Day 1: London – Portsmouth
Leaving Chessington we head south west to Guildford through the Surrey villages and on to Alton in Hampshire. Look out for steam trains, as this old market town is also the terminus of the famed
Watercress Line. We pass Jane Austen’s house in Chawton before heading over the South Downs to the historic port of Portsmouth before catching our overnight ferry to St Malo.
Day 2: St Malo – Mayenne
Leaving St Malo we travel southwest for Mayenne. En route we will cycle through Fougères, famous for the largest medieval castle in Europe, where we can stop off and enjoy a cafe au lait or a glass of vin rouge in the beautiful square below the castle before reaching Mayenne which is situated between southern Normandy and the Loire valley.
Day 3: Mayenne – Chartres
This is our longest day of the trip. Leaving Mayenne we will start to travel east, over rolling hills in the morning keeping in sight the villages ahead. in the afternoon we enjoy the beautiful countryside and sample the cafe stops en route in typical French villages. Late in the day we will enter Chartres where a 12th century cathedral stands ready for us to explore.
Day 4: Chartres – Paris
Leaving Chartres, our final day’s cycling takes us north-east for Paris! As we reach the suburbs of Paris we look out for the distinctive landmarks of the Eiffel Tower and the Sacré Coeur standing out on the skyline. Reaching the suburb of St. Denis we come to the River Seine. We join forces with our other routes and head for the Eiffel Tower – our finishing point where we enjoy a great celebration to mark our achievements.