Paris to London Cycling Holiday

  • 4.7
    (4 reviews)
  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided or Guided
  • Grade

    Leisurely to Moderate
  • Duration/s

    7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Paris / London
  • Distance

    217 miles/350 kms
  • Themes

    Ebike
  • Accommodation

    Superior
  • Tour code

    019-108CFR
Price From £732

Overview

An exciting cycling holiday, connecting two of Europe’s most iconic cities with a highly enjoyable ride through gorgeous countryside and charming villages. The leisurely and varied route follows quiet lanes and dedicated cycle paths past elegant chateaux and cosy country pubs.

Spend a night in Paris, enjoying the sights and sounds of one of europe’s most romantic cities before cycling out into a more peaceful, rural world of quiet, leafy lanes and unspoilt countryside. The route leads you north into charming Upper Normandy where you join the Voie-Verte, a greenway cycle path that heads toward the English Channel coast.

Fresh air and great views

Fresh air and great views

Bid au-revoir to France in Dieppe and cross the channel to Brighton for a night in this vibrant seaside town. A final ride through some lovely parks delivers you to the City of London where Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament mark the finish line. Writer Samuel Johnson said, “when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life” so we’re sure you will enjoy your night in this ancient, vibrant and exciting city.

With it’s ever changing scenery and cultures this route is a delight, providing a continuous flow of interesting sights and experiences along the way.

The route is mostly flat although you should be prepared for a few, slightly hilly sections along the way. You will cycle on traffic-free cycle paths and quiet country lanes with a few short stretches along slightly busier roads near Paris and London.

Itinerary & Map

The route is mostly flat although you should be prepared for a few, slightly hilly sections between London and the South Coast of England. You will cycle on traffic-free cycle paths and quiet country lanes with a few short stretches along slightly busier roads near the cities.

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Day 1: Arrive Paris

Paris - France II*

Paris

On arrival in Paris make your way to your first hotel, the remainder of the day is yours to relax or explore. Paris is simply amazing with so many parks, churches, museums and monuments at your doorstep. If this is your first time in Paris you may need to consider a few extra nights! The Louvre, the largest art museum in the world, Notre Dame and of course the Eiffel Tower are must-sees. For those who like to shop or simply window shop, you are spoilt for choice with a huge selection of department stores, chic boutiques and flea markets waiting for you!

Day 2: Paris – Cergy, 35 miles/55 kms

Paris

Leave the city cycling along the Axe Historique with its famous monuments including the Louvre, The Champs Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe. Cycle onwards passing wonderful villas and gardens and islands where the impressionists loved to spend time. In Conflans-Sainte-Honorine you have the opportunity to visit a riverboat museum. Overnight in Cergy, a suburb of Paris.

Day 3: Clergy – Gisors, 37 miles/60 kms

Domaine de Villarceaux - France*

Villarceaux

Today you leave the city behind cycling through the heart of the Vexin natural park. Today is all about picturesque towns, castles, and beautiful rural countryside. Stop at Villarceaux to admire the eighteenth-century castle before cycling on to Gisors and the fortress which marks the historical Franco-Norman border.

Day 4: Gisors – Forges-les-Eaux, 41 miles/65 kms

En-route in northern France

Serene cycling in northern France

Cycle on through gorgeous, open rolling countryside to the spa town of Forges-les-Eaux in Normandy, which is proud of its regional gourmet cuisine. On the way, be sure to stop and wonder round Gournay-en-Bray, a delightful little town with some beautiful old, half timbered buildings.

Day 5: Forges-les-Eaux – Dieppe, 38 miles/60 kms

Dieppe - France*

Dieppe

Today you follow the brand new cycle path to the port of Dieppe. En-route you cycle through open countryside dotted with farms and pretty little towns. Just before the coast you reach the Arques estuary, a haven for waterfowl, overlooked by the romantic hilltop ruin of Château d’Arques-la-Bataille. You spend your last night in France in the port of Dieppe.

Day 6: Dieppe – Brighton, 25 miles/40 kms plus ferry

Brighton seafront

Brighton seafront

The day starts with an optional short loop ride around Dieppe before boarding the ferry at 12:30 for the 4 hour crossing to Newhaven on the Sussex coast. You then enjoy a pleasant ride along the Undercliff Walk to the vibrant town of Brighton where you will spend the night. Take a stroll along the promenade, perhaps venturing out onto the Palace Pier, alternatively you can lose yourself in The Lanes – an area of twisting alleyways lined with quaint and quirky shops and boutiques. The Royal Pavillion is also worth a visit to marvel at its historical opulence. Or you could ride the i360 up to a height of 138 meters above the beach for a stunning view of the town and surrounding countryside.

Day 7: Brighton – London, 28 miles/45 kms plus train

Cyclists in Westminster

We made it!

A train from Brighton Station delivers you to the town of Redhill where you start your final ride of the trip. The route leads you through some lovely parks and along brand new cycle paths into the City of London. Finally you arrive in Westminster on the banks of the River Thames where Big Ben welcomes you to the finish line.

The rest of the day and evening is yours to explore this exciting city and celebrate you incredible achievement.

Day 8: End of trip

After breakfast it’s time to check-out and head for home for your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

2020 Arrival Dates
Self-Guided
May172431
June71427
July4111825
August18,915, 1622
September
Guided
July411
August1915

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2020 Prices
019-108CFR
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Self-guided
Superior category
Double/twin £801 £779 £801                
Single £1258 £1235 £1258                
Triple £755 £732 £755                
Guided
Superior category
Double/twin   £1021                  
Single   £1478                  
Triple   £974                  
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Deposit per person £125

Price Includes

7 nights accommodation. See practical information
Self-guided: 7 x Breakfast
Guided: 7 x Breakfast, 5 x Dinner
Luggage transfer (1 x 20kg piece pp + 1 x 10kg piece pp)
Maps and route information.
Welcome briefing
Ferry Dieppe - Newhaven
Support van in area
GPS route data
Local assistance
Guided tour also includes: Tour guide

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire & helmet (see supplements)
Train journeys, day 7

Supplements

Regular bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£84)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£192)
Helmet (£15)

Practical Information

Bikes

Unisex bike

Example of bike used on this tour

Regular bikes provided are modern alloy framed models with 27 speeds. The bikes come equipped with pannier, lock and a repair kit with pump.

Electric bikes are also available.

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons, alternatively helmets are available for rent at the time of booking.

Accommodation

Below you will find examples of the types of accommodation typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.

Superior: Good quality hotels and guesthouses.

Paris: Holiday Inn Express Paris – Canal De La Villette
Cergy: Novotel Cergy-Pontoise
Gisors: Hotel Moderne Gisors
Forges-Les-Eaux: Forges Hotel
Dieppe: Hotel De La Plage
Brighton: Jurys Inn Brighton
London: Park Plaza Westminster Bridge

Getting There

Fly to Paris or take the Eurostar from London.

Research flights from the UK here.

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Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 4 reviews 4.7
  • Date - 18/09/2019
  • Name - Wayne Grady
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - As always Ally was at the top of her game in providing excellent suggestions and responding to any inquiries.
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Well organized and the maps were very good in facilitated our cycling .
  • Flexitreks response - Service rating : You are very welcome Wayne - always a pleasure.
    Product : Glad everything went well and thanks for the lovely review Wayne
  • Date - 26/08/2017
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Everything was well organized and easy to work with.
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - We were pleased with the entire trip. Everything went as planned and in an efficient, competent way.
  • Flexitreks response - So glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the lovely review.
  • Date - 03/07/2017
  • Name - Catlyne Hos
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Everything went well, all enquiries were answered promptly and satisfactorily. Information given was very good.
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - WE loved the tour for the tremendous variety of countrysides and cycling conditions we covered. Our electric bikes were fantastic and, once we got the hang of navigating, we managed very well. There were some really rough sections through woods and farmlands as well as beautifully smooth paths along the Avenue Verte. Overall it was great! All hotels were good and Matteo was helpful.
    It would have helped enormously if the reading material had been available for us in the hotel on the Saturday night as described in the briefing notes. It really was too much to take in at 8.30 Sun morning, when you are sorting out your bike, sorting out the app on the phone, trying to read the map and read the instructions while Matteo is also talking. Matteo said the hotel loses them, but I don't think that is good enough. We needed time to take it all in, so that on Sunday morning we could get set up on the bikes and go.

    The instructions were not clear about the start of the route. Some said it was Notre Dame in Paris, but we were in the Hotel 5 kms out of town. It wasn't clear that we would cycle in to the city first. I think it should have been clear that we start at Canal de Villette.
    At times the route signage was perfect and at other times really hit and miss. We did get lost a few times as did others. Also, the instructions, the map and the app sometimes differed. Luckily, we could work on the app and managed reasonably well.
    The rough tracks were also quite a challenge in some places, you felt you needed a mountain bike.
    Navigating to leave Paris and the final cycling in London are not for the fainthearted!! Walking around those cities again, I don't know how we didi it, but I am glad we did.
  • Flexitreks response - Many thanks for the thorough review Catlyne. Matteo was mortified that the packs went missing at the start of the trip and is very sorry that this made the first morning quite stressful for you.

    Your feedback on the route notes is appreciated and in light of your comments we have asked our local guide to review the instructions .

    I'm glad that despite these minor issues you enjoyed the holiday overall.
  • Date - 13/12/2015
  • Name - Helen Parker
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - Excellent personal service from Flexitreks
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - The tour guide was patient, fun and understanding. She instantly had as bonding as a group before we even left Paris and set the tone for the entire 7 days. I could not ask for a better tour leader. The route was picturesque and perfect for a not very experienced rider- hardly any traffic. We through major towns, small country towns, and on bike paths- I always felt safe and never in any danger of being left behind despite our group of 21 cyclists.
  • Flexitreks response - Dear Helen,
    It is nice to hear from you and thank you for the kind comments. Your feedback on the trip itself is really detailed and useful, so thank you. The Flexitreks team.