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Europe Escape: from Paris to London and Amsterdam guided tour

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Guided cycling trip in international group with English-speaking Tour Leader

  • Live the unique experience of an authentic cycling trip that will take you from the churchyard of Notre-Dame Cathedral to Amsterdam canals, passing from Westminster Abbey and Greenwich.
  • Share unforgettable moments with new friends and our professional guides, experts of the places.
  • Combine the adventure of an on-the-road trip with the comfort of beautiful 4-star hotels, accurately selected for you.
  • Discover incredible sites, far off the usual tracks beaten by tourists.
  • Experience 15 different trips in 15 days, travelling through different landscapes, food, languages and traditions.

Total distance: 684 km/ 427 miles

Day 1: Paris
Individual arrival in Paris and hotel check in.
At 6 p.m. welcome meeting with your Tour Leader and the rest of the group.
Overnight at the hotel in Paris.

Day 2: Paris – Maisons Laffitte  (52 km/ 32 miles)
Our trip will start on Parisian cycle paths taking in the beautiful and historic sites of the city, starting from Notre-Dame Cathedral and through Place de la Bastille, Canal Saint Martin and La Villette. A canal will lead us to the banks of the Seine River and to the stunning Parc des Impressionistes in Rueil-Malmaison a faithful reproduction of Monet’s garden in Giverny.
The day ends in Maisons Laffitte, a few steps from the castle, a fine example of French Baroque style built to host King Louis XIV.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Maisons Laffitte.

Day 3: Maisons Laffitte – Chars (46 km/ 29 miles) | Chars – Gisors by train
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, in particular for Vincent Van Gogh (don’t forget to visit the Van Gogh Museum once you will be in Amsterdam), who painted here his Wheatfield with Crows.
We will continue cycling across Vexin Français Regional Nature Park, an area rich in history, nature, and architecture.
Our ride will take us then on to Chars where we will board a train for a short (approximately 30 minutes) journey to Gisors, our destination for the day, an ancient medieval town wrapped in mystery of the legend of Templar Knights.
Dinner at the restaurant and overnight at the hotel in Gisors.

Day 4: Gisors – Forges-les-Eaux (60 Km/ 37 miles)
In the morning we will continue our ride through the rich countryside and quaint villages of Normandy and 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.
Dinner at the restaurant and overnight at the hotel.

Day 5: Forges-les-Eaux – Dieppe (50 Km/ 31 miles) | ferry to Newhaven, England
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 will pass through the village of Neufchatel-en-Bray, famous for heart shaped soft cheese.
Once in Dieppe, park your bike, relax on the beach, or savor local oysters before boarding the ferry to cross the Channel to Newhaven, England.
Dinner on the ferry and overnight at the hotel in Newhaven.

Day 6: Newhaven – Crawley (62 km/ 39 miles)
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 riding down to a seaside path. For 10km we will enjoy the scenic pathway with immaculate cliffs on one side and the English Channel on the other.
Soon we will arrive in Brighton, a lively destination popular for its pier attractions, cafes, and charming old town called The Lanes. 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 will continue to Crawley, belonging to what is called The Greater London.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Crawley.

Day 7: Crawley – London (67 km/ 42 miles)
The last cycling day marks the return to urban life, although our re-entry is gradual. We will start our day cycling across in English countryside, exploring the County of Surrey and into the outskirts of London.
Our route crosses city parks filled with runners, cyclists, and dog walkers as we will make our way to the city center. River Wandle will lead us to River Thames and to the heart of London. Westminster Abbey will appear like a vision; our first goal is reached!
Dinner on your own and overnight at the hotel in London.

Day 8: day off in London | transfer to Greenwich with public transport (luggage and bike transport provided)
You will have a full day to enjoy London and in the afternoon you can decide the best time for you to reach your hotel in Greenwich, ancient village overlooking the south bank River Thames, located only a few kilometers from the center of London.
The Royal Observatory stands on the hill overlooking the village. The historic astronomical observatory is the location of Greenwich Prime Meridian for which the village is worldwide known.
Dinner on your own and overnight at the hotel in Greenwich.

Day 9: Greenwich – Canterbury (42 Km/ 26 miles)
After breakfast, we will start cycling along the south bank of the River Thames up to Dartford (31 km).
Here we will board a train and travel across the County of Kent to Whitstable (1h20 approximately). Kent is also known as the Garden of England for its green landscapes dotted with some of the most beautiful and famous gardens of the UK.
Once in Whitstable, we will ride the last 10km to our day’s destination, Canterbury. This beautiful town is located between Dover and London and it is the starting point of Via Francigena, an ancient pilgrim route running from here to Rome. Despite its medieval past, the city is now lively with students arriving here from all over Europe to attend its important university. The city was the first capital of the Saxon Kingdom of Kent and the seat of the first Christian diocese of England, founded by St. Augustine. The magnificent Christ Church Cathedral dominates the narrow alleys and half-timbered houses of the old medieval city center. Today, after several renovations, the Cathedral is one of the best examples of English Gothic architecture.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Canterbury.

Day 10: Canterbury – Dover (50 km/ 32 miles)| ferry to Dunkirk, France
In the morning we will cycle the 34 km to Dover, famous for its white cliffs and one of the main ports of Great Britain. Here, we will board the ferry to Dunkirk, France (about 2 hours + 1 Time Zone). Once in France, we will ride the 18 km separating the port to the city center, where our hotel is located.
Dunkirk is the third most important port in France. It is located in the Nord-Pas de Calais region, 10 km from the border with Belgium. At first glance, Dunkirk is an industrial town focused on maritime trade; however, when you look deeper, the unusual beauty of this place sets in with its dunes and long sandy beaches flourishing in flora and fauna. Kite-surfing and the famous surf on the sand are popular activities here. The city center is characterized by low buildings, mainly of the last century, and Flemish influences. The Church of St. Eloi and the two bell towers are included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and are well worth a visit.
Dinner at the restaurant and overnight at the hotel in Dunkirk.

Day 11: Dunkirk – Bruges (79 km/ 49 miles)
The main part of this stage occurs in Belgium.
Several World War II battles took place here along the coast as French and British troops tried to block the German invasion. Once across the France-Belgium border, we will ride across the Flemish green countryside. Cycling along the coast of the North Sea, we will reach Ostend, a popular tourist destination on the Flemish coast characterized by its wide promenade bordered by shops, hotels and restaurants where you can taste excellent mussels, oysters and drink local beers.
Our bike tour continues then through the Flanders  and towards the romantic city of Bruges, where time seems to have stopped and everything runs slowly. Thanks to its myriad of canals, it is often referred to as The Venice of the North.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Bruges.

Day 12: Bruges – Breskens (45 km/ 28 miles) | ferry to Vlissingen
After breakfast, take some time to visit Bruges.
Walking the narrow streets along the canals of the city centre, you will discover historic buildings, pubs serving local craft beers, and chocolate shops. A boat tour through the waterway network could be also a unique and interesting way to discover the city.
In the afternoon, we will continue our journey across the countryside Belgian-Dutch border. In Breskens short ferry transfer will allow us to cross quickly (in about 15 minutes) Scheldt River and reach Vlissingen, our final destination for the day. The promenade on the seafront, called Boulevard, is a long and beautiful walkway where a monumental prison tower dating from the fifteenth century is located.
Dinner and overnight in Vlissingen.

Day 13: Vlissingen – Dordrecht by train | Dordrecht – Vianen (66 km/ 41 miles)
After breakfast, a train transfer (1h30 approximately) will take us to Dordrecht, an elegant river town rich in art, theater life and architecture that gave birth to several accomplished artists including some students Rembrandt’s pupils.
Our journey continues towards Kinderdijk, a Unesco World Heritage Site and probably the most famous polder of the Netherlands, thanks to the 19 monumental windmills dating back to the 18th  century. Some of the windmills are still functioning and it is possible to visit them. After the visit, we will keep cycling across Dutch countryside until we reach the city of Vianen, in the Province of Utrecht.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Vianen.

Day 14: Vianen – Amsterdam (65 km/ 40 miles)
The first break of the day will be in the picturesque and offbeat Utrecht, one of the oldest cities of the Netherlands hosting today a vibrant university life.
The old city centre is full of historic mansions now turned into boutiques and cafes overlooking the canals. The last part of the ride will be the introduction to our arrival in Amsterdam, well known for its canals and lined tilting buildings, for the open-minded atmosphere and of course the bicycles! Riding a bike is surely the best way to explore the city and mix up with the locals, but also a canal cruise at sunset is highly recommended. While exploring the city, don’t forget to visit Dam Square  and the many museums of art and history like the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum, or Anne Frank House.
Dinner on your own and overnight at the hotel in Amsterdam.

Day 15: Amsterdam After breakfast, end of services.

Terrain: from Paris to London 2 days on flat terrain, 2 days on hilly terrain, 2 days on flat-to-hilly terrain.
From London to Amsterdam primarily flat; hilly terrain between Canterbury and Dover (34 km).
A basic cycling experience is required for this tour.
Streets: 70% asphalted, 30% unpaved country roads. Many cycle paths in Belgium and Holland.
Luggage Transport: yes (1 item/person, max. 20kg) + Support Service Plus.

Participants: minimum 2.
Suitable for children: over 13 years old.
Pets: not allowed.

Bicycles: unisex aluminium city bikes 24 gears, Shimano shifter, reinforced rims and tubes. Every adult bike is equipped with a rear pannier and a front bag, both completely waterproof.
Child bicycles: 20′ and 24′, child tandem, trailer and seat.
Adult e-bikes available on request.
Helmet is not compulsory, but highly recommended. Helmets available for rent at the cost of 15€/week (to be booked in advance and paid on the spot).
Bicycle rental contract to be signed on the spot.
Possibility to request a Bicycle Coverage for Damage and Theft for rented bikes.

Hotline service: available in English 7/7 + Support Service Plus on the spot.

Dietary requirements: in case of food intolerances, allergies or any other specific dietary requirement, please state them at the moment of your reservation.

Duration:

15days/14nights (12 cycling days)

Dates:

26/07/2020

09/08/2020

Individual rates:

Cat. A
Basic price in double room 2.580,00
Supplement for single room 920,00
Extra night in Paris (Double room) 105,00
Supplement for extra night in Paris (Single room) 95,00
Extra night in Amsterdam (Double room) 125,00
Supplement for extra night in Amsterdam (Single room) 110,00

Extra rates:

Supplement for bike rental 180,00
Supplement for e-bike rental 400,00
Bike Coverage 40,00
E-bike Coverage 70,00
Supplement for adult helmet rental 15,00

Price includes: accommodation 14 nights in double en suite room in 3*/4* hotels (only 1 night hotel 2*sup.); 14 breakfasts, 10 dinners (in Paris, London, Greenwich and Amsterdam dinners are not included); English/Italian speaking Tour Leader; luggage transport (1 item/person, 20kg max); Support Service Plus; ferries Dieppe-Newhaven, Dover-Dunkerque (deck passage, bike included) andBreskens-Vlissingen trains Chars-Gisors, Dartford-Whitstable and Vlissingen-Dordrecht; pre-tour information in English; Europ Assistance health/luggage insurance 24/24.

Price does not include: trips to Paris and from Amsterdam; all lunches, 4 dinners, drinks; tourist taxes; local transports, entry fees; bike and helmet rental; extras and anything not mentioned in the section Price includes.

By plane: Orly Airport and Charles de Gaulle Airport are close to the city centre. Beauvais is about 90 km far from Paris.

By car: itineraries available at www.google.com/maps.
More information at France Diplomatie.

By train: Paris has many train stations.
Timetable and reservations at Sncf.

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Europe Escape: from Paris to London and Amsterdam guided tour

Reference code: G274

A bike trip to share with other travellers and our expert guides, who will lead you across 4 European countries and 3 capital cities.

Duration 15days/14nights (12 cycling days)

Dates:

26/07/2020

09/08/2020

Guided cycling trip in international group with English-speaking Tour Leader

France

United Kingdom

Belgium

Netherlands

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By Bike

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