Classic & Luxury itinerary day-by-day
1. Day one
Arrive in Oxford on Sunday and check into your hotel located close to the heart of the city. Enjoy the treasures of this beautiful city today by following our largely traffic free tour for an insider’s guide to Oxford. Stroll through the lovely colleges of the University with their magnificent architecture and gardens. Take in the museums, galleries and libraries galore, and perhaps a concert or play. Discover the little tea rooms and fine restaurants, the unique shops and back streets and the river backwaters dotted with punters and rowing eights.
2. Day two
Oxford to Burford
Your host will meet you after breakfast with your bicycle and run through your itinerary. You will then leave Oxford by riding along the peaceful and very rural Thames meadows into the Cotswolds. Explore the old woollen town of Witney and discover the beautiful valley of the River Windrush. Nestled here is a string of romantic villages like Minster Lovell bearing ancient honey coloured stone buildings and thatched village pubs. Burford too, where you will stay for the next two nights, has changed little over the centuries and it's bustling high street is one of the most picturesque in the Cotswolds.
26 miles (42 km)
3. Day three
Burford to Bourton on Water & back
Today you have a choice of relaxing in Burford or taking the circular ride which leads you further into the Windrush valley through classic Cotswolds country. There are tiny bridges crossing gurgling rivers and twisting lanes leading through scenic hamlets to Bourton. This ever so pretty village has the Windrush flowing right through its heart and if you want to see the even more beautiful then pedal on to the villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter before returning to Burford.
Optional 22 miles (35 km)
4. Day four
Burford to Bibury
This is another wonderful ride through timeless countryside into the Coln valley. Explore the town of Northleach with its interesting history and mechanical music mueseum, and Chedworth village with its Roman villa. Enjoy the great views, ancient woodlands and the pretty folds and villages of the tiny River Coln. Your next two nights are in Bibury which William Morris described as the most beautiful village in England.
22 miles (35 km)
5. Day five
Bibury to Lechlade & back
You might like a day out of the saddle to soak up the atmosphere in Bibury. But if you are keen to explore there's quite a ride ahead. The little Leach valley and its woods provide much of the route which takes in a working weaving mill, the Old Salt Way and thatched cottages with cosy village pubs. Enjoy too the market town of Lechlade where boats on the Thames can go no further and where you will wish to linger in antique stalls and tea shops before returning to Bibury.
Optional 22 miles (35 km)
6. Day six
Bibury to Cirencester & Oxford
Amble along the Coln valley this morning before heading to Cirencester through the quiet villages of the Ampney Brook. Once a key town of Roman Britain, Cirencester is today the capital of the Cotswolds with a bustling high street and characterful craft workshops. We will meet you here late afternoon and transfer you back to Oxford and to your hotel. How glorious are these varied Cotswold valleys!
15 miles (24 km)
7. Day seven
Explore Oxford and Depart
Take time to explore all that Oxford has to offer on foot and depart at leisure.
The route takes in a working weaving mill and the Old Salt Way