PARIS TO LONDON (or vice versa)

8 day Independent or Guided tours These two majestic capitals are finally linked by cycle paths and low-traffic roads. From Paris, the world’s most romantic city, you will cross the Seine and Epte rivers to reach the sea. After the Dieppe-Newhaven crossing, the greenest of English contryside will accompany you to London, the most regal […]

8 day Independent or Guided tours

These two majestic capitals are finally linked by cycle paths and low-traffic roads. From Paris, the world’s most romantic city, you will cross the Seine and Epte rivers to reach the sea. After the Dieppe-Newhaven crossing, the greenest of English contryside 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?

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DAY TO DAY ITINERARY

Day 1

Bienvenue à Paris!

Those arriving in the early afternoon can take a bike and visit the historical city centre, with plenty of cycle paths and signs making it easy to see all the famous city sights. 

Day 2

Paris-Cergy (55 km., elevation rises 100m).

Au revoir Paris! Starting from Notre Dame you can either choose to leave Paris from Canal St Denis or to 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 choice for Sunday trips, somewhere to spend the afternoon en plen air on a boat between the Seine and the Marne. Welcome to the Promenade Bleue in Paris! 

Day 3

Cergy-Gisors (65 km., elevation rises 350m).

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 of the same name. After the little town of Bray-et-Lû you will proceed along the river Epte to Gisors and the fortress marking the historical Franco-Norman border.. 

Day 4

Gisors-Forges-les-Eaux (65 km., elevation rises 515m).

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, the land of unique flavors! 

Day 5

Forges-les-Eaux-Newhaven (60 km., elevation rises 60m).

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 with a great many impressionist painters. Appointment at 5pm on the quayside for the trip across the Channel. Overnight stay in Newhaven. 

Day 6

Newhaven – East Grinstead (55 km., elevation rises 550m).

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 of 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. 

Day 7

East Grinstead – London (45 km., elevation rises 60m).

From East Grinstead you cycle the Worth Way, a cycle path through a wonderful wood to Crawley: an ultramodern city, this will get you ready for The Old Smoke itself, London. From here, the train (not included in the package) will take you into London in about 45 minutes and you will have the whole afternoon to visit the lively English capital! 

Day 8

London.

After breakfast, goodbye and au revoir! 

 

Tour Character – moderate
The route follows the Avenue Verte, along dedicated cycle paths, road shoulder cycle lanes and quiet country roads. New stretches of cycle path are quickly being added so the route may vary slightly from the one given. The route is level when it follows the main rivers: the Seine, Marne and Epte. It then becomes slightly more hilly in the countryside areas, especially in England. We recommend going into London by train as the last part is fairly hard, not only due to the terrain, but also because of the traffic, which increases the nearer you get to the city. In France, until Gisors, you can shorten the stages by using the train, after which only bus services link the cities.
If you want to shorten the stages in England, the railways marked in your guide will be of great help..
Airport / Transfers

The nearest international airports are Paris and London. Regular bus and rail transfers link these airports to the city centre.

 

Independent Tour – Schedule & Price

From Paris every alternate Saturday from May 17th to September 20th
From London to Paris, every alternate week starting May 24th.

Price per person  CAD $1195
Optional Electro Bike $120
Single Supplement $600

 

This tour includes:

• 7 nights accommodation in a double room with private facilities. The hotels we use on this tour are small family run inns and hotels of 3 star standard (4 star in London), the occasional better quality 2 star.
• Buffet breakfast daily.
• Luggage transportation from hotel to hotel.
• Modern hybrid bicycle with 27 gears & pannier
• Detailed travel material, guides, and route descriptions of places of interest
• Trip orientation by our local rep at the 1st hotel
• Ferry cruise Dieppe-Newhaven
• Transfer to the hotel in Eastbourne
• Support van
• 7-Day Service hotline

Note:

some hotel taxes may need to be paid locally.
Train transfers not included.

 

Guided Tour – Schedule & Price
Departure Dates
From Paris: July 12, 26 August 9

From London: July 5, 19 August 2, 16

 

Price per person  CAD $1650
Single Supplement $600
Optional Electro Bike $120

 

This tour includes:
• 7 nights accommodation in a double room with private facilities. The hotels we use on this tour are small family run inns and hotels, mostly of 3 star standard (4 star in London), the occasional better quality 2 star.
• Buffet breakfast daily plus 5 evening dinners.
• Luggage transportation from hotel to hotel.
• Modern hybrid bicycle with 27 gears & pannier
• Cycling guide accompanying you
• Ferry cruise Dieppe-Newhaven
• Transfer to the hotel in Eastbourne
• 7-Day Service hotline