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8 Days Luxurious Self-Guided Cycling Holiday in England, UK

Oxford, Oxfordshire, South East England, England, UK

Wonderful Cycling Holiday in UK

Welcome to the tour of Oxford, the Cotswolds, and Stratford-upon-Avon. The local, friendly, and experienced guides will be on hand to escort you through the best of what this wonderful part of England has to offer. From stunning views to historic buildings, you will cycle your way through these enchanting sights with stops for lunch and refreshments from delightful country inns and wonderful local produce. This luxury holiday is available for a self-guided tour and includes hotel bookings and luggage transfers.

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Lodging: Point to point
  • Difficulty level: Moderate (Cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrain sometime, 31-45 miles per day)
  • Total distance: 112 Miles / 273 Kilometers
  • Type of bike: Touring bike, Mountain bike (Available to rent)
  • E-bike: Available to rent / 15 GBP per day

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Oxford
  • Explore Venice of the Cotswolds
  • Discover the Shakespeare’s Country
  • Visit to historical Oxford University colleges
  • Visit to Stratford-upon-Avon and Moreton-in-Marsh
  • Luggage transfer during the tour
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


6 days with instruction
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Accommodation

Bainton Bikes has very carefully selected the best accommodation along the route, using independent award-winning hotels wherever possible who all provide a luxury overnight stay. Hotels may vary depending on availability.

Night one: Welcome to Oxford

  • Central locations
  • Short walk to the favourite pub - The Rose and Crown

Night two: A night of luxury

  • Quintessentially English
  • Relax and unwind

Night three: Soak in the atmosphere of the "Venice of the Cotswolds"

  • 18th century Country Inn
  • Plenty of time to explore the picturesque town

Night four: The enchanting town of Moreton-in-Marsh

  • After a good days ride retreat to your unique and homely room
  • Enjoy the welcoming nature of the locals

Night five: The lively city Shakespeare called home

  • Enjoy the city that inspired the great Shakespeare
  • Ask about reserving tickets for a theatre show

Night six: A night dedicated for a culinary delight

  • Enjoy Michelin star dining at reasonable prices
  • In a quiet village hidden in the heart of the Cotswolds

Night seven: Spend the evening in the 11th-century town of Woodstock

  • Visit the world-renowned Blenheim Palace
  • Plenty of time to visit the plentiful shops, cafes, restaurants, and pubs

Night eight: Welcome back to Oxford

  • Explore historic Oxford
  • Final chance to pick up some special souvenirs

Alternative accommodation

Bainton Bikes has carefully selected a number of accommodations that you can enjoy and rate.

  • A selection of preferred hotels nearby
  • The standard of all hotels is very high

Program

Arrival

Upon your arrival, you will have a glass of Cava and check in at the hotel. You will also be given a welcome pack. For the self-guided tour, the welcome pack will include detailed information for the tour, contact details for Bainton Bikes, maps, and recommendations for points of interest and restaurants to visit during the tours. Key locations will also be included on the detailed road maps.

Day 1

On your first day, you will explore the wonderful city of Oxford, sharing the extensive history and some hidden gems. You will visit historic Oxford University colleges, the famous Bodleian library and take a stroll around the Victorian covered market. At lunchtime, you will enjoy a leisurely punt, and a picnic on the river, with delicious fresh food from the local area. You end the day in a beautiful rural environment near North Leigh for your overnight stop at the grand Eynsham Hall.

Key facts

  • Distance: 24 miles / 38 kilometers
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Elevation: 819 foot / 249 meters

Day 2

On your second day, you will cycle through the picturesque villages of the Cotswolds. With architecture dating as far back as the 11th century, you will traverse the ancient trade routes towards Bourton-on-the-water also known as “the Venice of the Cotswolds”, stopping for a relaxed riverside lunch along the way.

Key facts

  • Distance: 18 miles / 29 kilometers
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Elevation: 1093 foot / 333 meters

Day 3

On day three, you will ride deeper into the heart of the Cotswolds experiencing the outstanding natural beauty and historical wonders dating back to Saxon time. After a magnificent lunch at the revered Hollow Bottom Inn, you will make your way through Chipping Camden famed for the most desirable high street in England and onwards to your final destination, Moreton-in-Marsh.

Key facts

  • Distance: 27 miles / 43 kilometers
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Elevation: 1887 foot / 575 meters

Day 4

Day four will see you leaving behind the rolling hills of the Cotswolds as you venture through the rural farming communities heading towards Shakespeare’s Country. After passing through the quaint and traditional farming villages, you will make your way into the famous town of Stratford-upon-Avon along an off-road cycleway. You will arrive with plenty of time to explore the place where William Shakespeare once called home.

Key facts

  • Distance: 24 miles / 38 kilometers
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Elevation: 633 foot / 192 meters

Day 5

On the fifth day, you leave behind Stratford-upon-Avon and venture back into the Cotswolds, exploring traffic-free routes, Tudor villages, buildings left by the Normans and traditional Cotswold villages on the way. The final destination for the day is the village of Kingham, which boasts one of the best restaurants in the Cotswolds. Tonight is a night to relax and enjoy award-winning cuisine.

Key facts

  • Distance: 33 miles / 53 kilometers
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Elevation: 1959 foot / 597 meters

Day 6

On the sixth day, you will experience the last stunning views from the Cotswolds whilst riding your way back into Oxfordshire, along the way you’ll stop in a very small village with a fabulous 16th-century pub offering freshly prepared meals using locally sourced produce. After lunch we head along an off-road track which takes you directly into your destination for the evening, Woodstock giving you plenty of time to explore the picturesque 11th-century market town. Also located in the town is the stately home of Blenheim Palace, which with its 2000 acres of gardens and marvelous architecture offers a fantastic experience.

Key facts

  • Distance: 27 miles / 44 kilometers
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Elevation: 1669 foot / 508 meters

Departure

You will have a breakfast before your departure.

Intermediate:

  • Can cycle for 3-4 hours
  • Average riding experience
  • Little assistance required
  • Comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • Average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • Steep ascents and descents

Location

This cycling holiday will take place in England, UK, covering several beautiful places such as Oxford, Cotswolds, Oxfordshire, Stratford-upon-Avon, Kingham, Woodstock, and so on.

Food

Breakfast (start your day right)

  • Full English breakfast included every day
  • Vegetarian and light options available

Mid-morning 'elevenses' (perfect locations for a British tradition 'Elevenses')

  • Great cafes to stop for a tea or coffee
  • Delicious pastries too tempting to miss

Lunch (classic pub lunches)

  • Enjoy classic pub grub in country inns
  • A number of great pubs on the route - carefully selected and highlighted on your maps

Lunch (fine lunch dining)

  • Contemporary fine lunch dining available
  • Selected restaurants which use local produce

Afternoon drink stop (enjoy a beer in a picturesque location)

  • Stunning locations
  • Great selection of pubs and cafes

Afternoon high tea (an English institution)

  • Traditional high tea available
  • Tea is best enjoyed with scones

Dinner (traditional British pub dining)

  • Great food in great pub locations
  • A pie is best enjoyed with a pint of ale!

Dinner (fine English dining)

  • Culinary delights await
  • Michelin star restaurants on route

Picnics (enjoy lunch with natural surroundings)

  • Some fantastic picnic locations
  • Great delicatessens offering locally grown / reared produce

Additional supplement

  • Punting: From 18 GBP per hour (maximum six people per punt)
  • Bottle of sparkling wine whilst punting in Oxford: Prosecco from 25 GBP; English sparkling wine from 35 GBP; champagne from 35 GBP

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 6 days of cycling tour
  • Bike rental
  • Key locations included on the detailed road maps (self-guided holiday)
  • Luggage transfer
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Glass of Cava
  • Welcome pack

What's not included

  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Helmet (5 GBP per person)
  • An additional guide to punt on the river (maximum of six people per punt including guide): 15 GBP per additional guide
  • Visit to Shakespeare’s birthplace: 20 GBP per person
  • Visit to Blenheim Palace Park, gardens, and palace: 23 GBP per person
  • Visit to Blenheim Palace Park and gardens only: 14 GBP per person
  • Watch the theatre show at the Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre: Seats from 15 GBP per person; 10 GBP booking fee (total per group)

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 17% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 14 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 1 days before arrival.
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Pricing information

The price for 12 persons’ package is available at 785 GBP per person.

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