Your Tour Itinerary - Heart of England

Day 1 London – Oxford – Cotswolds

After meeting in London, we begin our journey to Oxford and take a step back in time to discover the poets, professors, scientists and sporting heroes that have graced the streets of this historic town. Take in the architecture, become inspired by the flawless grounds of each college and enjoy the town. Next, we venture through quintessential English countryside to meet with the Cotswolds. This charming area is a patchwork of green hills and farmland, peppered with centuries-old villages of caramel-hued cottages. Tonight, we end the day with a delicious welcome dinner. (D)

Day 2 Cotswolds – Stratford-upon-Avon – Cotswolds

Riverside Stratford-upon-Avon – where the life and times of William Shakespeare take centre stage on day two. See the playwright’s Tudor timbered childhood home and his wife Anne Hathaway’s pretty thatched cottage – a stroll through the blooming gardens here, with their traditional shrubs and beds of wild flowers, is a must. Then it’s time to explore more Cotswold hamlets as we wind our way back to our hotel for an evening of free time and leisure. (B)

Day 3 Cotswolds – Lacock – Bath

It’s time to indulge our taste buds with an  afternoon of high tea before we meet with costume drama dreams at Lacock – a showstopper of a village that often doubles as a film set. We step inside the magnificent abbey – whose peaceful cloisters took a starring turn as the Hogwarts hallways in the Harry Potter series – and learn all about the unique architecture. We finish today in Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage city with true ‘wow’ factor, where we make ourselves at home for our final two nights. (B,L)

Day 4 Bath

Every beautifully preserved building we pass in Bath tells a story. With a morning walking tour, we get up close and personal to Roman life in the breathtaking Roman Baths. After that, the afternoon is yours. You could enjoy a bit of ‘me time’ at Thermae Bath Spa, Britain’s only thermal spa where you can bathe in mineral-rich waters and scan the skyline from the rooftop pool. If you are looking to explore on foot, discover Bath’s proud independent side and wander past stylish boutiques and celebrated coffee shops. For our last dinner together, it’s time to swap stories and look back with fond memories of our English journey. (B,D)

Day 5 Bath – Longleat – Avebury – London

The best way to follow up a day in Bath is with a morning at Longleat. This English stately home, the current seat of the Marquess of Bath, blends classic architecture with creative interiors. Afterwards, our journey continues to Avebury, an immense stone circle set within an ancient landscape of enigmatic monuments, tombs and roads that were first walked millennia ago. While Stonehenge attracts tourists from around the world and does not permit close access, at Avebury we have the opportunity to walk freely among the standing stones. Steeped in mystery, these prehistoric stone circles are a fascinating sight and a tremendous final stop on our tour. That just leaves a leisurely drive back to the bright lights of London, where we say goodbye. (B)

Departure Dates & Prices 2018 Heart of England - Tour code HOE

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April 16



May 7g, 14g, 18, 21g, 25, 28g 



June 4g, 11g, 18g, 25



July 2, 9g, 16, 30



August 6, 13, 20, 27g



September 3g, 10, 17, 24, 26



Oct 1, 8



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Back-Roads Touring
Heart of England

5 days / 4 nights - 5% discount

Prices from only £978

Neolithic man to Roman forces, celebrated writers to contemporary filmmakers have all made a mark on England’s heartland.

This tour follows their tracks – covering Wiltshire’s ancient stone circles and movie-set good looks, Oxford’s ‘dreaming spires’ and Bath’s incredible architecture. With a visit to Sharkespear's childhood home and final resting place, Stratford-upon-Avon and one of England’s great stately homes, Longleat House.

To book this delightful 5 day Heart of England tour with Back-Roads Touring call them direct on 0208 9870 990 and quote the Travel 55 ref: T55BR to receive the 5% discount. 

You can claim a 5% discount on all Back-Roads tours. To book, call them direct on 0208 9870 990 and quote ref: T55BR to receive the Travel 55 discount price 

The Back-Roads Difference

  • Pay a visit to the childhood home and final resting place of William Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon

  • Go behind the scenes at one of England’s great stately homes: Longleat House

  • Enjoy an afternoon of high tea in Castle Combe


  • 4 nights in boutique accommodation

  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader

  • Premium mini-coach transportation

  • Daily Full English breakfasts, (B) 2 evening meals (B)

  • A guided walking tour of Oxford

  • 1 traditional afternoon high tea

  • Entrance included to: Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Shakespeare's Birthplace, Lacock Abbey, Roman Baths, No.1 Royal Crescent, Longleat House and Avebury Stone Circle.

Small groups up to 18

With tour sizes of up to 18, our tour leaders can ensure a more personalised experience. Smaller group sizes also mean we can guarantee our tours will run once we have just four guests booked.

Why Back-Roads Touring


On the vast majority of tours we travel by Mercedes or Mercedes Vito mini-coaches, equipped with comfortable seats, air-conditioning and large windows for enjoying the view. With the flexibility to go anywhere a car can, we take the smaller roads through beautiful scenery and get right to the heart of tiny villages and buzzing cities.
Along the way, your Tour Leader can offer intriguing insights about the views we see over the onboard PA system. And, with long drives kept to a minimum, you’ll have plenty of time to stretch your legs and explore sites for yourself.

Scenic back roads not motorways

Winding country lanes. Coastal beauty spots. Breathtaking mountain passes. With luxury mini-coaches that take us along scenic roads beyond the reach of large vehicles, the journey is as much a part of the adventure as the destination.

Authentic Local Experiences

Truly getting to know a destination means stepping off the typical tourist trail. From hidden-gem attractions to local favourites, we take time to seek out genuine experiences that take you to the heart of each spectacular region.

Culinary Discoveries

One of the most enjoyable ways to experience a different culture is to sample the cuisine. From visits to local producers to food and wine tastings and even cooking lessons, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to discover new flavours.

Boutique Hotels

Whether it’s a classic country inn or an elegant chateau, each day’s journey ends in a hotel with plenty of character. We opt for accommodation that reflects the personality of the local area, and fits right in with its surroundings.

Leisurely Paced Travel

Forget sunrise starts and long days hopping on and off the bus. We rarely leave before 8.30am and give each stop the attention it deserves – keeping long drives to a minimum. And giving you plenty of time to explore at your own pace.


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