Arrival in Paris
Arrival in Paris. After the travel briefing and getting your bike in the late afternoon you have the chance to visit highlights like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame de Paris and the Arc de Triomphe.
You cycle to the „Parc des Impressionistes“, an imitation of the garden of Claude Monet in Giverny, and to Maisons Laffitte with its beautiful villa properties, which are similar to parks.
Your route leads you through the Normandy into the little town Gisors with the castle ruin, which is according to legends the stash of the treasure of the Temple Lords (58 km). At Santeuil you can take the train for a stage of your tour (38 km).
You further cross the Normandy with its measures, forests and typical hedge banks. Today's finish of your tour is Forges-les-Eaux. The spring water in the little village was already known as a fountain of youth in the 16th century.
Your tour leads you through Mesnières-en-Bray with its Renaissance castle into the harbour town Dieppe. The ferry takes you into the English Newhaven. Starting here please drive on the left.
A beautiful cycleway alongside the coast and on the cliffs leads you to Brighton. Meanwhile the sea resort is so trendy that it is called the little sister of London. Nice cafes, elegant shops and fine restaurants attract celebrities as well as normal tourists.
You leave the coast now, follow the mystic Devil´s Dyke and cycle through the gentle highlands of the county Sussex. Quiet ways lead you through the Tilgate Forest into the town Crawley, the finish of your today's stage. (about 43 km)
Through the county Surrey you cycle to your hotel in London. The tube needs only a few minutes to reach the centre (58 km). From Crawley you can take for the stage to Coulsdon a train (26 km).
After breakfast you start your individual journey home or the prolongation of your stay in London.
Easy to moderate heavy! In London you cycle on bike ways, small roads, through parks and alongside a small river. In Great Britain you driving on the left! From London to Newhaven you cycle on small roads and bike path through, you have to negotiate a few gradients. From Dieppe to Forges-les-Eaux it is mainly easy to cycle on tarred bike path like the Voie Verte – it is a former railway train path. Until Maisons-Laffitte you drive on small roads with low traffic and through a slightly hilly terrain. In Paris you cycle on bike path along tue Canal St. Denis and alongside the river Seine. Short distance way leads along high traffic streets.
- 8 overnight stays in hotels like described
- Breakfast buffet or extended breakfast
- If half board is booked: multi-course dinner or buffet
- Personal welcome and briefing
- Escorting bus always in proximity
- Luggage transport from hotel to hotel
- Detailed travel documents
- Carefully prepared route and detailed route description with maps
- Special signposting for the route
- Ferry Dieppe to Newhaven
- GPS-Data on request
- Rental bike insurance
How to get there!
By train: Arrival from North- and West-Germany via Cologne to „Gare du Nord“. Arrival from South-Germany via Frankfurt/Straßbourg to „Gare de l´Est.“ The starting hotel is near of both central station.
By plane: Airport „Charles de Gaulle“. Direct connection by train or metro (RER) to „Gare du Nord“.
By car: Parking area in a public car park near the startin hotel. Please make the reservation of by you own www.parkingsdeparis.com. In the hotegarage for 20,-€/ day.
By train: From London „St. Pancras International“ with the Eurostar in 2.5 h to Paris station „Gare du Nord“.
By plane: Ryanair from airport Stansted (45 minutes away from railway station „Liverpool St“.) or Lufthansa from aiport Heathrow (15 minutes away from railway station „Paddington“).