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Escape the hustle and bustle of London on Boxing Day -- the hectic shopping day after Christmas -- and take a day trip to Warwick Castle, Stratford-upon-Avon and Oxford to immerse yourself in England's rich beauty, history and culture. On this Boxing Day tour, travel back to medieval times as you explore Warwick Castle and then visit Stratford-upon-Avon to see the home of William Shakespeare and enjoy a traditional English lunch. Journey through the rolling hills of the Cotswolds and finish with a tour of historic Oxford, home to world-famous Oxford University and a major filming site for the Harry Potter films.
You’ll be picked up from your London hotel in the morning on the day after Christmas, known as Boxing Day, for a day trip to Warwick Castle, Stratford-upon-Avon and Oxford. As you travel by air-conditioned coach, your guide will explain the history of Boxing Day, a traditional, secular holiday that dates back to the Middle Ages, when servants and tradesmen would receive gifts from their superiors after the Christmas celebrations were over.
Make your way north to Warwick Castle, a medieval castle built in 1068 by William the Conqueror. Travel back in time as you tour the castle by foot with your guide. Immerse yourself in the days of battles, banquets and royal ceremonies as you explore the castle walls and its dark dungeons that lurk within. Then take a walk around the impressive gardens.
Hop back in the coach for a short drive to Stratford-upon-Avon, home of the world's greatest playwright, William Shakespeare. Take an informative tour of the town, which lies on the River Avon, and enjoy a photo opportunity at Shakespeare's birthplace before enjoying lunch at Marlowe's Restaurant, a popular local restaurant serving up classic English food.
Admire the beautiful rolling hills of the Cotswolds as you travel to your next stop, the historic town of Oxford. Known as the ‘City of Dreaming Spires,’ Oxford is a vibrant city full of culture and heritage.
Take a walking tour of the city to see many famous colleges, including the oldest university in the country, Oxford University. You’ll also visit Christchurch, where many scenes in the Harry Potter films were filmed.
After your Oxford sightseeing tour, hop in the coach and make your way back to central London, located about 1.5 hours away, where your Boxing Day tour ends.