This tour wanders through the classic hills and valleys of Cotswold country with its picturesque honey coloured villages and peaceful streams.
The graceful contours of Cotswolds lanes and bridleways provide the route for much of this undemanding itinerary whilst the tranquil Oxford Canal leads to Blenheim Palace. Stop and explore Cotswold market towns enroute, thatched inns, and marvellous vistas. Discover the history of Oxford and relax and soak up the atmosphere of Cotswolds country.
from £990 per person
from £1,495 per person
Based on two people sharing a room
There are no extras, however you’ll love what’s included as standard
Start & Finish
Starts Mondays and is circular from Oxford
Centrally located hand picked hotels and a village inn
A historic 5 star Oxford hotel, 4 star boutique hotel and an outstanding village inn
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
Gentle cycling (3) More info...
3 days of cycling with one further day of optional cycling. 10 - 23 miles (16 - 37 km) per day
Mostly flat, some slopes
About half, very low traffic on the rest
- Additional nights in Oxford and Chipping Campden
- Fly fishing on Day Four
This is an excellent way to travel for the visitor who likes some exercise. Loved the off-the-beaten track sites and eateries and information on art, architecture and history. I am really pleased. It's tricky to find a trip that will suit a teenager and this one worked out superbly.
Eva and Kit
Everything went so smoothly and was just as you had described. I really enjoyed the rides - you created some great routes. I also appreciated how quick you were to respond prior to the trip whenever I had a question
Thank you for organising the most perfect and lovely vacation for my daughter and me. We enjoyed every minute of it, even the rain. We hope to be back sometime soon and would certainly recommend your company to friends
Sarah and Sasha
Classic & Luxury
1. Day one
Arrive in Oxford on Monday and check into your accommodation located close to the heart of the city. Enjoy the treasures of this beautiful city today and stroll through the lovely colleges of the University with their magnificent architecture and gardens. Take in the museums, galleries and libraries galore, and perhaps a concert or play. Discover the little tea rooms and fine restaurants, the unique shops and back streets and the river backwaters dotted with punters and rowing eights.
2. Day two
Oxford to Woodstock
Your host will meet you at your hotel, brief you and transfer you to our bike base. Your cycling journey can now begin along the Oxford Canal which lies very close to your hotel. This delightful and rural waterside ride leads out of Oxford, past houseboats and locks and through pretty villages. Not far from the canal, sits the Cotswold stone village of Woodstock and the grandiose Blenheim Palace set in 2000 acres of Capability Brown landscape. Built in the 18th Century, it was the birthplace of Winston Churchill and the 12th Duke of Marlborough lives there. Your accommodation is in this lovely village.
12 miles (19 km)
3. Day three
Woodstock to Kingham or Bledington
Today's ride explores classic Cotswolds country. There are twisting lanes leading through pretty villages; tiny bridges crossing gurgling rivers; ancient woodlands, hidden tracks nestling in the valleys and wonderful views. Cosy pubs are dotted along the route and there’s time to linger in the old stone and thatched villages. Your accommodation for the next two nights is in one of these villages.
23 miles ( 37 km)
4. Day four
Kingham or Bledington circular rides
Time for relaxing or exploring well known Cotswold towns and tiny hamlets today – all within a handful of miles of your overnight stay. There is a very attractive ride to Stow on the Wold, and onto Bourton on the Water, and the Slaughters if you want to see more. We can also point you in the direction of lesser known but equally appealing gems such as farm shops and National Trust houses. There is fine walking along the Cotswold Way which runs through the village or excellent fly fishing which we can organise for you not far away.
5. Day five
Kingham or Bledington to Oxford
Start the day with a short train hop or a gentle pedal to the Cotswold market town of Moreton-in-Marsh where the high street once formed part of the Roman Fosse Way. Linger in the shops and cafes before cycling gently on through peaceful country lanes and hamlets to the 14th Century honey coloured stone buildings of Chipping Campden. Spend the afternoon exploring this ‘must see’ village before returning to Moreton to catch the train back to Oxford for your last night of the tour.
15 miles (24 km) or 25 miles (40 km)
6. Day six
Depart at leisure.