Cycling holiday in Champagne Vineyards

Trip Code : Cyclo 05

Trip activity

Self-guided cycling tour

Location

Reims - Epernay - France

Duration

7 days

Trip grading  difficulte-un

25 to 50 km per day

Departures

Daily from April to October

Capacity

Minimum 2 people

Price per person

  • 7 days - 6 nights : 820 €

Including services

  • 6 overnights with breakfast in Hotel 3 & 4* and chamring guesthouses (in double / twin room)
  • Route notes & maps, regional inforrmation
  • Luggage transfer hotel to hotel
  • Emergency phone call support 7/7

Extra charges

  • Touring bike : 110 €
  • Electric bike : 200 €
  • Halfboard (6 dinners drinks not included) : 260 €
  • Champagne tasting on request
Tour description

Self guided bike tour in the heart of the Champagne area, marked by French history, arts and culture, you will meet men and women, happy to share their passion, their love of their region and their knowledge. Exploring the Champagne region by bicycle is a journey rich in diversity. The whole region is marked by the omnipresence of the vineyards. Enjoy the shimmering countryside during your cycling tour between the Marne Valley and the Montagne de Reims Natural Park. The aea also has a fabulous religious heritage the jewel of which is the Gothic Cathedral of Reims. Welcome to Champagne!

 

Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival

Participants arrive by their own means at their hotel in Reims in the afternoon.

The hotel’s reception will give them a tour package with instructions and the essentials to have a successful tour (road-book, maps, tourist information...). Overnight stay.

Day 2 : Reims - Matougues~ 49km

After breakfast you will leave by bike heading for Epernay via Tinqueux, going through typical villages of the vineyards of the “Montagne de Reims”: Mailly Champagne, Verzenay, Bouzy, … Arriving at the end of the day in Matougues. Overnight stay.

Day 3 : Matougues - Epernay ~29Km

After breakfast, short and easy ride to Epernay, alongside the Marne canal. You will have time in the afternoon to discover the Capital of Champagne wines: Epernay and maybe start with some visits at of the most impressive cellars in Epernay. Overnight stay in Epernay in 3* hotel or charming B&B.

Day 4 : Epernay - Epernay , Loop ride in Marne Valley ~ 35 Km

Wending your way between vines and hillsides, the Champagne Trail in Marne Valley will introduce you to the rich viticultural heritage. Frequently overlooking the valley, this itinerary affords wonderful views. Your trail snakes through the vines leading to Hautvillers, a charming village known for its Benedictine abbey. Then you will head to Cumières to stop for a lunch break for example in a restaurant sculpted in chalk. On the way to Venteuil, you can enjoy a view of Château de Boursault. The valley trail will take you through villages between vines, fields and forests all the way to Reuil. Back to Epernay on the other side of the Marne. Overnight stay in Epernay in 3* hotel or charming B&B.

Day 5 : Epernay – Epernay Loop ride in Cote de Blancs ~30km

Today you will visit the vineyards of The Côte des Blancs which is the homeland of the Chardonnay grape. Following Champagne Tourist Trail, descend towards Pierry – where you can visit its 18th century château, storeroom and cellars - and also Chavot-Courcourt church (12th c.), a solitary island of stone in an ocean of vines. After Cuis and its fine Romanesque church the trail will take you close to cliffs to reach Cramant and its over-sized bottle (8.50 metres) and not far from there the small village of Avize decorated in frescoes (of which many can be found in Champagne). Back to Epernay in the afternoon. Overnight stay in Epernay in 3* hotel or charming B&B.

Day 6 : Epernay - Reims ~ 36km

After breakfast you will discover the national forest of Hautvillers by passing through Avenay Val d’Or, Germaine. You will then return to Reims via Ludes. Overnight stay in Reims.

Day 7 : Departure.

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