Oxford and Royal Palaces along the Thames River

    6 nights | 17 miles/day
    Self guided from GBP 1535
    Rider Level: Recreational Electric bike tours

    6 nights | 17 miles/day
    Self guided from GBP 1535

    Rider Level: Recreational Electric bike tours

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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
      • Oxford

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    • 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.

      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

      Randolph, Oxford

      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

    • Dates

      Tuesdays, year-round, 2022 (minimum 2 participants)


      Category A: Luxury accommodations

      Per person, double occupancy £ 2375

      Bike Rentals

      Electrically assisted bike £ 150

      Category B: Classic accommodations

      Per person, double occupancy £ 1535

      Bike Rentals

      Electrically assisted bike £ 150

      Included services

      • 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.

      Bike rentals

      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:

      • Pannier
      • Bike pump
      • Bike lock
      • Toolkit and spare inner tube
      • Waterproof phone holder and back up power bank and charger
      • Helmet

      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.

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    • Route Map

      Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

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