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Champagne Getaway: Charming Villages and Regional Wine Cellars

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  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
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Tour Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

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!

Daily program

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 – Matougues (29 miles/46 km)
After breakfast, you will leave by bike heading for Epernay via Tinqueux, going through traditional villages of the vineyards of the Montagne de Reims: Mailly Champagne, Verzenay, Bouzy, and others. Arriving at the end of the day in Matougues.
Overnight in Matougues.

Day 3: Matougues – Epernay (16 miles/25 km)
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 in Epernay.

Day 4: Epernay – Loop ride in Marne Valley (22 miles/35 km)
Winding 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. Continue to Damery, where you mustn't leave without visiting the 12th-13th century church that overlooks the village and houses a painting by Watteau of the Madonna and Child (18th century).

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 in Epernay.

Day 5: Epernay – Loop ride in Cote de Blancs(22 miles/35 km)
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 meters) and not far from there the small village of Avize decorated in frescoes (of which many can be found in Champagne). The brightly floral Oger is not surprisingly one of the "most beautiful villages in France."Here youu can visit a museum dedicated to traditions, love, and Champagne." Back to Epernay in the afternoon.
Overnight in Epernay.

Day 6: Epernay – Reims (34 miles/55 km)
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 in Reims.

Day 7: Departure from Reims

Route map

Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route. Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

Dates

Daily: Apr 1-Oct 31, 2018

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€838
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€400
Optional evening dinner package
€338
Champagne tasting
€25
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 24-speed
€100
Electrically assisted bike
€190
Extra Nights, Epernay
Per person, double occupancy
€98
Extra Nights, Reims
Per person, double occupancy
€100
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  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
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Cancellation policy:

  • If cancellation arrives 42 days before the beginning of the tour:   cancellation fee €40
  • Between 42 and 30 days:   €200
  • Between 30 and 21 days:   25% of the cost of the trip
  • Between 21 and 14 days:   50% of the cost of the trip
  • Between 14 and 0 days:   100% of the cost of the trip

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