FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The below questions cover some of the information we're commonly asked about. If you can't find the answer you're looking for, just send us an email to hello@bellwethertours.co.uk

1How do I get from London to the Cotswolds?

Our tours start at Moreton-in-the-Marsh train station.

Mon to Fri
Catch the 08.21hrs from Paddington, arrives in Moreton-in-the-Marsh at 09.59hrs
Departs Moreton-in-the-Marsh at 16.26hrs, arrives in Paddington at 17.59hrs
Saturdays
Catch the 08.22hrs train from Paddington, arrives in Moreton-in-the-Marsh at 10.00hrs
Depart Moreton-in-the-Marsh at 16.42hrs, arrives into Paddington at 18.27hrs

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
Train times correct at time of publication, however these are subject to change so please ensure that you choose the correct times when booking your train tickets. Further information can be found on the National Rail website HERE or on the Great Western Railway website HERE.

2Will there be time to take photographs during the tour?
There will be time for short stops to take photographs en-route, however as this is a ‘group tour’, there will be a strict time limit to ensure we arrive back at the station for your return train.
3How long will I have to walk around some of the villages and towns?
Your driver/guide will provide details of timings on the day. On average, there will be 15-minutes for the smaller villages and 30-minutes to allow you to explore larger towns.
4Will our driver/guide be sharing information with us during the tour?

Yes, as our tours are for small groups, your driver/guide will be able to provide an informative commentary as you pass through the various towns and villages, as well as answer any questions you may have.

There may be occasions where your driver/guide may need to stop talking to concentrate on driving, however he/she will endeavour to answer any questions at soon as it is safe to do so.

5Is lunch included? Will there be time to eat?

During the tour we will visit several villages and towns such as Broadway, Chipping Campden and Stow-on-the-Wold, which have a selection of cafés, tea rooms and delicatessen where you can pick up some food to take-away (unfortunately, there will not be time for you to sit down in a restaurant).

6Can I eat and drink in the vehicle?
To preserve the immaculate condition of our vehicles, food and drink is not permitted to be consumed in the vehicle, however there will be plenty of opportunities for a drink and bite to eat as you stop in various towns and villages.
7Can I smoke in the vehicle?
There is a strict no smoking policy in all of our tour vehicles.
8How many passengers will be in the vehicle?
There will be a total of up to 7 passengers in the vehicle during your group tour of the Cotswolds.
9What happens if I’m late arriving back to the vehicle, and miss the departure time?
We allow up to 5-minutes before departing from each stop, therefore it is up to you to ensure you arrive in time. CJP Tours will not be held responsible for any passenger who does not arrive back at the vehicle on time, as this will affect the experience for the rest of the group.
10Can I bring luggage with me?
For our group tours we are able to allow one small piece of hand luggage per passenger. If you do need to bring a large suitcase, space will be limited so please discuss this with us before booking as a private tour may be more suitable for you.
11Is the tour suitable for people with disabilities?

We recognise that everybody, including disabled and less able visitors, has the right to enjoy all aspects of tourism and travel.

Our 7-passenger Mercedes V-Class, which we use for our group tours, is both comfortable and spacious. We do not provide ramps however your driver/guide would be happy to provide some assistance for you in entering and exiting the vehicle. Please note however that our staff do not receive disability awareness/equality training.

As this is a group tour with multiple passengers, if you do require additional or special assistance we recommend that you also book a seat for a carer to join you during your tour. Unfortunately during a group tour we can not accommodate for wheelchairs on board.

We make it our priority to meet customers’ individual needs through personal attention. We aim to provide the same high quality levels of service for everybody. If a group tour is not suitable, then we would be happy to provide pricing for a private tour where an itinerary can then be tailored to your individual requirements.

12Is there a minimum age limit?

The minimum age limit for children travelling on a Cotswold group tour with Bellwether Cotswold Group Tours is 10 years, when accompanied by an adult over the age of 18. All parents/guardians are responsible for the behaviour of their children.

For any passengers travelling alone, the minimum age limit is 18 years old.

Should you wish to travel with passengers under 10, we are very happy to provide pricing for a private tour with our sister company CJP Tours for families where we would be happy to accommodate for all ages and can provide child car seats and booster seats if needed.

13Do you require a minimum number of people for the tour to go ahead?
Regrettably, we do require a minimum number of 4 passengers for our group tours to go ahead. If we do not have the required number of tour passengers for a tour to operate, we will endeavour to offer the option for you to join another group tour which would be provided by a different company where possible. Any monies for cancellations or difference in balance will be refunded in full for this. Please see our full Booking Terms and Conditions for more information.
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