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From a Castle to the Cotswolds

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 4 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: 590 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 590 Pound Sterling (GBP)

Warwick itself lies upon the river Avon, and the route includes some lovely canalside cycling which is completely traffic-free and full of historical points of interest. Upon reaching Stratford-upon-Avon, there is lots of Shakespearean-related culture and heritage to soak up, such as Mary Arden's farm, where his mother lived. The tour then heads into the heart of the Cotswolds, taking in pretty villages like Ebrington and the gem of this area, Chipping Campden. There are also some fantastic landscape gardens to visit en route, including Kiftsgate and/or Hidcote.

This is a wonderful option for anyone looking for a long weekend away - four days of gentle cycling and three nights in our hand-picked luxury hotels.

Holiday details:
- Price from: Luxury £590 per person based on two people sharing a room
- Duration: 3 nights
- Start & Finish: Start at Mallory Court Hotel in Leamington Spa and finish at The Kings Hotel in Chipping Campden
- Hotels: Luxury Characterful and historic 4 star hotels
- Activity level: Gentle cycling (2) More info...
- Mileage: 3 or 4 days of cycling 19 - 23 miles per day
- Terrain: A couple of slopes on Day 2, otherwise fairly flat
- Traffic-free: 30%.

Day 1: Leamington Spa.

Arrive at your hotel in Leamington Spa at your leisure. Your host will meet you, fit you to your bikes, answer any questions you have and run through your itinerary to check you are happy with everything. You are free to enjoy the rest of your evening at this quintessential English country house hotel.

Day 2: Leamington Spa to Stratford-upon-Avon.

A wonderful first day of cycling; much of it traffic-free cruising along 2 different canals, taking in Warwick (where you may wish to stop and visit the castle), the Grand Union Canal and the Hatton Lock flight. Your route then heads cross country through quaint little villages to Mary Arden's Farm, where Shakespeare’s mother used to live. Soak up the history here with a guided tour of the house, and then hop back on your bike and cycle along the Stratford Canal into the heart of the town, where your hotel awaits you. 23 miles (37 km).

Day 3: Stratford-upon-Avon to Chipping Campden.

Depart Startford in the morning and set out on your route, which takes you along a former railway line and then heads with a gentle slope into the Cotswolds. This is quintessential England, with delightful honey-coloured villages to explore like Ebrington and charming countryside. There is the opportunity to stop off en route and visit Hidcote Manor Gardens and/or Kiftsgate if you're green fingered. Your final destination is Chipping Campden, known widely as the gem of The Cotswolds - a lovely place to stop for the night and take the time to enjoy in all its splendour. 19 miles (31 km).

Day 4: Circular route from Chipping Campden.

Today you have the option of doing a circular ride through the Cotswolds all the way to Moreton-in-Marsh, taking in some delightful villages and charming countryside, before returning back to Chipping Campden. We will then transfer you back to your car in Leamington or drop you at the local station for your return home. 20 miles (32 km).

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

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
Client Request Served: 283

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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