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Tailored to your interests, a bespoke travel experience.
Combines the hallmarks of any B&R itinerary (excellent hotels and beautiful routes) with the freedom of pacing each day exactly the way you like.
Throughout the day, a knowledgeable local guide provides insider access and expert tips. At night, you can explore and dine on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
Biking – 40-50 km (25-30 mi.) a day over relatively flat terrain with a few small hills—all very manageable for people trying their first biking trip.
Walking – 6-10 km (4-6 mi.) a day on country lanes, footpaths and coastal or forest trails, all on relatively flat terrain, perhaps with an occasional hill.
Biking – 40-50 km (25-30 mi.) a day over terrain that’s relatively flat but will include inclines and the occasional climb or two.
Walking – 8-12 km a day over relatively flat terrain, with occasional steeper climbs.
Biking – 40-50 km (25-30 mi.) a day in gently rolling countryside, with occasional longer climbs to points that are well worth the effort. Layover days accommodate varying preferences.
Walking – 11-15 km (7-10 mi.) a day over rolling terrain on a variety of surfaces. Most days, one or two steeper climbs to spectacular viewpoints or places of interest.
Biking – Roughly 50 km (30 mi.) a day in consistently rolling countryside, with repeated climbs and longer options available.
Walking – 11-15 km over terrain that varies between rolling and hilly, with a few steeper climbs.
Biking – 50-60 km (30-45 mi.) a day over both level and tougher, hillier terrain with multiple 100 km (62 mi.) options. The routes are designed for avid cyclists and include plenty of chances to push yourself.
Walking – 11-15 km (7-10 mi.) a day over fairly hilly terrain offering lots of challenges. Routes are along high meadow paths and/or well-maintained cliffside or alpine trails, with a few steep ascents to make you feel invigorated.
Discover England’s iconic heritage
Ride quiet country roads between honey-coloured villages and busy market towns, explore the heritage of historic cities like Oxford and Roman-influenced Bath, enjoy world-class cuisine and sumptuous picnics, and wash it all down with a local ale at our favourite pub.
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Day by Day
We meet in Oxford before setting off on a walking tour of the city. After lunch, it’s a short drive to the Fosse Way, where we cycle into the rolling countryside of the Cotswolds to our first hotel, The Painswick.
We ride from The Painswick to Tetbury, a historic town that was founded on the site of an ancient hill fort in the 7thC. Following lunch at a local inn, we visit Highgrove, the country home of Prince Charles.
Venture east to Daylesford, where we stop by an organic farm with a restaurant for a hands-on cooking class. This afternoon, we cycle past the lavender fields of Snowshill and Broadway Tower.
Visit Blenheim Palace, Britain’s most flamboyant country house, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the birthplace of Winston Churchill, where we lunch in the palace's Capability Brown-designed garden.
We drive partway to Bath and then cycle into the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site via a 2000-year-old Roman road. Enjoy a leisurely lunch before we regroup for a tour of the city’s famous Roman Baths.
After a delicious breakfast at the Royal Crescent hotel, you will be driven to the Bath Spa railway station for your onward journey. Cheerio!
True cottage country.
The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, Bath
The top-rated hotel in Bath and one of the most famous in England, the Royal Crescent is a touch of class delivered with impeccable English charm and manners. With a luxurious spa, immaculately tended gardens, and an award-winning restaurant, the Royal Crescent is a five-star haven of elegance and tranquillity.
Dormy House Hotel, Broadway
Back in the 17thC, this establishment went by the name of Willersey Hill Farm and its inhabitants cultivated the surrounding land. Today it has been part of the family-owned Farncombe Estate since 1977 and is one of the Cotswolds' most renowned hotels. It boasts two sumptuous restaurants, a luxurious spa, and spacious and intimate bedrooms.
Barnsley House, Cirencester
An elegant country house hotel, Barnsley House exudes charm and sophistication. Take the winding path from the main house to their outdoor heated hydrotherapy pool—what better way to soothe your muscles after a day of exertion? Cap your day with a well-earned pint at their pub, before settling into your beautifully designed room.
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B&R does it right in every way; from the hotels, routes, tours, variety and especially the guides! They even manage to find the hidden treasures and people unavailable to the typical tourist. You could never design a better trip for yourself, no matter what your budget, then the people at B&R can do for you.— Kristin Turner
This trip is appropriate for travellers who enjoy going for a good ride and can handle an incline or two. We’ll enjoy some gently rolling hills, with wonderful downhills and a few climbs which will be a bit more demanding. Rewarding views are guaranteed. Daily distances range from 20 to 100 km (12 to 62 mi.) and options for shorter or longer rides are available on all days.
Relatively flat but will include inclines and the occasional climb or two.Read more on our Activity Levels
What’s included? Everything you need. Plus everything you’d
want. Plus a few things you never knew you wanted ‘til you got them.
In a word: everything. In ninety words? Signature B&R guides; local experts; unique, unforgettable biking and walking routes; private tours; authentic local cuisine; lessons and demonstrations; local artisanal wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; interesting, fun and like-minded travel companions; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery.
- All accommodation
- All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
- Use of a customized hybrid or a racing bike with drop bars, equipped with handlebar bag and helmet
- All special events, private tours, guest experts and entrance fees
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
- All baggage transportation
- A handlebar-mounted 7” Samsung Galaxy tablet with preloaded GPS bike routes
- Biodegradable B&R water bottle
- All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
- Services of a professional local guide
You can’t enjoy a great biking trip without a really great bike. On this trip, we’ll use well-tuned, high-quality, local bikes that provide a good fit for your size and weight.
Sometimes your B&R trip simply isn’t long enough! Extend your stay for the best vacation possible. If you wish to spend a few days in region either before or after your official B&R trip, and need assistance making those plans, your B&R Travel Advisor can help.
Call us to create an independent travel experience that fits your needs—we can also arrange for a local guide.
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