The River Thames threads its way serenely through sleepy rural villages, pretty landscapes and through the heart of bustling historic towns such as Oxford and Windsor. Royalty and history beckon, whilst water meadows, old inns, wildlife and weirs lead you on through your adventures.

The tranquil river path provides the route for much of this trip - we love it because it is flat and traffic free. The itinerary is relaxed and includes several optional river boat trips with bikes aboard. What a great way to discover the sights and smells of quintessential England!



Holiday details

Price

Classic

from £1,265 per person
for 6 nights. 8 night trip £1,745 per person based on two people sharing a room.

Luxury

from £2,080 per person
for 6 nights. 8 night trip £2,735 per person based on two people sharing a room.

Based on two people sharing a room

What’s included?

Train hop on day 6.  See what’s included as standard

Duration

6 or 8 nights

Start & Finish

6 night trip starts Tuesdays and ends in Oxford. 8 night trip starts Sundays and ends in Oxford

Hotels

Classic

Centrally located, hand picked hotels and inns

Luxury

Characterful and historic 4 and 5 star hotels

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 (2) More info...

Electric bikes

Available

Mileage

4 days of cycling with a further 3 days of optional cycling 11 - 19 miles (18 - 30 km) per day

Terrain

Flat

Traffic-free

Almost completely. No cycling in London is required

Options

  • Additional nights in London and Oxford
  • Explore further from Oxford by taking one of our trips into the Cotswolds
  • Easy transport links enabling a non-cycling partner to enjoy the holiday




Itinerary day-by-day


Classic & Luxury

  1. 1. Day one

    London

    Arrive in London and check into your hotel located in Vincent Square, Westminster, a short distance from the river. There’s a lot to see very close by as you are in the very heart of the city. Your cycling equipment will be delivered to your hotel where your host will also meet you to run through your itinerary and to familiarize you with the route.

  2. 2. Day two

    London to Hampton Court

    Start the day with a 'pinch me is this really possible' traffic free ride out of London along the river's edge, heading under all those famous bridges from Westminster to Kew. This is the real London that tourists rarely see! Pass cute docks with house boats, quaint churches, ancient pubs, parks a-plenty, swans and willows. Explore the famous gardens at Kew Palace, the chic shops and waterside cafes in Richmond and the fine historic houses along the waterfront to Hampton Court where you will spend the night. Those wanting a shorter ride to Kew, may be able to board a river boat at Westminster with bikes aboard but we cannot guarantee this.

    11 miles (17 km) or 23 miles (37 km)

  3. 3. Day three

    Hampton Court to Windsor

    Explore Hampton Court Palace first today. Here is 500 years of royal history from Henry VIII to Queen Victoria, from state apartments to Tudor kitchens, and renaissance paintings to the maze. Then ride to Windsor along the classic riverscape of the Thames. There are houseboats and villas, famous islands and willow lined meadows, pretty lock cottages, attractive steeples & ancient waterside inns. Enjoy the tranquillity and rural scene before making tracks to Windsor where your overnight stop is located. There is a circular ride from here into Windsor Great Park if you want more cycling. For those taking the 6 night tour, your host will meet you in Windsor with your cycling equipment.

    18 miles (29 km) or 35 miles (56 km)

  4. 4. Day four

    Windsor to Marlow

    Enjoy Windsor and its castle this morning and take a peek at Eton across the river. After lunch, there is a pretty route to cycle that leads away from the river through old villages and hamlets. Cross the river a number of times as you arrive in Marlow. Your overnight stay is in the heart of this attractive town.

    19 miles (30 km)

  5. 5. Day five

    Marlow to Henley

    Take time to discover all the history of Marlow before cycling or cruising to Henley. The boat trip (which only operates in July and August) allows you to avoid the slopes of the Chiltern Hills whilst the bike ride enables you to enjoy fantastic views and wonderful scenery - it's your choice! Once in Henley, famed for its rowing regatta, you will quickly discover its elegant atmosphere. Stroll along the waterfront, enjoy tea on one of a number of river islands or visit The River and Rowing Museum. Your overnight stop nestles in the heart of the town.

    Optional 10 miles (18 km)

  6. 6. Day six

    Henley to Streatley

    Today's ride follows the river through some of its most magical settings. Pedal across weirs, spot the llamas, smell ancient beech woods and discover the prettiest village on the Thames. There's a 5 minute train hop at the end of the day to Streatley where you spend the night in an old inn set in a tranquil village.

    19 miles (30 km)

  7. 7. Day seven

    Streatley to Oxford

    Crisscross the Thames today and take in pretty riverside villages and forgotten rural scenes. These dreamy waters of the Upper Thames are where many a famous tale has been dreamt. The shorter ride includes a boat hop from Abingdon with its ancient abbey. With Oxford and its dreaming spires beckoning, you pedal along the Thames to find your hotel for the next two nights in the heart of the city.

    20 miles (32 km) or 26 miles (42 km)

  8. 8. Day eight

    Enjoy Oxford

    Enjoy the treasures of Oxford today - by bike if you wish. There are the lovely colleges of the University with their magnificent architecture, museums galore, galleries and famous libraries. Add to these fine restaurants, unique shops and river backwaters dotted with punters and rowing eights and you will enjoy a fitting finale to your tour.

    Optional 12 miles (19 km)

  9. 9. Day nine

    Return to London

    Depart at your leisure,