Guided cycle trip in international group with English-speaking Tour Leader
Welcome to Paris, the Ville Lumière: here starts our amazing journey to London. We 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, we 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, we 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. We explore the region of Normandy where we cycle converted railways and quiet country roads. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery as we reach Dieppe, overlooking the English Channel. A 4-hour ferry crossing takes us to the port city of Newhaven, England. From here, we 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 our journey to the cosmopolitan heart of London.
Total distance 338 km/210 mi. Day 1 : Paris Individual arrival in Paris and hotel check in. At 6 pm attend a welcome meeting with your guide and receive your bike. Dinner is on your own in this beautiful City of Light. Day 2: Paris – Maisons Laffitte 52 km / 32 mi. We begin our tour following the bike path through Paris taking in the beautiful and historic sites of the city. We ride through Bastille Square, along Canal St. Martin and next to the Villette Park, the largest park in Paris and home to Cité des Sciences et de la Musique. We continue along canals leading us 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 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 – Chars 47 km /29 mi. + train Chars – Gisors Our day starts in the shade of oaks and beeches as we 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. We continue into the Vexin Français Regional Nature Park, an area rich in history, nature, and architecture. Our ride takes us on to Chars where we board a train for a short (30’) journey to Gisors, our destination for the day. This ancient medieval town is rapt in the mystery and legend of the Templar Knights. Day 4: Gisors – Forges-les-Eaux 60 Km /37 mi. In the morning we continue our 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 is our destination today. Enjoy an evening stroll on the path around the lake or test your luck at the casino. Day 5: Forges-les-Eaux - Dieppe 50 Km /31 mi. + ferry to Newhaven A converted rails-to-trails bike path is our stress-free route to Dieppe. The landscape along this 48 km 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 Neufchatel-en-Bray, famous for its namesake soft cheese. 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 62 km /39 mi. Our first day in England begins with a ride along the Newhaven marina toward the stunning cliffs of South Downs. A bit of climbing takes us to breathtaking views as we ride along the top before descending back down to a seaside path. For 10km we enjoy this scenic pathway with immaculate cliffs on one side and the English Channel 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. Day 7: Crawley – London 67 km/ 42 mi. The last cycling day marks the return to urban life, although our re-entry is gradual. We start our day in the English countryside passing through the County of Surrey and into the suburbs of London. Our route traverses city parks filled with runners, cyclists, and dog walkers as we make our way to the city center. We connect with the River Wandle which leads us to the River Thames and on to the heart of London. We arrive at the renowned Westminster Abbey, the final destination of this amazing journey. Day 8: London After breakfast the tour ends.
SUPPORT SERVICE PLUS 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. Possible to rent a helmet (pre-booking necessary, €15, to be paid on site). Participants: min. 12 pax Luggage transfer: yes Suggested for children: from 13 years
Duration: 8 days/7 nights (6 cycling days)
Departures: 21/7; 04/8/2019 Additional departure dates available on request for private groups
|Public Price per person||€.|
|Individual basic price Bookings fixed within 30/04/19|
|Individual price 3rd adult bed (from 16 yo)*||1530|
|Individual price 3rd bed 12-15 y.o. (London: sgl + dbl)||1220|
|Suppl. single room||480|
|Suppl. bike rental||95|
|Extra night Paris Htl 4* dbl/B&B||87|
|Extra night Paris Htl 4* single/B&B||174|
|Extra night on SUNDAY London Htl 4* dbl/B&B||120|
|Extra night on SUNDAY London Htl 4* sgl/B&B||230|
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 stations. Timetables and reservation on Sncf.