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The Hidden Cotswolds & the Making of England (from Bath for 2-8 adventurers)

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    What to Expect
    Our 'Hidden Cotswolds' Curated Tour is a very different kind of experience.  It is extraordinary.

    We immerse those looking to truly experience England in the beauty, culture, cuisine, heritage of our region.   Each 'Curated Experience' is a chocolate-box adventure that combines history, landscapes, stories, dining & a personalised approach to create a truly magical & unforgettable experience.

    We take care of every little detail, cover every cost, & tailor the experience around you so you can relax & focus on enjoying an extraordinary experience... 

    Our guides are also exceptional.  Each one is a talented story-teller but also highly insightful, thoughtful & engaging.  The conversations you'll share will likely be about more than simply the tour...

    On this tour, you'll explore a quiet, ancient town that was once at the heart of England's history for over 1000 years to reveal the lives of great kings, pious saints and righteous monks. You'll find yourself immersed in the best of English hospitality and cuisine, listening to stories over morning coffee at the oldest hotel in England, lunching at an idyllic country pub. You'll venture down tiny country lanes to find yourself enveloped by stunning countryside, watched closely by wary sheep as you pass sleepy villages, over hills and besides ancient cottages.  You’ll stumble upon hidden gems, enjoy tea in gardens of a grand country house, explore forgotten villages and enjoy a short walk in the midst of nature...

    You'll return feeling like a local, having experienced an England most visitors never see and having made memories you'll treasure forever.

    Join us and Explore authentic England...

    We guarantee your time with us will be the Highlight of your Trip.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    We collect guests from all central Bath addresses and accommodation.  Unless we contact you otherwise, please assume we will collect you up to 20 minutes before the tour's starting time.
    For guests not staying in Bath, we can collect you from the front of the VisitBath Visitor Information Centre.
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    • Hotel/accommodation pick-up and drop-off from Bath
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges
    • Lunch with beverage of your choice
    • Morning coffee/tea
    • Afternoon tea
    • Knowledgeable, friendly local guide
    • Bottled water
    • Small-group tour of 8 or fewer
    • Lunch
    • Coffee and/or Tea
    • Alcoholic Beverages
    • Gratuities/tips are gratefully accepted. As a company we believe that gratuities are an important part of motivating and recognising outstanding service, and reward the guide for the commitment and care they have provided. They are discretionary.
    • Additional purchases such as gifts, additional refreshments etc. are not included.
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Recommended minimum age is 10 years (due to adult-focused nature of the tour)
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

    Just one week ago we had the privilege to experience this special tour. Nigel and Sina were our hosts for the day and they did not disappoint. They were friendly and welcoming but at the same time knowledgable and professional. Our seamless journey seemed to...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank MarionW1203
    Reviewed 6 August 2019

    Phoenix was our guide and asked if we minded having George, a trainee, join us. I'm delighted that we approved because George was a wonderful asset. There were only two of us and we had two guides, both warm, outgoing, and knowledgeable. Phoenix' lecture on...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank carolagate2
    Reviewed 18 July 2019

    It was a sunny day and we were supposed to leave Bath at 9 am sharp. But, the guide's car had a flat tire and was half an hour late. That incident was soon forgotten. At 9:35 Jules, the guide, showed up and greeted us...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    2  Thank Maps587628
    julesmittra, Owner at Around and About Bath, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2019

    Dear Maps, Thank you so much for your lovely words. It was a pleasure to meet you both and spend the day with you - I'm so glad you enjoyed it, and thank you so much for your patience with the starting later that day,...More

    Reviewed 4 July 2019

    Around & About rejects the one-size-fits-all model and creates an experience that feels very personalized. I've done a lot of group travel and this was, by far, the most enjoyable and engaging experience. The group size was small, the itinerary was tailored to our interests...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank Macska811
    julesmittra, Owner at Around and About Bath, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2019

    Dear Macksak811, Thank you so much for your lovely review, I/we really appreciate it. It was a pleasure to spend the day with you and I'm really glad you enjoyed it! I hope the rest of your trip was fabulous and maybe we'll see you...More

    Reviewed 15 June 2019

    I took my mum and mother-in-law on this spectacular tour. Jules (and Phoenix) were superb guides. Jules has a natural, warm and engaging manner and made history really interesting. His easy conversational manner put us all at ease. The day flew by with all aspects...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank CykciN
    julesmittra, Owner at Around and About Bath, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2019

    Hi CykciN! Ahh, thank you so much! You can't see this, but I'm blushing! It was fabulous to spend the day with you, your mother-in-law and your mum, and an honour to spend the day with you all and get to know you all. I'm...More

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