This classic London to Paris cycle ride takes you through the beautiful Kent countryside before crossing the Channel to Calais. Remembering to keep to the right once on the continent, your route uses a mixture of small country back roads passing through traditional market towns and on to the busy city of Paris. A challenge for those who are new to the sport, as well as the experienced cyclist.
- Cycle 270 miles over one long weekend
- Depart from England's bustling capital, London
- Ride through beautiful French countryside
- Celebrate the completion of your challenge at the Eiffel Tower
- Return in comfort on the Eurostar from Paris
Travel from one great European city to another, powered by your own cycling steam. Over the course of four days, cyclists will cover an impressive 270 miles/435 kms across England and France. Setting off from London, the group will head quickly into the Kent countryside, and venture out over the North Downs towards Canterbury at the end of day one. On day two we make the relatively short trip to Dover where we cross into France before an afternoon ride to Montreuil sur Mere, the setting for the musical Les Miserables. From here the French leg of the journey continues through the beautiful French countryside towards our second overnight stop in Beauvais. On day four we have the final push into Paris where the Eiffel Tower creeps up on you for a spectacular finish after our quiet route in.
DAY 1, WED 23 SEP 2020
LONDON TO CANTERBURY (APPROX. 59 MILES/95KM)
After all the preparation, the time has finally come to get pedalling! The journey kicks off in Greenwich Park, South London, where you’ll meet the rest of the group, the challenge leader and support team. An introductory briefing will include vital safety advice, and then you’re off! After a short cycle through the outskirts of London, the route passes along country roads then through Rochester before reaching Canterbury, your stop for the night.
DAY 2, THU 24 SEP 2020
CANTERBURY TO MONTREUIL SUR MER (APPROX. 65 MILES/104KM)
After an early breakfast you’ll continue on to Dover where you take the ferry to Calais. From here the route heads inland on undulating quiet roads and cycle paths. Today’s ride is slightly longer than yesterday, but with less ascent. Take the time to enjoy the rolling, picturesque French countryside, passing tiny hamlets, bubbling brooks and “ville fleurie” farmhouses. Having arrived in Montreuil Sur Mer during the late afternoon, the group will dine at a local restaurant then retire for an early night at your hotel.
DAY 3, FRI 25 SEP 2020
MONTREUIL SUR MER TO BEAUVAIS (APPROX. 95 MILES/152KM)
Rise and shine early for the penultimate day of cycling. It’s a challenging start before lunch as you negotiate several climbs over the first 35 miles of the day. Along the way expect to pass fields of sunflowers, corn and other crops, while stopping for several pitstops. It’s full on and you should arrive at Beauvais in the late afternoon.
DAY 4, SAT 26 SEP 2020
BEAUVAIS TO PARIS (APPROX. 52 MILES/84KM)
Refreshed after your night’s sleep, it’s time to push on for the final ride to Paris. The team will regroup and refuel on the outskirts of Paris, ahead of the last section which will take approximately 90 minutes. Soon you’ll catch your first glimpse of the iconic Tour Eiffel and the adrenaline will be pumping as you glide your way past the Arc de Triomphe and down the Champs Elysees, before reaching your ultimate destination. There’s time for a quick celebratory drink and the obligatory victory snaps in the shadow of the tower, before heading off to your hotel for the final celebratory dinner together.
DAY 5, SUN 27 SEP 2020
Now the hard work is over, take the morning to explore Paris at your leisure or simply lie in and relax after last night’s celebrations. Later it’s time to make your own way to the Gare du Nord station, from where you’ll catch the Eurostar back to St Pancras International. (Please see Q&As for information on bike transportation back to the UK.)
The itinerary is there as a guide and may change for a variety of reasons. We will do our very best to keep to the set itinerary; however, we cannot be held responsible for any last-minute changes that may occur. In all such circumstances, your expedition leader will have the final say.