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London to Paris Cycle – Guided (4 Days, Dover-Calais) Tour de France Weekend

July £949 pp

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London to Paris Cycle – Guided (4 Days, Dover-Calais) Tour de France Weekend

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Take on the challenge and cycle from London to Paris – two of the most iconic capital cities in the world. On your final day (Sunday 24th July) enjoy watching the Tour de France – join the crowds as the peloton arrives on the Champs-Élysées.

London to Paris Dover Calais 4 Day Map

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 day watching the Tour de France in Paris
  • 278 miles (477 km) trip
  • Professional cycle guiding during the event
  • Support vehicle to provide luggage transfers and mechanical assistance
  • Dover/Calais ferry crossing included
  • We can return your bikes back to London

About & Details

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.

Inclusions

  • Four nights’ accommodation in comfortable hotels based on twin rooms en-suite with breakfast for 3 mornings
  • Qualified and experienced cycle leader(s)
  • Support vehicle to provide luggage transfers and mechanical support
  • All luggage and equipment transfers on cycle days
  • Ferry crossing (Dover to Calais)
  • 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 throughout
  • Return transport via Eurostar to London
  • Breakfast in Dover – due to early start
  • 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

Optional Extras

  • Single Room Supplement £75 per person per night (subject to availability)
  • Extra night in London prior to departure £90 per person per night for twin accommodation (requires two people)
  • Extra night in London prior to departure £145 per night for single room accommodation
  • Extra night in Paris at end of event £90 per person per night for twin accommodation (requires two people)
  • Extra night in Paris at end of event £145 per night for single room accommodation

Please select from Optional Extras at checkout.

Departures

We run the London 2 Paris Cycle as an open or bespoke event. Our open events run Wednesday to Sunday, fortnightly from April to October (in June and July we run open events weekly). For bookings of 10 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.

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.

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Itinerary

  • 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 an early start, grab breakfast on the cross-channel 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

    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

    Enjoy watching the final day of the Tour de France as the peloton arrives into Paris. Join the crowds along the Champs-Élysées and cheer on the riders as they cross the finish line.

Disclaimer

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 and mileages are approximate and for guidance purpose only.

The Route

Charity Information

How to take part for Charity

To do this challenge for a charity there is a non-refundable registration fee, payable to Maximum Adventure at the time of booking.  You can then choose between the two different options below.

Self-Funding

Pay a registration fee at the time of booking then the 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 the charity.

Minimum Sponsorship Pledge

Pay a registration fee at the time of booking 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.  With the minimum sponsorship pledge option, you must submit 80% of your fundraising target to the charity 10 weeks before the departure date.

More Information

For more details of how fundraising works please read our step by step guide here or contact us for help.

Maximum Adventure work with lots of charities to offer our events as fundraising opportunities.  You can find our Charity Events from the ‘Menu’ in the corner of your screen or from our homepage.  If your chosen charity is not listed, please contact us and we will be happy to approach them on your behalf.

Why book with us

We know you have a choice of companies providing trips for your next adventures. 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 will provide you with the best service available
  • We are aware this is your holiday/your challenge and will do our best to make it an enjoyable and rewarding experience
  • We have many repeat clients stretching back over a number of years
20+ years adventure organisation experience
Full liability & financial protection
Leading provider of high quality adventure challenges
Great team of staff to support you

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