Thursday 30th August 2018
Holiday Inn Calais: 6 Boulevard des Alliés, Calais, France
Cycling from London to Paris is one of the great European bike rides This spectacular long weekend challenge covers 420km in 4 days. Ride through Kent with sweeping views of the North Downs to the white cliffs of Dover. Then set sail to France for three more action-packed days of cycling. Encounter historic towns, sleepy villages and rolling countryside en-route.
Experience the thrill of riding along wide boulevards and crossing the Seine to finish at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. Then explore Paris and see the grand finale of the Tour de France before taking the Eurostar back to London. Sign up today for this incredible London to Paris bike ride. Have an adventure whilst helping your favourite charity.
Set off from the London Borough of Bexley and cycle through Kent, widely known as the garden of England. Enjoy sweeping views of the North Downs en-route to the white cliffs of Dover from where we catch the ferry to France. Overnight in Calais. Distance: 120km cycling
This morning we set off from Calais for three more action-packed days of cycling. Within a couple of miles we are into the pretty countryside of Nord Pas de Calais - a picturesque area of green meadows, rolling hills and dense forests. This morning we pass through the historic town of Desvres, known for its decorated ceramics. A few miles on we reach the fortified town of Montreuil, setting of Victor Hugo's novel, Les Misérables. Our afternoon snack stop is at Crécy-en-Ponthieu, site of the 14th-century Battle of Crécy. The last strecth of the day takes us close to the Forêt de Crécy. We overnight in Abbeville, on the banks of the River Somme. Despite being bombed in World War II, its beautiful Flemish-style architecture is still in evidence. Distance: 125 km cycling
Soon after leaving Abbeville we cross over the River Somme and into the Picardie countryside. Today it is a tranquil area, the quietest of the whole ride. This is in contrast to its wartime history as location of many of the terrible battles of World War I. We pass several cemeteries and other memorials to the men who gave their lives. Our destination is Beauvais, a town dominated by the imposing Cathédrale Saint Pierre. Distance: 120km cycling
An exciting day as we head for Paris - our final destination! We enter the city centre via the famous Bois de Boulogne park. From there it's a thrilling ride along wide tree-lined boulevards, finally crossing the Seine to finish at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. There will be an incredible sense of achievement to have completed the challenge. This evening enjoy a celebratory meal and share memories of a wonderful London to Paris bike ride. Distance: 94km cycling
This morning is free to explore Paris - Notre Dame, the Champs Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Montmartre, Sacré Coeur, Musée d’Orsay - there is so much to see and do. This afternoon watch the grand finale of the iconic Tour de France as it sweeps into Paris – a fitting end to this amazing challenge. Then catch the Eurostar back to London St Pancras.
Please Note: This is a complex itinerary which may be subject to change
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