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Shakespeare & Cotswolds 8 Day Self-Guided Cycling Tour (Level 2)

  • 8days
  • England

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Cotswolds and Shakespeare Self-Guided Cycling Tour

This particular biking vacation in England will take you through a journey through the Cotswolds and Shakespeare country. This tour offers a chance to see the beautiful Cotswold region of England, this tour incorporates a great blend of Shakespeare and scenic rides offering a chance to step back in time, many towns retain their Tudor character as if frozen in time. Whether it is watching the sun setting over the rolling hills or rising on Broadway’s high street, you will not want to leave this idyllic region.

This week-long cycling tour takes in some of the quintessential villages this region is renowned for. The Cotswolds is an area pretty much universally renowned as beautiful and essentially English. Many picture-postcard views will leave you wanting to return here time and time again. If you enjoy life at a slower pace you will fit right in here in the Cotswolds, or as it is also known, Shakespeare Country.

Tour Character: Level 2

Daily distances up to 73km (long route), shortest distance up to 32km. Please see itinerary tab for daily breakdown of distances. 

Included in the Tour: 

  • 7 nights in 3/4 star guest houses, hotels and inns
  • Luggage transfers
  • Breakfast
  • Smart Phone App

Not included: 

  • Dinners, lunches and drinks
  • Bike rental and insurance
  • Map based cue sheet - 50 EUR
  • Transfers to/ from the start/ end 
  • Anything not mentioned in 'included'

If you would like to rent a Hybrid Bike (150 EUR), please contact [email protected] when booking

Notes: 

  • Departure on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday from April to September
  • Bikes come with a pannier bag, inner tube, lock, tools, bottle carrier. We must be notified in advance if you wish to fix own pedals or saddles to our bikes.
  • Access code for the Smart Phone app is sent 3 weeks before departure
  • Booking Change charge 50€ if > 30 days before departure
  • Bike handover is either evening of day 1 or morning of day 2.

Arrival/ Departure: 

  • By Plane - To Birmingham International airport and then by bus to Stratford upon Avon. Private transfers available from Birmingham airport. Paid Locally.

  • By Train/Coach - To Stratford upon Avon.

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  • Day 1

    Arrival: Stratford–Upon-Avon

    Shakespeare’s Birthplace is well worth a visit, to find out about the famous playwright. Even having a walk around this culturally beautiful city or if you time it right there may even be a show on offer at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

  • Day 2

    Warwick Castle Loop (46.6km/29m)

    A wonderful first days cycling to one of the best kept castles in the UK, Warwick Castle. This stunning building, built by William the Conqueror in 1068 within and adjacent to the Anglo-Saxon burgh of Warwick. En-route to Warwick you will travel through the quintessential towns that the Cotswolds is recognised for.

  • Day 3

    Stratford-Upon-Avon – Broadway (32.3km/20m)

    Today you will cycle in a south direction along the quiet Greenway, converted from an old railway track in 1989. Leaving the Greenway you will head down the quiet country roads, through the rolling hills passing through beautiful countryside. On the way you will pass through one of the gems in the Cotswolds, the ancient market town of Chipping Campden. Leaving Chipping Campden through the country roads towards your destination, the beautifully kept village of Broadway, often referred to as the ‘Jewel of the Cotswold’s’.

  • Day 4

    Cotswolds Explorer Circular (46km/28.6m)

    Using mainly quiet roads you will cycle past some of the most breath-taking scenery on offer in this area of outstanding natural beauty. Passing through rolling hills you may work up an appetite for a tea and cake, known locally as a “cream tea”, one if the guilty pleasures on offer in the Cotswolds.

  • Day 5

    Broadway to Burford (37.6km/23.4m)

    Leaving Broadway cycling through the quiet back roads once again on the way to Burford, be sure to take your camera as you make your way through this picturesque landscape. Cotswold Farm Park is worth a visit for a light refreshment. Next we pass through Bourton-on-the-Water. It’s known as the ‘Venice of the Cotswold’s’ because of the bridge spanned stream that runs through the village. Perfect for lunch with lots of cafes with outside seating you will feel as if Venice is only a blink away. Burford is known as the gateway to the Cotswold’s. The town centre features some houses dating from the 15th century. It’s most notable building, however, is the parish church dedicated to St. John the Baptist.

  • Day 6

    Burford to Stow-on-the-Wold (72.9km/45.3m Long route, 34.3km/21.3m Short route).

    Today provides a choice of two routes. The first longer route takes in Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill who was Prime Minister of Great Britain from 1940- 1945 and then again from 1951-1955. This magnificent building is set in acres of unspoilt grounds, and is well worth the extra miles! The other route is shorter and allows you to take your time to take in all the beautiful views you will see on the way to the historic town of Stow-on-the-Wold.

  • Day 7

    Stow-on-the-Wold – Stratford-upon-Avon (47.8km/29.7m )

    The last days riding offer the perfect opportunity to feel the fresh clean Cotswold air for the final time.

  • Day 8

    Departure

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Tours marked with are special prices.

Start End Max. No. Guests Accommodation Price p.p.
Jun 09 2024 Jun 16 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Jun 14 2024 Jun 21 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Jun 15 2024 Jun 22 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Jun 16 2024 Jun 23 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Jun 21 2024 Jun 28 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Jun 22 2024 Jun 29 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Jun 23 2024 Jun 30 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Jun 28 2024 Jul 05 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Jun 29 2024 Jul 06 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Jun 30 2024 Jul 07 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Jul 05 2024 Jul 12 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Jul 06 2024 Jul 13 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Jul 07 2024 Jul 14 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Jul 12 2024 Jul 19 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Jul 13 2024 Jul 20 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Jul 14 2024 Jul 21 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Jul 19 2024 Jul 26 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Jul 20 2024 Jul 27 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Jul 21 2024 Jul 28 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Jul 26 2024 Aug 02 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Jul 27 2024 Aug 03 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Jul 28 2024 Aug 04 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Aug 02 2024 Aug 09 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Aug 03 2024 Aug 10 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Aug 04 2024 Aug 11 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Aug 09 2024 Aug 16 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Aug 10 2024 Aug 17 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Aug 11 2024 Aug 18 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Aug 16 2024 Aug 23 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Aug 17 2024 Aug 24 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Aug 18 2024 Aug 25 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Aug 23 2024 Aug 30 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Aug 24 2024 Aug 31 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Aug 25 2024 Sep 01 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Aug 30 2024 Sep 06 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Aug 31 2024 Sep 07 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Sep 01 2024 Sep 08 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Sep 06 2024 Sep 13 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Sep 07 2024 Sep 14 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Sep 08 2024 Sep 15 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Sep 13 2024 Sep 20 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Sep 14 2024 Sep 21 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Sep 15 2024 Sep 22 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Sep 20 2024 Sep 27 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Sep 21 2024 Sep 28 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Sep 22 2024 Sep 29 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Sep 27 2024 Oct 04 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Sep 28 2024 Oct 05 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€
Sep 29 2024 Oct 06 2024 12 Single rooms 1,961€
Double rooms 1,174€

Car rental in England

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Pick up your vehicle from most capital cities in Europe and return it to your drop off destination. Top insurance cover. Email [email protected] for a competitive quote

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