Best of Champagne

This Champagne bike tour is based in the key cities of the famous wine region: Reims and Epernay! This is your gateway to the vineyards of the region and a chance to visit the most famous names in Champagne for a little tasting and education of this unique 'methode'. Standing at the foot of the Regional Nature Park of the Montagne de Reims, and on both banks of the Marne, the Champagne vineyards are a spectacular sight all year round, displaying a whole host of different colours. Come and discover all the secrets of Champagne while cycling some rolling country roads where you can drop in to visit the cellars and taste the king of wines, including Hautvillers where Dom Perignon 'invented' the Champagne method. Walk down the famous Avenue de Champagne in Epernay, lined with Champagne houses with their elegant architecture.

Price from : 990 €
BIKE INCLUDED
Region : Champagne
Duration : 5 Days / 4 Nights
Level : Hobby or Active
Trip : Self-guided
Activity : Biking
Dates : Starts any day

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Day 1 :   Arrive in Reims

Arrival in Reims, located less than a 1-hour train ride from Paris. Famous for its 13th century Gothic Cathedral and its rich history, Reims has something for everyone! After checking in at your hotel, you will have some free time to discover this prestigious city with numerous wine cellars, famous gastronomy and Gallo-Roman chalk galleries. Our local guide will meet you at the hotel for your orientation and bike set up.

Day 2 :   Loop around Reims

Option 1 : 22 Miles - 36 Km  Option 2 : 28 Miles - 45 Km  Option 3 : 34 Miles - 54 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 382 Meters  Elevation gain 2 : 432 Meters  Elevation gain 3 : 537 Meters 

On this first day we propose 3 options to choose from, depending on the level you are looking for (the group rides altogether on one of these):

  • The easiest option (36km - 22mi) is a short one taking you through the countryside of Champagne, forests and of course vineyards. With that option, you have enough time to get back to Reims and visit the city some more.
  • The moderate option (45km - 28mi) takes you to Massif Saint Thierry and the surrounding villages, many of which closely related to the coronation of many kings of France.
  • The longest option (54km - 34mi) is reserved for stronger cyclist and will include a few more miles than the moderate option with lots of peaceful scenery, vineyards and small villages.

Upon return to Reims, stay at the same hotel.

Day 3 :   Reims to Epernay

Distance 1 : 30 Miles - 49 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 576 Meters 

After breakfast, you leave Reims and head towards the 'Mountain of Reims' . The itinerary takes you through various landscapes : the famous Champagne vineyards of Chigny les Roses, a village with 41 wine cellars, mountain and forest. Today's itinerary includes a steep climb halfway through so pace yourself! You have several opportunities to visit vineyards, and possibly meet winegrowers. Upon arrival in Epernay, check in at your charming hotel.

Day 4 :   Loop around Epernay

Distance 1 : 26 Miles - 42 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 409 Meters 

Loop ride around Epernay: Today you will again have 2 itinerary options!

  • The first one (42km - 26mi) takes you through the Vallee de la Marne where you can visit more cellars and stunning views of the valley. Don't miss 'La maison Champenoise' where you can visit this house built in 1642. With only 4 rooms but considered big in the 1900s, it shows how the locals lived. You can also visit an old distillery at 'La Goutte', and on the way, you can stop in Chatillon sur Marne, birth place of Pope Urbain II. At the foot of its statue, you can enjoy a panoramic view of 22 villages of the Marne Valley.
  • The second itinerary option (48km - 30mi) will bring you South of Epernay to the Cote des Blancs. This route will lead you through charming wine growing villages, which are for the most part classified as producing 100% 'Blanc de Blancs' champagne. The area owes its name to its slopes, being mainly planted with vines giving white grapes (chardonnay).

Return to Epernay.

Day 5 :   Departure Day

Take your time at breakfast and then depart to the rail station. Trains to Reims and return to Paris are possible. Ask us if you wish to book any extra services in France!

Average / Day :
Distance : 45.20 Km / 28.00 Miles - Elevation gain : 467.20 Meters

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Day : 1, 2

In an old mansion built in 1862, the Grand Hotel Continental and its restaurant Au Conti are welcoming you for 130 years in a cozy, warm and sophisticated atmosphere.Located on the pedestrian city center, next to the TGV railway station, nearby the Congress Center and just a few minutes walking from the Cathedral Notre-Dame of Reims, Champagne Cellars and major tourist attractions in Reims, the Grand Hotel Continental *** is the ideal place to stay for your business or holiday travel.Its 61 rooms and Suites (all personalized with a unique character) are soundproofed and equipped with air-conditioned and all modern equipment to assure you relaxation and comfort.


Day : 3, 4

The Jean Moet is located in the center of town of Epernay, in the valley of the Marne River. The 18th-century building has air-conditioned rooms with elevator access, satellite TV and free Wi-Fi.The guest rooms are decorated in the style of Louis XV and are also equipped with telephones which allow free national fixed-line calls.The Hotel Jean Moet serves a daily continental breakfast. Guests can relax with a drink in the hotels bar, which offers regional specialties, or on the grounds. The multilingual staff at the Jean Moet can help plan and organize you trip.The Hotel Jean Moet is just a few yards from the Avenue de Champagne and is 16 miles from Reims. Guests can visit the Champagne vineyards nearby.


Day : 1, 2

In an old mansion built in 1862, the Grand Hotel Continental and its restaurant Au Conti are welcoming you for 130 years in a cozy, warm and sophisticated atmosphere.Located on the pedestrian city center, next to the TGV railway station, nearby the Congress Center and just a few minutes walking from the Cathedral Notre-Dame of Reims, Champagne Cellars and major tourist attractions in Reims, the Grand Hotel Continental *** is the ideal place to stay for your business or holiday travel.Its 61 rooms and Suites (all personalized with a unique character) are soundproofed and equipped with air-conditioned and all modern equipment to assure you relaxation and comfort.


Day : 3, 4

The Jean Moet is located in the center of town of Epernay, in the valley of the Marne River. The 18th-century building has air-conditioned rooms with elevator access, satellite TV and free Wi-Fi.The guest rooms are decorated in the style of Louis XV and are also equipped with telephones which allow free national fixed-line calls.The Hotel Jean Moet serves a daily continental breakfast. Guests can relax with a drink in the hotels bar, which offers regional specialties, or on the grounds. The multilingual staff at the Jean Moet can help plan and organize you trip.The Hotel Jean Moet is just a few yards from the Avenue de Champagne and is 16 miles from Reims. Guests can visit the Champagne vineyards nearby.

Bikes available for your tour

Accessories


Hybrid & Electric Assisted Bike rental : Your bike comes with 2 bags (1 rear pannier + 1 front pannier) so you can easily carry your stuff during your ride.
  • Rear pannier containing : Helmet / Lock / Pump / 2 Spare tubes
  • Handlebar bag containing: Toolkit / Tire levers / Patch kit
  • 1 souvenir water bottle
  • Odometer
  • Flat pedals are included (toe straps on request)
Road bike :
  • Saddle bag containing : Toolkit / Tire levers / Patch kit / 2 Spare tubes / 1 Hand pump + Rear pannier
  • Helmet
  • Odometer
  • Lock
  • Flat pedals are included (toe straps on request)
  • 2 souvenir water bottles

Roadbooks


Our road books are complete packages of information that will help you to guide yourself through the itinerary that we have planned and laid out. We have invested significant time and incorporated the feedback of our customers over many years (since 1997!) to make our road books even better. Our road books include: color maps, highlighted routes, touristic information, orientation points to reach hotels, and easy to follow directions step by step (Cue-sheet). Please note that for custom itineraries you will not have cue sheets. Only maps and GPS routes.

GPS


GPS are included on all tours Since 2008. We change the units every 2 years and always invest in the best models. Simple to use, easy to read, yet sophisticated devices they are available on all of our tours. The routes described in your roadbook are stored as tracks in the GPS unit. You simply have to follow the line shown on the GPS, and enjoy. 1 GPS for every 1-3 people
Rates vary according to the availability of hotels and seasons.
Contact our sales team for more information and an exact rate based upon your travel dates.

Included

  • 4 nights of accomodation in superior hotels of charm with private shower and/or bath
  • Daily breakfast at each hotel
  • Hybrid bike rental included
  • Orientation in person with our local guide
  • Detailed ROAD BOOK, including details maps, touristic information, step by step itinerary and cue sheets
  • 1 GPS for every 1-3 people
  • All luggage transfers
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • Technical and emergency support available at all times

What's not included

  • Airfare to and from the trip
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Drinks
  • Some meals are not included in each destination, which gives you the opportunity to explore regional cuisine on your own. You will find all information needed with our team support in your roadbook.

Price from & per person Double occupancy Single supplement
(traveling with a group)
Solo traveler
(traveling alone)
Standard 990 € 320 € 1550 €
Upgraded 1190 € 460 € 1890 €

*Please contact us for triple room rates

Options per person :
Hybrid Bike Rental Included
Road Bike Rental
    Standard 100 €
    Performance 150 €
    Premium 210 €
Electric Assisted Bike 100 €
Tandem Bike Rental 25 €


Arrival city is Reims, which is accessible from Paris Est statiion by TGV train, 45min. Depart from Epernay, 1 hour 20 min to Paris.

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