This tour combines a three night stay in London with idyllic cycling in the Cotswolds - two contrasting pictures of quintessential England. London needs little introduction, except that we hope with our suggestions for exploring the city you will find authentic London and discover what makes this great city tick.

The Cotswolds are designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with mellow wolds or hills intersected by gurgling rivers. This gives a tapestry of picture postcard villages, honey coloured stone cottages and sheep clad slopes dusted with beech woods. Cycling the leafy back lanes and staying in characterful Chipping Campden and Burford, you will experience rural England at its very best. And with your final night in historic Oxford at the gateway to the Cotswolds, what more could you ask of England? This tour is quintessential by name and nature.



Holiday details

Price

Classic

from £1,195 per person

Luxury

from £2,180 per person

Based on two people sharing a room

What’s included?

Train transfer from London to Kingham .  See what’s included as standard

Duration

6 nights

Start & Finish

Starts daily in London and finishes in Oxford

Hotels

Classic

A central London and Oxford hotel and a small inn and restaurant with rooms

Luxury

5 star hotel in the centre of London and luxury boutique hotels in central Cotswold locations

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

Not so gentle cycling. More info...

Electric bikes

Available

Mileage

3 days of cycling 21 - 26 miles (34 - 42 km) per day or 32 - 39 miles (51 - 62 km)

Terrain

A few slopes

Traffic-free

10% very low traffic on the rest

Options

  • Additional nights in Oxford
  • Additional nights in London
  • Guided or self guided bike rides in London




Itinerary day-by-day


Classic & Luxury

  1. 1. Day one

    London

    Arrive in London and check into your hotel located in the centre of this great metropolis. The next three days are yours to explore London in the way you choose. We will provide you with our suggestions for seeing the best of what's traditional, discovering what's less known but inspirational and rubbing shoulders with the locals whilst enjoying real London. Of course we think cycling on our traffic free routes is the best way to see much of hidden and popular London and we can offer you a choice of guided or self guided rides as an optional extra.

  2. 2. Day two

    London

    Enjoy London.

  3. 3. Day three

    London

    Enjoy London.

  4. 4. Day four

    London to Chipping Campden

    Today you head into the glorious Cotswolds with a train ride to Kingham (tickets included). Mid morning our host we will meet you at the station with your bikes, brief you on the itinerary and transfer your luggage. Then you are off to pedal leafy lanes and charming villages and be inspired by the wonderful garden at Hidcote Manor. Then freewheel down into the Cotswold gem of Chipping Campden where you stay the night. The longer ride also takes you to the picture postcard village of Broadway with a climb up the Cotswold scarp past Snowshill Manor for a panoramic vista of the area.

    22 or 35 miles (35 or 56 km)

  5. 5. Day five

    Chipping Campden to Burford

    Soak up the history and the arts and crafts heritage of Chipping Campden before riding south today. Your route leads through classic Cotswold landscapes- a land of honey coloured stone cottages in timeless chocolate box hamlets. Stop for a postcard or two in the market town of Moreton in Marsh and perhaps a coffee in a designer farm shop. Enjoy gurgling streams, cosy pubs, grand views and tiny bridges before arriving in the former Cotswold woollen capital of Burford, still a bustling but unspoilt market town today. To include Stow on Wold, the idyllic villages of the Slaughters and Bourton on Water, take the longer ride.

    26 or 32 miles (42 or 51 km)

  6. 6. Day six

    Burford to Oxford

    The ride from Burford takes you along the utterly charming Windrush valley to pretty Minster Lovell and then through the Cotswold market town of Witney with its old mills and historic farm. From here the landscape gradually changes as you reach the Thames meadows and the Oxford Canal for an easy and rural pedal into the very heart of the historic and stunning university town of Oxford. Your hotel is in the centre of the town and surrounded by Oxford colleges. The longer ride takes you further into the Cotswolds from Burford to the tiny Leach valley with its string of picturesque hamlets.

    26 or 39 miles (42 or 62 km)

  7. 7. Day seven

    Oxford to London

    There is so much to explore in Oxford on foot, that a day may not do it justice. Enjoy and depart at your leisure.