England: Oxford & the Cotswolds
Savor the unspoiled Cotswolds at your own pace during this inn-to-inn Self-Guided Bicycle Vacation through one of Britain’s most celebrated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
- Daily Mileage: 28.4 - 42|
- Biking: 2 - 5 hr
9-day Self-Guided Air+
6-day Bike Vacation Only
Per person, double occupancy
England: Oxford & the CotswoldsRide along rolling fields, stone walls, and ancient tree-lined lanes to lovingly preserved villages of thatch-roofed cottages and historic pubs. Along the way, take your time exploring the splendors of Churchill’s Blenheim Palace, the pleasures of Hidcote Gardens, the Shakespearean sites of Stratford-upon-Avon, and the historic market towns of Bourton-on-the-Water, Chipping Campden, and Moreton-in-Marsh. And frame your unforgettable reel with stays in Oxford and Bath.
What to Expect
This tour is rated moderate with analog bikes and easy to moderate with E-bikes. It offers a combination of easy terrain and moderate hills and is ideal for beginning and experienced cyclists. Rides are on designated bike routes that are quiet country roads with a small percentage of the total on dedicated bike paths. The traffic will be somewhat busier when entering and exiting larger towns such as Oxford, Stratford, and Bath. Routes follow flat river valleys and then ascend to rolling hills. Please verify your bike selection for this tour as it is not always possible to change bikes once you arrive on tour. Travel with your friends and family—we can accommodate multiple guests on this self-guided vacation. Our 24/7 support system is available as needed.
- Daily Mileage: 28.4 - 42|
- Biking: 2 - 5 hr
- 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
- Stay overnight in charming towns constructed of honey-hued Cotswolds stone
- 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
- Stay in Tetbury, home of Prince Charles’s Highgrove Royal Gardens and Highgrove Shop, where you can shop for products that support his charities
- Pedal past filming locations of numerous television series such as Downton Abbey, Endeavour and Inspector Morse
- See film locations of the Harry Potter movies in Oxford and Blenheim Palace
- Ride into Bath along part of the historic Fosse Way, the Roman road spanning southwest England
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Bike Vacation Only
|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 breakfasts included|
|5 nights in charming in-town hotels|
|5 meals: 5 breakfasts|
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 plush yet elegant interiors combine throughout 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 accented with a warmth and décor inspired by the English countryside.
Redesdale Arms Hotel
The award-winning Redesdale Arms is conveniently located on Moreton-in-Marsh’s High Street, the main street of town 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 from 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
At once 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 medieval 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 and 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 honest food that focuses on flavor, whether you’re starting your day with full English breakfast or ending it with a cocktail and a 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 historic 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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