Oxford Scenic Cycle Tour

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Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 3 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    2-3 hour Cycle Tours only depart at either 10.00am or at 14.30pm (plus at 5pm in high season only) 4 hour Combined cycle tour & walk tour starts at 12.30. Private group tours start time is flex.. read more
  • Departure Details :
    Oxford Visitor Information Centre, 15-16 Broad St, Oxford OX1 3AS, UK,
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

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.

Highlights

Cycle the city streets to absorb the local atmosphere

Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences

Get inside tips from a local

Small group ensures personal service

Know More about this tour

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.

Inclusions

Bike rental (our normal stock of bikes will fit anyone from 1.4 metres or taller)

Local guide

Helmets are only included if you ask at least 1 day in advance. Please note if you want S, M, L adult-size helmets

Exclusions

Children of height under 1.4m (4 foot 2) CANNOT join the 5pm start tour. The other start times are fine but any children under 1.4m, we require 24 hours notice to hire in smaller bikes.

Food and drinks

We do NOT visit inside colleges on any of the shorter cycle tours, so if you wish to see inside a college, please select the cycle and walk combined tour option. We also cannot guarantee entry into colleges, as it is subject to their being open eg graduation days is problematic.

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Gratuities

We do not stock tandem bikes but we can hire in one tandem bike trailer only, if you give us adequate advance notice. This is why we charge you a booking fee for infants to cover that cost. Alternatively, we have one infants child back seat suitable for infants weighing under 17 pounds weight.

Any child or adult less than 1.5metres tall, you MUST advise us asap as we may need to hire in additional bikes especially!

If you plan to bring children along, please provide ages and heights, at time of booking. Our stock of bikes includes two bikes only which will fit someone of height from 1.4m to 1.5 metres tall. We stock no bikes shorter than that, nor any bikes with tandem child seat on the back. Any such bike requests need to be made known to us, at least 24 hours in advance, as we need to hire in such bikes!

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

You must be at least 1.4 metres (4 foot 6) to fit our normal stock of bikes. Anything smaller & we need to hire in smaller bikes which requires usually at least 24 hours notice.

Any child or adult less than 1.4 metres tall, you MUST advise us asap as we may need to hire in additional bikes especially!

If you plan to bring children along, please provide ages and heights, at time of booking. Our stock of bikes includes two bikes only which will fit someone of height from 1.4m to 1.5 metres tall. We stock no bikes shorter than that, nor any bikes with tandem child seat on the back. Any such bike requests need to be made known to us, at least 24 hours in advance, as we need to hire in such bikes!

This tour may not be suitable for some children. If you are shorter than the required height, a fold out bike is available but not recommended for children. The balance on these bikes takes some time to get used to

Please dress for all types of weather and bring water

Helmets are only offered if you ask (at least 1 day in advance). There is no obligation in Oxford to wear a helmet on bikes. This tour will be avoiding busy roads. If you would like us to provide helmets, please mention if you want S, M, L adult-size

A minimum of 2 adults per booking is required

A maximum of 10 people per booking is set here but we can accommodate larger groups with significant advance notice given.

There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.

PLEASE ARRIVE ON TIME:

Please arrive 5 minutes early for your tour at our meeting point. If you arrive more than 5 minutes later than the scheduled tour, then you will likely forfeit and lose your booking as it interrupts the guide and other customers, if we are trying to find you after a guide has started and left the meeting point.

INFO FOR DRIVERS AND PARKING:

If you are driving, then please allow extra 30-60 minutes over whatever time you think it will take you to get here. Oxford is NOT car friendly and it is congested roads and hard to find parking spaces....unless you park at the sign posted 'park and rides' on edge of town on any major road into the city and hop on their buses into city centre. The park and ride buses leave every 15 or every 30 minutes and take anything from 10 min to 30 min (depending on traffic) to reach city centre. So if you are going to drive, then please assume you should be aiming to park your car about one hour before your tour starts.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:

We actually recommend instead using the much faster and reliable train services but again please aim to arrive about an hour or earlier before your tour starts as trains can be delayed and the train and coach station are about 15 minutes walk from our meeting point. There is also the coach service from London called the Oxford Tube which leaves every half hour or more but it can take much longer than its advertised 105 minute journey time. It drops you off either at High street Oxford or Gloucester Green coach station. It's quicker to ask to get off on High street near Carfax tower, then it's a 10 minutes walk to Broad street.

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

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