we visit the Rococo Garden , designed in the 1740s for the owner to use as his ‘playground’. Positioned in a hidden valley offering spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, it features intriguing garden buildings, magical follies and flowers and colours that transform by the seasons. Day 3 Cheltenham & Steam Train to Broadway This morning we have some free time to explore Cheltenham at leisure. This Regency town, made popular as a spa destination by George III, is brimming with history. As we stroll along the promenade, it’s easy to see why it became a favourite amongst 18th century aristocrats after its health-giving spa waters were discovered. Cheltenham is also famous for its festival and the Gold Cup, so it is fitting that we head to Cheltenham Racecourse to board the Gloucester- Warwickshire steam train to the nearby town of Broadway, nesting in the Cotswolds. Here, we have time to browse this interesting Cotswold town before returning to our hotel. Day 4 Scenic Cotswolds Drive: Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold & Chipping Campden Today we take an excursion by coach around the honey-coloured Cotwolds, visiting Bourton-on-the-Water, known as the ‘Little Venice’ of the Cotswolds due to its low bridges crossing the River Windrush and also famed for its model village. We then head to the pretty market town of Stow-on-the-Wold, perched on Stow Hill which at 800 metres above sea level, makes it the highest in the Cotswolds. Elegant shops, houses and a market square await, with gift, craft and antique shops galore. Our final stop before returning to our hotel, is in charming Chipping Campden, one of the loveliest of the towns, noted for its terraced high street, thatched cottages and array of small and quirky shops. Please note, pre-booking coach parking space in Bourton-on-the-Water is required. Day 5 Departure After breakfast, we make our way home.

Painswick Rococo Garden

Gloucester Cathedral

Courtesy of Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway

Delta Hotels by Marriott Cheltenham Chase Brockworth, Gloucestershire

This hotel is set in 15 acres of private grounds on the edge of the picturesque Cotswold Hills, just 5 miles from the centre of Cheltenham. The hotel is contemporary and sophisticated with 122 elegant bedrooms. The restaurant and bar are both spacious, open plan areas with impressive views over the surrounding hills. There is also a spa area with indoor swimming pool, steam room and spa bath. • Ground floor rooms • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Leisure facilities • Coach parking is on-site & free of charge 4 Nights Half Board Twin from £353pp Double for Sole Use Supplement from £141

Inclusions • Porterage • Welcome tea/coffee • Choice of menu • Tea/coffee after dinner

• Entrance to Painswick Rococo Garden • Steam train journey from Cheltenham to Broadway


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