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Pancreatic Cancer UK 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

The London to Paris Cycle in support of Pancreatic Cancer UK is available on alternate weeks April to October. The ride typically departs on a Wednesday and concludes on a Sunday. You can join as an individual or any size group, and if you have a group of 10 or more participants we can offer the ride exclusively for you on any date of your choice! Choose your preferred dates from the calendar and hit "Book Now". Fundraising options can be found under the “More Information” tab

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

How to Book in support of Pancreatic Cancer UK
You can take part on any scheduled London to Paris (Wednesday to Sunday) between April and October inclusive, just select the dates of your choice from the calendar. Once we have received your booking we will contact you with specific information about your challenge, along with an appropriate kit list and fitness plan to help you prepare for your upcoming challenge and make the most of it! Pancreatic Cancer UK will be informed of your registration and will be in contact with you directly. Please note there is a 3% charge on credit card.

Fundraising for Pancreatic Cancer UK
To do this challenge there is a non-refundable registration fee of £199 per person, payable to Maximum Adventure at the time of booking. You can then choose between the two different options below.
Self-Funding £199 registration fee at the time of booking £580 balance due 10 weeks before departure. With the self-funding option, you personally cover the full cost of the challenge. This option means that there is no minimum sponsorship target due, but we encourage you to raise as much money as you can for Pancreatic Cancer UK.
Minimum Sponsorship Pledge £199 registration fee at the time of booking £1,100 minimum fundraising target 80% to be raised 10 weeks before departure. With the minimum sponsorship pledge option, you must submit 80% of your fundraising target to Pancreatic Cancer UK 10 weeks before departure date.
*Select funding option from the “optional extras” during booking.
 
About Pancreatic Cancer UK
Pancreatic Cancer UK are striving for a long and good life for everyone diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. We are the only national charity fighting pancreatic cancer on all fronts: support, information, campaigning, research. *Through our dedicated pancreatic cancer support and information service; we provide individual support via email and telephone, easy access to the best and most up-to-date information and run discussion forums for pancreatic cancer patients, their carers and families to enable them to share experiences, advice and inspiration. *We raise awareness of pancreatic cancer amongst GPs, policy makers, politicians and the general public and provide a powerful campaigning voice for all the people living with pancreatic cancer and their families. *We fund research and other projects of benefit to patients and their families.
 
About London to Paris
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 the 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 the time to soak up the atmosphere of one of the most romantic cities in the world: its restaurants, cafés, museums, and nightlife.
 
Optional Extras
  • Single Room Supplement £45.00 per person per night
  • Extra night £75.00 per night for twin accommodation
  • Extra night £125.00 per night for single room accommodation
Returning from Paris
Your Eurostar tickets will be booked for travel between 12 noon and 6pm on the day of your return. If you wish to have other times arranged this will incur an admin charge and is subject to availability. Your bikes will be transferred to London for you in the support vehicle. They will be waiting for you at St Pancras Station on your arrival via the Eurostar. Although your bikes will be treated with the utmost care, if you have an expensive bike, you should come prepared to pack your bike in protective packaging, for peace of mind or to make your own arrangements to have it transferred back to London via Eurostar’s bike service.
 
F.A.Q.'s
Do you supply bikes? Unfortunately, bikes cannot be supplied, you will need to bring your own bike. Do we ride in groups or pairs? We will ride as a group, for the most part, our leaders work on a ratio of 1:10 so if there are differences in ability this can be addressed. Food and drink, how much money do we need? We recommend about €8-€10 per day of cycling for lunch/snacks and €20-25 per evening for meals and drinks. When is it best to register? Please sign up ASAP for this event.
Please select from Optional Extras at Checkout.
 
Why Book With Us
We know you have a choice of companies to Cycle London 2 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 since 2002
  • 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.

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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