William Shakespeare is widely considered to be the greatest dramatist of all time. His 37 plays feature inspired plots, remarkable poetry, brilliant insights into human character and a very creative use of the English language. 2016 marked the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.

In celebration of his legacy, we have created our Shakespeare's Way tour, so you can pedal the route that the poet perhaps took on his journeys between the Globe Theatre in London, where most of his plays were first performed to public acclaim, and his home in Stratford-upon-Avon, where his wife Anne Hathaway and his children lived.

Discover along the way the places and people featuring in Shakespeare's life and works. Leave the heart of London following the River Thames and travel through the beautiful countryside of the Cotswolds passing some of England's finest attractions - London, Hampton Court, Windsor, Oxford, Blenheim Palace and Stratford-upon-Avon. This was Shakespeare's way.

For further details of your route, see classic hotel itinerary and luxury hotel itinerary.

Holiday details

Price from
Classic £2,150
Luxury £2,880
Extras included
A tour of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London and entry to the 5 Shakespeare houses in Stratford on Avon.  See what’s included as standard
Duration
10 nights
Start & Finish
Starts Fridays from London and finishes Stratford on Avon.
Hotels
Classic 4 inns, 3 small and 2 larger hotels and a guest house
Luxury One 5 star hotel, eight 4 star hotels and one inn (our classic choice)
Activity level
Gentle cycling (2) More info...
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
Electric bikes
Available
Mileage
9 days of cycling 11 - 22 miles (18 - 35 km) per day
Terrain
A few slopes
Traffic-free
50% traffic free and the rest on quiet roads
Options
  • Additional nights in London, Oxford and Stratford on Avon
  • Shakespeare Theatre tickets in Stratford on Avon and London

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New Place, Shakespeare's final residence in Stratford, on our Shakespeare-themed cycling trip