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 a river boat and follow the Thames as it threads its way serenely through the history of England. Monarchs built their palaces and planted their gardens along the banks of the river at Kew, Richmond, Hampton Court and Windsor. This tour explores all these royal gems and many other hidden treasures along a route that is unbelievably rural and yet very close to the metropolis of London.

Your cycling begins at Richmond where you disembark. Take in the royal parks where monarchs once hunted, the tranquil Thames river path with its rural backwaters and weirs, historic towns, ancient waterside inns and the houses and vistas of the rich and famous. By pass the traffic and enjoy the sights and smells of quintessential England. A royally astonishing adventure!



Holiday details

Price

Classic

from £1,050 per person

Luxury

from £1,650 per person

Based on two people sharing a room

What’s included?

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

Duration

4 nights

Start & Finish

Starts daily except Fri or Sat from London, finishes Richmond. Richmond is 20 minutes by train into central London and not far from Heathrow Airport

Hotels

Classic

Centrally located hotels and a b&b in Windsor

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 (1) More info...

Electric bikes

Available

Mileage

4 days of cycling 4 - 26 miles (6 - 42 km) per day

Terrain

Flat

Traffic-free

Almost completely - The tour does not require any cycling in London

Options

  • Additional nights in London
  • Easy transport links enabling a non-cycling partner to enjoy the itinerary




Itinerary day-by-day


Classic & Luxury

  1. 1. Day one

    London

    Arrive in London and check into your hotel centrally located in Westminster. There’s a lot to see very close by as you are in the very heart of the city. Your host will meet you at your hotel to run through your itinerary and to familiarise you with the route.

  2. 2. Day two

    London to Richmond

    Start the day by boarding a river boat at Westminster and heading upstream to Richmond. Your cycling begins at Richmond where you can explore the famous gardens and Kew Palace. Take in the chic shops at Richmond and linger in the waterside cafes. There are many fine historic houses and parks to discover before you reach your hotel in Richmond - your accommodation for the next two nights.

    4 miles (6 km) or 14 miles (22 km)

  3. 3. Day three

    Richmond to Hampton Court and back

    Today there is a delightful cycle ride to Hampton Court Palace which takes you through two royal parks and along the river. There is 500 years of royal history at the palace from Henry VIII to Queen Victoria , from state apartments to Tudor kitchens, and renaissance paintings to the maze. Enjoy the 60 acres of riverside gardens too before returning to Richmond. Those wanting a lazy day can travel to and from the Palace by boat if visiting on a Tuesday or Sunday.

    17 miles (27 km)

  4. 4. Day four

    Richmond to Windsor

    This ride is dominated by the classic English riverscape that could hardly be anywhere else but the Thames. There are houseboats and villas, famous islands and willow lined meadows, pretty lock cottages, attractive steeples & ancient waterside inns. Enjoy the tranquility and rural scene before making tracks to Windsor Castle. Your overnight accommodation is close by.

    26 miles (42 km)

  5. 5. Day five

    Windsor to Richmond

    Explore Windsor Castle, home of Queen Elizabeth II, savor the cafes and shops of Eton and Windsor, and take in the famous Eton College. Then enjoy a peaceful ride through magnificent Windsor Great Park with its amazing views. Take a short train hop back to Richmond and return your bicycle to our base there where your luggage will be waiting for you. Wow! an incredible journey through history. Richmond is on the London underground and overground lines, 20 minutes into Waterloo station or a short taxi to Heathrow Airport.

    16 miles (26 km) or 25 miles (40 km)