By Linda Carter
As Published in The Wakulla News
Be prepared for a very full day, the typical bus tour begins at 7:30am, and continues into the early evening. The biggest struggle is choosing the best tour; every decision eliminates another must-see option.
Warrick Castle, type cast straight out of a King Arthur novel, is a two-hour drive from London. Completely furnished, with period dressed actors, animatronic waxworks figures, smells and sound effects, you will feel as if you have stepped back in time. Horses hooves pound as the jousting begins, falconry is explained as birds of prey soar overhead, and soldiers boast of battle. Upstairs in the grand chambers, the castles last residents gossip about their life, and party guest, Winston Churchill questions if you have met. Centuries of castle life spread out before you, except you only have 1 1/2 hours to experience it all.
Charming countryside dotted with centuries old limestone structures pass by the windows. Once only the realm of sheep, vast fields are now adorned with yellow flowers, destined to become canola oil, barley and wheat as well. Homes, unchanged for generations, feature picture perfect thatched roofs, and riotous flowers bloom on every windowsill. Sadly with such a tight schedule, there is only time for a brief photo stop from the bus.
Finally, finish your tour at the tube station, and navigate back to your hotel, tired but satisfied.
While delivering multiple sites, and the best prices, a big bus tour can feel rushed. On mini bus tour can you actually visit local towns in the Cotswolds, traveling on scenic back roads, but these tours operate less frequently, include fewer sights, and cost about $25 more each. On a private tour choose exactly what you see, and how long you remain; groups of 4 pay $250 each. Save time by using an experienced travel agent, to help you determine the perfect tour for you.
Regardless of which type of tour you choose, make the choice to get out of London and discover more of what the United Kingdom has to offer.