Monarchs built their palaces and planted their gardens along the banks of the River Thames at Richmond, Kew, Hampton Court and Windsor. They hunted on the vast tracts of land surrounding these palaces which remain today as unspoilt royal parks. This tour is unbelievably rural as it follows the tranquil river path and leads through the majestic parks. You by pass the traffic and enjoy these historic gems from an unusual perspective.
Freewheel along the River Thames and enjoy the vistas, palatial houses and hidden delights on the route from bustling Richmond to Kew and upstream to Hampton Court where you stay the night. Cycle the river path the next day taking in Runnymede and the weirs and wildlife enroute to reach Windsor castle and your next overnight stop. On the final day, explore the lovely old villages close by and ride through wonderful Windsor Park. Return by train to Richmond.
Day to Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Richmond and Kew. At a time to suit you, make your way to our base in Richmond, to pick up your cycling equipment. Your host will meet you there, organise your bicycle and run through your itinerary. Then you are off on your bike to discover bustling Richmond with its old palace and riverside cafes and to explore Kew and its famed garden. Maybe enjoy a fascinating ride through the royal park and along the waterside, dotted with famous historic houses to reach Ham House before returning to your hotel in Richmond.
Day 2: Hampton Court 11 miles (18 km). Today there is a delightful cycle ride to Hampton Court Palace which takes you through two royal parks and along the river. There is 500 years of royal history at the palace from Henry VIII to Queen Victoria , from state apartments to Tudor kitchens, and renaissance paintings to the maze. Enjoy the 60 acres of riverside gardens too before you arrive at your hotel at Hampton Court.
Day 3: Along the Thames to Windsor 20 miles (32 km). Enjoy the delights of the Thames path through the Runnymede meadows and beyond. This is a very rural ride past houseboats and villas, famous islands and willow lined meadows, pretty lock cottages, attractive steeples & ancient waterside inns. Pedal through Old Windsor and on to reach the famous castle set in Windsor itself, where you will stay the night.
Day 4: Windsor and surrounding villages. 12 miles (18 km), 25 miles (40 km) or 37 miles (59 km) - Explore Eton and the riverside villages beyond Windsor with their charming brick and timber buildings and inns. Pedal through idyllic Windsor Great Park with its amazing views of Windsor and enjoy the famous Savill Garden. Return to Richmond by train.
Supplemental Tour Information:
- Start & finish: Starts Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays and is circular from Richmond.
- Accommodation: Characterful and historic 4 star hotels, located by the river at Hampton Court and at the heart of Windsor. Dinner is not included.
- Cycling mileage: From 11 to 37 miles (18 to 59 km) per day
- Grade out of 5 based on distance and elevation:1
- Terrain: Flat
- Traffic free: Almost entirely.
Airfare is included in the tour price.
Classic £445 per person based on two people sharing a room
Luxury £725 per person based on two people sharing a room
- 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.
- Travel to and from the tour start and finish points
- Cycling helmets
- Entrances to attractions unless specified
- Boat trips
- Alcoholic beverages
- Mini bars
All prices are subject to change depending on accommodation availability.
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