Discover new vistas and hidden corners on this special Cotswolds tour. Your walking guide is Blue Badge accredited, so will give you special insight into the area as you stroll through the countryside and villages.
Day 1 After pick up by taxi, we make our way to Gloucestershire with a visit to the Regency town of Cheltenham before arriving at our hotel. After tea on arrival, there is time to relax before dinner.
Day 2 A real treat today as we visit Sezincote, a Murghal Indian palace set in the Cotswold Hills. Built in 1805, the house is surmounted by a copper dome and minarets, and is set in a picturesque water garden with seven pools, waterfalls and a temple. A curving Orangery frames the Persian Garden of Paradise. We have a private guided tour of the house followed by free time to explore the gardens and enjoy our packed lunch. This afternoon we begin our guided walk at Snowshill, travelling over hilltops, through valleys and shaded woodlands to Stanton and Cotswold Edge, two of the most picturesque villages of the Cotswolds. (Walk: approx. 3 miles).
Day 3 This morning’s scenic walk starts in the small village of Colwall and gives marvellous views of the Malvern Hills, churches, manor houses and an iron age hill fort. Although the walk involves quite a bit of uphill and downhill walking, the paths are clear and in good condition. (Walk: approx. 3 miles). We join our coach and travel to the Museum of Royal Worcester, which holds the world’s largest collection of Worcester porcelain and has just undergone a £1.7 million refurbishment. We have a buﬀet lunch of sandwiches and savouries, and a ‘behind the scenes’ talk about the museum.
Day 4 Leaving our hotel after breakfast, we spend the morning in Gloucester visiting the restored Victorian Docks, home to the National Waterways Museum and the Merchants Quay Shopping Centre. Early afternoon we make our way back to the south coast and home.
Regency elegance awaits you at the Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall Hotel, set in 12 acres of rolling park and woodland close to Upton St Leonards. All bedrooms have TV, WiFi, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel does not have a lift, and does not have ground ﬂoor rooms. A platform lift is available to the ﬁrst ﬂoor.