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River Thames: Hike, Bike & Kayak (Source to Sea)

River Thames: Hike, Bike & Kayak (Source to Sea)

From $ 1,860 AUD

Description

Pick up a paddle, lace up your boots and adjust your helmet for an action-packed adventure down England’s most iconic River – the Thames. Walk, cycle and canoe your way from the Cotswolds to Windsor, marvelling at quintessential British scenery and stopping off for plenty of pub lunches along the way. With a local leader at the helm, you can leave your worries in your wake as all the little details are taken care of. Explore charming villages, medieval towns and the fascinating city of Oxford, then in the evenings, rest your head in traditional inns filled with as much history as the destinations themselves.

Trip Name
River Thames: Hike, Bike & Kayak (Source to Sea)
Last Updated
2021-09-24
Days
4
Capacity
12
Highlights
  • Whether you’re on two feet, two wheels or in a canoe, following England’s iconic River Thames from Kemble to Windsor will always be exciting, with surprises and beautiful scenery at every turn.
  • Explore the delightful village of Bampton, where the show Downton Abbey was filmed, and visit the beautiful summer home of artist and poet William Morris in Lechlade.
  • Paddle your way into Oxford and discover its incredible buildings and renowned university during a walking tour of the city, then perhaps jump on a famous punt boat for a different perspective.
  • Enjoy an afternoon of cycling through the stunning landscapes of the Cotswolds, then kick your feet up at your accommodation, a charming traditional inn above a typical British pub.

Itinerary

ITINERARY CHANGES Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travellers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any such changes once on tour. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and maybe on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your leader know you are interested in the Group Meeting and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high-risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk. MUSEUM VISITS & OPENING TIMES Please note that many sights, attractions and museums are closed on Mondays (and sometimes even Tuesdays). We recommend you carefully consider which sites and museums you are going to want to visit and that you do some research and make your reservations in advance where required/possible.

Day 1 - Kemble
Famed for being the lifeblood of southern England (and its cameo in the EastEnders opening credits), there are few rivers as iconic as the Thames. Your journey begins at Kemble station in Gloucestershire at 11am – your gateway to the humble source of this mighty river. Here you will meet your local leader and fellow travellers before heading out for a walk through woodlands in search of the source of the Thames. Depending on the water levels, the location may change, but finding it is half the fun! Enjoy the delightful surroundings, then hop on two wheels and cycle down to the Cotswold Water Park (think a series of beautiful outdoor lakes and tons of birdlife, not chlorinated pools and plastic slides). From here, you’ll cycle to your accommodation for the evening, a traditional 17th-century inn set in the charming town of Cricklade.
Day 2 - Oxfordshire
Start the day with a refreshing swim in one of the lakes at the Cotswold Water Park. Then you’ll hop back on a bike and pedal down to the Thames through flat countryside and pass by Lechlade, a gorgeous market town and the first place the Thames is deep and wide enough for boats to safety navigate it before stopping off at a quaint country pub for lunch. There are a few options for the afternoon. You may like to take a gentle stroll along the riverbanks towards your accommodation for the evening, or perhaps travel by bicycle and stop by the village of Bampton, where Downton Abbey was filmed, or the home of William Morris, founder of the British Arts and Crafts movement. Your base for the next two nights is a wonderful inn set in the ancient village of Eynsham, where nods to the settlement’s medieval past are visible everywhere you look.
Day 3 - Oxfordshire
Today you’ll see the Thames from a different perspective as you travel down the river via stand up paddle board, from Eynsham all the way down to Oxford. This afternoon you’ll have the option to go punting on the river – a classic Oxford experience! Then you’ll explore this storied city on foot during a tour with your leader, learning the secrets of its ancient buildings and university, and of course popping into the local pub. Tonight you may like to enjoy a cosy pub dinner at your hotel, or your leader can drop you into Oxford where you can explore an exciting culinary scene serving up everything from traditional British fare to international delights.
Day 4 - Windsor
Hit a different kind of track today and catch a train to Goring on Thames, a picturesque village that serves as a perfect jumping off point for exploring the surrounding hills and valleys. Then it’s time to stretch your legs with a bike ride through the rolling green Chiltern Hills and the gorgeous Hambleden Valley before lunch in Henley on Thames. Cycle past the famous Eton school and into the town of Windsor, where your adventure will come to an end. You can either stay on in Windsor to explore the town and Windsor Castle, or hitch a ride with your leader into Slough for onward travel.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
26-05-202229-05-2022AUD $ 1,915-
09-06-202212-06-2022AUD $ 1,915-
23-06-202226-06-2022AUD $ 1,915-
14-07-202217-07-2022AUD $ 1,915-
28-07-202231-07-2022AUD $ 1,915-
11-08-202214-08-2022AUD $ 1,915-
01-09-202204-09-2022AUD $ 1,915-
25-05-202328-05-2023AUD $ 1,860-
08-06-202311-06-2023AUD $ 1,860-
22-06-202325-06-2023AUD $ 1,860-
13-07-202316-07-2023AUD $ 1,860-
27-07-202330-07-2023AUD $ 1,860-
10-08-202313-08-2023AUD $ 1,860-
31-08-202303-09-2023AUD $ 1,860-

Accommodation

Hotel (3 nights)

Transport

Private van

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