Cycling holidays in Oxford

Oxford is a fantastic corner of England to explore by bike, and we offer a number of cycling holidays that start, finish or freewheel through the city. These run southwards, along the Thames all the way to London if you want and also northwards, into the glorious Cotswolds. Oxford itself is one of the most bike-friendly places in Britain, so anyone who chooses to travel around on two wheels tends to feel more like a local and less like a tourist in this city. There’s a huge amount to discover and absorb in this world famous “city of dreaming spires” - history by the bucket load, fascinating museums, beautiful old college buildings, amazing gardens, an extraordinary tradition of cultural, artistic and academic pursuit… and let’s not forget the breathtaking countryside that surrounds the city.

Unlike other tour operators, we personally research all our routes and put a lot of care into designing our itineraries so that our customers have the opportunity to discover the hidden gems and lesser-known local favourites, as well as the headline attractions. We also provide all our customers with a special Carter Company Adventure Handbook, packed full with interesting nuggets of information and insider tips on the best things to see and do, according to the people that live here (rather than the guide books). Oxford is full of quirks, secrets and back lanes if you know where to find them!


Our Oxford highlights

The Bodleian Library

The main Oxford University research library, opened in 1602, houses 13 million paper items in an architecturally stunning building. Take a tour!

Included in our A riverside ride from Oxford holiday

Botanic Gardens

This lovely oasis in the heart of Oxford is one of the oldest scientific gardens in the world, founded in 1621. Today it has over 6000 species

Included in our A jaunt around Oxford holiday

Christchurch College

This Oxford college is the largest and very impressive. Its cathedral, staircases and dining hall with its amazing ceiling inspired the film makers of Harry Potter

Included in our A Cotswold ride to Bath holiday

Punting

Head to Magdalene bridge and hire a punt - a flat bottomed boat propelled by a metal pole. A true Oxford pastime, splashing about on the Thames backwaters.

Included in our Oxford and Thames royal palaces holiday

Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace is a World Heritage Site with over 300 years of history and home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and his family.

Included in our Cotswold villages and Oxford holiday

Oxford Canal

You will find this rural canal right in the centre of Oxford with its adjacent towpath once used by the horses pulling the barges full of coal bound for the Thames.

Included in our Shakespeare country and the Cotswolds holiday


Our Oxford Cycling holidays


  1. Ramble and ride in the Cotswolds

    This tour combines walking and cycling and enables you to enjoy the full variety of the magical Cotswolds area with its beautiful hills and picture…

    From £1,270

    Gentle / 6 or 7 nights / Self-guided / The Cotswolds

  2. Shakespeare's Way 7 nights

    William Shakespeare is widely considered to be the greatest dramatist of all time. His 37 plays feature inspired plots, remarkable poetry, brilliant…

    From £1,880

    Not so gentle / 6 or 7 nights / Self-guided / The Cotswolds

  3. The really rather special tour

    For our Really Rather Special Tour, we have combined our most stunning and interesting cycling routes in the Cotswolds with what we think are…

    From £3,500

    Gentle / Many durations / Self-guided / The Cotswolds

  4. Quintessential England

    This tour combines a three night stay in London with idyllic cycling in the Cotswolds - two contrasting pictures of quintessential England. London…

    From £1,195

    Not so gentle / 6 or 7 nights / Self-guided / The Cotswolds

  5. Cotswold gardens

    As the Cotswolds are home to numerous stunning English gardens, we have created this tour to include many of the most renowned. To these we have…

    From £1,340

    Gentle / 6 or 7 nights / Self-guided / The Cotswolds

  6. Thames source to sea

    Often described as 'liquid history', let the Thames lead you on a unique adventure through the heart and history of England. From its quiet source…

    From £2,140

    Not so gentle / 8 nights + / Self-guided / The Thames

  7. Oxford and Thames royal palaces

    The River Thames threads its way serenely through sleepy rural villages, pretty landscapes and through the heart of bustling historic towns such…

    From £1,265

    Gentle / Many durations / Self-guided / The Thames

  8. The grand tour

    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…

    From £2,490

    Not so gentle / 8 nights + / Self-guided / The Cotswolds

  9. A Cotswold ride to Bath

    This romantic and relaxed journey between Oxford and Bath, two of England's finest cities, leads you through many of the Cotswolds' best loved…

    From £1,730

    Gentle / 8 nights + / Self-guided / The Cotswolds

  10. The Cotswolds and Stonehenge

    This iconic trip includes the World Heritage sites of Stonehenge, Bath and Blenheim Palace and a stunning journey from Oxford to Stratford on…

    From £1,920

    Not so gentle / 8 nights + / Self-guided / The Cotswolds

  11. A riverside ride from Oxford

    Oxfordshire boasts an idyllic and peaceful rural landscape. Quaint and pretty villages, the unspoilt Chiltern Hills, the charming meadows of…

    From £780

    Gentle / 4 or 5 nights / Self-guided / The Thames

  12. Valleys of the Cotswolds

    Imagine Cotswold valleys at their most beautiful and chocolate box villages at their most glorious and you have this tour in a nutshell. Add…

    From £1,220

    Gentle / 6 or 7 nights / Self-guided / The Cotswolds

  13. Shakespeare country and the Cotswolds

    This holiday wanders through the classic hills and valleys of Cotswold country with its picturesque honey coloured villages and peaceful streams.…

    From £1,440

    Gentle / 6 or 7 nights / Self-guided / The Cotswolds

  14. Cotswold villages and Oxford

    This tour wanders through the classic hills and valleys of Cotswold country with its picturesque honey coloured villages and peaceful streams.…

    From £990

    Gentle / 4 or 5 nights / Self-guided / The Cotswolds

  15. A jaunt around Oxford

    On this tour you will explore the different landscapes surrounding Oxford - the river Thames, the rolling Cotswold Hills and the Oxford Canal.…

    From £490

    Gentle / Short breaks / Self-guided / Oxford


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