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England’s University Towns

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
7 days
From: $ 1,725 $ 246 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Get a real feel for England when you travel between cities by car!
  • Explore the extraordinary, unique libraries of each city. You don't need to be a book lover to be overwhelmed by their beauty!
  • Discover everything these cities have to offer with your 24-hour hop-on/hop-off tours!
  • Enjoy true luxury in three of England's finest hotels!
  • These three cities are cultural gold mines! Take the time to get acquainted with the rich history of each destination.

Short Description

Take in history, culture, and stunning architecture as you hop from one amazing city to the next! Enjoy leisurely day-long tours of London, Cambridge, and Oxford that will allow you to see these college towns front to back!

A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Trip Type Self-guided / Independent Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City London
End City Oxford

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare to London (LHR)
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • 2 nights in London at The Grosvenor Hotel or similar
  • London Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus Pass (24-hour)
  • Manual car rental for 4 nights - automatic upgrade available
  • 2 nights in Cambridge at the Doubletree by Hilton Cambridge City Centre
  • Cambridge Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus Pass (24-hour)
  • 2 nights in Oxford at the Macdonald Randolph Hotel
  • Oxford Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus Pass (24-hour)
  • Breakfast daily

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to London!

Accommodation: The Grosvenor Hotel

First stop, London! After you land, pick up your car and check in to your luxurious accommodation. Then, dive right into the city's vibrant culture!

Day 2: London

Grab your camera and climb aboard one of London's famous red double-decker buses! Enjoy your hop-on/hop-off tour today and experience all of London's "must-see" sights up close. The tour is valid for the entire day, so take advantage of the three included walking tours and the free Thames River Cruise.

Original London Sightseeing Tour (24-hour Hop-on/Hop-off)

Experience the best of London aboard The Original Tour’s famous red open-top buses. With over 80 conveniently located bus stops across London and countless photo opportunities, The Original Tour really is the best way to explore and learn about London and its many famous modern and historic landmarks. Your 24-hour ticket provides a great value, offering 3 free Walking Tours, a free Thames River Cruise Pass and unlimited hop-on/hop-off access to all bus routes, plus a free Kids’ Club including a unique commentary channel and fun activity pack.

From historic sites and attractions, to some of the most famous views in the world, let The Original London Sightseeing Tour help you plan your day out in the capital.

Please present your voucher for ticket validation at The Original London Visitor Centre (17-19 Cockspur Street, Trafalgar Square); opening hours are 8:00am-6:00pm Monday-Friday, and 8:00am-5:30pm Sunday & bank holidays. Tours begin at 8:30am daily, and run every 15-20 minutes through 6:00pm in the winter, and 8:00pm in the summer. Without stops, the red and yellow tour routes take approximately 2.5-3 hours, and the blue tour route takes approximately 90 minutes.

The 24-hour ticket includes:

  • All bus routes
  • 80 conveniently located hop-on/hop-off stops
  • 3 free daily walking tours
  • Free Thames River Cruise Pass
  • Kids’ Club with children’s commentary on select routes

Day 3: London - Cambridge

Accommodation: DoubleTree by Hilton Cambridge City Centre

Enjoy a quick drive to Cambridge. Look out the window and see the beautiful parts of England that are nestled in between these two cities. After checking in to your welcoming accommodation in Cambridge, you might want to leisurely stroll through Market Square, admire the city's amazing architecture, or settle in with a pint in a pub.

Day 4: Cambridge

Today, see all of Cambridge's most famous attractions! Hop on and off this day-long tour, and experience a little bit of everything. Stroll along the River Cam, admire the city's historic center, and walk around the city's many museums and art galleries!

Cambridge City Sightseeing Hop-on/Hop-off Bus Tour (24 Hours)

If you're looking for a unique way to see and explore Cambridge, sightseeing is the perfect way to reveal a city that is as welcoming as it is delightful. Simply hop on an unmistakable red, open-topped double decker bus with City Sightseeing and let them show you all the things to do, from the historic city center to the world famous Backs and the River Cam. The Cambridge sightseeing tour operates via 19 stops all over the city, taking you on a tour of all the city's top tourist attractions. Be inspired by the museums and art galleries, or relax in the evening in the enchanting restaurants and pubs. The full loop takes approximately 80 minutes - however you can hop on and off wherever and whenever you'd like, along the way. Vouchers can be exchanged at the tour originating point (Silver Street East) beginning at 10:05am daily. Tours hours of operation are typically 10:05am - 4:45pm. Depending on the season, times of the first and last bus, along with the tour frequency may vary. Please confirm with your local provider upon arrival.

Your Cambridge City Sightseeing Hop-on/Hop-off Bus Tour includes:

Unlimited travel ticket for 24 hours (during hours of operation)

Day 5: Cambridge - Oxford

Accommodation: MacDonald Randolph Hotel

After a short drive, arrive in sophisticated Oxford and check in to your elegant accommodation. Spend the afternoon leisurely strolling through university parks, admiring the city's architecture, and maybe hitting a museum or two.

Consider heading to East Oxford and treating yourself to dinner in one of the area's unique restaurants!

Day 6: Oxford

See every inch of this architecturally rich city on your day-long hop-on/hop-off tour. Enjoy stunning views of the warmly colored buildings, learn about Oxford's extensive history, and come face-to-face with tons of famous sights!

Oxford City Sightseeing Hop-on/Hop-off Bus Tour (24 Hours)

Home to the oldest University in Britain, Oxford is an architectural marvel. On this 24-hour City Sightseeing Hop-on/Hop-off tour, you'll get fantastic views of its honey-colored buildings as well as stunning glimpses of the hushed courtyards of its many Colleges. Gaze at the beautiful buildings comprising Worcester College, St. Peter’s College, Brasenose College, Oriel College, St. Hilda’s College and many more. There are two tour routes in Oxford: Historic City & University and Meadows & Bridges.

The full loop on either route last approximately 60 minutes, however, you can hop-on and off wherever and whenever you like. Visit the International award-winning Oxford Castle Heritage area, and travel by the Ashmolean, the Sheldonian and the historic Carfax junction. Let City Sightseeing Oxford introduce you to this vibrant and cultured city. With numerous stops along the tour route, you are free to hop on and off at your leisure so that you can make the most of your stay.

Learn more about the city as you visit Pitt Rivers Museum, William Morris’ Original Workshop and the Bodleian Library. Gaze at Hertford Bridge, which is often referred to as The Bridge of Sighs because of its supposed similarity to the bridge of the same name in Venice. (However, Hertford Bridge bears a closer resemblance to the Rialto Bridge in the same city). Hop off at Gloucester Green Bus Station for city center shopping and the market, or at the Covered Market or Westgate Shopping Center. Amble along the River Thames Walk, relax by Oxford Canal or visit the Botanic Gardens. Punting activities can be found at Magdelan Bridge. Vouchers can be exchanged at the tour originating point (City & University Route - Railway Station, Meadows & Bridges Route - Roger Bannister Running Track) Beginning at 9:30 am daily. Typical hours of operation are 9:30am - 5:25pm. Depending on the season, times of the first bus and last bus, along with the tour frequency may vary. Meadow & Bridge Route only operates between March 25th - October 31st. Please confirm dates of operations and times for both routes, with your local provider upon arrival.

Your Oxford City Sightseeing Hop-on/Hop-off Bus Tour includes:

Unlimited travel ticket for 24 hours (during hours of operation)

Day 7: Depart England

Say goodbye to England, until next time. Drop off your rental car, board your flight, and spend the relaxing trip home dreaming about your next adventure.

Fly home!

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