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Shakespeare's Way 10 nights

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 11 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: 1590 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2285 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 Cotswolds passing some of England 's finest attractions - London, Hampton Court, Windsor, Oxford, Blenheim Palace and Stratford-upon-Avon.

Holiday details

Includes a tour of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London and entry to the 5 Shakespeare houses in Stratford on Avon
Start & Finish
Starts Fridays from London and finishes Stratford on Avon.
Hotels
Classic 4 inns, 3 small and 2 larger hotels and a guest house
Luxury One 5 star hotel, eight 4 star hotels and one inn (our classic choice)
Activity level
Gentle cycling (2) More info...
Electric bikes
Available
Mileage
9 days of cycling 11 - 22 miles (18 - 35 km) per day
Terrain
A few slopes
Traffic-free
50% traffic free and the rest on quiet roads
Options

Additional nights in London, Oxford and Stratford on Avon
Shakespeare Theatre tickets in Stratford on Avon and London

1. Day one
London

Arrive in London and check into your hotel located in the heart of the capital. We hope you will get to know Shakespeare a little better during the tour we have arranged for you at his Globe Theatre, not far away. 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 Hampton Court

Start the day by boarding a river boat at Westminster with your bicycle and heading upstream to Kew where your cycling begins. You can explore the famous gardens and Kew Palace and then follow the river to Richmond with its chic shops and linger in the waterside cafes. Pedal along the waterfront to Hampton Court where you will spend the night close to the palace. Those wanting a longer ride can cycle traffic free out of London to Richmond

11 miles (17 km) or 23 miles (37 km)

3. Day three
Hampton Court to Windsor

Explore Hampton Court Palace first today. Here is 500 years of royal history from Henry VIII - whose life formed the basis for one of Shakespeare's last plays to Queen Victoria. Discover the state apartments, Tudor kitchens, renaissance paintings and the maze. Then ride to Windsor along the Thames, passing houseboats and famous islands, willow lined meadows with pretty lock cottages and ancient steeples and waterside inns. Enjoy the tranquility and rural scene before making tracks to Windsor Castle where your hotel is located. There is a circular ride from here into Windsor Great Park if you want more cycling

13 miles (21 km) or 33 miles (53km)

4. Day four
Windsor to Marlow

Enjoy Windsor and its castle this morning and discover the connection with Shakespeare's play The Merry Wives of Windsor. Take a peek at Eton across the river where princes William and Harry went to school. After lunch, board the river boat to Marlow and enjoy this beautiful stretch of the Thames. If you wish to cycle, there is a pretty route that leads away from the river through old villages and hamlets. Your hotel in Marlow sits close by the weir of this attractive town

Optional 19 miles (30km)

5. Day five
Marlow to Henley

Take time to discover all the history of Marlow before cycling or cruising to Henley. The boat trip allows you to avoid the slopes of the Chiltern Hills whilst the bike ride enables you to enjoy fantastic views and wonderful scenery - its your choice! Once in Henley, famed for its rowing regatta, you will quickly discover its elegant atmosphere. Stroll along the waterfront, enjoy tea on one of a number of river islands or visit The River and Rowing Museum. Your hotel nestles in the heart of the town

Optional 10 miles (18km)

6. Day six
henley to Streatley

Today's ride follows the river through some of its most magical settings. Pedal across weirs, spot the llamas, smell ancient beech woods and discover the prettiest village on the Thames. Your overnight inn sits in the heart of a tranquil village setting

19 miles (30km)

7. Day seven
Streatley to Oxford

Crisscross the Thames today and take in pretty riverside villages, forgotten rural scenes and the dreamy waters of the Upper Thames. The shorter ride includes a boat hop from Abingdon with its ancient abbey. With Oxford and its dreaming spires beckoning, you pedal along the Thames to find your hotel in the heart of the city. Shakespeare was a regular visitor to Oxford at No: 3 Cornmarket when he was travelling between London and Stratford. You are in good company!

20 miles (32km) or 26 miles (42km)

8. Day eight
Oxford to Charlbury

A delightful rural waterside ride leads you out of the city along the Oxford Canal, past houseboats and locks. Not far from the canal, sits the Cotswold stone village of Woodstock and the grandiose Blenheim Palace set in 2000 acres of Capability Brown landscape. Built in the 18th Century, it was the birthplace of Winston Churchill and the 11th Duke of Marlborough lives here today. Enjoy the stop and then pedal along twisting lanes through pretty villages and over tiny bridges crossing gurgling streams to reach the village of Charlbury and your overnight inn

22 miles (35 km)

9. Day nine
Charlbury to Moreton in Marsh

Now in the heart of the Cotswolds you will enjoy ancient woodlands, hidden tracks nestling in the valleys and wonderful views which were well known to Shakespeare and possibly feature in his play Richard II. Cosy pubs with wonderful food and farm shops to die for are dotted along the route and there’s time to linger in the old stone and thatched villages. Moreton-in-Marsh where the high street once formed part of the Roman Fosse Way is your overnight stop

20 miles (32 km)

10. Day ten
Moreton in Marsh to Stratford on Avon

Pedal gently on through peaceful country lanes to enjoy Chipping Campden village one of the great gems of the Cotswolds. Then freewheel along the old railway track into Stratford on Avon. 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

20 miles (32 km)

11. Day eleven
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 £1,590 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 £2,285 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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