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Cotswolds Bike Tour

English Cottage Country: From Oxford to Rural Roads and Verdant Views

5 days / 4 nights Level: 2Price From: $4,895Collection: Classic

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the English countryside by bicycle, discovering quirky market towns, rivers framed in gorgeous greenery, and honey-colored cottages
  • Take a step back in time surrounded by historic castles and cozy English pubs
  • Visit a lavender farm for its fragrant souvenirs and the birthplace of William Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Enjoy a fine dining experience that celebrates British farms and artisan producers at a modern inn and restaurant

Eat

Ploughman’s lunch featuring single Gloucester cheese and Tewkesbury mustard, freshly-caught smoked Bibury trout, Stinking Bishop cheese and cottage jams slathered on Hobbs House bread, and Daylesford Farm-fresh produce

Drink

Freshly pulled pints of English microbrews, dry gin, and smooth single malt whisky

Print Itinerary
  • Day 1

    Oxford to the Cotswolds

    Meet your guides in the charming university town of Oxford. Our journey begins with a brief transfer to the 800-square-mile area in the South of England that comprises the Cotswolds: spanning from Gloucestershire to Oxfordshire counties, the Cotswolds were designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1966. It’s easy to see why, with peaceful stands of beech trees and limestone bedrock that forms a grassland habitat unlike anywhere else in the UK. First things first: we’re off to the Cotswolds Cheese Company, where we’ll sample some of the 100+ types of artisan and English farmhouse cheeses. From the limestone shop in Moreton-in-Marsh, set out for a loop ride through Chipping Campden and on to Ilmington, pedaling through one quaint village after another. Check into our 16th-century boutique accommodations and settle in by the fireplace for cocktails before a cozy dinner at the hotel’s brasserie.

    Meals: Dinner
    Destinations: Oxford, Moreton-in Marsh, Chipping Campden
    Accomplished: 26 miles / 42 km, elevation gain: 1,350 feet / 410 meters
    Accommodations: The Manor House

  • Day 2

    The Sudeley Castle Loop + Shakespeare

    Today’s countryside loop follows quiet roads completely surrounded by the green expanse that’s so unique to the Cotswolds. Our first stop is Sudeley Castle, where we’ll take a deep dive into the engrossing and dramatic 1,000-year history of the estate. Once home to Queen Katherine Parr, the last (and surviving) wife of King Henry VIII now lies in rest on the grounds. Pass a local lavender farm as we pedal on, and stop to pick a few sprigs or some lavender products if you feel inclined. We’ll be back in Moreton-in-Marsh by early afternoon, leaving time for you to relax, explore the village, or join your guides for a visit to Stratford-upon-Avon—best known as the birthplace of William Shakespeare—located just an hour away in the van. Tonight, you’re free to dine on your own at the hotel or at any of the pubs or inns located nearby.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Sudeley Castle, Snowshill, Stratford-upon-Avon
    Accomplished: 31 miles / 50 km, elevation gain: 2,515 feet / 765 meters
    Accommodations: The Manor House

  • Day 3

    Cotswolds Classic

    The most iconic trait of the Cotswolds is its beautiful villages and towns built of pale-yellow Cotswold limestone—and today we plan to see as many as we can! Together known as The Slaughters, Upper and Lower Slaughter are heart-achingly picturesque and prime examples of quintessential Cotswold villages. Here, golden stone cottages are reflected in the meandering River Eye and bathed in beautiful light, treating us to some truly idyllic morning scenery. At lunchtime, pop into a traditional pub and sample some of the local lagers. Afterwards we’ll approach Bourton-on-the-Water, often called the Venice of the Cotswolds for the lovely footbridges that span the gentle River Windrush. There will be time to meander this pretty town, admire the gardens, and browse its boutiques before we ride to our next hotel in Burford.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Stow-on-the-Wold, Upper and Lower Slaughter, Bourton-on-the-Water
    Accomplished: 24 miles / 39 km, elevation gain: 1,535 feet / 465 meters
    Accommodations: The Bay Tree or The Lamb Inn

  • Day 4

    Chedworth and Cirencester

    Begin riding right from our hotel and bike through an undulating landscape to Bibury, home to Arlington Row. Upheld as one of England’s most attractive country lanes, this little street is lined with 14th-century stone homes. Our route continues to Chedworth Roman Villa, a ruin of unusual grandeur dating back to the second century. Follow a river valley until we arrive in Cirencester, the tidy market town considered the capital of the Cotswolds. Spend the afternoon admiring the adorable residences, stroll Cirencester’s high street, or visit the ancient Abbey that can be seen from everywhere in town. After a lunch of your choosing, a short transfer takes us back to our hotel for the evening.

    Meals: Breakfast / Dinner
    Destinations: Bibury, Chedworth, Cirencester
    Accomplished: 31 miles / 50 km, elevation gain: 1,765 feet / 540 meters
    Accommodations: The Bay Tree or The Lamb Inn

  • Day 5

    The Last Lunch

    Our last day also happens to be one of the most memorable: set out from Burford and cycle past breezy fields, herds of cows, and grazing sheep as we once again follow the River Windrush. Heading north, we ride through Wychwood Forest before meandering beside the River Evenlode. Savor the tranquility of rural England and lean into your riding rhythm before we hit a final stretch through the countryside and villages. Our destination is the very special Wild Rabbit restaurant, where the chef uses organic ingredients from the inn’s cottage garden to prepare our lunch. Our meal is a work of art starring locally raised game, edible flowers, and seasonal vegetables harvested that very morning—the perfect high note on which to end our week together. Your guides will transfer you back to Oxford and send you off to your next adventure.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Windrush, Oxford
    Accomplished: 18 miles / 29 km, elevation gain: 1,165 feet / 355 meters

DuVine itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotel substitutions, and other modifications.



Arrival Details

Airport City: London, England Pick-Up Location: Oxford Train Station Pick-Up Time: 1:00 pm
Departure Details

Airport City: London, England Drop-Off Location: Oxford Train Station Drop-Off Time: 4:00 pm

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2022Single Supplement From: $540

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Weather by Month
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Accommodations

  • Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region
  • Luggage transfers

Meals

  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, nutritious snacks, and après velo cocktails
  • 3 gourmet dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
  • Carefully selected local wine, beer, or spirits with every meal

Activities

  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events
  • Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection
  • Bike helmet
  • Complimentary DuVine gear, including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
  • GPS in most destinations

Support

  • Expert bilingual guides with extensive local knowledge
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
  • Daily bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance
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