If you’re after an active holiday, on which you can take in the sights of two cosmopolitan capital cities and get some great exercise, a cycle from London to Paris could be just the ticket. Combine cheap hotels with affordable eats and you’ll have a budget break away that you’ll never forget.
Day 1 – London
It would be a shame to use one of the world’s most vibrant cities as just a starting point. Set aside a day to make the most of London’s numerous free attractions, including museums and art galleries, before choosing from a huge range of reputable restaurants to stock up on precious carbohydrates. There are countless hotels in London where you’re bound to get a peaceful night’s sleep – get to bed early so you’re rested and refreshed for the start of your epic trip.
Day 2 – London to Calais
This is a relatively gruelling day. There are some big hills on the way, and not all of the surfaces are silky, so be prepared for punctures. Luckily the tiring journey will be offset by the beautiful Kent countryside, known as ‘The Garden of England.’ Make sure to pack some Vaseline – you won’t want any cheeky chafing ruining your trip before it’s really started!
Day 3 - Calais to Abbeville
Steel yourself against the beautifully bleak windswept landscape of the Nord Pas de Calais. You’ll be rewarded by the enchanting architecture of Abbeville if you make it this far.
Day 4 – Abbeville to Beauvais
Steady climbs and dips will take you deep into the rolling hills and farmland of France, where the odd charming châteaux punctuates picturesque countryside. Day 4 is a really pleasant stage of the trip, topped off when you enter the beautiful town of Beauvais.
Day 5 – Beauvais to Paris
You’ll be pleased to hear that the home straight is the shortest stage of the journey. The scenery is just as attractive as Day 4, and nothing will beat the sight of the Arc de Triomphe after sailing through the suburbs of Paris. Time to crack open the champagne!
Day 6 – Paris
After a heavy week – and possibly an equally heavy night! – take it easy by immersing yourself in the City of Light. Enjoy the heavenly French cuisine, have a wander around the Louvre and – if you have strength left in your legs – climb the Eiffel Tower or the tower of Notre Dame cathedral for amazing views of the city.
Day 7 – the trip home
Don’t worry about cycling back – you’ve already achieved enough. Reward yourself for your hard work with a relaxing train journey back on the Eurostar.
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