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London to Paris (Schools)

Southern England and Northern France

  • Duration: 4 nights, 4 days
  • Charity Events
  • Challenging
  • Available During: April, May, June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct

About this Adventure

Take on the challenge and cycle from London to Paris – two of the most iconic capital cities in the world. Cycle through picturesque villages and beautiful countryside. You will also pass battlefields and cathedrals. The feeling of the wind in your face and sense of achievement as you make the final ride into Paris is very special indeed. On your final day, enjoy a morning sightseeing in Paris before catching the Eurostar back to St Pancras

Quick Facts

  • Reasonable distances on cycling days: 80-110km (60-80 miles)
  • Hotel accommodation for four nights
  • Four days of cycling
  • Includes one night and a morning in Paris
  • 278 miles (477 km) trip
  • Professional cycle guiding

More Information

This trip takes you between two most iconic capital cities in the world, and between two of the most famous points: Greenwich Observatory in London, and the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The going is not as flat as many people think, but you do pass through classic countryside in Kent, and the Pas de Calais, Somme and Oise regions of France. The road parts are done under your own pedal-power. The wet part goes via the most famous channel crossing: Dover to Calais. On your day in Paris, you could always round it off with a visit to Notre Dame.

On a bike you feel the wind in your face, and get a real chance to explore some beautiful corners of England and France on the way. Once out of London, you pass through one of the harder sections of the route, as you go through Kent and the North Downs. The countryside is verdant, and remarkably much as it was in past centuries. From Calais you head inland and south. History will surround you on this ride - a stark reminder of the importance of these lands and of the wars that have been fought there. You’ll pass by battlefields from the Hundred Years’ War, see First World War cemeteries, You’ll also pass the spectacular Gothic cathedrals of Abbeville and Beauvais, with their extraordinary white limestone construction, full of tracery and flying buttresses. You’ll stay one night each in Dover, Abbeville, Beauvais, and Paris. In Paris, if you want you can take time to soak up the atmosphere of one of the most romantic cities in the world: its restaurants, cafés, museums, and nightlife.

How it works

The challenge starts with a consultation between the school and Maximum Adventure where we identify your key objectives and suggest suitable challenges for you and your students. The next step is to visit you and your school to fire up the inspiration of your students with an interactive presentation.

What makes our challenges different is that we make the impossible possible. With a tailored programme of training your students have the best possible chance of success. Maximum Adventure staff work with your students to help them evaluate their strengths and weaknesses and design personalised action plans. These involve personal development skills such as communication and team working and a fitness programme which improves their stamina and cycle fitness. The team come together at regular intervals with cycle rides after school increasing in length and technical ability and two separate training days based at your school which cover aspects such as cycle maintenance and cycle safety. The training is continually reviewed and adapted to reflect the changing needs of each student, encouraging them to plan, do and review their actions throughout the challenge.

“This is an amazing and empowering adventure for the young people as they ride as a team into Paris, round the Arc de Triomphe and arrive at the foot of the Eiffel Tower – a truly incredible experience.”Teacher, 2015

Following the challenge, the outcomes of the challenge are measured to enable the students, you and us to reflect on how the challenge has enhanced the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of each student. You receive reports on each student which can be cited in UCAS applications. Typically the students deliver a presentation to their peers of their journey and achievement and are awarded their certificates.

Key Learning Outcomes include:

•    Students will be able to demonstrate a notable increase in self-confidence, independence and personal aspiration
•    Students will be able to demonstrate a significant improvement in their physical fitness and long term wellbeing
•    Students will know how to cycle safely, maintain a bike and communicate effectively in a team

Optional Extras

  • Single Room Supplement £45.00 per person per night
  • Extra night in London prior to departure £75.00 per person per night for twin accommodation
  • Extra night in London prior to departure £120.00 per night for single room accommodation
  • Extra night in Paris at end of event £75.00 per person per night for twin accommodation
  • Extra night in Paris at end of event £120.00 per night for single room accommodation

Please select from Optional Extras at checkout.

Why Book With Us

We know you have a choice of companies to cycle from London to Paris with. Here are some of the reasons you should choose to travel with Maximum Adventure:

  • We are an established adventure travel business
  • We have been trading for 14 years
  • We are financially protected in accordance with the 1992 travel regulation
  • Knowledgeable and available office staff
  • Qualified leaders and guides with ascents ranging from Ben Nevis to Mount Everest
  • All activities are risk assessed
  • We try to give you the best service we can
  • We are aware this is your adventure/challenge and will do our best to facilitate it
  • We have many repeat clients stretching back many years

Itinerary

We normally run this London to Paris Cycle over 4 nights, 5 days (4 cycling days) , Wednesday to Sunday, however if you would like to do this at any other time, then please contact us. A typical itinerary looks like this:

Day 1 - London to Dover: 7.00 am start (meet at 6.30 am) - Greenwich Park. The route takes in Greenwich Park, Shooters Hill and then follows the Thames corridor through to Dartford. From there you skirt Maidstone passing through Coxheath, Lenham and over the Kent Downs towards Folkestone. From Folkestone the route follows the coast northwards to Dover, where you will stay the night.
80 miles (129km)

Day 2 - Calais to Abbeville: Ferry crossing to Calais after breakfast. The route is rolling countryside on minor roads. From leaving Calais, via the old town centre, you travel south through the national park area over good roads and undulating terrain. Some areas may be exposed to wind and poor weather conditions! Road surfaces are generally good and the chance to stop at the roadside plentiful. After this the route heads out into the country on good roads passing through numerous small villages and passing a very pretty windmill with crepe shop attached. Here the roads are narrower with some pot holes and loose surface gravel.
75 miles (120km)

Day 3 - Abbeville to Beauvais: 9.00 am start. The day starts with a ride through the town centre then again out into open countryside headed generally south all day. The roads used are in good condition although narrow and single lane in places. Next we follow the river valley, passing beneath the viaduct only 20 minutes out from the town. The last section of the day runs along D316 & D7 to Beauvais; the road is rough around Moliens and on exiting Crillon there is a short steep downhill before a left turn to head to Beauvais.
64 miles (103km)

Day 4 - Beauvais to Paris: 10 am start. The going is undulating, yet again, following the river course to South East until reaching Mouy. After this the group needs to stick quite closely together as they approach Paris and once we have entered the city proper. There are some very steep, winding descents that take you into the outskirts of Paris. On crossing the river we make our way through the Bois de Boulogne and then to the Trocadero for fantastic views of the Eiffel Tower. We will then take the final ride down beneath the Tower, along the Seine, then onto the Place de Concord and up the Champs Elysees with a victory lap for the brave ones around the Arc de Triomphe.
59 miles (95km)

Day 5 - Paris: Free morning in Paris for sightseeing before making your way home via Eurostar. Visit a Museum or Gallery before travelling back to the UK. (Return times will range between 12 noon and 6 pm)

Please note: This itinerary is a guide only. It can be subject to change dependent upon viability, course members' fitness, weather conditions, accommodation availability, or for any other reason the guide may deem necessary. All timings are approximate and for guidance purpose only.

Charity Information

How to take part for Charity

Pay a £99 deposit and confirm with your charity their minimum fundraising requirements for the balance. This will typically be double the cost of the adventure, less the registration fee. You can join any of our open London 2 Paris Cycles just select the date of your choice opposite and enter the name of your chosen charity in the group/charity section. For more details of how fundraising works please read our step by step guide here or contact us for help.

Inclusions

  • Four nights’ accommodation in comfortable hotels based on twin rooms en-suite with breakfast
  • Qualified and experienced cycle leader(s)
  • Support vehicle
  • All luggage and equipment transfers on cycle days
  • Ferry crossing (Dover to Calais)
  • Return transport via Eurostar to London (return times will range between 12 noon and 6 pm)
  • Transport for bikes back to London in the support vehicle
  • Expert local knowledge and 24 hour emergency assistance during your trip
  • Professional event organisation
  • Group first aid kit with qualified first aiders
  • Financial Protection: in the unlikely event of insolvency, all our trips are protected in accordance with the 1992 Package Travel Regulations

Exclusions

  • Travel to the start point and journey home from the finish point of the trip
  • Lunches and evening meals
  • You will need to bring or buy snacks and drinks for the cycling days
  • Personal insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects)
  • Bike and bike equipment

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