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DURATION
6 Day(s)
DAILY BIKING
10 to 40 Miles
TRIP DIFFICULTY
2-Easier to Intermediate
STARTING FROM
$4295
SINGLES FROM
$900

Trip Overview

Join us for an outstanding tour of the beautiful Cotswolds region of England. This gorgeous area west of London is known for its historic villages built of golden stone, and picturesque hills and valleys — and as an inspiration for many famous authors, including Jane Austen when she wrote Pride and Prejudice. This tour introduces you to stunning rural settings — and includes bonus visits to outstanding prehistoric sites, like Stonehenge and Avebury. For “royalty” enthusiasts, there’s a tour of Windsor Castle and cycling around the home of Prince Charles … plus a possible side trip to Highclere Castle, where they filmed the acclaimed series and soon-to-be-movie Downton Abbey. Savor the quiet cycling on a canal path and rural byways and visits to historical gems like Bath, where you can still visit Roman-era baths — and the Jane Austin Centre. Experience the color of local pubs and friendly British hospitality. A local guide will accompany you and drive the van … along with a seasoned Discovery Bicycle Tours leader. You’ll enjoy fine inns and delicious foods along with historic sites you can only see in Britain. This tour is not to be missed!

Itinerary

From start to finish, check out the route.

DAY 1 - Arrival Day
Distance: 10 to 24 miles | Terrain: Easier to Intermediate | Dundas Arms
Meet at London’s Paddington Train Station at 8:30 a.m. at platform one underneath the clock. Hop in the van and transfer less than an hour to Windsor. Get fitted for your bike and take a warm-up ride of 10 to 15 miles around Windsor Great Park where the royal family used to go hunting and still plays polo on Smith’s Lawn. Enjoy lunch, followed by a visit to Windsor Castle, home to the Queen and the royal family for over 900 years. Transfer by van — or choose an optional ride — to the Dundas Arms, where you’ll have an orientation meeting followed by a delicious dinner.
DAY 2 - The Kennet & Avon Canal
Distance: 20 to 40 miles | Terrain: Easier to Intermediate | Dundas Arms
Kennet & Avon Canal is a 200-year-old canal built to connect the port of Bristol to London in 1800. It’s been preserved as a recreational resource and corridor for biking and walking. Peek into the lives of canal boat residents and see families who rent canal boats for a vacation adventure. Then cycle some sections on very quiet roads, with options to ride a variety of distances from 20 to 40 miles. Stop for coffee along the way and enjoy lunch at Honeystreet in the café/pub. Visit Avebury, a magnificent world heritage site older than 2200 B.C. (Think Stonehenge but bigger, with a village within the ring of stones.) Here you have the ability to get up close to some of the ancient stones, including the largest stone circle in Britain. Then transfer to the Dundas Arms, where we dine together tonight. Depending on schedules, there’s an option to visit Highclere Castle, where Downton Abbey was filmed.
DAY 3 - Mysterious Stonehenge
Distance: Distance: 22 to 32 miles | Terrain: Easier | Francis Hotel
Tour this famous site and have a coffee stop. Then transfer to Devizes to bike 22 miles down the Kennet & Avon Canal. Marvel at the canal that travels over a hill thanks to an amazing engineering feat and 16 locks. Pick your lunch spot at a canal-side pub. Then pedal right into the heart of the stunning Roman and Georgian city of Bath — complete with Roman baths, Jane Austen’s house and the sumptuous section of homes known as the Royal Crescent. Bath also has great shopping and restaurants. Enjoy tea at the Holbourne Museum or perhaps a late afternoon walk around Bath. Or add an optional loop of riding about 10 miles around Bath. Dinner is on your own.
DAY 4 - Famous Roman Baths
Distance: 25 to 32 miles | Terrain: Easier to Intermediate with an advanced hill | Hare & Hounds in Tetbury
Learn about the intriguing history of these natural thermal springs, which have inspired religious rituals in Celtic times and luxurious bathing in Roman times. Then bike out of Bath for 22 miles (with an option to be transferred to the top of a challenging hill) and into the gently rolling hills of the South Cotswolds for a complete change in landscape. Enjoy a coffee stop at the Salutation Inn and lunch in Tetbury at the Blue Zucchini. Take an afternoon loop around the South Cotswolds for an additional 10 miles, in and around the home of Prince Charles and his home town of Tetbury. Dine together at the Cat and Custard Pot.
DAY 5 - Cotswold villages
Distance: 40 miles | Terrain: Easier to Intermediate | Hare & Hounds in Tetbury
Marvel at the wonderful Cotswold villages, thatched roofs and England as it must have been 300+ years ago. Stop in Bibury for coffee — a village so pretty that Henry Ford wanted to pick up the whole thing and take it back to America. Enjoy lunch at the Bell at Sapperton. Then bike on to the Hare & Hounds for our celebratory dinner and our final night together.
DAY 6 - Departure Day
Depart after breakfast, when we transfer you to Kemble Station to take a train back to London and the airports. Taxis can also be organized to Bath or other locations if you are continuing your travels.

Map

Cotswolds

Dates & Pricing

Make your reservation with confidence. Your tour is completely 100% refundable until the final payment due date.

Start End Cost Availability
Jun 07, 2020 Jun 12, 2020 $4295.00 Available! Reserve Reserve
Jul 19, 2020 Jul 24, 2020 $4295.00 Available! Reserve Reserve
Aug 30, 2020 Sep 04, 2020 $4295.00 Available! Reserve Reserve

What’s Included

5 nights’ lodging, 5 breakfasts, 4 dinners (lunches are on your own — so you can ride at your own pace — and you are on your own for dinner one night in Bath) all gratuities for accommodations and included meals, detailed maps and itineraries, experienced guides, full van support, hybrid bicycle, and helmet. Transfer from Paddington Station in London and return to Kemble Railway Station. Airfare and alcohol not included.

Dates & Pricing

Make your reservation with confidence. Your tour is completely 100% refundable until the final payment due date.

Start: Jun 07, 2020
End: Jun 12, 2020
Cost: $4295.00
Availability: Available!
Reserve
Start: Jul 19, 2020
End: Jul 24, 2020
Cost: $4295.00
Availability: Available!
Reserve
Start: Aug 30, 2020
End: Sep 04, 2020
Cost: $4295.00
Availability: Available!
Reserve

What’s Included

5 nights’ lodging, 5 breakfasts, 4 dinners (lunches are on your own — so you can ride at your own pace — and you are on your own for dinner one night in Bath) all gratuities for accommodations and included meals, detailed maps and itineraries, experienced guides, full van support, hybrid bicycle, and helmet. Transfer from Paddington Station in London and return to Kemble Railway Station. Airfare and alcohol not included.

Inns

Where you stay along the way.

Dundas Arms
A friendly riverside pub with rooms in Kintbury, West Berkshire.

Enjoy a scenic country stay at the Dundas Arms in Berkshire. They pride themselves on serving up real ales, classic pub dishes and locally-sourced menus crafted from quality ingredients. Nestled between the River Kennet and the Kennet and Avon canal, their eight beautifully-appointed bedrooms make for a luxurious country retreat. The crowning jewel is the vast garden which offers al fresco dining in the summer and is the perfect spot for a garden party or outdoor wedding in Berkshire.
Francis Hotel
The Francis Hotel boasts splendidly vibrant interiors that celebrate the vivaciousness and charm of the Regency period. Step inside an exemplary ensemble of Georgian townhouses on the World Heritage Site of Bath’s original classic square. The building itself is a magnificent example of Georgian architecture in the heart of Bath, a World Heritage Site, home to a myriad of attractions to be discovered, from the Roman Baths and the Royal Crescent to the Jane Austen Centre.
Hare & Hounds in Tetbury
Retreat to the Cotswolds for the ultimate escape from everyday life. At The Hare and Hounds Hotel in Tetbury, no day is ever the same and no words will ever quite do it justice. Say they're a traditional country hotel in the heart of The Cotswolds and you’d be on the right track. With a warm, personal service in a home away from home, you really don’t have to lift a finger.

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