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Cycle London to Paris

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

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Highlights

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. Over 4 days of cycling you will cover by pedal power 278 miles, (477km), in total. Pass through picturesque villages, historic towns, beautiful countryside and battlefields . At the end in Paris, you can soak up the atmosphere of one of the most romantic cities in the world: its restaurants, cafés, Museums, and nightlife.

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

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
Typically we meet at 6.30am at the Greenwich Observatory to start riding at 7am. The route takes in Greenwich Park, Shooters Hill and then follows the Thames corridor through to Dartford. From there we skirt Maidstone passing through Coxheath, Lenham and over the Kent Downs towards Folkestone. From Folkestone the route follows the coast to Dover, where we stay the night. 80 miles (129km)
Day 2 - Calais to Abbeville
After breakfast we take the ferry to Calais, cycle through the old town centre and begin our route on minor roads crossing through the beautiful rolling countryside of the Boulonnais national park. The road surfaces are generally good and the chances to stop at the roadside are plentiful. After this the route heads out into the country passing through numerous small villages, the beautiful gardens and abbey of Valloires and past a very pretty windmill with crepe shop attached. We finish the day in the town of Abbeville. 75 miles (121km)
Day 3 - Abbeville to Beauvais
The day starts with a ride through the town centre, then out into open countryside. The roads used are in good condition, although narrow and single lane in places. We follow the River Somme for a small section and then cycle past open fields and through pretty French villages to Grand Villiers. The last section of the day runs along the D149 into the town of Beauvais. Despite the town having been severely damaged during the 2nd World War, the great Gothic cathedral is a must see, especially its ornate Medieval clock. 63 miles (101km)
Day 4 - Beauvais to Paris
10 am start
Leaving Beauvais the going is undulating as the route heads south past fields into the Vexin National Park and on to cross the River Oise at Méry sur Oise. Paris comes into sight and on entering the outskirts there are some steep, winding descents down to the River Seine, which we cycle beside to the Bois de Boulogne. From here we head to the Trocadero for fantastic views of the Eiffel Tower and 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. 53 miles (86km)
Day 5 - Paris
There is a free morning in Paris for sightseeing before making our way home via Eurostar. Why not visit a museum or gallery before travelling back to the UK. Return times range between 12 noon and 6pm.
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.

Requirements

This tour is tough but achievable by most people. To enjoy this trip, you need to have a good level of fitness. It’s a tough challenge but it is achievable by most people. The cycling days will cover 60-80 miles and will take around 6-8 hours. There are a few significant hills on the route, particularly on the first day. We recommend that you follow a fitness plan in preparation for your challenge, an example of one will be sent to you when you have confirmed your booking. Although the fitness plan we will send to you has been devised by a fitness professional, this is only provided as a guide and you should see professional advice before starting your own fitness regime.

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Book a bespoke event starting on any date

We run the London 2 Paris Cycle as an open or bespoke event. Our open events runs Wednesday to Sunday, fortnightly from April to October (in June we run open events weekly). For bookings of 8 people or more, we also run this as an exclusive event on the dates of your choosing. To book any number of participants on to an event, simply select the date in the calendar and follow the booking procedure. You will then receive an automated confirmation and full details will follow from our office in due course. Here's a list of the open events we have planned for 2017:

  • Wed 5 April-9 April - Open event
  • Wed 19 April-23 April - Open event
  • Wed 3 May-7 May - Open event
  • Wed 17 May-21 May - Open event
  • Wed 31 May-4 June - Open event
  • Wed 7 June-11 June - Open event
  • Wed 14 June-18 June - Open event
  • Wed 21 June-25 June - Open event
  • Wed 28 June-2 July - Open event
  • Wed 5 July-9 July - Open event
  • Wed 19 July-23 July - Open event
  • Wed 9 Aug-13 Aug - Open event
  • Wed 23 Aug-27 Aug - Open event
  • Wed 13 Sept-17 Sept - Open event
  • Wed 27 Sept-1 Oct - Open event

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 to take part for Charity

Pay a £199 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.

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


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
Doing this event for charity? Pay a registration fee followed by a minimum fundraising target for your chosen charity. See our 'More Information' tab for details. Doing this event for charity? Pay a registration fee followed by a minimum fundraising target for your chosen charity. See our 'More Information' tab for details.

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