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

On day one, there is a flat river focused route exploring a string of riverside villages and the elegant town of Abingdon before returning leisurely to Oxford by boat. On the following day, you'll embrace a peaceful ride along the canal to Blenheim Palace and a charming foray into the Cotswolds. For your third day, pedal along the Thames meadows and its rural villages to the north of Oxford and return along the canal.



Holiday details

Price

Classic

from £490 per person
£25.00 per person supplement at weekends

Luxury

from £700 per person
£110.00 per person supplement at weekends

Based on two people sharing a room

What’s included?

There are no extras, however you’ll love what’s included as standard

Duration

2 nights

Start & Finish

Starts daily with Oxford as the base

Hotels

Classic

Centrally located hand picked hotel

Luxury

A characterful and historic 5 star hotel

Holiday type

Self-guided

This tour is priced without a guide and you are free to explore on your own.  If you would like a guide for part or all of your trip, we are happy to provide a knowledgeable, local guide

Activity level

Gentle cycling (1) More info...

Electric bikes

Available

Mileage

10 to 28 miles (16 - 45 km) per day. Optional additional mileages

Terrain

Flat with a few gentle slopes on day two

Traffic-free

Almost entirely

Options

Additional nights in Oxford




Itinerary day-by-day


Classic & Luxury

  1. 1. Day one

    The River Thames to Abingdon

    Our host will meet you, brief you and transfer you to our bike base. Then you are off on your bike to explore the Thames and its sleepy hamlets and backwaters on bridleways and quiet country lanes. Discover historic Abingdon, rustic pubs, tiny museums, magical views, and the wildlife of this ancient waterway. It's a gentle day's cycling with a relaxed boat trip back to Oxford. Those wanting to cycle further can explore the riverside villages beyond Abingdon.

    9, 17 or 38 miles (15, 27 or 61 km)

  2. 2. Day two

    Blenheim and Cotswolds

    A different but equally delightful scene beckons today as you wind your way out of Oxford along the canal. Houseboats and wildlife abound, tiny bridges and dragonflies surprise. Not far from the navigation, sits the Cotswold stone village of Woodstock and grandiose Blenheim Palace. Set in 2000 acres of Capability Brown landscape, the palace was built in the 18th Century and became the birthplace of Winston Churchill. The 12th Duke of Marlborough lives here today. After a leisurely stop, its time to amble through pretty Cotswold villages nestling in folds of the gentle hills. Discover the delights of Charlbury and take a short train hop back to Oxford.

    24 or 26 miles (38 or 42 km) Optional additional miles

  3. 3. Day three

    The Thames meadows and canal

    On the third day on this tour there is a fascinating ride through the very rural river meadows to the north of Oxford. Formerly these meadows were part of extensive hunting grounds where you will now find Alice in Wonderland’s well, pretty villages, weir side pubs and endless backwaters. Enjoy a lazy lunch before ambling back along the canal to return your cycling equipment and departing Oxford. This is a gentle hugely attractive ride and virtually traffic free.

    11 miles (18 km)