Paris to London by Bike

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Paris to London by Bike information and booking

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$1520
  • Duration
    9 days
    Days
  • Difficulty
    moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 8 NIGHTS HOTELS / B&Bs
Equipment Required
Wet weather gear, sunscreen, cycle shorts, gloves and helmet. A comprehensive gear list is included in the pre-departure information provided on booking.

Highlights

  • cycling on a carefully prepared route between two of Europe's premier cities through diverse scenery
  • Exploring small villages which are full of historical intrigue
  • Visiting sites enroute including Brighton with its famous pier, castles in Normandy and the "Parc des Impressionistes" inspired by Monet's Garden in Giverny
  • Experiencing the culinary delights of Normandy

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

Launched in 2012 to coincide with the London Olympics, the mostly traffic free Avenue Verte cycle route is set to become as famous and iconic as the two classic European cities it links together. This well sign posted cycle path from Paris to London takes in a variety of landscapes on either side of the English Channel. From Paris the cycle route follows canals and bike paths to reach St Denis with its impressive cathedral before pedaling towards the coast stopping along the way to appreciate a multitude of sights including the chateaux in Normandy. Crossing the channel by the Dieppe-Newhaven ferry you'll continue cycling to the trendy seaside town of Brighton before heading north to London via the North and South Downs and using the existing National Cycle Network route to reach the Wandle River and the city. Cycling along a combination of quiet roads and cycle paths there are no shortage of vistas to take in, from urban sprawl to tranquil rural scenes, as you meander along old railway tracks and canal paths. Whilst this is a self guided trip (unless the guided option has been chosen), there is always a support vehicle nearby in case assistance is required. With the itinerary beginning in either Paris or London (see website for details of the reverse itinerary), the canal paths and often dedicated cycle routes ensure that your journey is as stress-free as possible and sections of the cycle can be shortened by train.

What's included

  • 8 breakfasts
  • 8 nights accommodation in b&bs and mid range hotels on a twinshare bases with private facilities
  • Arrival briefing
  • Support vehicle in vicinity (in case of a problem with the bike - not for passengers)
  • Luggage transfer on cycle days
  • Detailed route notes and maps, with special signposting for the route
  • 7 or 21 speed rental bike (electric bike available - supplement applies)
  • Ferry from dieppe to newhaven
  • Emergency hotline
  • Guided trip also includes:
  • 7 dinners (no dinner on day 4) - 3 course dinner or buffet
  • Van support
  • Guided city tours with your tour guide

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Paris
On arrival in Paris make your way to your joining hotel where you can check in from mid afternoon. There will be a welcome briefing at the hotel in the late afternoon when you receive your bike, maps and route description. The evening is free to explore the city.
Day 2 Cycle to Maisons Laffitte (or surrounds) (55km)
The first days cycle takes you from the heart of Paris along the Canal St Denis and the Seine River to the "Parc des Impressionists" which is a recreation of Monets garden in Giverny. The cycle then continues to the glamorous town of Maisons Laffitte, with its Château which was built by architect François Mansart in the 17th century.
Day 3 Through Normandy to the village of Gisors (58km)
There is nothing quite like the Normandy countryside with its lush green valleys, forests and picturesque villages. The cycling today takes you through such scenes enroute to the town of Gisors. This medieval town is dominated by the castle on a feudal mound and legend has it as being the hiding place of the treasures of the Knights Templar.
Day 4 Continue through forests to Forges-les-Eaux (55km)
The cycle route takes you through forests and open countryside to our destination, the village of Forges les Eaux with its' colourful history. From an iron ore town it transformed in the 16th Century to a spa town with Louis XIII, Anne of Austria, and Cardinal Richelieu spending time there benefiting from its' therapeutic waters. It is now known for its casino, one of the largest in France.
Day 5 To the harbour town of Dieppe then ferry to Newhaven (55km)
Following a former rail line and the Voie Verte the cycle is a pleasant easy route to Dieppe. Enroute there is time to stop at Mesnières-en-Bray with its impressive chateaux. The French seaport has a terrific atmosphere with its historic castle and great seafood. Its famous for its scallops so be sure to try them this evening.
Day 6 Cycle to Brighton (20km)
After crossing the Channel to Newhaven on the ferry, it is an easy cycle today along the coast to Brighton. Here you can take a walk on the beach, visit the pier and the old town with its quaint buildings, or weather permitting have a swim in the Channel.
Day 7 Cycle through county Sussex to Crawley (45km)
From Brighton the landscape offers some classic scenes of the South Downs before continuing through the Tilgate Forest and on to the town of Crawley with its typical English pubs.
Day 8 Cycle all the way to London, or shorten with the train (58 or 26km)
This morning you have the choice of taking a train to Coulsdon to shorten the cycle or cycling the whole way into London. The route from Crawley passes by Gatwick airport and under the M25 before reaching Coulsdon. From here you soon pick up the River Wandle and pass through urban landcapes and parklands to the Thames and the centre of London.
Day 9 Trip concludes
Trip concludes after breakfast.