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The Prince’s Trust – Cycle London to Paris

April, May, June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct £199 pp

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The Prince’s Trust – Cycle London to Paris

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The London 2 Paris Cycle for The Prince’s Trust is available on any of the dates shown . If you are planning this ride in support of The Prince’s Trust and would like to take part on dates not highlighted just get in touch! We can offer this ride any time of year, though do recommend April to October for better conditions

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

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 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.

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 throughout
  • 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 £55.00 per person per night (subject to availability)
  • Extra night £75.00 per person per night for twin accommodation (requires two people)
  • Extra night £120.00 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 (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

    There is a free morning in Paris for sightseeing before making our way home via Eurostar. Why not visit a museum or gallery before traveling 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 Book in support of The Prince’s Trust

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. 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! The Prince’s Trust will be informed of your registration and will be in contact with you directly.

Fundraising for The Prince’s Trust
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 Pay the registration fee at the time of booking, then the balance is 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 Prince’s Trust.
  • Minimum Sponsorship Pledge Pay the registration fee at the time of booking, then a minimum fundraising target (set by The Prince’s Trust) – 80% to be raised 10 weeks before departure.
About The Prince’s Trust
The Prince’s Trust is the UK’s leading youth charity which provides practical and financial support to disadvantaged young people, developing key workplace skills such as confidence and motivation. We work with thousands of 13 to 30-year-olds who have struggled at school, have been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law. Our wide range of programmes are designed to encourage and empower young people to turn their lives around.

Payment Terms

  • Deposit £199 - at point of booking

  • Balance due 10 weeks before departure

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