Cycle the Cotswolds: Oxford to Bath

Cycle the Cotswolds: Oxford to Bath

6 Days



Cycle the Cotswolds: Oxford to Bath

6 Days Starting in Oxford and ending in Bath

Visiting: Oxford, Bampton, Burford, Bourton-on-the-Water, Bibury, Cirencester, Bath, Lacock, Bradford-on-Avon, Europe

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Fully Guided

Group size:

6 - 16

Physical rating:

Leisurely / Moderate

Age range:

16 to 99

Trip Styles:



Cultural, Photography


Cycling, Sightseeing, Walking

$3063 (USD) The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $87
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Tour Overview

Discover Oxford, the Cotswolds and Bath, three picture-perfect illustrations of quintessential Englishness, on this culture-filled cycling adventure. We start in the university city of Oxford, where more than 30 prime ministers and 55 Nobel Prize winners attended world-acclaimed colleges, before beginning our cycling from beautiful Burford. It’s then into the Cotswolds, a rural idyll cradling a nostalgic mix of historic villages, rolling countryside and, of course, centuries-old pubs. We end our cycling in Bath, where we tour the 2,000-year-old Roman spa complex and admire the iconic honey-stone Georgian buildings. Did you know you can travel by train to this trip? Find out more here


  • Walk in the footsteps of intellectual juggernauts on a tour of Oxford

  • Explore the 2,000-year-old Roman spa complex in Bath

  • Walk through Bibury, named the most beautiful village in England by William Morris

  • Discover the riverside village of Bourton-on-the-Water, nicknamed the Venice of the Cotswolds

  • Visit Bampton, where the village scenes in Downton Abbey were shot


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Day 1 : Oxford Tour; Cycle To Burford
Location: Oxford, Bampton, Burford
Meals Included: breakfastdinner

We meet at Oxford Train Station at 11am, where you can store your luggage in our vehicle. Please wear cycling clothing but not shoes, they can be changed later.

We then take a walking tour of Oxford, where we visit one of the prestigious colleges, stop at the historic Turf Tavern pub, and watch the punt boats drift along the river. We also pause for lunch before transferring to Bampton, where the Downton Abbey village scenes were shot. From here, we cycle to Burford, gateway to the Cotswolds, a centuries-old town on the River Windrush where ancient shops line the steep main street. This evening, we get to know each other a little better over a welcome dinner at our accommodation.

Ascent: 200ft (61m)

Accommodation: The Prince of Burford

Day 2 : Circular Ride From Burford Via Cotswold Villages
Location: Bourton-on-the-Water, Burford
Meals Included: breakfast

Today we take a loop from Burford into the heart of the Cotswolds. We can stop for coffee at the riverside village of Bourton-on-the-Water, known as the Venice of the Cotswolds, and visit Stow-on-the-Wold, where the final battle of the first English civil war occurred in 1646, to explore the market square. We also pass through the small, privately owned village of Daylesford – stopping at the most exclusive farm shop in the country – and the twin villages of Upper Slaughter and Lower Slaughter before returning to Burford.

Ascent: 600ft (183m)

Accommodation: The Prince of Burford

Day 3 : Bike Into The South Cotswolds
Location: Bibury, Cirencester
Meals Included: breakfast

Today we cycle to Bibury, named the most beautiful village in England by designer William Morris. We stop for a short walk past a row of 17th-century weavers’ cottages that, for good reason, has become a much-photographed tourist attraction.

We then cycle to Cirencester, where ancient Roman roads show just how important the city was to the empire. From here, we pass through Minchinhampton Common, a 452-acre (183ha) expanse of grassland and a biological and geological site of special scientific interest in Gloucestershire. From here, we head to the nearby village of Rodborough where we check into our next hotel.

Ascent: 500ft (152m)

Accommodation: The Bear at Rodborough

Day 4 : Bike Into Bath
Location: Bath
Meals Included: breakfast

We have an earlier start this morning to give us plenty of time to explore the city of Bath. We bike past King Charles' Highgrove estate and down into Bath along the Fosse Way, built in the second century by the Romans, and a canal path. This afternoon, we visit the eponymous Roman baths to see the 2,000-year-old spa complex and view archaeological relics from the pre-Roman and Roman Britain ages.

We then have free time to explore the city. There is so much to see in Bath, including the Royal Crescent, a sweeping row of 30 flawless Georgian homes, and the Jane Austen Centre, which delves into the work and life of the celebrated writer.

Ascent: 100ft (30m)

Accommodation: Hampton by Hilton Hotel

Day 5 : Circular Ride Via Lacock And Bradford-On-Avon
Location: Lacock, Bradford-on-Avon
Meals Included: breakfastdinner

Today we enjoy a looped ride from Bath, taking in the village of Lacock and the town of Bradford-on-Avon. In the former, we see a 13th-century abbey built by Ela, Countess of Salisbury. In the latter, we enjoy a stop among the canals and historic buildings. After returning to Bath, we head to a restaurant for our farewell dinner where we can relive our adventures.

Ascent: 200ft (183m)

Accommodation: Hampton by Hilton Hotel

Day 6 : Trip Ends At Bath Spa Railway Station
Location: Bath
Meals Included: breakfast

We enjoy one last breakfast this morning before a transfer to Bath Spa Railway Station for our onward journeys.

What's Included

  • Five nights in hotels

  • All breakfasts, two dinners

  • Luggage transfer

  • Support vehicle

  • Two leaders for groups of six or more

  • Entrance to the Roman Baths

  • Bikes and helmets (though people should bring their own helmet if possible)

What's Not Included

  • Single Supplement

  • Flights

  • Insurance

  • Visas


All breakfasts and two dinners are included.


We stay in three hotels throughout this tour.

In Burford, we stay at The Prince of Burford, an 18th-century coaching inn turned 16-room hotel. End your day of cycling with a pint at the traditional bar or in the sunny beer garden.

In Rodborough, we stay at The Bear at Rodborough, a cosy retreat centred on a 17th-century coaching inn built on National Trust-owned land. There’s a splendid bar and beer garden here too for your post-day drinks.

In Bath, we stay at the Hampton by Hilton, which is ideally located just 10 minutes from the museums and historical sites of the city.

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    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

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    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

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    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

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