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45 minutes ~ 1 hour at each location (longer for lunch) may sound a little brief, but for wandering around those beautiful little villages at our own pace, it felt just right. Even cafe time Our guide was very knowledgeable and amusing, and even added a surprise little drive through the grounds of Blenheim Palace, which was a nice sight. Lunch occurred as promised, although I did overhear an accusatory discussion between the restaurant manager and our guide - apparently the communication had been lacking and the cooks were getting cross. We were also somewhat left in the dark regarding as and when we could sit, but everything otherwise occurred without a hitch. I also feel I should make mention of the fish option, which comes highly recommended, fresh from the neighbouring trout farm. Trout, like salmon, has a distinct flavour, which, when poached, comes across quite strongly. I enjoyed it, but my Japanese partner found it inedible. But that said, this tour has left us entranced.
This is a long day and while you can spend a whole day (or two!) at either Oxford or Harry Potter studios, there is enough time on this trip to enjoy both (being somewhat mindful of the time). We had a great tour guide in Oxford, local man who I believe studied/studies there; he gave recommendations & local flavor. Had enough time for lunch at Turf Tavern and some quick shopping. Harry Potter studio is massive and one can easily schedule a whole day for it. We had about 4 hours. I'm a massive fan and was accompanied by a casual one. We ideally would have liked about 30-45 minutes longer to not feel at all rushed but again, still plenty of time to wait in line for pictures on a broomstick, Hogwarts Express, etc if everything else is kept at a decent pace. Unfortunately, the bus does not have outlets, wifi or a bathroom. However, the driver does stop at the facilities en route. Overall, I rate this a 9/10 (slightly longer at Harry Potter maybe, upgraded bus) but would recommend!
Our guide, Phil, was excellent - knowledgeable and pleasant. I would have preferred spending more time in the village of Bourton on the Water, or another village, perhaps purchasing lunch there after a stroll around the village, led by the tour guide. I would have loved it if we had been given an hour to eat lunch and wander around the shops after the tour. I understand that we may not have been able to have the picnic lunch in the park or see Broadway Tower, but Bourton on the Water was a delightful village and I wish we could have spent more time there. Our tour of Oxford was informative and fun, and we had the right amount of time to explore and shop. The bus driver, Greg, was also very personable.
It was a very comfortable tour. The locales were excellent. Hotel Swan is one of the prominent Hotels in the region & the lunch was sumptuous & delicious. Our Guide Marina was a superstar. She is extremely knowledgeable & informed. She kept us engaged with stories and information throughout the trip. It was an experience to cherish and highly recommended to every tourist
Even better than expectations! Our tour guide was wonderful, so knowledgeable and quite funny. Bus was very comfortable and drive was very pleasant. Tour of Downton town and house were wonderful and so much fun and beauty! Loved every minute of the amazing day!