Self-guided bike tour

Welcome to Paris, the Ville Lumière: here starts your amazing journey to London. You will be pedalling on the picturesque route inaugurated in 2012, unravelling from Notre-Dame Cathedral to Westminster Abbey and connecting these two metropolises. The name of this cycle path,  ‘Greenway’ in English and ’Avenue Verte’ in French, already sums up its nature. Along the way, you will have the chance to take in a mosaic of landscapes scattered with castles, cathedrals and charming villages and immersed in the green surroundings. From the French capital to the port town of Dieppe, cycle the vibrant countryside of the Epte Valley, down the wooded banks of the River Seine where Monet painted his water lilies, and through beautiful Vexin Français Nature Park in the Oise Valley. Explore the region of Normandy, where you will cycle converted railways and quiet country roads. Enjoy the breath-taking scenery as you reach Dieppe, overlooking the English Channel.A 4-hour ferry crossing takes you to the port city of Newhaven, England. From here, cycle along the rugged cliffs of South Downs to Brighton and across the rolling hills of Sussex. The parks and bike paths of the beautiful English countryside mark the last stage of the journey to the cosmopolitan heart of London.
Total distance: STANDARD category:  345 or 375 km / 214 or 233 mi. DELUXE category: 376 km /235 mi. Day 1: Paris Individual arrival in Paris and hotel check-in.  At 6 pm attend a welcome meeting with our assistant and receive your bike. Day 2: Paris – Maisons-Laffitte (Standard cat.  56 km /35 mi. )  or  Cergy (Deluxe cat.  69  km /43 mi.) Begin your tour with a short ride to Notre Dame Cathedral. Then follow the bike path through Paris taking in the beautiful and historic sites of the city. Ride through Bastille Square, along Canal St. Martin and alongside Villette Park, the largest park in Paris and home to the Cité des Sciences et de la Musique. Continue along canals leading to the banks of the Seine and to the stunning Parc des Impressionistes in Rueil-Malmaison. Inspired by Monet's garden at Giverny, this park delights us with its famous bridge, colorful water lilies and unique landscape. The day ends in Maisons-Laffitte (cat. Standard) just steps from the castle, a fine example of French Baroque style built on the banks of the Seine to host King Louis XIV. The stage for the Deluxe category ends in Cergy. Day 3: Maisons Laffitte– Gisors  (Standard cat. 75 km/ 47 mi.) or  Cergy-Gisors (Deluxe cat. 66 km/ 41 mi.) Your day starts in the shade of oaks and beeches as you ride through the St. Germain-en-Laye Forest and into the Oise Valley. With its vibrant landscapes, this valley was a source of inspiration for many Impressionist painters including Daumier, Pissarro, Cézanne and Van Gogh (see the well-known ‘Wheatfield with Crows’). You continue into the Vexin Français Regional Nature Park, an area rich in history, nature, and architecture. Enjoy the ancient villages, churches and castles; picnic on the grounds of Château de Théméricourt. Continue on to connect with the River Epte, a tributary to the Seine, and then cross into Normandy and the town of Gisors, our destination for the day. This ancient medieval town is rapt in the mystery and legend of the Templar Knights. You can choose to cycle the whole distance or take a train from Chars to Gisors to shorten the stage by 30 km/19 mi. Day 4:  Gisors – Forges-les-Eaux  67 km / 42 mi. In the morning continue your ride through the rich countryside and quaint villages of the Epte Valley. See the beautiful Abbey in Saint-Germer-de-Fly, stop for lunch in a typical French village, cool off as you dip your toes in the crisp, clean, natural spring waters of Haussez. The historic Forges-les-Eaux, once a spa retreat established in the 16th century, is your destination. Enjoy an evening stroll on the path around the lake, test your luck at the casino, or book a massage at the hotel spa. Day 5:  Forges-les-Eaux - Dieppe  56 Km /35 mi. + ferry to Newhaven A converted rails-to-trails bike path is your stress-free route to Dieppe. The landscape along this 48km stage is dotted with thriving farms and castles. These farms supply the modern-day markets of Normandy and Paris. The castles, such as Mesnières-en-Bray and Arques-la-Bataille, serve as a reminder of the France’s rich history. Along the way we pass through of Neufchâtel-en-Bray, famous for its namesake soft cheese. Try a sample and hear the romantic legend of its heart-shaped packaging.  Once in Dieppe, park your bike, play on the beach, and savor local oysters before boarding the ferry to cross the Channel to Newhaven, England. Day 6:  Newhaven – Crawley  59 km / 37 mi. Your first day in England begins with a ride along the Newhaven marina toward the stunning cliffs of South Downs. A bit of climbing takes you to breathtaking views as you ride along the top before descending back down to a seaside path. For 10km enjoy a scenic path with immaculate cliffs on one side and the English Channel, in French ‘La Manche’, on the other. Soon we arrive in Brighton, a lively destination popular for its pier attractions, cafes, and charming old town. Next, we head inland through the rolling hills of Devil's Dyke, a legendary valley in the County of Sussex that is said to have been dug by the Devil. We continue to our day’s destination, Crawley. Spend the evening strolling the cobblestone streets, visiting the cathedral or mixing with the locals at the pub. Day 7:  Crawley – London  59 km / 37 mi. The last cycling day marks the return to urban life, although re-entry is gradual.  Start the day in the English countryside passing through the County of Surrey and into the suburbs of London. The route traverses city parks filled with runners, cyclists, and dog walkers as we make our way to the city center. Connect with the River Wandle, which leads to the River Thames and on to the heart of London. Arrive at the renowned Westminster Abbey, the final destination of this amazing journey. Day 8: London After breakfast the tour ends.
SUPPORT SERVICE PLUS This cycling tour includes our SUPPORT SERVICE PLUS, an exclusive service that only Verde Natura offers to ensure you are at ease during your bike tour, especially if this is your first bike tour experience. In addition to the classic luggage transport and emergency telephone number, we provide roadside assistance and/or recovery in case of emergency (illness, mechanical problem that cannot be repaired with the repair-kit). Simply notify us and within a short time our team member will reach you to solve the problem.  If necessary you will be transported to your hotel. Terrain: 2 days on flat terrain, 2 days on hilly terrain, 2 days on flat-to-hilly terrain. Moderate cycling experience is recommended for this tour. Streets: 65% asphalted and 35% unpaved country roads Bikes: city bike Participants: min. 2 persons Luggage transfer: yes + support service plus Suggested for children: from 13 years old

Duration: 8 days/7 nights (6 cycling days)

Departures: 2017: on Sundays 28/05 - 04/06 - 11/06 - 18/06 – 16/7 – 23/7 – 30/7 – 06/8 - 13/8 – 20/8 – 27/8 – 03/9 – 10/9

Price per person € STANDARD B cat. DELUXE  A cat.
Individual basic price 770 1150
Basic price for bookings fixed within 03/04/2017 690 1070
Price 3rd bed 13-16 y.o. 685 -
Suppl. single room 430 650
Suppl. bike rental 90 90
Suppl. E-bike 180 180
Extra nights in Paris and London on request
STANDARD category: accommodation 2 nights in 4-star hotel in Paris and London, 4 nights in 3-star hotel, 1 night in 2-star hotel. DELUXE category: 5 nights accommodation in 4-star hotel (Deluxe room in Paris and London), 1 night in a castle, 1 night in 3-star hotel. Included: accommodation according to chosen category,  double en-suite room; 7 breakfasts (Day 2 through Day 8), hotel-to-hotel luggage transfer (1 piece per person, 20kg max); Support Service Plus; ferry Dieppe/Newhaven (deck passage person + bike); information material (1 per room); health/luggage insurance with EuropAssistance 24/24. Not included: travel to Paris and from London; lunches, dinners, drinks; entry fees; bike rental; public transport tickets, extras and everything not listed as ‘Included’.
By plane: Paris has multiple airports : Orly Airport or Charles de Gaulle Airport are close to the city centre. Beauvais is about 90 km far from Paris. By car:  itineraries available on www.google.com/maps. More information on France Diplomatie. By train: Paris has many train station. Timetables and reservation on Sncf.
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