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: 338-367 km  / 212-230 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 (when rented).                Day 2: Paris – Maisons Laffitte 50 km /31 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 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. The day ends in Maisons Laffitte just steps from the castle, a fine example of French Baroque style built on the banks of the Seine to host King Louis XIV. Day 3: Maisons Laffitte– Gisors  75 km/ 47 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 (Wheatfield with Crows). You continue into the Vexin Français Regional Nature Park, an area rich in history, nature, and architecture. 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 and cycle only 46 km/29 mi. Day 4:  Gisors – Forges-les-Eaux  63 km / 40 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 XVI century, is your destination. 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. 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 Neufchatel-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, 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  64 km / 40 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: 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: 2018 on  Sundays: from May 27th to Sep. 16th  included (except July 29th)

Public Price 2018 per person €.
Individual basic price 795
Individual price when booking within 05/04/18 725
Suppl. single room 440
Suppl. bike rental 90
Suppl. E-bike 180
 Included: accommodation 7 nights in double room with private bath; 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 cyclist + bike); GPS tracks; Verde Natura App : download on your smartphone your tour map and itinerary, with points of interest, services and GPS position. The App provides GPS tracks that can also be used offline; information material in English (1 per room).  EuropAssistance health/ luggage insurance 24/24. Not included: travel 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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