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Oxford and Royal Palaces along the Thames River

Tours using road, hybrid or touring bikes:

  1. Mostly flat
  2. Flat with some gentle slopes
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
  5. Extensive climbing

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  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain and/or narrow trails
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
  5. Extensive climbing and/or highly technical trails
  1. Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  2. Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  3. Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge.
  4. Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year.
  5. Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  6. Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Tour Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

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.

Daily program

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.

Dates

Tuesdays, year-round, 2019

Prices

Category A: Luxury accommodations
Per person, double occupancy
GBP1995
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
GBP1340
Solo traveler surcharge (1 person in party)
GBP1605
Bike Rentals
Electrically assisted bike
GBP140
Category B: Classic accommodations
Per person, double occupancy
GBP1265
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
GBP545
Solo traveler surcharge (1 person in party)
GBP790
Bike Rentals
Electrically assisted bike
GBP140
Please note: Instead of operating bicycle tours ourselves, BikeTours.com represents local bicycle tour operators around the world. Review the tour operator's information and terms below, then submit your booking request through BikeTours.com. The primary benefits of booking your tour through BikeTours.com include:
  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Contact us with any questions about booking and paying for your tour through BikeTours.com. We look forward to serving you!

The Carter Company CANCELLATIONS AND AMENDMENTS
Should you wish to cancel your trip you may do so by writing to us. If you cancel, you will be liable to pay the following fees:

Number of days before trip starts and Cancellation Fee per person:

  • 60 days or more:  30%
  • 29 - 59 days:  50% of total price
  • 15 - 28 days:  75% of total price
  • 0 - 14 days:  No refund

If, after you have paid your deposit, you wish to change your arrangements in any way, we will do our utmost to make these changes, but it may not always be possible. Any request for changes to be made must be from the "lead name" on the booking. You will be asked to pay an administration charge of £80.00 per person

1. BOOKING CONFIRMATION
When we receive your booking form we will check the availability of your trip and confirm your party details with you.

3. OUR AGREEMENT
When you book a trip, a contract is made when we or your Travel Agent confirm your booking, which is your commitment to pay for the whole trip. We will send you an invoice the day after you have made the booking. The person providing the contact details accepts responsibility for paying for all the people in the booking. You must be at least 18 years old to make a booking with us. This agreement will be governed by English Law and any disputes will be dealt with by the English Courts. If however you have booked your trip in Scotland or Northern Ireland any disputes may be dealt with in the local courts in Scotland or Northern Ireland and will be subject to the law of those courts

4. YOUR FINANCIAL PROTECTION
The Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT) provides financial protection under the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 for the tour operator, and in the event of our insolvency, protection is provided for the following:

  • non-flight packages commencing in and returning to the UK;
  • non-flight packages commencing and returning to a country other than the UK; and
  • flight inclusive packages that commence outside of the UK, which are sold to customers outside of the UK.
  • 1, 2 and 3 provides for a refund in the event you have not yet travelled. 1 and 3 provides for repatriation. Please note that bookings made outside the UK are only protected by ABTOT when purchased directly with the tour operator.

5. PRICE GUARANTEE
The prices quoted are guaranteed until the end of October 2018 and are inclusive of tax and delivery costs. Prices are quoted in Pounds sterling and are payable in that currency

7. ITINERARY CHANGES
All our trips are personally researched by us and carefully planned. As conditions change though we may find improvements to our itineraries that will benefit everyone. We may also have to alter an itinerary due to unforeseen circumstances. We will always seek to maintain our high standards

8. INSURANCE
To take one of our trips, you must have Travel Insurance covering unexpected costs due to illness, accident, trip cancellation or lost luggage. If you live outside the UK, this should be obtained in your home country

9. COMPLAINTS
Should you have a complaint during your trip please notify our host and they will do their best to rectify the difficulty. If it is not possible to resolve the problem on the spot and you wish to write to us after your trip, this should be done within 28 days of your trip end

10. ACCOMMODATION
On our luxury trips, the accommodation is among the finest available in the areas you tour. All bedrooms have private bath or shower rooms with tea and coffee making facilities etc. On our classic trips, all accommodation is hand-picked and all is ensuite. If you would like a single room, which will carry a supplement or a family room, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you

11. MEALS
All our trips include breakfast each day. Dinner is included where specified on luxury trips. We leave you free to make your own choices for lunch

12. HELMETS
We recommend that you wear a helmet when cycling and helmets are included in the trip price unless stated

13. BICYCLES
Bicycle hire is included on all our cycling trips unless stated and you are responsible for the bicycle during this period. If the bicycle is lost or damaged during its hire we are entitled to charge you for its repair or replacement. We recommend that you use our bicycles rather than bring your own but if you wish to bring your own the price of your trip will be reduced by a nominal amount. Please ask us for each trip. Our bicycles come with a pannier, water bottle holder, pump, cable lock, puncture repair kit and map holder

14. WET WEATHER
If it rains, you will sometimes get wet! If it is raining in the morning, have another cup of coffee and start your journey when the rain lightens. On all our trip days there is plenty of time to linger and very often there is the option to take a train or boat to your next hotel

15. LANGUAGE
If you don't speak English very well, don't worry! Our hosts are on hand to help with communication and in most of our hotels, there is likely to be a member of staff that speaks your language

16. FITNESS
All our trips are designed to be enjoyed by anyone who is reasonably fit. Most are leisurely journeys with plenty of time for relaxation and sightseeing and some include days when you don't need to be active at all. The more demanding trips where we suggest some regular cycling or walking as a prerequisite are listed. If you haven't cycled or done much distance walking for a while, it is better to get in shape before rather than during the tour. If you are in doubt about your physical ability, let us know so that we can advise you on your trip selection

17. RISK
In taking one of our trips, you agree to travel at your own risk

All photos used by permission. ©The Carter Company

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