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From magnificent natural views of historic Roman architecture, you will cycle your way through the outstanding rural countryside where there will be plenty of time to stop and enjoy the splendor of the unspoiled landscape. Each day has carefully selected lunch and refreshment stops to ensure a wonderful time is had both in and out of the saddle. The tour is available guided or self-guided and supplied with detailed travel maps. Point of interest documents is also supplied to ensure you do not miss a thing. The luxury holiday is available as a guided or self-guided tour and includes hotel bookings and luggage transfers.
During this cycling holiday, you will stay in the best and very carefully selected the accommodations along the route. Bainton Bikes has used independent and award-winning hotels wherever possible which all provide a luxury overnight stay.
You will settle in the historic Burford on night one. Enjoy a night of excellence as your Burford accommodation will also be at a central location and ideal for exploring the wonderful market town.
Get some good sleep in "the prettiest village" of Bibury on night two. You will have a chance to relax in the peaceful location and additionally, enjoy the native fish from the village trout farm.
Unwind in Tetbury on night three. Tetbury features a picturesque Seventh Century market town and a fantastic selection of pubs, shops, and restaurants.
Doze off in Corsham on night four. Corsham is a historic town retaining a village style atmosphere where home peacocks roam the streets freely. You can visit the famous weaver’s cottages during your stay.
Have a well-earned rest in the beautiful Bath on nights five and six. The accommodation is a fantastic family-run bed and breakfast in a great central location to explore the city.
Your first day of cycling will take you through the wonderful City of Oxford. Sharing with you the extensive history and some secret sights, you will explore the historic city, visit university buildings, and marvel at the views of the dreaming spires. You will leave the city, along one of the tranquil waterways, and ride through some of the villages outside, some of which dating back to Saxon times.
A hearty cyclist’s lunch can be enjoyed at one of the fantastic country inns along the way or a summer's picnic can be enjoyed in the remains of a First Century Roman villa. Your day will close as you enter the Cotswolds and the evening will be enjoyed in a town quite often referred to as one of England’s prettiest medieval towns, Burford.
Awake to the beauty of the Cotswolds, and as you cycle further into the area of outstanding natural beauty, the famous stone walled architecture will take you back in time. You will ride through the beautifully preserved and maintained villages as you head towards the Town of Northleach which was first established as early as the First Century. It is there that you will stop for lunch in the celebrated market town.
After a delightful lunch, you will head out along the calm country roads towards the Chedworth Fourth Century Roman Villa. With its fine mosaics, bathing pools, and temples, it is one of the largest Roman remains in Britain. Your day will come to a close as you follow the river towards the tantalizing village of Bibury.
As you continue deeper into the Cotswolds, enjoying the charming villages, you will head towards the Roman Town of Cirencester. On day five, more a metropolis than a sleepy village, you will discover why the town was so important to the Romans. You will visit the remaining Roman sites which still remain within the town, including an amphitheater.
After lunch in Cirencester, you will slip out of the bustle of the lively town through off-road bridleways before entering the peaceful and secluded countryside, allowing plenty of time to reflect on the past ancestors of the country. With only the interruptions of the local wildlife, you will experience the customary agricultural side of the Cotswolds and finish the day in the Anglo Saxon era market town of Tetbury.
The fourth day will follow in the footsteps of the ancient Romans. You will cycle along the lower south side of the Cotswolds whilst exploring the towns and villages within the counties of Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. Never veering far from the historic Roman Road, The Fosse Way forms the boundary between the counties.
In the afternoon, you will discover some of the rarely visited hidden gems of the area, easily accessible by bicycle. Later on, you will head towards the peaceful town of Corsham which, with its Court House and free-roaming peacocks, offers a memorable experience.
On day five, you will have the fortune to visit the National Trust Village of Lacock, which, with its unspoiled character, is a popular destination for tourists and film crews. With its chocolate box appearance, it has attracted numerous film and TV productions including Harry Potter, Downtown Abbey, Pride and Prejudice, and many more.
There, you can visit the local stores for picnic supplies and head up to enjoy them on Broughton Common, or you can stop at the conveniently located inn for a traditional English tavern lunch. In the afternoon, you will continue through the tranquil countryside towards the fantastic town of Bradford Upon-Avon.
Famed for its fascinating and quirky shops, a refreshment stop there is worthwhile. After you join the Canal path, with its landscape views of the countryside and waterside pubs, it offers a peaceful traffic free ride to your end destination for the day, the world-renowned City of Bath.
The highlight for any spa lover or in your case, worthy cycle tourists, the sixth day is dedicated to enjoying the Royal Spa Town of Bath. On day six, you will leave your bicycle and venture into the city by foot and learn why the Romans produced a world-renowned spa city on that spot.
Bainton Bikes will provide you with a very detailed document highlighting the essential parts of the city you must explore, places to enjoy your lunch, dinner, and drinks, and of course the best spa locations to pamper yourselves. Please do not hesitate to inquire with if you are interested in a spa package to round off your trip on a relaxing high.
You will depart to your onward destination.
Bainton Bikes uses high quality touring bikes for the excursions, all of which are fully-serviced and set up for your safety and comfort. Rear pannier bags are supplied as standard as well as a touring pack to help carry small items of luggage or shopping picked up along the way. Electric bikes and tandems are available.
On the first day, you will tour the City of Oxford and its fascinating university buildings.
This cycling holiday will take place in Oxford, the Cotswolds, Burford, Chedworth, Bibury, Cirencester, Tetbury, Corsham, Lacock, and Bath in England, UK.
During this cycling holiday, breakfast will be provided daily. Start your day right with a full English breakfast included everyday. Vegetarian and light options are available. The other meals will be at your own expense. You can indulge in a mid-morning “elevenses.” You can find perfect locations for the British tradition. There are great cafes to stop for tea or coffee and delicious pastries are too tempting to miss!
You can have classic pub lunches and enjoy them in country inns. There are a number of great pubs en-route, carefully selected and highlighted on the maps. There is also contemporary fine lunch dining available in selected restaurants which use local produce. After that, you may have an afternoon drink stop.
Enjoy a beer in a picturesque location with stunning scenery. There is a great selection of pubs and cafes. Meanwhile, afternoon high tea is an English institution. Tea is best enjoyed with scones! For the evening meal, you may have a traditional British pub dining. Great food in great pub locations are available. Pie is best enjoyed with pint of ale!
If you wish for a more luxe experience, you may have a fine English dining. Culinary delights await. There are Michelin-star restaurants en-route. For a more outdoorsy experience. Picnics are available to enjoy lunch with natural surroundings. There are some fantastic picnic locations with great delicatessens, offering locally-grown or reared produce.
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