London to Paris Bike Ride
Duration: 5 days/4 nights
16th June – 20th June 2016
28th July – 1st August 2016
1st September – 5th September 2016
8th September – 12th September 2016
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Join the London to Paris Bike Ride with More Adventure! This classic journey between two capital cities will take you through the garden of England, across the English Channel, through quaint French towns and medieval forests to the fabulous city of Paris. It’s a wonderful feeling heading down the Champs Elysees on the final stretch with the Eiffel Tower looming ahead! This is a fantastic group cycling experience, whether individually, with friends or raising money for charity. Book your place now!
Starting in central London, our route takes us south out of the city onto the quiet rural roads of Kent. The first day is tightly scheduled as we have a ferry to catch! Upon arriving into Dover, we embark upon a late afternoon crossing in time for a sit-down dinner and rest on board. Over the next three days we cycle south towards Paris with stopovers at Arras and Compiègne. Our route takes us along undulating country roads through picturesque farmland, historic battlefields and finally into the bustle of Paris. This magnificent city has a lot to offer and on Day 5, you will get the opportunity to explore. Your bikes will be transferred to London so you have the day to soak up the sights and sample exquisite French food before getting the train back to London.
This trip includes all accommodation ( very nice hotels), all breakfasts and lunches, ferry crossing to France, train ticket from Paris to London, Cycle Leader/Support vehicle, and luggage/bike transfer to London, so you just have to concentrate on the cycling!
Single room option £160
Day 1: Join tour in London, cycle to Calais (72 miles)
We meet early at Blackheath Common at 07:30 to depart at 08:00 sharp.The London to Paris cycle timings are very strict on the first day. After a short cycle through the outskirts of London, our route passes along country roads and through Rochester then Canterbury before meeting our ferry in Dover. We will arrive at the ferry for a late afternoon crossing to Calais. Dinner can be purchased on the ferry. Once in Calais it is a short cycle to our B&B for a well-earned rest.
Day 2: Calais to Arras (75 miles)
After a good nights’ rest we begin our second day cycling through the picturesque region of Pas-de-Calais. Numerous War Cemeteries echo the area’s troubled history but today much of the land is now used for agriculture. There are a few hills but nothing too strenuous. Our overnight stop is in the historic town of Arras, which survived front-line action in both World Wars. Heavily damaged in the Second World War, much of it was rebuilt in the aftermath, and the cobblestone streets, fantastic squares and white stone buildings are, quite simply, delightful.
Day 3: Arras to Compiègne (75 miles)
We head directly south along small country lanes, most of them undulating with few serious climbs. We cross the Somme river today and cycle through an area rich in nature and wonderful food. Our destination for the evening is Compiègne which is located alongside the Oise River. Compiègne Forest is famous as the location of the signing of two wartime armistices and the spot where Joan of Arc was captured. It is also the start of the famous Paris-Roubaux cycle race!
Day 4: Compiègne to Paris (57 miles)
It’s a relatively short final day into Paris. There are a couple of short, steep climbs but by now, you will be ready and prepared. Skirting around the Compiègne Forest, we head for the northeast corner of the city. As we enter the city the roads become considerably busier and great care must be taken. Heading into the centre of Paris, we pass the famous Arc de Triomphe, down the cobblestone Champs-Elysées before finishing under the Eiffel Tower for our all-important photos. Well done, you’ve completed the London to Paris Bike Ride! From here, we’ll make a short cycle to our hotel and prepare for our celebratory meal.
Day 5: Paris to London
Today, you have the morning and afternoon to explore this wonderful and diverse capital city. Highlights include a trip up the Eiffel Tower (not for the faint-hearted!), sampling some local cheese, visiting Le Louvre, a boat trip on the Seine, or simply a stroll (walking, not cycling!) around the atmospheric streets. At breakfast you will be issued with your Eurostar tickets for the train journey back to the UK, we will also take your bicycles and main piece of luggage in the support vehicle. You are responsible for getting yourself back to London. Your Tour Leaders will meet you at St. Pancras station in London with your bicycles and main bags in the late afternoon. We then say our goodbyes and the trip ends.
This itinerary is a guide only and can sometimes be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.
Whilst we endeavour to uphold the proposed daily mileages, this cannot be guaranteed due to changes to Bed & Breakfast/Hotel bookings.
London to Paris Cycle
Cycle Leader/s and support driver
4 x nights Hotel (price based on two sharing)
4 x breakfasts
4 x buffet-style lunches
Ferry crossing from Dover to Calais
Eurostar train back to London from Paris
All luggage transported during your trip
Bicycle and main luggage transfer back to London from Paris
Tea, coffee and biscuits
Bike and helmet (available to hire from us for £70 for this trip, please make us aware on the booking form if you require bike hire)
Transport to and from pick-up and drop-off points
Evening meals, drinks and snacks
Optional excursions in Paris
European Health Card (www.ehic.org.uk/Internet/home.do)
You are required to hold valid travel insurance for this trip and you will not be able to ride should you arrive without it. This must cover repatriation costs back to the UK. If you are unsure about your insurance cover, please do not hesitate to get in touch at email@example.com.
You must also bring a European Health Card (www.ehic.org.uk/Internet/home.do) which are free and give you access to free healthcare anywhere in Europe.
Meals each evening tend to cost between £10 and £20. You will also need to budget for any excursions, travel around Paris and lunch on day 5. You will need Euros to spend in France.
You are required to have a valid passport with at least six months from the date of entry into France. There are no visa requirements for UK citizens but travel insurance and a European Health Card are essential. These three documents will be checked by your Cycle Leader before departing London.
During the London to Paris bike ride you will be cycling for between 6 and 8 hours each day but this is not a race! This is a group trip and we like to cycle as such. You will be cycling through rolling countryside which can be hilly, and the pace will be determined by your Cycle Leader. If you are unable to keep to this moderate pace, you will be asked to travel in the support vehicle.
You are advised to prepare before coming on the trip, anything cardiovascular will help as will of course cycling. Importantly you need to do some 6+ hour cycles so you will know what is required. You will need to get some hill practice in!
If you would like a more detailed training plan please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively check out our training weekends which are an excellent way to build on skills that are required for a London to Paris Cycle. You will receive a 10% discount on these weekends if you are booked on any other More Adventure trips.
Most important of all is a positive attitude!
Food and accommodation
Accommodation for this trip is hotels with breakfast included. All have ensuite facilities. The price is based on two sharing, for a room to yourself the supplement is £160.
Breakfast will vary each morning but will generally be a choice of cereals, toast, cooked items and fruit. Lunches will be laid out for you to help yourself at each of our lunch stops. They will include breads, ham, cheese, tuna, salad, fruit, pasta and cereal bars. We will also be stopping at shops along the way for people to buy snacks and drinks.
Evening meals and drinks are not included in the price and we will give you the opportunity to eat out as a group at a local pub/restaurant. Approximate costs per evening meal £10-20.
We recommend road/touring bicycles for this trip. Please contact us if you are unsure whether your bike is suitable.
Bikes are not included in the price, but are available to hire from us. It is very important that if you bring your own bike it is in good working order and you bring plenty of spares. Please bring at least two spare inner tubes. Your Cycle Leader will assist you with any minor bicycle repairs. You must bring suitable, reasonably new tyres (e.g. Continental Gatorskin, Bontrager Race Hardcase; Schwalbe Marathon Plus). We do not provide helmets but we strongly recommend you bring your own to wear.
Weather and clothing
It is crucial to be prepared for the weather! The trip will continue in all but the absolute worst of weathers. Generally the best clothes to wear while cycling are light and comfortable. Please bring a lightweight waterproof top and a lightweight windproof top. Make sure you bring enough clothes for each days cycling and for evening meals. Better to “have and not need than to need and not have”!
All luggage will be transported between B&B’s/hotels as you cycle. You are therefore limited to one suitcase/large holdall and one daysack. Please bring a suitable bag to carry waterproof, windproof and snacks whilst cycling. This could be a small pannier or daysack.
All More Adventure leaders hold a valid first aid certificate and have extensive experience leading groups in hostile and remote areas. They are employed to lead, care and encourage you on your trip.
For this trip you will have at least one (depending on size of group) leader who will ride with the group and one leader who will be in the support van and generally supporting the London to Paris cycle group.
The London to Paris Bike Ride will run on a minimum number of 6 persons.