We created this grand tour of England taking in many of its historic sights, to celebrate the 2012 Olympics. Like the games, the trip has been a resounding success. Starting and finishing in Oxford, it includes the World Heritage sites of Stonehenge, Bath and Blenheim Palace, the iconic River Thames, the well-loved towns of Stratford on Avon and Salisbury and the stunning hills and villages of the Cotswolds and Chilterns.

From the historic university city of Oxford see Chipping Campden, Bibury, and Tetbury as you ride through the Cotswold valleys. Stay overnight in Stratford on Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare and if you wish enjoy one of his plays at the theatre. Absorb the Roman influence in Cirencester, the film backdrop of Lacock and the engineering feat of the Kennet and Avon Canal. Take in the outstanding cathedral in Salisbury, the soaring downs of middle England, the Thames with its pretty waterside villages and the undersung Chiltern Hills with their beech woods. This trip is our longest and embraces everything that is England - prepare to be amazed!

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

Holiday details

Price from
Classic £2,490 per person based on two people sharing a room
Luxury £3,540 per person based on two people sharing a room
Extras included
Personal guided tour of Stonehenge.  See what’s included as standard
13 nights
Start & Finish
Starts Saturdays and is circular from Oxford
Classic Four hand picked small hotels, 5 inns and a tea room
Luxury 3, 4 and 5 star hotels, three country pubs, two boutique hotels and a National Trust village inn
Activity level
Not so gentle cycling. More info...
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
12 days of cycling 30 - 38 miles (48 - 61 km) per day
gently rolling
25% very low traffic on the rest
  • Additional nights in Oxford

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