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Luxury Oxford and the Thames' royal palaces (Self Guided)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 - 9 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 30 people
Destination(s): England  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring   Boating and Sailing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1360 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1895 Pound Sterling (GBP)

Royalty and history beckon, whilst water meadows, old inns, wildlife and weirs lead you on. The tranquil river path provides the route for much of this tour. The itinerary is relaxed and includes several optional river boat trips with bikes aboard. What a great way to discover the sights and smells of quintessential England!

Tour Details:
- Start/finish: starts Fridays from London or Sundays from Windsor and is circular
- Hotels: 1 well located hotel in central London; 3,4 and 5 star hotels in Hampton Court, Windsor, Marlow, Henley, Streatley and Oxford. Dinner is included on 2 nights of the tour
- Cycling mileage: 8 night tour - 4 days of cycling with a further 3 days of optional cycling, 11-19 miles (18 30 km) per day, 6 night tour - 2 days of cycling with a further 3 days of optional cycling 11-19 miles (18-30 km). No cycling required in London
- Skill level: novice
- Terrain: flat
- Traffic free: almost completely.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: London. Arrive in London on Friday and check into your hotel located adjacent to the Thames and the London Eye and opposite the Houses of Parliament. There’s a lot to see very close by as you are in the very heart of the city. At a time to suit you make your way to our base a short walk away, which is open from 7.30 am to 7.30 pm to pick up your cycling equipment. Your host will also meet you to run through your itinerary and to familiarize you with the route.

Day 2: London/Hampton Court. 11 miles (17 km) or 23 miles (37 km). Start the day by boarding a river boat at Westminster with your bicycle and heading upstream to Kew. Your cycling begins there where you can explore the famous gardens and Kew Palace. Follow the river to Richmond with its chic shops and linger in the waterside cafes. There are many fine historic houses and parks to discover as you cycle along the waterfront to Hampton Court where you will spend the night.Those wanting a longer ride can cycle traffic free out of London to Kew.

Day 3: Hampton Court/Windsor. 13 miles (21 km) or 33 miles (53 km). Explore Hampton Court Palace first today. Here is 500 years of royal history from Henry VIII to Queen Victoria, from state apartments to Tudor kitchens, and renaissance paintings to the maze. Then ride to Windsor along the classic river scape of the Thames. There are houseboats and villas, famous islands and willow lined meadows, pretty lock cottages, attractive steeples and ancient waterside inns. Enjoy the tranquility and rural scene before making tracks to Windsor where your overnight stop is located. There is a circular ride from here into Windsor Great Park if you want more cycling. For those taking the 6 night tour, your host will meet you in Windsor with your cycling equipment.

Day 4: Windsor/Marlow. Optional 19 miles (30 km). Enjoy Windsor and its castle this morning and take a peek at Eton across the river. 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 overnight stay is in the heart of this attractive town.

Day 5: Marlow/Henley. Optional 10 miles (18 km). 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. 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 overnight stop nestles in the heart of the town.

Day 6: Henley/Streatley. 19 miles (30 km). 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. Spend the night in an old inn set in a tranquil village.

Day 7: Streatley/Oxford. 13 miles (21 km) or 29 miles (46 km). Crisscross the Thames today and take in pretty riverside villages and forgotten rural scenes. These dreamy waters of the Upper Thames are where many a famous tale has been dreamed. The shorter ride includes a boat hop to Abingdon and its ancient abbey. With Oxford and its dreaming spires beckoning, you pedal along the Thames to find your hotel for the next two nights in the heart of the city

Day 8: Enjoy Oxford. Optional 12 miles (19 km). Enjoy the treasures of Oxford today - by bike if you wish. There are the lovely colleges of the University with their magnificent architecture, museums galore, galleries and famous libraries. Add to these fine restaurants, unique shops and river backwaters dotted with punters and rowing eights and you will enjoy a fitting finale to your tour.

Day 9: Return/London or Windsor. At your leisure, take an easy train hop back to London (or Windsor) and return your bicycle to our base which is a short distance from the railway station.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

6 nights: £1360 per person
8 nights: £1895 per person

Price Includes:
- Accommodation
- 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
- Lunches and dinners
- Travel to and from the tour start and finish points
- Entrances to attractions unless specified
- Boat trips
- Lunches
- Alcoholic beverages
- Mini bars.

All prices are subject to change depending on accommodation availability.

About This Supplier
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