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Whistle - stop Thames and Chilterns (Self Guided)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 3 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 30 people
Destination(s): England  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring   Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 295 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 355 Pound Sterling (GBP)

This tour embraces the best of the beautiful area where the river Thames and the rolling Chiltern Hills meet. There are two flat river focused routes contrasting with a ride up into the hills on the third day. There are a string of riverside villages and elegant towns to explore on the picturesque routes to the Oxfordshire town of Henley on Thames and the Berkshire town of Wallingford.. The hills offer a different atmosphere with wonderful views, striking beech woodlands and cosy village pubs.

Tour Details:
- Start/finish: starts daily except Sundays and is circular from Streatley. By train, Streatley is one hour from London Paddington and by road it is just off the M4 west of Reading
- Bed and Breakfast: hand picked accommodation in a small and excellently appointed hotel overlooking near the Thames at Streatley on the Classic tour. Hand picked accommodation in a five star inn on the luxury version of this tour. Dinner is not included
- Cycling mileage: 14 to 30 miles (22-48 km) per day
- Skill level: novice
- Terrain: flat with one half mile climb into the Chilterns
- Traffic free: more then half, very low traffic on the rest.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Goring to Wallingford and back, 14 miles (22 km). Make your way to Goring and settle into your village accommodation where your bicycle will be waiting for you. Relax in this lovely riverside setting where two villages straddle the Thames and its weir. There's a flat and gentle ride awaiting you along the river and through hamlets and villages to riverside Wallingford. Boasting a museum and open air swimming pool, there's plenty to discover in this attractive town. Retrace your route back to Goring where there's an interesting selection of eateries to tempt you.

Day 2: Goring/Henley and back, 30 miles (48 km). Today's ride explores the Thames and its immediate villages and towns via bridleways and quiet country lanes. Leave the dramatic setting of Goring along a short narrow and off road section of track with wonderful views and a flight of steps. Enjoy the weir at Whitchurch, the delights of medieval Mapledurham and its mill and the pretty villages of Sonning and Shiplake. Elegant Henley has lots to offer associated with its rowing fame and brewing history. Then hop on the late afternoon river boat for a trip part of the way back to Goring. For those wishing to cycle further, the return route from Henley is by bike through the Chiltern Hills.

Day 3: Through the Chiltern Hills/Goring, 21 miles (34 km). Enjoy a different but equally delightful scene today as you wind your way into the Chiltern Hills. We have chosen a kind climb with wonderful woodlands and quality pubs to reward you. The rest of your route is gentle or downhill through quiet villages and a rural scene that has changed remarkably little over the last few centuries. End the day by freewheeling down to the Thames and back to Goring.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Minimum cost is for Classic version. Maximum cost is for Luxury version.

Price Includes:
- Accommodation
- Breakfast every day during the tour
- Comfortable and impeccably serviced bikes
- 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
- Boat trips
- Lunches
- Dinners
- Alcoholic beverages
- Mini bars.

About This Supplier
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Location: England
Joined InfoHub: Mar 2007
Client Request Served: 241

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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