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Oxford and Royal Palaces
6 night self guided bike tour in England
The River Thames threads its way serenely through sleepy rural villages, pretty landscapes and through the heart of bustling historic towns such as Oxford and Windsor. Royalty and history beckon, whilst water meadows, old inns, wildlife and weirs lead you on through your adventures.
The tranquil river path provides the route for much of this trip - we love it because it is flat and traffic free. 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!
This tour is also possible as an 8-night itinerary. Please inquire for details.
- Windsor Great Park
- Waterfront of the Thames River
- The River and Rowing Museum in Henley
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Day 1: Arrival to Windsor
Individual arrival to Windsor. Your cycling equipment will be delivered to your hotel where your host will also meet you to run through your itinerary and to familiarize you with the route.
Day 2: Windsor – Marlow (19 miles/30km)
Enjoy Windsor and its castle this morning and take a peek at Eton across the river. After lunch, there is a pretty route to cycle that leads away from the river through old villages and hamlets. Cross the river a number of times as you arrive in Marlow.
Overnight in Marlow
Day 3: Marlow – Henley (10 miles/18km)
Take time to discover all the history of Marlow before cycling or cruising to Henley. The boat trip (which only operates in July and August) allows you to avoid the slopes of the Chiltern Hills whilst the bike ride enables you to enjoy fantastic views and wonderful scenery - it's your choice! 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.
Overnight in Henley
Day 4: Henley – Streatley (19 miles/30km)
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. There's a 5 minute train hop at the end of the day to Streatley where you spend the night in an old inn set in a tranquil village.
Overnight in Streatley
Day 5: Streatley – Oxford (26 miles/42km)
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 dreamt. The shorter ride includes a boat hop from Abingdon with 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.
Overnight in Oxford
Day 6: Oxford (12 miles/19km)
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.
Overnight in Oxford
Day 7: Departure
Individual departure from Oxford.
Surface and terrain
This tour takes place on flat terrain, on nearly traffic-free routes. The cycling is gentle, with low daily distances and very gentle grades. You will face occasional slopes, but no extended climbs on this trip. No cycling in London is required.
Category A: Characterful and historic 4- and 5-star hotels
MacDonald Windsor, Windsor
Macdonald Compleat Angler, Marlow
Hotel du Vin, Henley
Miller of Mansfield, Goring
Category B: Centrally located, hand-picked hotels and inns
Crown and Cushion, Windsor
Premier Inn, Marlow
Red Lion, Henley
John Barleycorn, Goring
Head of the River, Oxford
Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.
How to get there
Tour start and end
Nearest airport: London Heathrow Airport (LHR), United Kingdom
Nearest train station: Windsor, United Kingdom
Tips on getting to and from your tour
Tuesdays, year-round, 2022 (minimum 2 participants)
Category A: Luxury accommodations
Per person, double occupancy £ 2375
Electrically assisted bike £ 150
Category B: Classic accommodations
Per person, double occupancy £ 1535
Electrically assisted bike £ 150
- 6 nights accommodation in rooms with en-suite bathrooms
- Breakfast daily
- Luggage transfers between hotels
- Adventure handbook with information and trip details, route directions and maps
- Emergency service line
- Local host to welcome and brief you
- Hybrid touring bike
- Advice, help, and guidance
- Train hop to Streatley
- GPX tracks are available upon request at no additional charge.
Single room pricing is available if you have at least 2 people in your party.
Bikes available and included in the tour package (must be reserved in advance at the time of booking):
- Hybrid touring bikes
Bikes available to rent (must be reserved in advance at the time of booking):
- Electrically assisted bikes*
- Tandem bikes (availability may be limited)
*More about electrically-assisted bikes >
Bikes come equipped with the following at no additional cost:
- Bike pump
- Bike lock
- Toolkit and spare inner tube
- Waterproof phone holder and back up power bank and charger
The bikes will have flat pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals.
Helmet rental is available on this tour. However, we recommend that you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene purposes.
Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.
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