Cotswold Taster

Our best-selling half-day tour for those guests who don’t have time to do a full-day tour.

Our Cotswold Taster takes you through idyllic country lanes to Minster Lovell with its quaint thatched cottages, the ‘Gateway to the Cotswolds’, Burford, picturesque Bourton-on-the-Water and quirky Stow-on-the-Wold. 

Delightful sleepy stone villages, hidden valleys and meandering rivers await you at every turn providing memorable highlights of some of the most enchanting villages and towns of the North Cotswolds.


You start your unforgettable Cotswold journey from central Oxford, driving to Burford (the Gateway to the Cotswolds) through Minster Lovell, with its attractive thatched houses and ruined Hall.

We then continue to Burford, the Gateway to the Cotswolds via the beautiful villages of Asthall and Swinbrook (home to the Mitford sisters). You can enjoy browsing in the small shops and cafes.

Our drive then takes us through some beautiful countryside and some of the old quarrying villages of the North Cotswolds to Bourton-on-the-Water, the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’. Bourton has many cafes and small souvenir shops to explore and there is also the picturesque River Windrush with its series of quaint stone bridges.

The tour continues on to Stow-on-the-Wold, the highest town in the Cotswolds.  Here you can window-shop in some of the unique antiques shops and boutiques in the pretty town square or visit St Edwards Church with its quirky wooden door, said to have inspired the writer J R R Tolkien.

Our route back to Oxford passes through the delightful towns of Chipping Norton and  Woodstock, the location of Blenheim Palace (birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill).

Sundays at 1300 from April to October
Sundays at 0930 from November to March
Cost: £65.00 per person

Pick-up Point

Just outside the Taylorian Institute in Oxford City Centre

Please note

  • Public transportation nearby
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not suitable for pets
  • Infants must not sit on laps
  • Infant seats unavailable

Cancellation Policy

We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 1 day or less before the event

We will charge a cancellation fee of 0% if booking is cancelled 1000 days or less before the event

What Our Guests Say

Highly recommended!
"It was such a lovely day out! Thank you Isobel for your wonderful and informative guide, and thank you David for the safe and comfortable ride. The Cotswolds is really difficult to travel with public transport, so joining the tour was the best way to enjoy the quaint villages and hidden gems in the area. Also, it is rather impossible to get a ticket for the immensely popular Highclere Castle on your own; I am so glad to have found a perfect tour that saved my day."
Arisa N.
Best tour and great people
"We had an excellent tour with the most knowledgeable and friendly driver and guide. I would seek them out again if we are ever back in the area! Thank you so much for being accommodating. You went beyond expectations! All seven of us commented on how much we enjoyed our day."

Small group tours with
maximum 12 guests:

£65 Per person

Private tailor-made tours
for up to 12 guests:

From £400

Experience type:

Day tour / activity

Booking in advance:

Cut off: 1 hour


5 hours



Supported accessibilty:

Stroller or pram

Know before you go:

Minimum age of passengers is: 12


Cultural and theme tours, Day trips and excursions, Luxury and special occasions, Bus / minivan tour, Family friendly

Live tour guide:


Need help booking?


Call us on any of the numbers below and we will be happy to help you with booking a tour with us.

Landline: +44 (0)1869 340090

Mobile: +44 (0) 7976 246967

Mobile: +44 (0) 7860 222408

To make a booking, visit our Tours page

Explore the beautiful Cotswolds

Discover idyllic English villages, nestling in quiet valleys with picture-perfect thatched cottages, majestic castles and manors, fields and hedgerows.

Call:  +44 (0)1869 340090


Cotswold Exploring are supporting the environment through our partnership with One Tree. £1.00 from each tour you book will help to plant more trees worldwide.

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