|Type of tour:||Self-guided|
|Distance:||37 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Daily (except Fridays and Sundays): Apr 1-Oct 31, 2015|
|Start city:||Reims, France|
|End city:||Reims, France|
Every two seconds, a bottle of champagne is opened somewhere in the world! The very symbol of sophistication, graceful living and celebration, champagne is produced nowhere else in the world. All champagnes are made within a few miles of each other outside Reims and Epernay, near the Abbey of Saint-Pierre where the legendary Benedictine monk, Dom Pérignon, supposedly invented the bubbly by accident in the early 18th Century.
At 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 the region and their knowledge. Exploring the Champagne region by bicycle is a journey rich in diversity.
Enjoy the shimmering countryside during your cycling tour between the Marne Valley and the Montagne de Reims Natural Park. The Champagne region also has a fabulous religious heritage, the Gothic Catherdral of Reims.
Welcome to Champagne!
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Day 1: Arrival to Reims
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 in Reims.
Day 2: Reims - Tours sur Marne (25 miles/40km)
After breakfast, departure to destination of Tours sur Marne through the typical vineyards and villages of the Montagne de Reims: Mailly Champagne, Verzenay, and Bouzy. The daily route ends in Tours sur Marne.
Overnight in Tours sur Marne.
Day 3: Tours sur Marne - Epernay (7 miles/12 km)
After breakfast, depart for Epernay alongside the Marne canal. Very easy ride leaving a lot of time in the afternoon for the Champagne cellars visits in Epernay. Some of them are a must.
Overnight in Epernay.
Day 4: Epernay - Vertus (16 miles/25 km)
After breakfast, departure to the south of Epernay, the region of chardonnay production and champagnes blanc de blancs; hailed for their guarantee for delicacy, freshness, finesse and elegance of the champagne.
Overnight in Vertus.
Day 5: Vertus – Chatillon sur Marne (22 miles/35 km)
Today you continue your way to the East of Epernay in the Marne Valley, the region planted with wine grape varieties of Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir. The farther you go to the west and pinot meunier is a majority.
Overnight in Chatillon sur Marne.
Day 6: Chatillon sur Marne - Reims (22 miles/35 km)
After breakfast, you will make your way through the “Montagne de Reims” back to Reims.
Overnight in Reims.
Day 7: Departure from Reims
Daily (except Fridays and Sundays): Apr 1-Oct 31, 2015
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Day 1: Grand Hotel Continental, Reims
Day 2: Hotel La Touraine Champenoise, Tours sur Marne
Day 3: Parva Domus, Epernay
Day 4: Clos Margot, Vertus
Day 5: Domaine du Moulin de l'Etang, Chatillon sur Marne
Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.
Bikes available to be rented (in advance at the time of booking) include:
All above bike rentals will be equipped with the following at no additional charge:
The bikes will have FLAT pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals.
If you plan to bring your own seat, please ensure that it is a universal seat post.
Helmets are included with bike rental (please reserve at time of booking). We recommend, for safety and hygiene reasons, that you bring your own bicycle helmet. Please let us know if you will be bringing your own helmet.
The terrain is moderately hilly. It follows quiet roads for 75% of the route, and is on roads shared with traffic the remaining time.
Tour start and end
Nearest airports: Paris airports
Nearest train station: Champagne/Ardenne
There is a fast train (TGV) from Paris to Reims every two hours, on average (it takes about 50min.). The TGV train station is outside the city center, but there is a tramway to get to the center. Or taxi is also possible.
You will need to take a taxi from the train station to Reims. The cost is approximately €40 per transfer.
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"I had a fabulous time and thoroughly enjoyed myself! The tour operator was great to call me on my arrival day at the hotel to make sure all was well, and the inns and hotels where I stayed along the way were all really good. Thank you so much for a vacation to remember - I can't wait to do another one!"
- Catherine S.
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