Montmartre in Paris. Photo via Flickr:Moyan Brenn
Paris is always so full of life! Photo via Flickr:Moyan Brenn

Lloyd's of London, United Kingdom. Photo via Flickr:Aurelien Guichard
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Paris to London Bike Tour

France, England Bike Tours

Paris, London, and in between on the Greenway

  • From one world metropolis to another, this London to Paris cycling tour is indeed world-class. The Avenue Verte or Greenway, inaugurated a few years ago, brings Paris and London closer than ever. 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.

    Highlights:

    • Paris
    • Dieppe
    • Epte Valley
    • Wooded banks of the Seine River (scene of Monet's water lilies)
    • Oise Valley - with its lovely light and rich landscape, source of inspiration for the Impressionists
    • Channel ferry crossing
    • Rugged cliffs of South Downs
    • Gentle hills of the Susses
    • London, cosmopolitan heart of England
    • 470 km of a dedicated cycling path or rural cycling route

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  • 2020

    Self-guided:  $ 1550 £ 807 $ 1,405 940 $ 1613 kr 10058 $ 1,060

    Single supplement: $ 808 £ 421 $ 733 490 $ 841 kr 5243 $ 553

    Guided:  $ 1978 £ 1030 $ 1,794 1200 $ 2059 kr 12840 $ 1,353

    Single supplement: $ 808 £ 421 $ 733 490 $ 841 kr 5243 $ 553

    extra options

    Electric bicycle: $ 181 £ 94 $ 164 110 $ 189 kr 1177 $ 124

    Helmet rental (head circumference from 54 to 61 cm): $ 25 £ 13 $ 22 15 $ 26 kr 160 $ 17

    Extra nights

    Paris: pending

    London: on request

    please note

    Reduction for 3rd person in room: $ 247 £ 129 $ 224 150 $ 257 kr 1605 $ 169

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    For this tour, the most convenient travel scenario is to fly into Paris (Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG), located 20 km from the city center) and out of London. (Heathrow (LHR) is the main international airport in London located 26 km from the city center.
    Arrival in Paris (CDG):
    Connection by train:
    From the airport to the railway station Gare du Nord: train RER B direction "Saint Rémy lès Chevreuse" about every 15 min on weekdays, transfer 35 min, ticket price about € 10.
    Connection by bus:
    From airport to train station Gare de l’Est: bus no. 350 leaves every 20-30 minutes, transfer approx. 60-80 min, ticket about 6 €.
    Departure from London Heathrow (LHR):
    Connection by train:
    The non-stop Heathrow Express train takes 15 minutes between London Paddington and Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 and just 6 minutes more from to Terminal 5. Purchase tickets before travel at heathrowexpress.com or from a ticket machine in stations.

    Local Travel

    Taxi to first hotel.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before arrival. A great resource for checking temperatures and precipitation levels is weatherbase.com
    France: In Paris, summer days are usually warm and pleasant with average temperatures hovering between 15 and 25 °C (59 and 77 °F) and a fair amount of sunshine. Each year, however, there are days where temperatures rise above 32 °C (90 °F). Normandy is on the west coast of France and has a warm climate. Good levels of rain mean that the countryside is green but there are usually more sunny days than cloudy or rainy days. Due to its northern latitude and coastal position, the weather does not get to the high temperatures seen elsewhere in France and it can be unpredictable. However, occasional days reaching 80 degrees F (27 ° C) are not unusual in the summer.
    South-east England: Summer (June - mid-September) is usually warm and pleasant but continental air from mainland Europe or the Azores High can occasionally lead to hot and muggy weather. Westerly winds from the Atlantic can make the area cool and unsettled.

    Documents

    It is each traveler's responsibility to research your country's travel requirements and to insure that you are in compliance. 

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business,

    FERRY Dieppe - Newhaven

     Due to new regulations introduced by the British government, additional information are needed in order to board the ferry boat crossing the English channel

    • Following compulsory information must be provided when booking the tour to reserve ferry transfer:
    • Full names (as written on the passport/ID card)
    • Passport/ID card number and expiry date, nationality, date of birth.
       

Tour Dates

2020

Self Guided Tour:
Saturdays from June 27 to August 22, 2020
Fridays, August 7and August 14, 2020
Guided Tour: 
Saturdays, July 4, July 11, August 1, August 8, and August 15, 2020
*Speical departure dates out of season for at least 8 people (price on requests)

Skill Level

This is a 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. The route follows the Avenue Verte along dedicated cycle paths, road shoulders, cycle lanes, and quiet country roads. The route is mainly in the lowlands when it follows the main rivers, and then becomes slightly more difficult in the countryside areas, especially in England. A support vehicle is being offered for both the guided and self-guided packages. This means that in addition to a cycling guide for the guided tour, and on self guided tour, clients can count on the support of a vehicle traveling nearby.

  • Total length: 340 km
  • Total vertical up: 1850 m
  • Terrain: 90% tarmac, 10% unpaved
  • Train connection among the overnight stays: every day
  • Possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train: day 2, 4, 6 and 7

Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations in high quality 3 and 4 star hotels with one 2 star hotel

What’s Included

  • SELF GUIDED:
  • 7 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast buffets
  • Welcome briefing
  • Luggage transfer
  • 27-speed city touring bike with Shimano Deore gearing featuring aluminum frame, mudguard, rear rack, and gel saddle
  • Accessories: cycle computer, one rear pannier, handles bar bag or map holder, water bottle, repair kit (spare inner tube, glue, patch, pump, allen keys, and tire levers, bike lock
  • Route descriptions and maps
  • †Ferry Dieppe/Newhaven
  • Support van in the area
  • Hotline and emergency service
  • Local hotel taxes
  • †See Travel Details section for important information regarding the booking of the ferry
  • GUIDED: (in addition to above)
  • Cycling tour guide
  • 5 Dinners

What’s Not Included

  • Lunches and dinners on self-guided tour
  • Beverages with meals on guided tour
  • All train transfers
  • Travel Insurance
TourBike
TypeBoth
SkillModerate
Length8 days
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Paris to London Map

Day 1: Arrival in Paris
Day 2: Paris - Cergy, 33 miles (55 km)
Day 3: Cergy - Gisors, 37 miles (60 km)
Day 4: Gisors - Forges-les-Eaux, 39 miles (65 km) 
Day 5: Forges-les-Eaux - Dieppe, 36 miles (60 km)
Day 6: Dieppe - Brighton, 25 mi. (20 km + ferry + 20 km)
Day 7: Brighton - London, train + 28 miles (train + 45 km) 
Day 8: Departure

Day 1: Arrival in Paris 
Individual arrival in Paris. If you arrive early enough you can plan a vist of the Ville Lumière.

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! Please note that you will have traffic to contend with. Total elevation: 160 m

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. On this day you will have stretches of unpaved paths. Total elevation: 310 m

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. Total elevation: 420 m 

Day 5: Forges-les- Eaux - Dieppe, 36 miles (60 km) 
From Forges-les-Eaux you will 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 of the same name and ancient sand caves that have become a refuge for marsh birds. Here you are in Dieppe, France’s first seaside resort and a favorite place for many impressionist painters. Total elevation: 70 m

Day 6: Dieppe - Brighton, 25 mi. (20 km + ferry + 20 km)
After a short loop around Dieppe, at about 12:30, you will embark to cross the English Channel and will arrive in Newhaven, where you will continue cycling along the wonderful Undercliff Walk, a stunning path along the sea. You will finally reach Brighton, famous and elegant English tourist resort. Do not miss a visit to the beautiful Royal Pavillion and an evening walk on the Brighton Pier. Total elevation 570 m

Day 7: Brighton - London, train + 28 miles (train + 45 km) 
After a train transfer up to Redhill, you will start cycling through wonderful parks and brand-new cycle paths, and will finally arrive in Westminster, in the heart of London.

Day 8: Departure
Your Europe bike tour will end after breakfast 

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Tour Reviews

  • Jeffrey A. 4 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    Antonenella, our guide was awesome, as was our two helpers! We loved riding through the countryside of both France and England, it was so beautiful. This trip is highly recommended. Our group was made up of 16 people from different countries, so it made for a fun group. If you are not used to biking up hills, we recommend renting the e-bikes, because they really make this trip wonderful. There is time to enjoy the sites and sounds around you. Half our group wore biking shorts and the other half wore shorts and t-shirts. American tennis shoes are fine. Bring a padded seat cover and padded shorts, because it will help a lot. We all met for dinner each night, so bring a few nicer clothes. Bikers are provided with one small pack wit maps per couple, that attaches to handle bars. I put sanitizer, gum, money and my phone in the pack. Everyone is provided with a side pack to go on their bike. We put an extra bottle of water, lunch and jackets in the bags. Make sure you have a phone that works Read more… in Europe. Our group got split up in Paris and the sweeper, last person had to call the leader. We had one road rash incident the first day and one flat tire four days in. Our support guys picked up the couple, fixed his bike and met us up ahead. One of the ladies who did the self guided tour hit the ground with her face, but she was a trooper and finished too. My husband and I have traveled a lot, but this is the best trip ever!

  • Julie S 5 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    Denne turen var helt fantastisk! De som står for service og transport av bagasje er helt supre og veldig hyggelige mennesker. Ved bruk av en egen app, går turen som en lek! I de større byene er det lett å navigere seg frem og kjempe fint landskap å sykle i. Kan anbefale denne turen til alle! :)

  • Fulton A. 12 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    First time doing a long "unguided" trip, and loved it. We got just the right amount of support each morning and evening. Wonderful maps and directions. Great fun.

    • Susan 9 months ago    

      We you happy with the accommodation?

  • Kevin Armstrong 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    Very nice tour following much of the Avenue Verte. Girolibero and Adriano were fantastic hosts on the unguided tour from Paris to London. The route was probably a little more unpaved then I expected an as such would not recommend bringing your own road bike to do the tour. We met and road with some amazing people from around the world making new friends and seeing areas that were amazing sites in the small villages and countryside.

    • Lynn F. 6 months ago    

      Did you find the hills on the England side to be hard?

  • Peter M. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Most Memorable Part: Scenery along the route and the knowledge and experience of our guide.

  • E. Greer 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Everything did not go perfectly all the time but we had a great time and the guys from Girolibero were always doing their best to help out when needed.

  • Ailsa Watkinson 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    I became very ill on my last day and could not complete the trip. It was dehydration. Our leader (Alex?) had to drive me into London. At no point along the way were we reminded to drink lots of water. In fact Alex did not recognize that I might have been dehydrated. Please make sure and remind people to drink, drink, drink (H2O).
    thank you.

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