We created this grand tour of England taking in many of its historic sights, to celebrate the 2012 Olympics. Like the games, the trip has been a resounding success. Starting and finishing in Oxford, it includes the World Heritage sites of Stonehenge, Bath and Blenheim Palace, the iconic River Thames, the well-loved towns of Stratford on Avon and Salisbury and the stunning hills and villages of the Cotswolds and Chilterns.

From the historic university city of Oxford see Chipping Campden, Bibury, and Tetbury as you ride through the Cotswold valleys. Stay overnight in Stratford on Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare and if you wish enjoy one of his plays at the theatre. Absorb the Roman influence in Cirencester, the film backdrop of Lacock and the engineering feat of the Kennet and Avon Canal. Take in the outstanding cathedral in Salisbury, the soaring downs of middle England, the Thames with its pretty waterside villages and the undersung Chiltern Hills with their beech woods. This trip is our longest and embraces everything that is England - prepare to be amazed!

For further details of your route, see classic hotel itinerary and luxury hotel itinerary.

Holiday details

Price from
Classic £1,995 per person based on two people sharing a room
Luxury £2,930 per person based on two people sharing a room
Extras included
Personal guided tour of Stonehenge.  See what’s included as standard
Duration
13 nights
Start & Finish
Starts Saturdays and is circular from Oxford
Hotels
Classic Four hand picked small hotels, 5 inns and a tea room
Luxury 3, 4 and 5 star hotels, three country pubs, two boutique hotels and a National Trust village inn
Activity level
Not so gentle cycling. More info...
Electric bikes
Available
Mileage
12 days of cycling 30 - 38 miles (48 - 61 km) per day
Terrain
gently rolling
Traffic-free
25% very low traffic on the rest
Options
  • Additional nights in Oxford

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A traditional pennyfarthing - discover more English history on our Grand Tour of England by bike