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FR001

France, United Kingdom / The Avenue Verte Paris–London

From Notre Dame to the Big Ben

These two majestic capitals are finally linked by cycle paths and low-traffic roads. From Paris, France’s most romantic city, you will cross the Seine and Epte rivers valley to reach the sea. After the Dieppe-Newhaven crossing, the greenest of English countryside will accompany you to London, the most regal of international cities. Inaugurated in 2012, the Paris-London Avenue Verte is a dream come true. “Prêt à partir”?
  • Day by Day

    1. Bienvenue à Paris!
    Those arriving in the early afternoon can make a first visit of the Ville Lumière.

    2. Paris – Cergy (55 km)
    Au revoir Paris! Starting from Notre Dame you can follow the Axe Historique from the Louvre with the Champs Elysées through the Arc de Triomphe till the new Défense district. After Nanterre, you will come to the islands and parks so dear to the impressionists, once a destination for Sunday trips, somewhere to spend the afternoon “en plein air” on a boat between the Seine and the Marne. Welcome to the Promenade Bleue in Paris!

    3. Cergy – Gisors (65 km)
    Your 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, you continue to Villarceaux and its eighteenth-century castle bearing the same name. After the small town of Bray-et-Lû you will proceed along the river Epte to Gisors and the fortress marking the historical Franco-Norman border.
     
    4. Gisors – Forges-les-Eaux (65 km)
    Departure from Gisors 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 flavours!
     
    5. Forges-les-Eaux – Newhaven (60 km by bike + ferry)
    From Forges-les-Eaux you follow the brand new cycle path that will take you 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 you pass through the Arques estuary, overlooked by the castle of the same name and ancient sand caves that have become a refuge for marsh birds. Here you are in Dieppe, France’s leading seaside resort and a favourite place for many impressionist painters. Appointment on the quayside for the trip across the Channel. Overnight in Newhaven after the crossing.
     
    6. Newhaven – East Grinstead (55/75 km)
    From Newhaven take the train to Polegate where you start to pedal. Alternatively you can cycle till Brighton and take the train from there but in this case you will extend the mileage by 20 km. Along the Cuckoo Valley and the old railway line, you will come to Heathfield. From here it gets more difficult but once in Groombridge it will be flat again. Following the Forest Way you arrive to the historic local market town of East Grinstead.
     
    7. East Grinstead – London (45 km)
    From East Grinstead you take the Worth Way, a cycle path through a wonderful wood till Crawley: an ultramodern city, this will get you ready for The Old Smoke itself, London. From Crawley you take the train to Couldson, where you start cycling through green parks and quiet districts to the heart of London. Your finish line for the week will be Westminster.
     
    8. London
    After breakfast, goodbye and au revoir!

     

    Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday. Along the way you may find temporary deviations (for example road works) which cannot be foreseen; in this case each rider can decide autonomously how to deal with these stretches.

     

     

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  • Route profile
    • Total length: 340 km
    • Total vertical up: 1,675 m
    • Terrain: 90% tarmac, 10% unpaved
    • Train connection among the overnight stays: every day
    • Possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train: day 2, 4, 6 and 7


    The route follows the Avenue Verte along dedicated cycle paths, road shoulder cycle lanes and quiet country roads. The route is mainly in the lowlands when it follows the main rivers, and then becomes slightly more difficult in the countryside areas, especially in England.

     

    Easy to Moderate: some days flat, others with some hills. Suitable for everyone with some cycling experience and a few physical condition.



  • How to get there

    Paris is connected with the following airports:
    Paris Charles de Gaulle 20 km, Paris Orly km 20 and Paris Beauvais 80 km.


    PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IN PARIS
    Maps and infos about public transport in Paris at: www.ratp.fr.

     

  • Accommodation and meals

    We personally choose all the hotels mindful of your comfort as well as the proximity to cycling paths and any relevant local sites. The hotels of this tour are 3/4* hotels, with one 2* hotel in Gisors. 4 hotels have a swimming pool, and 2 of them have also a wellness area). All rooms have en suite facilities.

    When you book the tour please specify the type of room requested:

    • double room is a room with one double bed
    • twin room is usually a room with one double bed and a single bed or a rollaway
    • triple room is usually a room with one double bed and a single bed or a rollaway.

     

     

  • Bikes and accessories

    Girolibero’s City bikes are available in various sizes in unisex/women’s or men’s models. At the moment of booking, you can choose from the following bikes:

    • City bike 27-gear Shimano Deore
    • Electro-bike 8-gear Shimano Nexus


    Features:

    • aluminium frame
    • mudguard
    • rear rack
    • comfort gel saddle
    • anti-puncture Schwalbe tyres
    • ergonomic bicycle grips
    • Speed Lifter system (only for City bikes)

     

    All rented adult bikes are equipped with:

    • 1 cycle computer  
    • 1 Ortlieb one-sided saddlebag
    • 1 front bar bag or 1 map holder
    • 1 water bottle (0.75 l)
    • 1 repair kit per room: 1 spare inner tube, glue, patch, a pump, 2 allen keys and tyre levers
    • 1 combination bike lock


    At the moment of booking you can also rent helmets suitable for head circumferences from 54 to 61. All our helmets have a certification mark according to the DIN EN 1078 (CE) European norm.

     

  • Accompanying material

    The Information Pack (one per room) includes:

    • roadbook describing the cycling route stage by stage
    • bike maps
    • Girolibero Greens Cycling Guide
    • final hotel list: due to overbooking or organisational needs your hotel list may be changed just before your arrival
    • luggage labels to be fixed at each piece of baggage, which has to be carried
    • hotel vouchers to be given to the reception of each hotel on your arrival.

     

     

  • By your side

    In Paris you will meet our representative who:

    • will present you the tour
    • will deliver you the bikes
    • will be at your disposal (about 30 minutes) for any questions you may have.


    The exact time and place of the meeting will be specified in the Final Tour Details. We kindly ask you to advise if you cannot attend the meeting.

     

    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us:

    • office +39 0444 330724 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30
    • emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00. The number will be specified in the Final Tour Details.


    For this tour we offer you MAXI assistance. This means that you can count on the support of a vehicle travelling nearby, which allows you to enjoy a worry-free cycling holiday.

  • 4 Client reviews
    • Jillian, UK

      Vacanza del 2016

      pubblicazione 18 October 2016

      Hi
      I just wanted to thank you so much for the support and organisation of our Paris to London trip. We left on the 3 September and had such a brilliant time. The hotels we stayed in were exceptional and the final night at Westminster Bridge was very special. As long as we followed your directions nothing went wrong, occasionally we deviated and made life a little complicated for ourselves.

      Please thank Matteo for me. When we were feeling a little nervous about things he made us feel confident everything would be OK, and it was!

      Keep up the good work.

      Many thanks
    • John, Newark, UK

      Vacanza del 2015

      pubblicazione 23 June 2015

      Hi Valentina,
      We have just returned from our tour from Paris to London.
      This was our fourth holiday with Girolibero and again it lived up to our expectations in everyway.
      The additional 3 days in the Holiday Inn worked very well ,helped by your selection of the hotel location and quality.
      The route ,as always was well thought out with comprehensive and accurate instructions (helped by strategically placed orange arrows! )
      Hotels were all good and some were really excellent ( Forges.East Grinstead & London)
      The bikes were prepared to high standard and were spotlessly clean (together with all bags carriers etc.
      Maxi assistance provided by Alain was superb –support and encouragement throughout the journey.
      So many thanks to you and the team at Girolibero for making it all possible – see you again next year!
    • William, Australia

      Vacanza del 2015

      pubblicazione 15 June 2015

      Hi Anna,
      We have just completed the Paris-London bike tour which we enjoyed very much. The route was good, the hotels great, Alexandra was very attentive and the communication with you since our initial enquiry very good. We are happy to give you an endorsement which you can put on your website if you wish:
      "We have used a number of Bike Tour companies for self guided tours in Europe but Girolibero has been the best by far. Their attention to detail was excellent, organisation and communication very clear and support whilst on the trip very attentive. We would not hesitate to recommend them to other bike lovers."

      A few suggestions to make a very good trip better. We liked the recommendations to eat on each day which were good. However the Hotel food in both Forges-les-Eaux and East Grinstead was pretty boring. We would have liked your recommendations for restaurants outside the hotel in both these locations. Also the route out of Paris, particularly around Bois de Boulogne, Puteaux and Nanterre was hard to follow. Perhaps expanded maps would help? There was also an error at map 13 which I showed to Alex. The route description is correct but not the map. The route takes the bike path after crossing the N31. Also the Hotel Modern in Gisors was below average but I understand you have little choice.

      It was a great trip. Thank you!

      Kind Regards
    • Nicola & Dave, Leeds, UK

      Vacanza del 2014

      pubblicazione 12 August 2014

      Ciao!

      We really enjoyed your Paris-London Avenue Verte cycling holiday (26 July to 2 August 2014). Grazie mille to the two Girolibero guys for their excellent support – they were so friendly, enthusiastic, helpful and hard-working. We have been on a few self-guided cycling holidays and this one was definitely the best in terms of organisation, documentation and on-the-road support.

      Grazie per tutto!
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Tour details

 

from 749 €

8 Days / 7 Nights, 2/3/4* Hotels

Tour type

self-guided

 

Departures

SA 13.05 - 9.09.2017 and also FR 21.07 - 11.08.2017

 

Seasons

Season 1: 13.05 - 30.06 and 27.08 - 16.09.2017
Season 2: 1.07 - 26.08.2017

 

Price per person

749 € in double room, 3/4* hotels with one 2* hotel

 

Included

  • 7-nights hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Welcome briefing in English
  • Luggage transportation
  • Girolibero Greens Cycling Guide
  • Route description & maps
  • Ferry cruise Dieppe-Newhaven
  • Support van in the area
  • Hotel taxes
  • 7-days Hotline service

Not included

  • Train transfer on day 6
  • Everything not mentioned in the section “included”

 

Supplements

480 € single room
30 € Season 2
85 € Girolibero bike
170 € Electro-bike
15 € helmet
 
Extra nights in double/single room with breakfast:
90/170 € in Paris


Reductions

150 € 3rd person in room

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