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The Jewel of the Cotswolds

Unwind and explore in the classic English countryside.

  • Cotswolds

  • 5 nights
  • Half Board with 1 lunch & 1 afternoon tea
  • May

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    Sep

  • Adagio

Tour codes: 50040

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Adagio

Our range of Adagio leisurely walking holidays and sightseeing tours are designed at a slower pace than the average Ramblers Walking Holidays, perfect for those who would like to slow things down but keep active. 

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Visit charming honey coloured stone Cotswold villages such as Stow on the Wold, Bourton on the Water and Broadway
  • Lunch and a guided tour of Stanway House and its picturesque grounds
  • Enjoy the gently rolling Cotswold paths on foot
  • Taste delicious wines in a local English vineyard
  • Try a delightful afternoon tea in Broadway
  • Explore the romantic Sudeley Castle
  • Follow sections of local walking trails such as the Gloucestershire Way, the Diamond Way and the Cotswold Way

Typified by the mellow coloured limestone mined from local hills and used to build chocolate box cottages and towns, the Cotswolds is an area of outstanding natural beauty, covering almost 800 square miles through the five counties of Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire. 

The 3000-mile network of footpaths takes us through this region of classic English countryside, rolling flower-filled meadows, green luscious valleys, wild woodland and picturesque honey coloured villages, making the Cotswolds an ideal centre to quietly explore. We will make use of the footpaths winding between villages and often heading for the church spire in front of us. 

We stay in the picturesque market town of Evesham, just north of the Cotswolds in Worcestershire. During the holiday we will explore charming Cotswold villages such as Stow on the Wold, Bourton on the Water, Broadway and many more! There are many named walking trails such as the Gloucestershire Way, the Diamond Way and the Cotswold Way. We'll unwind with delicious wines at a local vineyard and enjoy a delightful afternoon tea in Broadway. The Cotswolds really is an enchanting place to explore.

  • Services of a dedicated Adagio leader
  • All local transport costs
  • Half board accommodation
  • Lunch and a guided tour of Stanway House and Gardens
  • Afternoon tea in Broadway on one day
  • A guided tour and wine tasting in a local Vineyard
  • All local transport costs and entrance fees are included
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival Day

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Travel independently to the Evesham Hotel & Spa where you will be greeted by your Adagio leader and enjoy dinner with your fellow holidaymakers. We will offer a short mid-afternoon orientation of the local area.

Day 2

Stow on the Wold and Bourton on the Water

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    4.2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    20/120m

A coach takes us to the charming village of Stow on the Wold, the highest of the Cotswolds village at 800m on Stow Hill. Here we have some free time for exploration before taking a scenic walk through the countryside. Our gentle walk will take us through rolling meadows and along tranquil rivers. We pass through the scenic honey coloured stone village of Lower Slaughter. Our trail takes us to beautiful Bourton on the Water, famed as ‘The Venice of the Cotswolds’ with its iconic Cotswold little stone bridges crossing the River Windrush.  

Day 3

Batsford Arboretum and Daylesford House

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    4.2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    64/117m

We spend the morning visiting the Batsford Arboretum and Garden centre and its impressive collection of flora displayed throughout the four seasons! There is time to wander the grounds to explore over 1,300 different tree, shrub and bamboo species. The centre emphasises the importance of conservation, promoting its wildflower areas which are home to an abundance of wildlife, and its large variety of tree collections originating from Japan and China, some which are on the verge of extinction. 

We follow a section of the Diamond Way, a long-distance path in the Cotswolds from Chastleton, possibly having a moment to pass through to the idyllic village of Adelstrop, frequently visited by Jane Austin. We continue to Daylesford House, famed for its organic farm produce. 

Day 4

Chipping Camden and Broadway

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    4.7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    130/260m

Our morning starts in the pretty medieval town of Chipping Camden, a small market town in the centre of the Cotswold's decorated with golden stone and colourful flower boxes. We have some free time to visit its quaint little coffee shops and museums before enjoying a guided tour and wine tasting at Little Oak Vineyard on the outskirts of Chipping Camden. After a glass or two, we walk along the picturesque Cotswold Way and The Mile Drive to Broadway, renowned for being the most beautiful village in the Cotswolds. This picture-postcard village is a delight to spend some free time in before we are treated to a delicious afternoon tea in a quaint tea room.

Day 5

Stanway and Sudeley Castle

Meals

Breakfast, Wine Tasting, Afternoon Tea & Dinner

Accommodation

Today is predominantly a sightseeing day. We transfer to Stanway, a serene village where we visit Stanway House and its picturesque grounds, waterwheel and 300-foot fountain before a delicious lunch in its stables. This afternoon we continue to the romantic Sudeley Castle, known as the Queens Castle. The grounds are beautifully laid out and well worth discovering on foot.

Day 6

Departure Day

Meals

Breakfast

Today we say farewell to the jewel that is the Cotswolds. Check out is by 11 am. We hope you have enjoyed your holiday and look forward to welcoming you on another soon.  



Departure dates for your selected tour

9th May 2022 - 14th May 2022 (5 Nights)

6th Jun 2022 - 11th Jun 2022 (5 Nights)

4th Jul 2022 - 9th Jul 2022 (5 Nights)

19th Sep 2022 - 24th Sep 2022 (5 Nights)

Travel Details

Check-in at the hotel is from 3:00 pm. Our Adagio Leader will meet with you prior to your evening dinner for a group welcome meeting. Our Adagio Leader will also offer a local walk in the afternoon, leaving from the hotel at 4:00 pm.  

To reach the hotel by car: 

From London, take the M40 towards Oxford to Junction 15 where you need to take the A46 south towards Evesham. The hotel is located off the B4035, just off the A46. Parking at the Evesham Hotel and Spa is free for guests.

From Birmingham, take the A441 or A435 south. Take the A46 past Arrow towards Twyford. Keep following the road until you reach B4035 near Bengeworth. Follow the road to the hotel.

From the west, take the A44. Take the A46 past Arrow towards Twyford. Keep following the road until you reach B4035 near Bengeworth. Follow the road to the hotel. 

To reach the hotel by rail: 

There is a railway station in Evesham, provided by First Great Western with direct links to Oxford, Reading, Worcester and London Paddington. There is also a railway station at Stratford Upon Avon, 18 miles north of the hotel. 

We suggest you pre-book a taxi. There are many taxi companies in Evesham and Stratford Upon Avon, such as Evesham Taxis on 07730202299 and M&M taxi 07592825971.

To reach the hotel by air: 

The closest airport is Birmingham International, a 40-minute drive from Evesham. Other airports within a 2 hours drive include Bristol, Manchester, East Midlands and Cardiff.

Route planning to and from Evesham: 

The AA and RAC both offer free and detailed on-line route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find the hotel. 

 An excellent website to assist in your travel plans is Rome2Rio.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Evesham Hotel & Spa

We stay on a half board basis at the Evesham Hotel & Spa, located in Evesham, Worcestershire just north of the Cotswolds. This friendly hotel has a picturesque garden to relax in and guests have access to the heated swimming pool and sauna. Spa treatments are available at an additional charge. 

We stay in classic double and single bedded en suite bedrooms. Rooms are individually decorated with a complementary mix of contemporary and tradition, with pale decor, traditional wooden beams and charming modern furnishings. Facilities include:

  • Ensuite facilities
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Mini fridge,
  • TV
  • Hairdryer 
  • Wi-Fi

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

All Adagio holidays are expertly designed to allow you to immerse yourself in the destination. Leisurely exploration of the must-see, as well as lesser known, highlights together with relaxed enjoyment of local food and wines is what we have in mind. 

There may be days of sightseeing on foot around a spectacular city or unchallenging strolls on easy terrain in open countryside interspersed with winery visits, guided tours, boat trips, cafe stops and traditional restaurants.

Walks & Excursions

We use a mix of privately hired vehicles, taxis, and public transport which gives us some flexibility in our itinerary. We have a wonderful programme of walking, sightseeing and visits planned to let you fully experience the area along with opportunities to relax at our wonderful hotel and enjoy your surroundings.

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

Local transport costs, entrance fees and tips to local providers are included in your holiday price. You may wish to budget for any meals and drinks not included in the holiday arrangements, non-included entrance fees and any optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Tipping

We include tips in the holiday cost and your Adagio Leader will take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers.  If you feel that someone has gone out of their way to make your holiday enjoyable or help you in anyway, please feel free to give a personal tip to the person should you wish. If you are having an independent lunch or other service not included in the holiday arrangements, tipping is at your own discretion.

Your Group

We believe that the best things come in small packages, and our Adagio holidays prove just that. We limit our groups to a maximum of 18 persons, plus the Adagio Leader, so that everyone has the opportunity to mix, share their love of travel and return home with new friendships. Small groups also have less detrimental local impact, allows us to use public transport on some days, eat at small local restaurants and, we believe, offers a better experience.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

An Adagio Leader will accompany you throughout the holiday. They are all experienced travellers with a love for exploring and will help capture the true essence of the destination with their stories, knowledge and insights.  They are well-organised, pay great attention to detail and enjoy being with people.  They are there to help make your holiday as enjoyable and stress free as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Your Adagio Leader will discuss the programme for the following day with the group at each evening briefing. This will be your opportunity to find out more details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. Also, if you have any questions or concerns on clothing or lunch arrangements, this can be discussed then. If you wish to opt out of the organised group programme, this is fine, just let your Leader know.  

Your Travel Details

Check-in at the hotel is from 3:00pm. Our Adagio Leader will meet with you prior to your evening dinner for a group welcome meeting. Our Adagio Leader will also offer a local walk in the afternoon, leaving at 4:00pm.  

To reach the hotel by car: 

From London, take the M40 towards Oxford to Junction 15 where you need to take the A46 south towards Evesham. The hotel is located off the B4035, just off the A46. Parking at the Evesham Hotel and Spa is free for guests.

From Birmingham, take the A441 or A435 south. Take the A46 past Arrow towards Twyford. Keep following the road until you reach B4035 near Bengeworth. Follow the road to the hotel.

From the west, take the A44. Take the A46 past Arrow towards Twyford. Keep following the road until you reach B4035 near Bengeworth. Follow the road to the hotel. 

To reach the hotel by rail: 

There is a railway station in Evesham, provided by First Great Western with direct liks to Oxford, Reading, Worcester and London Paddington. There is also a railway station at Stratford Upon Avon, 18 miles north of the hotel. 

We suggest you pre-book a taxi. There are many taxi companies in Evesham and Stratford Upon Avon, such as Evesham Taxis on 07730202299, M&M taxi 07592825971.

To reach the hotel by air: 

The closest airport is Birmingham International, a 40 minute drive from Evesham. Other airports within a 2 hours drive includes Bristol, Manchester, East Midlands and Cardiff.

Personal Details Check

Please ensure that the personal details we have on file for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. 

Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to accurately manage your holiday booking are correct at the time of booking (including health and dietry requirements). You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.adagio.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 386700. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

Passport Information for United Kingdom

Any non UK or EU citizens may be subject to passport, identity card or visa requirements to enter the United Kingdom.

Meals

We include breakfasts and dinners in the hotel’s restaurant. Dishes are cooked freshly and use locally sourced produce. 

One delicious lunch is included at the stables in Stanway House. We also include wine tasting at a local vineyard and an afternoon tea in a local tea room in Broadway.

Evesham, Worcestershire

Evesham is a traditional riverside market town located just north of the Cotswolds. Instantly unwind this charming town filled with an abundance of medieval history, antique buildings and traditional farmers market. The area is famous for its delicious fruit and vegetables, served in many places that we will visit during our holiday as well as all over the country! It's blossom trails in spring are the English equivalent of Japan's cherry blossom season!

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Comfortable, broken in, walking boots or shoes with a good sole are recommended for this holiday. Walking shoes or other comfortable footwear will be suitable for sightseeing days.

General Kit List

We recommend you bring the following items with you:

  • Walking boots or shoes with a good sole and waterproof uppers. 
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers. It does rain sometimes!
  • A sunhat, fleece hat and gloves… to cover all weather eventualities.
  • Sun cream. 
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Swimwear in case there is time for swimming if the hotel has a pool
  • A water bottle.  (see Water-to-Go below)
  • A picnic knife, fork and spoon, as required.
  • A simple basic first aid kit.
  • A daypack to hold all the above.
  • Trekking poles (if you usually walk with poles)

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Holiday booking confirmation document
  • Travel insurance details (if applicable)
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: [email protected]

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for United Kingdom

No compulsory immunisations are required for holidays in the UK although you should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended for life in Britain. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

Although not compulsory for British and EU citizens resident in the UK, we strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance to cover you in the event of eventualities such as unexpected cancellation, accident or illness before your holiday or the loss of personal possessions.

Visitors who are not British Citizens (or who are not EU citizens resident in the UK), must be adequately insured to join our holidays and will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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