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QEF – Cycle London to Paris (3 days)

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QEF – Cycle London to Paris (3 days)

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Join the Select Surveys team to take on the challenge to cycle from London to Paris and fundraise for the Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People!

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: 128-145km (80-90 miles)
  • Hotel accommodation for three nights
  • Three days of cycling
  • Includes one night and a morning in Paris
  • 255 miles (410 km) trip
  • Cycle guiding

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 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 stay one night each in Dover, Amiens, 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.

Inclusions

  • Three nights’ accommodation in comfortable hotels based on twin rooms en-suite with breakfast
  • 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
  • 24 hour emergency assistance during your trip
  • 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
  • Snacks, Lunches and Dinner throughout
Exclusions
  • Travel to the start point and journey home from the finish point of the trip
  • Breakfast in Dover – due to early start
  • 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 £55 per person per night (subject to availability)
  • Extra night in London prior to departure £75 per person per night for twin accommodation (requires two people)
  • Extra night in London prior to departure £120 per night for single room accommodation
  • Extra night in Paris at end of event £75 per person per night for twin accommodation (requires two people)
  • Extra night in Paris at end of event £120 per night for single room accommodation

Please select from Optional Extras at checkout.

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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 (130km)

  • Day 2 - Calais to Amiens

    After breakfast, we take the ferry to Calais, cycle through the old town centre and begin our route on minor roads crossing through beautiful rolling countryside. The road surfaces are generally good and the chances to stop at the roadside are plentiful. Passing through numerous small villages, we cycle through Licques, Frévent and Doullens, finishing the day in the town of Amiens.
    90 miles (145km)

  • Day 3 - Amiens to Paris

    Leaving Amiens it is a fast ride south through the villages of Bresles and Persan and past open fields to cross the River Oise at Beaumont-sur-Oise. Paris comes into sight and on entering the outskirts there are some steep, winding descents down to the River Seine. From here we head to the Trocadero for fantastic views over Paris and make the final ride down to the Eiffel Tower, across the Place de Concord and up the Champs Elysees with a victory lap around the Arc de Triomphe.
    85 miles (140km)

  • Day 4 - 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.

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 are approximate and for guidance purpose only.

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Charity Information

How to take part for Charity

To do this challenge for a charity there is a non-refundable registration fee of £199, payable to Maximum Adventure at the time of booking.   You must then raise a minimum of £1,600 for Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People.

About Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People

We provide training, life style solutions, encouragement and support for disabled children and adults. Our aim is to help every individual to achieve their goals for life, which may involve learning to drive a car, gaining the skills and confidence to live independently or starting on a programme of rehabilitation following an acquired brain injury.  We provide support, teach them skills and develop their expertise to help them achieve greater independence in their lives.

Payment Terms

  • Registration Fee £199 - at point of booking

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