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Highlights
  • Explore 3 of the UK’s best-loved locations – Oxford, Worcester & Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Overnight stays in gorgeous 4 star hotels with breakfast included
  • Travel across the UK with a easy-to-use Brit Rail pass
  • Explore Shakespeare’s home town of Stratford-upon Avon
  • Discover the quintessentially British city of Oxford
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Price Per Person   $562.50
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Description

Immerse yourself in the world of ancient and modern academia at 3 of the UK’s best-loved locations: Oxford, Worcester and Stratford-upon-Avon. This Thinkers and Writers Tour is bursting at the seams with things to see and discover; the perfect exploration for anyone wanting to learn more about the UK’s fascinating literature history.

Day 1 – Oxford
Start your enchanting Thinkers and Writers tour when boarding the train from London’s Paddington Station to Oxford (approx. 1 hour). Oxford is one of the most quintessentially British cities with its quaint cobbled streets, timeless architecture and boundless beauty all rolled into one. You’ll get to explore it all as you venture from each famous landmark, soaking in the culture of this iconic city as you go.

Tour one of the University of Oxford’s famous colleges – Christ Church College. As one of Oxford University’s biggest colleges, it is a real sight to behold. Many famous Writers have frequented here including Lewis Carroll who wrote the best-loved childhood classic of Alice in Wonderland.

After exploring Christ Church, why not visit the exquisite Ashmolean Museum and come up close to the Egyptian mummies – unforgettable!

Keep your walking shoes on as you learn more about this famous UK city by visiting Balliol College, one of the oldest academic institutions in the English-speaking world! Found by Sir John de Balliol in the 13h century, it provides a fascinating insight into the history of the University.

Soak in sights of the glorious New College which was originally built in 1379 as a miniature version of Her Majesty, the Queen’s favourite royal residence – Windsor Castle. You’ll also get the chance to visit the Corpus Christi College and meet the two tortoises named after the founders – Fox and Oldham!

Day 2 - Worcester
Takes you to the city of Worcester, home to the sensational Worcester Cathedral and much-loved Worcester sauce! Board the train to Worcester and get ready for a day of intellectual adventure as you venture inside the Cathedral and visit the oldest tomb of an English King.

After you’ve explored this exquisite landmark, visit the birthplace of Sir Edward Elgar or The Commandery, a gorgeous Grade I listed museum building boasting an 800 year history. If you want to venture outside of the city, explore the glorious Witlet Court and Gardens and soak in sights of one of the country’s most spectacular ruins.
Explore the glorious Worcester Cathedral for exceptional architecture, fascinating history of Worcester and much more.

Day 3 - Stratford-upon-Avon
Takes you to the birthplace of one of the world’s most famous writers, William Shakespeare. You’ll get the chance to visit the exceptional Stratford-upon-Avon and follow in the steps of the Bard as you enjoy the thatched cottages and cobbled streets.

If you’re a Shakespeare fan and you know your Romeo and Juliet from your Hamlet, why not visit Shakespeare’s childhood home? Set in beautiful gardens and with a live guide explaining how Shakespeare spent his early life growing up, you’ll get to see and discover more about Mr Shakespeare than you ever have before!

Have the special chance to visit Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and see where the world-famous Bard learnt his craft and was inspired to become the playwright that he was.

After visiting these top attractions, take a tour of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, dedicated to the English playwright and finish the day of exploring with a scrumptious pre-theatre dinner at the RSC rooftop restaurant!

You can also have the chance to visit the exceptional Kenilworth Castle. From medieval fortress to Elizabethan palace, Kenilworth Castle has been at the centre of England's affairs for much of its 900 year history. Today, you can scale the heights of the tower built to woo Queen Elizabeth I and marvel at the mighty Norman keep. Explore the exhibition in the Gatehouse, and imagine the majesty of the Great Hall playing host to medieval monarchs and early Tudor kings.

Day 4 - London
Your Thinkers and Writers Tour will draw to an end as you head back to London. Take the train from Stratford-upon-Avon station for a journey lasting approximately 2 hours 10 minutes.

Additional Information

Includes

  • Brit Rail pass for 4 days - consecutive days
  • Hotel accommodation for 3 nights - 4 star category
    • Oxford – The Manor at Weston On The Green Hotel or similar
    • Worcester – The Cardinals Hat Hotel or similar
    • Stratford Upon Avon – Eden hotel collection or Similar

Excludes

  • Meals
  • No Flights & Airport transfers
  • Royal Shakespears theatre
  • Gratuities

Optional extra

  • Entrance to Balliol College Oxford
  • Entrance to New College Oxford
  • Entrance to Christ Church
  • The Firs - Birth place of Sir Edward Elgar
  • The Commandery
  • Witlet Court & gardens
  • Entrance to Kenilworth Castle
  • Shakespeare's Schoolroom & Guildhall
  • Shakespear's Birth place

Free entrance

  • The Ashmolean Museum of Art & Archaeology
  • Corpus Christi College
  • Entrance to Worcester cathedral

Please Note

  • Once booked this tour is non amendable & non refundable
  • If children travelling please enquire for rates on rail@goldentours.com

Brit Rail pass -

  • Seat Reservations: Reservations for particular journeys are not compulsory, but for busy trains are advisable (ie: mainlines in peak hours.) It is not necessary to validate a pass in order to reserve a seat / sleeping berth in advance. Normal fees are payable.
  • First Class and Standard Class: Many local trains in England, Scotland and Wales have Standard Class accommodation only. This has been accounted for in price of the First Class Passes.
  • Purchase Restrictions: Pass holders must be non-UK residents. BritRail and its representatives may ask at any time for proof of foreign residency and reserve the right to confiscate the ticket or pass in such circumstances. The BritRail ticket is non-transferable and must only be used by the person or persons specified on the ticket.
  • Exclusions: The BritRail pass is not valid on Eurostar services, special excursions, Tyne and Wear Metro Trains (Newcastle-upon-Tyne area), Glasgow Underground trains, Manchester Metro link, road links between airports and railway stations, Docklands Light Railway, Tram links, privately owned railways, steam services, London Underground trains and buses, ships, hovercraft, nor any other services not mentioned.
  • Pass Validation: Passes are issued open dated and must be validated within eleven months from the date of issue and prior to the first use. To validate a Paper BritRail Pass, present it along with your passport to the Railway official at the station of departure. At this time, the first and the last day of validity of the pass as well as the passport number is entered and the passenger must sign the pass. Under no circumstances is the pass holder allowed to validate his or her own pass. If, however, your first journey is from an unstaffed station, your pass will be valid provided you take it to be validated at the next interchange station, or at your destination station. In the case of a Flexipass, the passenger must enter the date of travel each day before he/she boards the first train of the day. BritRail M-Passes are already validated once you have chosen your start date and received the barcode. There is no need to go to the ticket office to validate an M-Pass, simply start travelling. All BritRail Passes are valid from 00:00 hrs to 24:00 hrs (Midnight to Midnight) on a chosen day of travel. If a pass holder is traveling on an overnight train containing sleeper accommodation, the next day’s date must be inserted. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in the payment of a fine and the cost of a full fare ticket.
  • Lost Tickets: BritRail is not responsible for tickets or vouchers, which are lost, stolen, mutilated or destroyed. Refunds cannot be authorized in such cases. Therefore, travel insurance is recommended.  The agent you purchase this Rail Pass through may also advise a rail protection cover for your pass while travelling.