Paris to London
Paris, London, and in between
From one world metropolis to another, this London to Paris cycling tour is indeed world class. Connecting the two cities, from the cathedral square of Notre Dame to Westminster Bridge, the route offers a mosaic of landscapes scattered with castles, cathedrals, and villages.
The Avenue Verte or Greenway, inaugurated a few years ago, brings Paris and London closer than ever. Beginning in France, your tour will progress from the capital to Dieppe where you will continue in the Epte valley, then along the wooded banks of the Seine River where Monet painted his water lilies, and through the Oise valley with its lovely natural light and rich landscape, a source of inspiration for many of the Impressionists such as Daumier, Pissarro, Cézanne, and Van Gogh.
A four-hour ferry crossing will take you over the Channel to the port of Newhaven from which the adventure continues along the immaculate and rugged cliffs of South Downs to Brighton. From here you cross the gentle hills of the Sussex and the beautiful countryside. You will end your cycling in London, the heart of cosmopolitan England.
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This is an easy to moderate self-guided or guided hotel to hotel tour. The terrain varies from flat to rolling hills. Routes are 90% asphalted and 10 % unpaved country roads. Total elevation is 1,675 m. A support vehicle is being offered for both the guided and self-guided packages. This means that in addition to a guide for the guided tour, individual clients can count on the support of a vehicle traveling nearby. Thanks to this service, individual clients can enjoy a worry-free cycling holiday!
Where You’ll Stay
Accommodations in high quality 2 and 3* hotels.
- SELF GUIDED:
- 7 nights’ accommodations
- Breakfast buffets
- Luggage transfer
- Hybrid Bicycle
- Route descriptions and maps
- Ferry Dieppe/Newhaven
- Van support
- Hotline and emergency service
- GUIDED: (in addition to above)
- Tour guide/van support
- 5 Dinners
What’s Not Included
Day 1: Arrival in Paris
Day 2: Paris - Cergy, 33 miles (55 km)
Day 3: Cergy - Gisors, 41 miles (65 km)
Day 4: Gisors - Forges-les-Eaux, 39 miles (65 km)
Day 5: Forges-les-Eaux - Newhaven 36 miles (60km)
Day 6: Newhaven - East Grinstead, 34 miles (55 km)
Day 7: East Grinstead - London, 28 miles (45 km)
Day 8: Departure
DAY 1: Arrival in Paris
Individual arrival in Paris.
DAY 2: Paris - Cergy, 33 miles (55 km)
Au revoir Paris! Starting from Notre Dame you can either choose to leave Paris from Canal St Denis or follow the Axe Historique from the Louvre with the Champs Elysées through the Arc de Triomphe till the new Défense district. After Nanterre, you will come to the islands and parks so dear to the impressionists who would spend the afternoon 'en plen air' on a boat between the Seine and the Marne. Welcome to the Promenade Bleue in Paris!
DAY 3: Cergy - Gisors, 36 miles (60 km)
Your journey continues through the heart of the Vexin natural park, home to picturesque towns, castles, and farmhouses. After Théméricourt and its spectacular Maison du Parc, you continue to Villarceaux and its eighteenth-century castle of the same name. After the little town of Bray-et-Lû you will proceed along the river Epte to Gisors and the fortress marking the historical Franco- Norman border.
DAY 4: Gisors - Forges-les-Eaux, 39 miles (65 km)
Departing Gisors, you cycle through the typical countryside and the rich landscapes of the regions of Eure and Seine-Maritime, among which the Pays de Bray stands out due its territory of lush meadows, hedged farmlands, and forests. Today the tour ends in Forges-les-Eaux, a spa resort since the XVI century, noted as one of the most beautiful destinations in France and home of the Casinò.
DAY 5: Forges-les-Eaux - Newhaven, 36 miles (60 km)
From Forges-les-Eaux you follow the brand new cycle path that will take you directly to the sea, through the wonderful countryside dotted with farms that supply their excellent products to the Norman and Parisian markets. Along the second half of the route, the landscape is tinged with blue as you pass through the Arques estuary, overlooked by the castle and ancient sand caves that have become a refuge for marsh birds. Here you are in Dieppe, France’s leading seaside resort and a favorite with a great many impressionist painters. At around 5 pm, you will depart for the trip across the Channel. Transfer and overnight in Newhaven.
DAY 6: Newhaven - East Grinstead, 33 miles (55 km)
From Newhaven, take the train to Polegate where you start to pedal. Alternately, you can also cycle till Brighton and take the train form there. This will extend your biking by 20 km. Along the Cuckoo Valley and the old railway line, you will come to Heathfield and from here it gets more difficult, but once in Groombridge the biking gets flat again. Following the Forest Way, you arrive to the historic local market town of East Grinstead.
DAY 7: East Grinstead - London, 21 miles (35 km)
From East Grinstead you take the Worth Way, a cycle path through a wonderful wood to Crawley, an ultramodern city, which will get you ready for The Old Smoke itself, London. From here you take the train to Couldson, where you start cycling through green parks and quiet districts to the heart of London. Your tour will conclude in Westminster.
DAY 8: Departure
Your Europe bike tour will end after breakfast