Paris to London
Paris, London, and in between on the Greenway
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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Self-guided: £ 791 $ 1,594 € 915 NOK 8769 kr 8094 $ 1,052
Single supplement: £ 424 $ 854 € 490 NOK 4696 kr 4335 $ 564
Guided: £ 990 $ 1,995 € 1145 NOK 10973 kr 10129 $ 1,317
Single supplement: £ 424 $ 854 € 490 NOK 4696 kr 4335 $ 564
Electric bicycle: £ 95 $ 192 € 110 NOK 1054 kr 973 $ 127
Helmet rental: £ 13 $ 26 € 15 NOK 144 kr 133 $ 17
Paris: £ 78 $ 157 € 90 NOK 863 kr 796 $ 104
Single room: £ 147 $ 296 € 170 NOK 1629 kr 1504 $ 196
London: on request
Reduction for 3rd person in room: - £ 130 $ 261 € 150 NOK 1438 kr 1327 $ 173
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
† Currency exchange rate set 90 days before travel.
Fly into Paris and out of London.
Taxi to first hotel.
Please check local conditions before arrival. Average high/low temperatures in degrees Fahrenheit for the region are: July, 71°/53°; and August, 71°/52°
It is each traveler's responsibility to research your country's travel requirements and to insure that you are in compliance. This includes and is not limted to passport validity, blank visa pages required for your destination(s), and any other requirement.
Non EU Citizens: Please research the requirements of your country of residency and the destination country for international travel.
US citizens: A good website to research the requirements of the Schengen Agreement and other countries, and to read about passport validity requirements, visa requirements, as well as blank pages necessary for entry into each country is travel.state.gov.
EU-citizens: (without special situations like dual citizenship, main residence abroad or a limited-validity passport) are required to have a valid passport or ID-card, not expiring within six (6) months from the end of your tour.
FERRY Dieppe - Newhaven
- 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.
Self Guided Tour:
Every Saturday from June 29 to August 24, 2019
Friday, August 2 and August 9, 2019
Guided Tour: June 29, July 6, July 27, August 3, August 10, 2019
*Speical departure dates out of season for at least 8 people (price on requests)
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. 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
- SELF GUIDED:
- 7 nights' accommodations
- Breakfast buffets
- Welcome briefing
- 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. 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 - Newhaven, 36 miles (60 km by bike + ferry))
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. Total elevation: 70 m
DAY 6: Newhaven - East Grinstead, 33/47 miles (55/75 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. Total elevation 570 m
DAY 7: East Grinstead - London, 13 miles (20 km) by train + 34 miles (55 km) by bike
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. Total elevation: 290 m
DAY 8: Departure
Your Europe bike tour will end after breakfast