Day 1: Pembury – Calais
We meet at Hospice on the Weald and enjoy a good send-off as we pedal through Pembury and out into the rolling fields and villages of the Kent countryside. It’s a hilly route with some beautiful scenery to take our minds off the climbs; we pass orchards and traditional oast houses where hops are stored, and enjoy some great descents! We come to the hills of the scenic Kent Downs, following quiet roads to Dover and the coast. Taking the ferry to Calais, we have dinner on board and cycle the short distance to our hotel in Calais. Night hotel.
(Dinner on ferry not included)
Cycle approx 96km (60 miles)
Day 2: Calais – Arras
After a hearty breakfast, we head south through beautiful French countryside. Our route takes us along small, quiet roads through villages and small towns. During the afternoon we ride past small War Cemeteries such as at Noordpeene and Gauchin, a reminder of the remarkable history of this region. The terrain is reasonably flat to begin with but becomes more undulating as we travel south. We spend the night in Arras. Night hotel.
Cycle approx 125km (80 miles)
Day 3: Arras - Compiègne
This morning, after a couple of long days in the saddle, our legs may feel a little tired. We continue south through villages and along quiet undulating French roads to the more forested region around Compiègne, where we spend the night. This attractive town lies on the banks of the River Oise. Night hotel.
Cycle approx 125 km (80 miles)
Day 4: Compiègne – Paris
Our final day’s cycling takes us southwest, initially through small villages and woodland before we meet the outskirts of Paris. Needless to say, the volume of traffic increases but our destination and the finish is in sight! We cycle through the Parisian streets, sweeping around the Arc de Triomphe and down the famed Champs-Elysées to our finish beneath the lofty arches of the Eiffel Tower. We head to our hotel and get ready for a celebration meal to mark our achievement. Night hotel.
Cycle approx 96 km (60 miles)
Day 5: Paris – Ashford – Pembury
After breakfast you are free to explore the city; why not go up the Eiffel Tower or visit renowned attractions such as the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre and Notre-Dame Cathedral. You are responsible for getting yourself and your bags to the Gare du Nord on time for your afternoon Eurostar train back to Ashford, where a coach returns us back to the hospice.
(Lunch & Dinner not included)
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