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England: Oxford & the Cotswolds
Savor the unspoiled Cotswolds at your own pace during this inn-to-inn Self-Guided Bicycle Vacation as you travel through one of Britain’s most celebrated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Ride along rolling fields, stone walls, and ancient, tree-lined lanes through lovingly preserved villages of thatch-roofed cottages and historic pubs. Along the way, you’ll want to take some time to explore the splendors of Churchill’s Blenheim Palace and the all the beauty of Hidcote Gardens. You’ll visit the Shakespearean sites at Stratford-upon-Avon, and the historic market towns of Bourton-on-the-Water, Chipping Campden, and Moreton-in-Marsh. Your unforgettable self-guided bike trip will be framed by stays in Oxford and Bath.
- Explore Blenheim Palace, the stunning early 18th-century manor house, birthplace of Winston Churchill, and UNESCO World Heritage site
- Cycle the bucolic country lanes of the Cotswolds into cottage-lined villages that have not changed for centuries.
- Indulge in traditional and modern English fare—full English breakfasts, afternoon teas, pub lunches and farm-to-fork dining
- Explore the Roman, medieval, and 18th-century Georgian architecture in the historic center of Bath
- Pedal past filming locations of numerous television series such as Downton Abbey, Endeavour and Inspector Morse
What to Expect
- Daily Mileage: 28 - 42 miles|
- Biking: 2 - 5 hours
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|Roundtrip international airfare|
|Detailed information for your independent travel to/from arrival and departure airports|
|One night in Oxford and one night in Bath in conveniently located hotels with daily breakfast|
|5 nights in charming in-town hotels|
|7 meals: 7 breakfasts|
|5 meals: 5 breakfasts|
Accommodations (Please Note: Days are based on the Air Package Itinerary. Accommodations may vary depending on departure date. )
voco Oxford Spires Hotel
With its lovely location beside the Thames River and amidst a lovely parkland, the Principal Oxford Spires Hotel is a comfortable haven from which to explore the City of Spires. Cotswolds stone and elegant interiors combine to create a truly welcoming space of understated luxury. Modern amenities mingle seamlessly with traditional touches in this air-conditioned hotel. Deacon’s Restaurant promises fine cuisine prepared with ingredients sourced from the Oxfordshire countryside, while the bar and lounge—and an outdoor terrace—offer a casual atmosphere for relaxing over a drink or a spot of tea. Each comfortable room is filled with warmth and accented by décor inspired by the English countryside.
Redesdale Arms Hotel
The award-winning Redesdale Arms is conveniently located on Moreton-in-Marsh’s main High Street, lined with 18th-century buildings. This classic property is steeped in history, occupying a building that dates to 1650. Built from the region’s famed honey-hued stone and hand-hewn oak beams, it exudes the authentic character of the Cotswolds. The on-site restaurant serves updated British and international fare in several dining rooms, on outdoor tables, and at the fireside bar. Individually decorated rooms are updated and modern. Please note that the Redesdale Arms is not air-conditioned.
The Highway Inn
Both contemporary and traditional, the Highway Inn is a warm and inviting boutique hotel of just eleven rooms. Located in the heart of Burford, this charming inn of stone and timber shows off its unique character and passion for local heritage. Its current owner is proud to oversee a property that has been a true Cotswold inn for more than 500 years. Savor local ales in the lounge and enjoy freshly prepared meals at the restaurant, where all ingredients are locally sourced. The beautiful, finely crafted fireplaces are all original to the 1480 building and a cozy courtyard provides the ideal hideaway to enjoy a glass of wine. Please note that the Highway Inn is not air-conditioned.
The Ormond at Tetbury
A comfortable blend of old and new, the Ormond at Tetbury has been welcoming travelers since the 17th century. This former coaching inn is ideally situated in the village center and boasts a warm homey interior, stone-built outdoor spaces and lovely gardens where you can take you morning breakfast or an afternoon glass of wine. The cycle-friendly hotel has a dedicated space for your bike. The Ormond Pub is popular with locals for its down-to-earth food that focuses on flavor, whether you’re starting your day with a full English breakfast or ending it with a cocktail and pizza. Please note that the Ormond at Tetbury is not air-conditioned.
Located in the heart of the historic city of Bath with views of Queen Square, the air-conditioned, Regency-style Francis Hotel exudes Georgian sophistication. The plush armchairs and period furnishings of the beautiful 18th-century townhouse lend this fine hotel an elegant authenticity that invites you to linger over afternoon tea or drinks. Even The Beatles were lured here by its refined elegance; they were guests in 1963. During your stay, you may take afternoon tea in the Tea Room, enjoy a cocktail in the bar, and savor a meal at the Brasserie Blanc, the onsite French-themed restaurant.
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