Leave Oxford city & the crowds behind on this small-group tour and enjoy a 2-3 hour bike ride with scenic views. Cycle past traditional narrow boats, ducks, swans, and of course Oxford's famous teams of rowers out on the Thames river. There are two routes available, both of which include an optional garden pub stop. Fun for all ages but a good family activity too. Public Tours start at either at 12.30 or at 14.30pm. We might offer 5pm start in high season. Learn about the rowing races and the historical importance of trade along the river, and the various writers, including Lewis Carroll, whose story-telling is the result of days messing about with boats on the river. Our marginally higher ticket price reflects the special quality of typically having smaller groups than our competitors. This tour averages 2-4 people per group, ensuring a more personalized experience.
Unlike other cycling tours, this experience is focused on letting you escape the city centre to head out of town along the river path to either Iffley village or Binsey village. You will begin by meeting your guide outside of the Oxford visitor info centre entrance at either 10.00am or at 14:30pm. In high season, we sometimes offer a 5pm start too. Alternatively, we recommend the combined cycle & walk tour option which only costs £10 extra but allows you to see inside colleges by joining our 12.30 walking tour of Oxford city & university, followed by 2.30 cycle tour on our scenic & leisurely route into the countryside. If you opt to book the combined cycle & walk tour, then we also will visit inside university colleges. The Iffley village route will take you past Christchurch and the boat houses and rowers to Iffley lock & village, with its medieval thatched roof cottages and its Norman chapel. Alternatively, the Binsey village route crosses through Jericho (a trendy neighbourhood featured in the first episode of the Inspector Morse TV show) and over the Port Meadow. The tour will return back to the original departure point, or nearby. Your guide will have a free map and directions available for wherever you need to go from there.