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London & The River Thames
8th May 2019 - 13th May 2019 (6 days)
This tour uses train, boat and cable car assist to enhance your sightseeing experience of London and the River Thames by bike. Cycle through Royal Parks, along canal towpaths and beside the River Thames. See Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, the Houses of Parliament, St. Pauls Cathedral, London Bridge, Tower Bridge and the Greenwich World Heritage site. You don’t just see London; on a bike you’ll be part of it. A real adventure on mostly flat and undemanding terrain.
- Holiday Type Guided
- Tour Manager Bernie Curtis
- Grade Leisurely
- Booking Status Fully Booked
- Accommodation Hotel
- Board Basis Half Board
- Road / Off Road Road
- Holiday Style Centre-based
- Vehicle Support Carry Own Luggage
- Holiday Ref 01906
Wednesday 8th May
Arrive at Gidea Park Hotel between 3pm and 7pm. Stay 5 nights.
Thursday 9th May
A ride to see the local area of country lanes, villages, woods and country parks. The London Borough of Havering is one of London’s greenest, with distant views over the big city from the village of Havering-atte-Bower.
Friday 10th May
A train-assisted ride to where the Thames meets the sea at Southend, which has the world’s longest pier. Chance to sample the wonderful sea food at the old fashioned town of Leigh on Sea.
Saturday 11th May
Cycle to and along the River Thames to the World Heritage site at Greenwich, with far reaching views from The Old Royal Observatory in Greenwich Royal Park. Return by train.
Sunday 12th May
Cycle up to London for a grand finale of iconic London Attractions. Returning with our bikes by boat, cable car and train. Too many sights to mention. You name it, we probably ride past it.
Monday 13th May
The holiday finishes after breakfast.
Daily cycling distances will be up to 35 miles per day, with departure at approx 9am.
Accommodation & Meals
All nights are spent at the 3-star Gidea Park Hotel, located in a good residential area close to public parks and one mile from Romford’s famous and historic shopping centre. Twin and triple rooms will be shared unless a single supplement is paid. Meals are on a half-board basis, with vegetarians catered for if requirements are stated on the booking form. There is ample car parking.
Obtaining travel insurance is optional for UK residents as your Cycling UK membership provides third party cover. However, this does not cover any other risks such as cancellation charges, personal injury or lost property. We therefore strongly recommend that suitable insurance is taken out to safeguard against such risks. Members who do not reside in the UK are not covered for third party and are advised to obtain suitable cover before leaving their normal residence. If you already have an annual policy, you may need to confirm that it will cover a UK holiday or make provision for it to do so.
The price of £425 is based on a minimum number of 6 people taking part in the holiday. If there are insufficient bookings by 27th February 2019, we will contact you and return all monies paid, although in certain circumstances the holiday may still run at below minimum numbers but at the same price.
- 5 nights hotel, sharing room, half-board
- Public transport fares between the hotel and London as described in the itinerary
- One cable car flight
- One boat trip
- CTC Cycling Holidays & Tours costs
Price Does Not Include
- Travel to London
- Drinks with evening meals
- Lunches or refreshments during the day
- Entry fees at any attractions
- Any other fees, taxes or gratuities
- Any other personal expenses
- Travel Insurance (optional)
- Single occupancy supplement (£16.50 per night, subject to availability)
A deposit of £45 per person is payable upon booking, with the final balance of £380 per person to be paid ten weeks prior to departure, by 27th February 2019.
Should you be forced to cancel your booking for any reason you must notify us in writing. Cancellation charges are as follows:
Written notice received:
Before 27th February 2019
From 27th February 2019 through to departure
The Area Covered By The Holiday
This is a fixed-centre tour based at the Gidea Park hotel in the residential area of Gidea Park in the outer London Borough of Havering, conveniently placed for cycling in London and along the River Thames to see the sights, with transport suitable for a train assisted ride.
Rides & Rest Days
There will be two rides into London to see the sights and two rides out of Greater London into Essex. Be prepared to carry your bicycle up or down stairways and on and off trains, a boat and a cable car. Mostly the rides are very flat. The routes will include part of a paved canal tow path, off-road greenways and routes through public and Royal Parks, as well as the quieter back streets. The City is not congested with traffic at week-ends. There could be diversions due to road works but generally the aim is to avoid places with heavy traffic congestion. There are plenty of taxis and train services to get you back to our hotel in the event of a bike failure or in an emergency, but bicycles cannot be taken on trains (or the London underground) during the morning or evening rush hours Monday - Friday.
Accommodation & Meals
Accommodation is half board at the hotel. Do be sure to arrive on the first day in time for the evening meal.
Gidea Park railway station is 10 minutes walk from our hotel, and junction 28 on the M25 is about 3 miles away. There is ample car parking at the hotel and storage for bicycles overnight in the church hall next door.
The maximum group size will be 13 excluding the Tour Manager(s). Non-cycling partners are welcome.
Weather & Clothing
London and the South East tends to have milder weather than the rest of the country, but you should be prepared for rain and cold.
Cycles & Equipment
A solo mountain, touring or hybrid bike would be fine for this tour. A bell is very important. Bring a good quality bike lock and sufficient spares (including a spare inner tube or two) and tools to deal with punctures and minor repairs. Service or have your bike serviced before you come. Mudguards are optional but will be appreciated (particularly by other tour participants) if the weather is wet.
Maps & Guides
Free local cycling guides of London are available from www.tfl.gov.uk or tel 0207 222 1234. Numbers 5, 7 and 8 cover all of our rides. The maps can take 3 weeks to come, but you follow me anyway.
Travel Insurance & Advice
Obtaining travel insurance is optional for UK residents as your CTC membership provides third party cover. However, this does not cover any other risks such as cancellation charges, personal injury or lost property. We therefore strongly recommend that suitable insurance is taken to safeguard against such risks. Members who do not reside in the UK are not covered for third party and are advised to obtain suitable cover before leaving their normal residence.
If you already have an annual policy, you may need to confirm that it will cover a UK holiday or make provision for it to do so.