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Paris – London by bike

 

Two Capital Cities, two cultures, a magnificent cycloturistic path

The itinerary develops among cycling paths, secondary roads with low car traffic and along agreeable and relaxing Green Ways, that are the best part of the trip. These routes were created on old railway tracks and run in the middle of the countryside and woods, both in England and France. In France they are mostly surrounded by immaculate country: through the first stretch we’ll get to Gisors, while the second leads us to Forges-les-Eaux. In England they are even finer because of the nice shadow of forests and woods that will delight and refresh us. Some of them are really well known, like the Cukoo Trail, before Tunbridge Wells, and the Forest Way up to Crawley. Along the tunnels made up by old oaks it is not hard to find grey squirrels crossing our way.

On the french side we can find a lot of attractions, plenty of small villages and castles. We’ll pass by the Château Maisons-Laffitte and visit the Château di Villarceaux, with its charming gardens and various lakes. In Cergy, where the River Oise twists, we’ll come across the bright red pedestrian bridge, part of the mysterious but modern architectonic work of Axe Majeur. On the english side nature predominates but we’ll find anyway nice and typical villages along the way. We’ll walk on the Seven Sisters Park, the white cliffs covered with green grass and black sheep. Enormous oaks and plane trees will also come all the way up to London.

Leaving Paris and arriving to London we’ll touch the best spots of our tour: we’ll start off in Notre Dame, along the Seine, to get to the Tower Bridge of London, on the Thames. In one week we’ll go from one world to another so divided and so united by the sea.

Driving on the left also makes a big difference but familiarising with it it’s not hard at all! The bike is our trait d’union. The experienced bikers of the two capitals and the large number of cyclotourists are what unites those two lands and we, with our bikes, form part of the joyful bunch.

Sites of interest

UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Paris and its masterpieces along the Seine. London with its 4 sites: Royal Botanic Gardens, Westmister, Tower of London, Maritime Greenwich.

Services included in our previous tours

  • 7 nights with breakfast in four, three and two stars hotels.
  • 5 three-course-dinners with typical local recipes, many of which with fish, with a drink (one glass of wine or 250 cl beer), tap water and bread included.
  • 6 packed lunches, which include sandwiches, fruit, a dessert, 1/2 liter water.
  • 3 guides, 2 by bike and one with the agency van (two guides for groups from 12 to 17 people).
  • Hotel city tax.
  • Visits (see the program).
  • 2 transfers: by bus from Gisors to Forges-les-Eaux,(France); by train from East Grinstead – East Croydon (England) to avoid going up and down the hills.
  • Transfer by ferry from Dieppe to Newhaven (4 hours).
  • The agency van follows the whole tour in order to guarantee: the luggage transport service, the picnics for lunch and snacks, the availability and the assistance during the tour.
  • Color tour handbooks’ with historical and artistic information (at the time being available only in Italian).

 

HOW TO BOOK

This trip has already been tested and can be adapted to small or bigger groups. We propose  guided tours leaded by our guides who speak english, german, french, spanish and portuguese. We can provide this trip also without leaders as long as the group can follow the tracks using a gps since itineraries develop on broads that are not always easy to find.

On demand we can also provide other services as, for instance, a bus following the group or electric bikes and much more. Big groups are kindly invited to book in advance. 

To contact us:
Speaking english – spanish – french
Anna Magrin – anna@simonettabiketours.it

Speaking german – portuguese
Elisa Zambelli – elisa@simonettabiketours.it

How to Book!

Deadline for enrollment 1st June 2013

 

INFORMATION ABOUT THE BIKE TOUR

Duration: 8 days, 7 nights, 6 biking days.

When: to be defined; trip will take place upon groups reservation, small or big.

Difficulty: beginners

Where: France > Île-de-France, Haute-Normandie | England > East and Weast Sussex, Kent, Surrey, London area.

Tour description: he tour is a trail made out of 6 bike days, with beginning in Paris and ending in London. The trail follows cycling paths or secondary roads with low car traffic. The road bank is mostly asphalt, rarely we will be pedaling on nice dirt roads. The path is mostly flat with few smooth climbs.

Visits: visit Seven Sisters Park; guided visits of: Villarceaux Castle.

 

 

PROGRAM OF THE BIKE TOUR

Day 1
Independent travel with arrival in Paris.

Day 2
Paris > Cergy
About 68 km –  flat path

Day 3
Cergy > Gisors – Forges-les-Eaux
About 65 km – flat path. At the end of the day short bus transfer.

Day 4
Forges-les-Eaux > Dieppe – Newhaven Port > Seaford – 5 km
About 64 km - flat path
At the end of the day ferry from Dieppe to Newhaven (4 hours).

Day 5
Seaford
> Hailsham
About 35 km – mainly flat path

Day 6
Hailsham > East Grinstead
About 55 km – some soft ups and downs

Day 7
East Grinstead East Croydon > London
about 38 km – mainly flat path
transfer by train from East Grinstead – East Croydon

Day 8
London. Breakfast at the hotel, free day and independent way back.