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Paris-London 8-day Self-guided Cycling Tour Level 2
These two majestic capitals are finally linked by cycle paths and low-traffic roads. From Paris, France’s most romantic city, you will cross the Seine and Epte rivers valley to reach the sea. After the Dieppe-Newhaven crossing, the greenest of English countryside will accompany you to London, the most regal of international cities. Inaugurated in 2012, the Paris-London Avenue Verte is a dream come true. "Prêt à partir"?
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 The route follows the Avenue Verte along dedicated cycle paths, road shoulder 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. The whole route from Paris to London is marked by the tourist cycle signage Avenue Verte.
7 nights hotel accommodation
Welcome briefing in English
Travel Guide, Maps, Roadbook
Luggage transportation between stays
Support van in the area
Ferry cruise Dieppe-Newhaven: following data have to be provided when booking the tour: full names (as written on the passport/ID card), passport/ID card number and expiry date, nationality, date of birth. These details are compulsory in order to reserve the ferry transfer from Dieppe to Newhaven
Train transfer on day 6 and 7
Everything not mentioned in the section "Included"
If you would like to rent a bike (95 euro) or e-bike (195 euro) please email our office wen booking: [email protected]
Slow Tours offers a number of other Cycling Tours in Europe
Bienvenue à Paris!
Those arriving in the early afternoon can make a first visit of the Ville Lumière.
Paris – Cergy (55 km)
Au revoir Paris! Starting from Notre Dame you can 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, once a destination for Sunday trips, somewhere to spend the afternoon "en plein air" on a boat between the Seine and the Marne. Welcome to the Promenade Bleue in Paris!
Cergy – Gisors (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 bearing the same name. After the small town of Bray-et-Lû you will proceed along the river Epte to Gisors and the fortress marking the historical Franco-Norman border.
Gisors – Forges-les-Eaux (65 km)
Departure from Gisors for Gournay-en-Bray and then on to Forges- les-Eaux, the renowned spa resort. Welcome to Normandy, or rather to Gourmandie, land of unique flavours!
Forges-les-Eaux – Newhaven (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 of the same name and ancient sand caves that have become a refuge for marsh birds. Here you are in Dieppe, France’s leading seaside resort and a favourite place for many impressionist painters. Appointment on the quayside for the trip across the Channel. Overnight in Newhaven after the crossing.
Newhaven – East Grinstead (55/75 km)
From Newhaven take the train to Polegate where you start to pedal. Alternatively you can cycle till Brighton and take the train from there but in this case you will extend the mileage by 20 km. Along the Cuckoo Valley and the old railway line, you will come to Heathfield. From here it gets more difficult but once in Groombridge it will be flat again. Following the Forest Way you arrive to the historic local market town of East Grinstead.
East Grinstead – London (45 km)
From East Grinstead you take the Worth Way, a cycle path through a wonderful wood till Crawley: an ultramodern city, this will get you ready for The Old Smoke itself, London. From Crawley you take the train to Couldson, where you start cycling through green parks and quiet districts to the heart of London. Your finish line for the week will be Westminster.
After breakfast, goodbye and au revoir!
Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during your holiday. For example, along the way you may find temporary deviations caused by roadworks, which cannot be foreseen. In this case please follow the indications you will find on site
If you would like to drive yourself before or after your tour, ask us for a quote on any brand new Renault, Peugeot or Citroen vehicle for driving in Europe.
Pick up your vehicle from most capital cities in Europe and return it to your drop off destination. Top insurance cover. Email [email protected] for a competitive quote
Shows in English in Paris: Paris offers a wide variety of shows accessible to English-speakers. One-man shows, classic & modern theatre, musicals, cabarets and more are all performed in the city every night. You can get the full programme of shows in Paris to fit your city break dates by emailing [email protected]