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Paris to London on the Avenue Verte

From Notre Dame to Big Ben

AvenueVerteLogoParis and London are connected by this picturesque historic route from Notre-Dame Cathedral to Westminster Abbey. Along the way we take in a mosaic of landscapes scattered with castles, cathedrals and charming villages. From the French capital to the port town of Dieppe we cycle the vibrant countryside of the Epte Valley, down the wooded banks of the River Seine where Monet painted his water lilies, and through beautiful Vexin Français Nature Park in the Oise Valley. We explore the region of Normandy where we cycle converted railways and quiet country roads. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery as we reach Dieppe overlooking the English Channel. A 4-hour ferry crossing takes us to the port city of Newhaven England. From here we cycle along the rugged cliffs of South Downs to Brighton and across the rolling hills of Sussex. The parks and bike paths of the beautiful English countryside mark the last stage of our journey to the cosmopolitan heart of London.

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Paris to London on the Avenue Verte Itinerary

Day 1: Bienvenue à Paris! (Saturday, September 10th)

Those arriving in the early afternoon can make a first visit of the Ville Lumière. There is no ride this day

Overnight at Holiday Inn Express Paris – Canal De La Villette (map)

DNotre Dameay 2: Paris–Cergy (28 miles)

Au revoir Paris!
Starting from Notre Dame we will follow the Axe Historique from the Louvre with the Champs Elysées through the Arc de Triomphe till the new Défense district.
After Nanterre, we’ll follow the curve of the Seine, passing islands and parks that were so dear to the impressionist painters and a destination for Sunday trips, where they could to spend the afternoon “en plein air” on a boat between the Seine and the Marne.

Overnight at  Hotel Novotel Cergy Pontoise with a pool.

Day 3: Cergy–Gisors/surroundings (38 miles)

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Our 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, we’ll continue to Villarceaux and its eighteenth-century castle bearing the same name. After the small town of Bray-et-Lû, we’ll proceed along the river Epte to Gisors and the fortress marking the historical Franco-Norman border.

Overnight at Hotel Modern Gisors

Day 4: Gisors/Forges-les- Eaux (38 miles)

Today, we’ll depart from Gisors, an ancient medieval town known for the legend of the Knights Templar, for Gournay-en-Bray and then on to Forges-les-Eaux, the renowned spa resort. Welcome to Normandy, or rather to Gourmandie, land of unique flavors!

Forges Hotel spa resort with pool

Day 5: Forges-les-Eaux–Newhaven (36 mile by bike + the ferry ride)

ne40_locator_mapFrom Forges-les- Eaux we’ll follow the brand new Greenway cycle path that will takes us 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 we pass through the Arques estuary, overlooking the castle of the same name and ancient sand caves that have become a refuge for marsh birds. Here we are in Dieppe, France’s leading seaside resort and a favorite with a great many impressionist painters. From here, we’ll take the 4 hour ride across the Channel. Overnight in Newhaven after the crossing.

Overnight at Primier Inn Newhaven

 

Day 6: Newhaven–East Grinstead (33 mile)

From Newhaven we’ll take the train to Polegate where we’ll start today’s ride. We’ll cycle along the old Cuckoo Valley railway line. This is probably the hilliest part of the ride, but once we reach Groombridge it flattens out. We’ll following the Forest Way trail to our overnight stop in the historic local market town of East Grinstead.

Overnight at Felbridge Hotel spa resort with pool

Day 7: East Grinstead-London (27 miles)

Big-BenFrom East Grinstead you take 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 we’ll take the train to Couldson, where we’ll start cycling through green parks and quiet districts, ending up right in the heart of London.

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge with pool, near Westminster (map)

Day 8: London (Saturday, September 17th)

After breakfast, depart for other place or stay on and experience all that London has to offer.

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Dates:

Saturday, September 10th – Saturday, September 17th (8 days/7 nights)

Pricing:

  • $1850 per person double occupancy
  • Single supplement is $475

Price includes:

  • Hybrid bikes suitable for this kind of travel (Helmet is included too)
  • 7 nights’ accommodation (3-star or better hotels and guesthouses)
  • Daily breakfast buffet
  • 4 dinners (drinks are not included)
  • Luggage transfers
  • Ferry cruise Dieppe-Newhaven
  • Train tickets
  • Route descriptions, maps and route notes
  • Tourist information

Prices does not include:

  • Personal expenses
  • Expenses related to getting to Paris and from London including airfare and transfer to/from airport
  • Travel Insurance

Special Notes

  • Rider limit is 12 people.
  • If you are traveling alone and wish to share a room, we will match you up with another rider (same sex). In the event that we have an odd number of solo travelers, the resulting single supplement(s) will be shared between all participants.
  • Please review our cancellation policy and travel insurance sections

Questions?

For more information or any questions you might have, please contact bruce@cyclema.com