Arrival to Heathrow Airport and transfer to Woodstock, Oxfordshire.
Bike set up and short ride or historical walking tour around Woodstock.
Evening: Group dinner at the local pub.
Lodging: The Bear Hotel, a 13th Century Coaching Inn.
Cycle: 40 mile loop finishing in City of Oxford, or Hike: Tour of City of Oxford.
Afternoon: Group lunch in City of Oxford, followed by a visit to Blenheim Palace.
Evening: Dine at The Old Swan at Minster Lovell.
Today we begin to head North, stopping at the Althorp Estate (ancestral home and resting place of Princess Diana) before traveling to the village of Hambleton, which sits in the center of Rutland Water.
Cycle: 40 mile ride finishing at Althorp House or Hike: Starting from Althorp House discover the local area on a 4.5 mile walk then take a tour of the House and grounds.
Afternoon: Picnic lunch in the grounds of Althorp House.
Transfer by vehicle to Hambleton followed by local brewery tour and group dinner at the local pub.
Lodging: The Finches Arms, a 17th Century Country Inn.
Cycle: 40 mile ride around the Northamptonshire countryside or Hike: Walk around Rutland Water.
Afternoon: Visit the historic market town of Melton Mowbray, learn how traditional Melton Mowbray pork pies are made at Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe and taste traditional English cheeses at the Melton CheeseBoard.
Evening: Dinner at The Finches Arms
Transfer by vehicle to the Peak District National Park.
Cycle: 40 mile ride through the National Park with a picnic lunch at Monsall Head, overlooking one of the best views in Derbyshire or Hike: A 7 mile hike up the Monsall Trail to join the picnic lunch.
Afternoon & Evening: At your leisure to explore the town of Bakewell, famous for its Bakewell Pudding.
Lodging: The Peacock Inn at Bakewell
Cycle: 30 mile ride or Hike: 8 miles, finishing at Chatsworth House (home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire) for a picnic in the stunning grounds of this stately home.
Afternoon: Explore the magnificent grounds and interior rooms of Chatsworth House.
Evening: Traditional British Sunday Lunch at The Peacock Inn (you can have this hearty meal any time of the day in England as long as it's Sunday!)
We get an early start today and head for the train station. Taking the train to London is a great way to relax and watch the world and countryside go by, and it’s also a lot quicker than by vehicle. Once in London there is a variety of things to do. We will help you plan this day during the tour. Your luggage andbikes will be handled by CCSD and will be waiting at the hotel on your arrival there later in the day.
The hotel is in the West of London in the pretty village of Kew. At the end of your day of discovery in London we will collect you in the CCSD vehicles and transport you to the hotel to relax, enjoy a drink overlooking the village green and then all join together for a final group dinner.
Sadly, today is departure day. Airport transfers are arranged in line with your flight times to facilitate maximum vacation time! For those who wish to stay on for a couple of days in London we can help you arrange this and plan your extended vacation.
*Example Itinerary based on past trips. Subject to change as we finalize the tour