Join tour in London, cycle to Calais (77 miles)
We meet at Blackheath Common at 07:00am and after a short cycle through the outskirts of London, our route passes along country roads then through Rochester and Canterbury, before meeting our ferry in Dover. We will arrive at the ferry for a late afternoon crossing to Calais. Dinner can be purchased on the ferry. Once in Calais it is a short cycle to our hotel for a well-earned rest.
Calais to Arras (74 miles)
After a good nights’ rest we begin our second day cycling through the picturesque region of Pas-de-Calais. Numerous War Cemeteries echo the area’s troubled history but today much of the land is now used for agriculture. There are a few hills but nothing too strenuous. Our overnight stop is in the historic town of Arras, which survived front-line action in both World Wars. Heavily damaged in the Second World War, much of it was rebuilt in the aftermath, and the cobblestone streets, fantastic squares and white stone buildings are, quite simply, delightful.
Arras to Compiègne (76 miles)
We head directly south along small country lanes, most of them undulating with few serious climbs. We cross the Somme River today and cycle through an area rich in nature and wonderful food. Our destination for the evening is Compiègne which is located alongside the Oise River. Compiègne Forest is famous as the location of the signing of two wartime armistices and the spot where Joan of Arc was captured. It is also the start of the famous Paris-Roubaux cycle race!
Compiègne to Paris (58 miles)
It’s a relatively short final day into Paris. There are a couple of short, steep climbs but by now you will be ready and prepared. Skirting around the Compiègne Forest, we head for the northeast corner of the city. As we enter the city the roads become considerably busier and great care must be taken. Heading into the centre of Paris, we pass the famous Arc de Triomphe, down the cobblestone Champs-Elysées before finishing under the Eiffel Tower for our all-important photos. Well done, you’ve made it! From here, we’ll make a short cycle to our hotel and prepare for our celebratory meal.
Paris to London (0 miles)
Today, you have the morning and afternoon to explore this wonderful and diverse capital city. Highlights include a trip up the Eiffel Tower (not for the faint-hearted!), sampling some local cheese, visiting Le Louvre, a boat trip on the Seine, or simply a stroll (walking, not cycling!) around the atmospheric streets. You will have now received your Eurostar ticket for your journey home, and are responsible for getting yourself back to London. Your Tour Leaders will meet you at St. Pancras station in London with your bicycles and main bags in the late afternoon. We then say our goodbyes and the trip ends.