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Luxury Thames from Source to Sea (Self Guided)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 10 - 11 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 30 people
Destination(s): England  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring   Sightseeing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 2290 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2290 Pound Sterling (GBP)

The tranquil river path and the hidden lanes you will ride thread their way through sleepy rural villages and historic towns, pretty landscapes, beckon and royal life abounds as you ride by Windsor Castle, Hampton Court Palace, and monarch's gardens. Enjoy the water meadows, old inns, wildlife and the traffic. Free ride through the heart of London.

Tour Details:
- Start/finish: starts Mondays from Cirencester, finishes Ewen
- Hotels: 2 high quality village inns, 5 star hotels in Oxford and London, and 4 star hotels elsewhere
- Cycling mileage: 8 days of cycling, 19 - 34 miles (30 - 54 km) per day
- Skill level: some regular cycling
- Terrain: flat with some slopes on day 6
- Traffic free: very largely.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Cirencester. Arrive in the village of Ewen close to Cirencester and to Kemble rail station. A warm welcome awaits you at the cosy inn where your host will meet you in the afternoon with your cycling equipment. Take a short ride if you wish to the source of the Thames River and its headstone for a photo call to mark the start of your adventure.

Day 2: Cirencester to Clanfield - 38 miles (61 km). Today's route is through the rural meadows of the Upper Thames area where the river begins as barely a trickle. Following country lanes and sections of the river path reach Cricklade, a well preserved Saxon town and Lechlade with its moored boats and antique shops. Your overnight stop is not far away in a 16th century village inn.

Day 3: Clanfield to Oxford - 28 miles (45 km). Before reaching Oxford the Thames flows through a remote and agricultural area with pretty hamlets and ancient inns. Weather permitting, you may be able to cross the river at the only ford on the Thames. Then cycle at the waters edge all the way into the heart of historic Oxford.

Day 4: Oxford. The famous university town is packed with history from its 13th century colleges to the wharfes and pubs associated with countless writers and films.

Day 5: Oxford to an Oxfordshire village - 28 miles (45 km). Cross the Thames today and discover forgotten rural scenes and a string of ancient market towns. Discover the ancient abbey in Abingdon or take tea in lovely Dorchester. Your overnight stop is in a rustic inn at the heart of a riverside hamlet.

Day 6: An Oxfordshire village to Marlow - 30 miles (48 km). Follow the river today through the picturesque Chiltern Hills. There are some slopes on the quiet lanes but there are also wonderful views and woods as well as flat Thames towpath and pretty bridleways. Cycle through the delightful riverside town of Henley with its weirs and old mill before reaching Thameside Marlow.

Day 7: Marlow to Windsor 20 miles (32 km)

Leave the riverside scene for a short while and enjoy quaint villages and country lanes before meeting the Thames again near Windsor. Cycle through the heart of Eton and across the river into Windsor where you will stay the night, almost adjacent to the castle. Now is a wonderful opportunity to explore this historic castle and royal home with its dramatic riverside setting.

Day 8: Windsor to Hampton Court 19 miles (30 km) or 36 miles (58 km)

There is a wonderful ride into Windsor Great Park if you want a little extra cycling, you will be rewarded with expansive views of London and a different glimpse of royal life. Then head off along the river to Hampton Court passing houseboats and villas, famous islands and pretty lock cottages, Your riverside hotel is adjacent to the Palace with its 500 years of royal history from Henry VIII to Queen Victoria.

Day 9: Hampton Court to London 26 miles (42 km)

Cycle beside the Thames almost all day and enjoy the royal history so prevalent along the banks of the river. Take in the palaces at Richmond and Kew, the famous Botanical Gardens and the fine houses on the waterfront at Richmond. The route leads you almost traffic free past the Houses of Parliament to your riverside hotel beside the London Eye and Westminster Bridge.

Day 10: London to Greenwich 15 miles (24 km)

Ride east towards the sea and unravel the layers of history that have built up over two centuries beside the River Thames. Take in Shakespeare's Globe Theater, Sir Francis Drake's Golden Hind, the Tower of London, and the atmosphere of the old wharfs of London's docks. Enjoy a traffic - free route to the historic maritime center of Greenwich and to the Thames Barrier where your adventure finally ends. Reward yourself with a lazy boat trip back upstream to your hotel for a second night.

Day 11: Depart London.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

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
- Cycling helmets
- Entrances to attractions unless specified
- Boat trips
- Lunches and 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: 241

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