Cycling holidays on The Thames

If you’re looking to immerse yourself in the history of Britain, a cycling holiday along The Thames is a great place to start. The Thames is often described as ‘ Britain’s liquid history’, and rightly so. In many ways, it tells the story of the history of England, and in particular our royal history. In the London area, expect to encounter imposing royal palaces at Richmond, Hampton Court and Greenwich and maritime history by the bucket load as you travel through docks, quays, and wharfs. The cycling outside the major towns is equally fantastic. In The Chilterns, you’ll weave your way through beech tree woodlands, watch red kites soar overhead and look down over dramatic sweeping landscapes.

We’re very proud of the itineraries we have created for our cycling holidays in this area - years of experience and thorough field trips have resulted in our unusual one-of-a-kind routes that no other provider uses, mainly along bridleways and tracks. Despite taking in towns like Windsor, London and Oxford, they are (amazingly) rural and almost traffic-free - even through London. Avoiding the usual tourist funnels, they bring you into the towns via little-known back streets that afford some fantastic vistas you don’t get from the roads - including an incredible view down to Windsor Castle from the Great Park. There’s also plenty of options to skip the cycling and take a boat along the river if you fancy mixing it up a bit. Routes start in London, Cirencester (the source of the Thames), Oxford, Richmond or Windsor.

Your Carter Company Adventure Handbook, which is provided alongside your gps routes, will tell you everything you need to know about the history and culture of the area, as well as our own insider tips for the best things to do and see in the area according to locals (rather than the mass-produced guide books).

Our Thames highlights

Petersham Nurseries

Enjoy the vibrant Petersham nurseries in Richmond, coffee and cake with a celebration of the seasons

Included in our Oxford and Thames royal palaces holiday


‘The most fairy-like little nook on the whole river’, the village history stretches back to Anglo-Saxon times

Included in our A riverside ride from Oxford holiday

Long Walk at Windsor

Wonder at the majestic sweep and elegance of the Long Walk at Windsor

Included in our Thames source to sea holiday

Hampton Court Palace

Home of Henry VIII and several other monarchs. Visit the Tudor kitchens, distinguished gardens, real tennis court and a lot more.

Included in our Thames source to sea holiday

View of London's South Bank

Vibrant mix of architectures and styles as you cycle along the Thames through London

Included in our Shakespeare's Way 7 nights holiday

New College Oxford

Enjoy the splendid surroundings, the gardens and buildings of New College, Oxford

Included in our A jaunt around Oxford holiday

Our Thames Cycling holidays

  1. England's Great West Way

    The Great West Way from Bristol to London is rooted in the very history of England, telling its own story about the country’s past. From being…

    From £2,630

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

  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 £2,345

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

  3. 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 £2,690

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

  4. 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 £1,690

    Gentle / Many durations / Self-guided / The Thames

  5. The Thames royal palaces

    Revel in the very heart of London and enjoy whatever takes your fancy for a day in the capital. Then step from your overnight accommodation onto…

    From £1,330

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

  6. 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 £970

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

  7. 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 £685

    Gentle / Short breaks / Self-guided / Oxford

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