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Tours

London to Paris – 2019/20

£799.00£815.00

TOUR REFS: LP91/LP92/LP93/LP21/LP22/LP23
DATES:
06 Jun – 10 Jun 2019
04 Jul – 08 Jul 2019
22 Aug – 26 Aug 2019
04 Jun – 08 Jun 2020
02 Jul – 06 Jul 2020
20 Aug – 24 Aug 2020
LEVEL: Regular
TYPE: Road Cycling
DURATION: 5 days / 4 nights (4 days cycling)
ACCOMMODATION LEVEL: Standard/High 
 
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London To Paris – The Eye to the Eiffel

  • Picturesque route on quiet minor roads and cycle paths taking you from the centre of London to the foot of the Eiffel Tower
  • Multiple date choices
  • Crosses the English Channel on the Newhaven to Dieppe ferry
  • Free day at the end of the trip to allow time to see the sights of Paris, returning to London by Eurostar

This is our ‘book end’ trip with dates at the start and end of the season, taking you from the UK capital to the heart of the most romantic city in Europe. The trip is aimed at regular riders looking for an early/late season break as well as less experienced cyclists wanting a challenge that people will recognise as such. 

The trip starts the London Eye, and once we are out of central London, follows a mixture of cycle routes and minor roads to take us south. We are soon in the delightful lanes of southern England and the route taking us through many picturesque villages. After crossing the South Downs we gradually descend to the small town of Newhaven on the shore of the English Channel, where we take the ferry across to France. 

After arriving at the busy little town of Dieppe we continue through the pleasant countryside of Normandy, with its orchards of apples and pears and distinctive timber framed houses. The route takes us through the Eawy Forest and Lyons la Foret. 

From the Lyons Forest we descend to the River Seine and continue following the valley all the way to Paris. As we approach Paris the route crosses the river several times, passing through the St Germain Forest and the Bois de Boulogne, to finally arrive at the Eiffel Tower in the heart of Paris. 

We have both the evening and the following day in Paris to give you time to explore the many attractions the city has to offer – the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Montmatre and the Sacre Coeur, Notre-Dame, the Arc de Triomphe and the many other museums, parks and gardens. In the evening we take the Eurostar train from Paris to return to St Pancras in London. 

We have scheduled this trip to link into our new London to Venice trip – you can do both and, indeed, you can carry on all the way to Dubrovnik!

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Holiday Details:

The Area: This trip links two of Europe’s most popular cities. London is one of the largest cities in Europe, with a population of nearly 7 1/2 million people. However once out of the city the countryside stretches from the leafy suburbs of Surrey across the chalk hills and heathlands of Sussex to the English Channel, one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world.

Across the Channel in France the region of Normandy has a long and turbulent history, and in the Middle Ages was under English rule for many years. Well known for its cider and cheese much of the area is rural with some attractive little villages and elegant chateaux. Flowing through Normandy is the mighty River Seine, which provides a route from Paris to the open sea. The capital of France, Paris is an elegant city with a population of just over 2 million people which makes it much smaller and more compact than London. With a wealth of attractions and a fascinating street life, it is the most popular city in Europe.

The Tour: This is a Fully Supported Cycling Holiday with a leader, and support vehicle to carry all the luggage and provide any necessary assistance. The trip is a challenge if you are not a regular rider (though achievable by almost everyone) but more experienced cyclists shouldn’t find it too difficult. Our route is designed to avoid traffic as much as possible, and follows minor roads, cycle routes and cycle paths where feasible, and traffic on these is generally light. However you should be aware that it is impossible to avoid traffic completely, and there are a few busy sections along unavoidable main roads, and the centres of some towns can also have moderately busy traffic for a while. In addition London and Paris are major cities where it is impossible to avoid traffic. The route out of London follows a mainly traffic free cycleroute much of the way, however there is not a similar route into Paris and there are some roads here with very heavy traffic, even though there are marked cycle lanes. 

Accommodation & Food: This is a hotel based holiday and you will be staying in small family run hotels, generally graded 2* or similar, offering clean and comfortable rooms. We generally book en-suite rooms where available but this cannot be guaranteed. Single people travelling alone will be booked into a twin bedded room with another single person of the same sex – unless the single room price has been paid. Breakfast will be provided at the accommodation each morning. Most of the accommodation has an attached restaurant (or there will be another suitable restaurant nearby) for a meal in the evening.

Start: This holiday begins at the Millennium Eye in the centre of London. The ride will start here at 9.00am on Day 1. 

Finish: The cycling ends at the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Day 4. Your bicycle will be collected here and returned to the UK if required. You then have the evening and following day (Day 5) free in Paris. In the evening on Day 5 you take the Eurostar train through the Channel Tunnel back to London. The train will arrive at St Pancras station in London at approximately 19.00 – 20:00.

Documents: You require a passport to visit France. Nationals of some other countries also require a Visa. Non EU passport holders should check with the nearest French Embassy. You are also required to have travel insurance for the duration of the holiday. If you do not purchase insurance from us you will be required to provide evidence of a suitable alternative travel insurance policy. 

Bikes: All types of cycle are suitable for the trip. The most important thing is that the bike functions properly and that you are comfortable riding it. You should make sure that your bike has suitable gears as there are some moderately steep hills along the way. If you are riding a mountain bike then you should fit it with narrow ‘slick’ tyres. You should also make sure that you are able to carry some spare food and clothing with you on the bike.

Itinerary:

Day 1 – London to Lewes – 60 miles
From the Millennium Eye the route heads south out of London, through the suburbs of Surrey and out into the countryside. The route takes you across the South Downs through Turners Hill to Lewes. 

 

Day 2 – Lewes to Newhaven / Dieppe to Neufchatel-en-Bray – 32 miles
A morning start to catch the ferry from Newhaven. After docking at Dieppe we follow a cyclepath along a disused railway to Neufchatel.

Day 3 – Neufchatel-en-Bray to La Roche Guyon – 62 miles
We continue through typical Normandy countryside, passing the small spa town of Forges-les-Eaux, then across rolling fields through small villages of timber framed houses and the Lyons Forest, the largest beech forest in France, ending the day on the banks of the Seine River.

Day 4 – La Roche Rayon to Paris – 48 miles
We follow the Seine Valley from here all the way into Paris, crossing the river several times. Finish the ride at the Eiffel Tower in the heart of the city. 

Day 5 – Free day in Paris. Evening departure on Eurostar, arriving back at St Pancras Station in London at approximately 1900.

Tour Price includes: 

Hotel accommodation
Breakfasts
Ferry from Newhaven to Dieppe
Return on Eurostar from Paris
Support vehicle
Services of leader/mechanic
Route information

Tour Price does not include:

Lunches or evening meals
Snacks or drinks required during the day
Cost of any optional excursions, entrance fees etc.

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