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Shakespeare's Way 7 nights

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 10 people
Destination(s): England  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring   Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1210 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1910 Pound Sterling (GBP)

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. 2014 marks the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth.

In celebration we have created Shakespeare's Way 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 Chilterns and the Cotswolds passing some of England 's finest attractions - London, Hampton Court, Windsor, Oxford, Blenheim Palace and Stratford-upon-Avon.

For a more gentle journey from London to Stratford see our Shakespeare's Way 10 night holiday (coming soon)

Starts daily except Mondays and Tuesdays from London and finishes Stratford on Avon.
Hotels
Classic Two historic riverside inns, a village pub, and three centrally located hotels
Luxury Two 5 star, one 4 star and one 3 star hotel (our classic choice), a restaurant with rooms and a boutique hotel
Activity level
Not so gentle cycling. More info...
Electric bikes
Available
Mileage
5 days of cycling 29 - 43 miles (46 - 69 km) per day and one day of optional cycling
Terrain
A few hills
Traffic-free
20%; very low traffic on the rest
Options

Additional nights in London and Stratford on Avon
Purchase Shakespeare Theatre tickets for Stratford on Avon and London

1. Day one
London

Arrive in London and check into your hotel located adjacent to the Thames and the London Eye and opposite the Houses of Parliament. We hope you will get to know Shakespeare a little better during the tour we have arranged for you at his Globe Theatre, just across the river. There may be a play of his to enjoy there too. Your cycling equipment will be delivered to your hotel where your host will also meet you to run through your itinerary and to familiarize you with the route

2. Day two
London to Staines on Thames

Your journey to Stratford begins with a traffic free ride out of London enjoying the River Thames. Speed through Richmond Park - this is where London's cyclists collect and pedal past the palace at Hampton Court where Henry VIII lived. His life is the basis of one of Shakespeare's last plays. The Thames river offers a tranquil ride with wildlife and cosy pubs a plenty. Stop for the river ferry crossing and arrive shortly afterwards at the riverside inn where you will stay the night

33 miles (53 km)

3. Day three
Staines on Thames to Sonning

There's a short climb into Windsor Great Park where you can spot gifts given to the Queen and maybe some royal deer. Stop for a visit to the castle to discover its connection with Shakespeare's play The Merry Wives of Windsor and head across the river to Eton where princes William and Harry went to school. You might also be tempted to take a break in Bray, where innumerable famous chefs have their watering holes. Then leafy lanes take you through a rural scene of farms and studs enroute to picture perfect Sonning village, your overnight stop. The ancient inn where you will stay sits adjacent to the river and the village boasts an excellent dinner theatre at The Mill where Shakespeare might be on the menu too!

29 miles (46 km)

4. Day four
Sonning to Oxford

Leave the Thames behind you and head into the picturesque Chiltern hills with flint cottages, beech woods, red kites and expansive views. Your route takes you through the characterful Oxfordshire market towns of Wallingford and Abingdon and a string of pretty hamlets and villages with inviting inns. The last few miles take you along the river once again, known here as the Isis, into the heart of Oxford for the next 2 nights. Shakespeare was a regular visitor to the city at No: 3 Cornmarket when he was travelling between London and Stratford as his friends the Davenants and his godson lived here. You are in good company!

43 miles (68 km)

5. Day five
Oxford

Oxford has so much to offer so here is a day to discover the beautiful honey coloured colleges of its university, the museums, Botanic Gardens, and famous inns where many an author has supped. Pedal past these along alleys, bridges and backwaters on our city tour and get under the skin of this fascinating city. If you prefer something more rural we can provide you with a circular ride into the Cotswold countryside

Optional circular ride

6. Day six
Oxford to an Oxfordshire village

You leave Oxford on a traffic free route as you head towards the Cotswold village of Woodstock. Here is the world heritage site of Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Winston Churchill and now home to the 11th Duke of Marlborough. Back in the saddle, you can then explore classic Cotswolds country - twisting lanes leading through pretty villages; tiny bridges crossing gurgling rivers; ancient woodlands and wonderful views which were well known to Shakespeare and possibly feature in his play Richard II. Your welcoming inn tonight overlooks a village green

33 miles (53 km)

7. Day seven
An Oxfordshire village to Stratford

Today's route leads you through a string of Cotswold stone hamlets and villages to the market town of Moreton-in-Marsh and the renowned gardens of Hidcote and Kiftsgate. From there its a freewheel down the scarp slope of the Cotswolds into Stratford on Avon. So here is your journey's end - the birthplace of William Shakespeare and the town which he travelled to from London to be with his wife Anne Hathaway and their children. You can visit all the houses associated with the bard's family if you wish to pedal on. Your overnight stay is in the heart of the town with all its half timbered buildings and a stone's throw from the Shakespeare Theatre where we hope you will enjoy a performance tonight

32 miles (51 km)

8. Day eight
Enjoy Stratford and depart

Explore more of Shakespeare's Stratford life today and pedal to all the 5 houses owned by the family of this great playwright. His mother's farm lies a few miles ride along the Stratford Canal and is a fitting finale to your travels following Shakespeare's Way. Depart Stratford at your leisure

Optional miles

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Classic £1,210 per person based on two people sharing a room. Includes a tour of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London and entry to the 5 Shakespeare houses in Stratford on Avon
Luxury £1,910 per person based on two people sharing a room. Includes a tour of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London and entry to the 5 Shakespeare houses in Stratford on Avon

Price Includes:

Accommodation.
Breakfast every day during the tour.
The services of our friendly hosts to coordinate your travel and brief you on your route.
Emergency support provided by your host.
Luggage transfers between hotels.
A tour brochure.
Safeguarding of your payment.

Price Excludes:

Airfares.
Travel to and from the tour start and finish points.
Entrances to attractions unless specified.
Lunches.
Dinners.
Alcoholic beverages.
Mini bars.
Meals pre and post the tour.

All prices are subject to change depending on accommodation availability.

About This Supplier
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Location: England
Joined InfoHub: Mar 2007
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Authentic travels by bike and on foot in the UK, France, Italy, Holland, Austria, Greece, Spain and the Baltics. Gentle and not so gentle tours available from one day upwards - self led or guided. Hand picked accommodation and a very personal service. Classic tours have carefully chosen attractive inns, individual...

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