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Cycling from London to Paris is one of the great cycle experiences in Europe. Passing through picturesque countryside, we cross the Channel and continue through the small villages and medieval market towns of Northern France. With long days in the saddle and some strenuous hill-climbs, the sight of the Eiffel Tower, our finishing point, will evoke a real sense of achievement. Also on Sunday, use your free time to take the opportunity to witness the Tour de France arriving in Paris and soak up the unique, electric atmosphere!

Day 1 

London to Calais

Our challenge begins bright and early from Crystal Palace heading south on route to the coast. Our long journey today takes us through rural Kent- the garden of England. Our path winds though traditional British countryside, along the North Downs Way before we reach the white cliffs of Dover. The ferry takes us across to Calais and our first nights resting place.

95 miles (approx) 


Day 2

Calais to Abbeville

La belle France! Cycle through Desvres, a market town known for its ceramics and continue with the windy roads along the valley of the Canche River. The Artois region is amazing with the Spanish influenced town of Hesdin and its tremendous architecture and close proximity to the battle of Agincourt. We spend the night in Abbeville – steeped in history from the war and despite being destroyed in just one night it has managed to retain its beautiful gothic church.

75 miles (approx)


Day 3

Abbeville to Beauvais

Our route this morning follows the river Somme out of Abbeville. After lunch you can enjoy the countryside with a little less 'undulations' than previous days. We finish the day in Beauvais where the market square, Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, is a true highlight. Several of the houses close to the Cathedral date back from the twelfth to the sixteenth centuries. 

70 miles (approx)


Day 4

Beauvais to Paris 

Our final day of cycling and the big push to Paris, our final destination. After lunch we near the outskirts of Paris and you will start to spot the familiar sights of the Eiffel Tower and the River Seine. We rendezvous in a park just north of Paris before joining together to cycle the last miles along some of the famous boulevards.  All the while we will be pedaling amongst the buzz of the Tour De France as the atmosphere builds up for the Grand Finale tomorrow. Our finish point can be seen for miles above the Paris skyline and on arrival the celebration can begin!

60 miles (approx)


Day 5 

Paris to London

The day is yours to soak up the Parisian way of life, explore the city, and visit the landmarks that only yesterday you were cycling by.  We will be getting an early evening Eurostar back to London offering you the chance to get out there, stake claim to a viewing spot and cheer on your cycling heroes as today sees the climax and finale of the Tour De France. Perhaps use your free time to take the opportunity to witness the Tour de France arriving into Paris and soak up the unique electric atmosphere!