Cycle London To Paris 4 Day Picture 1
Best Time of Year: April - October
Cycle London To Paris 4 Day
This grand 280 mile route from London (Greenwich) to Central Paris is a classic, with a carefully thought out route, utilising a mixture of good fast direct roads, and small country back roads. We have taken time to consider our routes in and out of London and Paris to make them as enjoyable and pain free as possible! Ride from one exciting European capital to another—in just four days! We are sure this unique Adventure Café event will inspire and enthuse experienced cyclists out there, as well as those who are new to the sport, but want an unforgettable challenge.
Upon leaving the familiar sights of London, with fantastic views from Greenwich Park we pass through delightful Kent countryside, alongside the North Downs and to the White Cliffs of Dover. We’ll make a stop at the historic crossing point of the River Medway at Rochester for refreshments. Dinner is taken on board our Ferry crossing before our first night’s rest in Calais. Our ride through France takes us through the attractive Pas de Calais area, on fast open country roads. We’ll glimpse poppy fields through the Somme valley and pass through pretty French villages. We cycle on through the picturesque Picardy mainly on pleasant quiet roads! It’s downhill into Central Paris and we’ll eventually pass right beside the impressive Arc de Triomphe and swoop along the Champs Elysees to our finish point, bang in the middle of the excitement of Paris. From one capital to the other…. The evening is then yours to enjoy; celebrate in this beautiful and historic capital. You stay in Paris and the following day you are free to sample the delights of city (Typical early afternoon return on the Eurostar from Gare du Nord) before catching the train directly back to London. You will be reunited with your bike back in London. This could be the start of something big…
Pre-Event meet at agreed location for pre-event briefing **N.B This night's accommodation is not included**
Day 1 London - Calais, apx 75 miles Early departure from Greenwich Park (Approx 08:00 You will need to arrive at the observatory for around 07:30). Our chosen route takes us through the historic town of Rochester then on to Canterbury, Dover and then on board the ferry for dinnertime crossing to Calais. On disembarking the ferry there will be a short ride to our hotel. Hopefully, we'll be here in time to see the sun set over the English Channel.
Day 2 Calais—Abbeville, apx 78 miles Morning departure from Calais, bound for Boulogne via the pretty coastal road and then Abbeville (half-way point of our adventure). Our route is undulating for the first section and then shortly after Boulogne flattens out considerably. We make regular contact with the coast during the day - eventually passing the historic and beautiful Baie de Somme before heading inland to Abbeville. Hotel accommodation in Abbeville.
Day 3 Abbeville—Beauvais, apx 65 miles Morning departure through Picardy’s attractive countryside and villages on to the lively town of Beauvais, we should arrive mid afternoon, with time to relax and take a look at the stunning cathedral, prior to the evening's entertainment! We're now nearing Paris - get ready for a great day tomorrow!
Day 4 Beauvais—Paris, apx 56 miles Morning departure for final leg to Paris. Although this is a shorter distance to travel, excitement builds as we cycle through the Oise region. We shall ride in via the pretty town of Pontoise, and then along the river Seine. We will finally enter over the 'peripherique' ring-road, over the River Seine one more time and on to the Arc de Triomphe before riding carefully down the Champs Elysees, and a quick visit to the Eiffel Tower viewpoint with our bikes. Celebration evening in Paris, hotel accommodation. Leave bikes with support vehicle/at hotel.
Day 5 Subject to return travel arrangements, you are bike free and able to make the most of your day in Paris. You will then catch the Eurostar or a flight directly back to London and finally retrieve your bike.
Will be in a simple hotel for 4 x nights (including buffet breakfasts) You will be sharing in twins or triples. If you require a single room then please request this at time of booking (a supplementary fee will be payable). Upgrades are also available for an extra charge if required.
What is a Level 3.0 Cycling Challenge Like?
These rides are typically multi day rides, with medium distances and undulating terrain. Level 3 rides suit riders who ride regularly, and are looking for something challenging but manageable. In the case of single day events, you can expect up to 8 hours of cycling with breaks. In the case of a multi day ride, you can expect a slightly lower daily duration - but of course - the effort is sustained over a longer period. You should be a competent rider, with regular training outings - both at the weekend and ideally with another session during the week. A 10 week training programme is available for our 3 star rides.
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 3.0 ‘Bike Ride’?
You need to have good endurance for these events. You must be used to doing long bike rides in the countryside of 5 hours + and distances of between 45 - 55 miles . You should be doing regular exercise - with some serious cycle training (at least twice per week in the run up to the event). Your typical comfortable cycling speed will be around 21-23 km/hr on flat and gently undulating terrain, and you should be able to cycle at higher speed for up to 1 hour or 25 km (on a road bike). You may also blend in other types of exercise - but for longer periods of time (ie sessions in excess of 1.5 hrs.) - however cycling is the best preparation (obviously!)
Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar. It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.
Travel insurance is required for all overseas adventures and can be purchased through Ventureguard using the link on the left hand toolbar of the website.
Travel insurance is not compulsory for UK adventures but it is advised. For further information, please don't hesitate to contact the Café.
Click Here for more information and answers to commonly asked London to Paris Ride questions - FAQs
Visas / Redtape
When travelling abroad you may require a Visa. Please check the Travcour website (www.travcour.com) for up to date Visa information. Here they can advise you on the best action to take..
Included In Trip
Experienced Cycle Leader, Full Vehicle Support and Driver/Mechanic, First Aiders, Pre-event briefing, Ferry Crossing to Calais, Baggage Transfer, Bed and Breakfast accommodation en route, 4 Nights Accommodation (inc Paris), Return journey to London on Eurostar, Transfer of bikes back to London
Excluded From Trip
Transport to/from London start/finish points, Pre Event Accommodation in London, and Evening Meals and Lunches
Depending on final group size we will either utilise our favourite cafes on route of provide a picnic style lunch for an additional £20 to be paid with final balance, or in cash on the day.
Road Bike / Hybrid Bike (with puncture resistant tyres) - please call us for guidance on type of bike on a trip by trip basis
2 X Water Bottles (bladder system/cycle water bottles)
Cycling Gloves, Bike Lock, Neck Scarf, Inner Tubes*, Multi-Tool (with allen keys)*
Day Bag for support vehicle, Small Holdall (for overnight gear)
Bike Lights (front and rear, head torch can be worn)
Saddle Bag (recommended - can be used to carry asterisk* items)
Puncture Repair Kit*, Spare parts for your bike (specialist parts and spokes), Pump (suitable for your valve type)
Personal Medikit Suncream, Plasters, Vaseline, Painkillers, Sunbloc, Insect Repellant
Warm Clothing Medium Weight Softshell, Long sleeve Jersey / insulating layer Lightweight Gloves.
Cycle / Overnight Clothing
Lycra Cycling Shorts, Cotton Shorts, Long Cycling Trousers (Tights/Tracksuit Bottoms)
Cotton T-Shirts for evening
Short Sleeve Cycling T-Shirts (wicking type material) or Cycle Top with rear pockets
Cycling Shoes (approach shoes suitable), Sandals / Spare Shoes for after ride
Casual Evening Wear
1 Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (gore-tex, e-vent) - comfortable to cycle in
Travel Documents, EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) Credit Cards, Cash, Local Currency, Mobile Phone, Sunglasses
Snacks for Cycling Days (dried fruits, nuts, flapjacks, cereal bars etc)
Travel insurance (not included), Passport
Make sure you do not ‘over pack’ - bring only what is essential for the trip
A final kit list will be provided in your ‘Final Joining Instructions’ pre-departure
You must stay in contact with your leader at each stage of the ride. Briefings will be made each morning. You must always wear your helmet. Your leader is First Aid Qualified - and will carry a full expedition first aid kit. There will also be a support vehicle available in case of emergency - but this is only useful if you are in contact with the vehicle / leader. You should make sure you have programmed your leader's phone number in your own phone. If you are stuck at the roadside - please make yourself safe. Also it is essential that you check your bicycle is in good working order before joining this event.
The weather is obviously dependent upon the time of year - but typically from April to September when we run these rides, you can expect reasonable weather. If we prepare for all conditions then we may be pleasantly surprised! You should prepare for both the possibility of hot and cold weather - as it can be fairly unpredictable.
Notes on Cycling Events
This is our standard range of Cycling Challenges in the UK, Europe and further afield. However, we offer completely tailormade itineraries to your specification. Call us to discuss!
Adventure Cafe Booking Terms and Conditions
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