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Duration
6 days
Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 5 nights in 2-3 star hotels
Meals
  • 2 Dinners
  • 5 Breakfasts

Price

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$1399USD

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Overview

Trip Code: CHM

Trip highlights


  • Cycling through the heart of the Champagne region
  • Visit the underground cellars of Moët & Chandon
  • Discover the quintessential scenery and vineyards of the Marne valley
  • Sampling some of the many excellent wines and local cuisine

Known throughout the world for its celebratory drink, the Champagne region is just under two hours by train from Paris. Exploring the region by bike reveals so much more to Champagne than endless vineyards. There are forests, interspersed with quiet trails along the Marne River, leading to charming villages. The grand cities of Epernay and Reims are rich in historical legacies such as the magnificent Gothic cathedral in Reims, however much of the wealth of these cities has been generated by the Champagne industry. The cycle route begins in the capital of Champagne, Epernay, where you can visit the underground cellars of Moët and Chandon, before discovering the quintessential scenery of the Marne valley. With time in Reims and the surrounding vineyards, there is ample reward for your cycling effort as you pedal between villages and wine cellars. Overnight stays in specially hand picked hotels where you can sample the excellent local cuisine.

Trip Grading

moderate

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Traveller Rating

 

On your arrival in Reims, make your way to the hotel. Once you arrive in Reims there is time to immerse yourself in the art and history of the city. Reims is known as the 'Coronation City' its Notre Dame cathedral remains one of the most important Gothic monuments in Europe.

Meals:  Nil

Today's cycle will take you around the Montagne de Reims, following the prestigious touristic route of Champagne. En route you will pass by the wine villages of Rilly la Montagne, Verzenay and Bouzy. You will finish this first stage with the new Véloroute of the Vallée de la Marne, along the river, before reaching the village of Aÿ.

Meals:  B

Today's cycle along the Veloroute will take you between vineyards and charming villages offering magnificent views of the Marne Valley. Visit Hautvillers, the village of the famous monk, Dom Perignon. This afternoon continue on to either Baulne en Brie, one of the oldest villages in this region or to Reuilly Sauvigny.

Meals:  B,D

An enjoyable day's cycle with time to discover the local heritage, such as the Gothic style church in Orbais l'Abbaye or the Renaissance style Chateau de Montmort Lucy. The route ends in the charming town of Vertus. Vertus is the second largest village in Champagne, and the region is home to one of the major Champagne houses, Duval-Leroy.

Meals:  B,D

Leave Vertus via the 'Côte des Blancs', famous for its vineyards and its hillside villages including Avize, Cramant and Mesnil-sur-Oger. There is the option to visit the church of Chavot Courcourt which is surrounded by vineyards. Continue to the gentle Marne river banks and on to Epernay where you will overnight.

Meals:  B

The trip concludes this morning after breakfast in Epernay.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 5 breakfasts, 2 dinners (does not include drinks) – breakfasts are continental style and consist of croissants, breads, jams, cheese, yoghurt, coffee, tea and juices. Dinner will consist of 3 to 4 courses which include some regional specialities.
  • 5 nights accommodation in 2-3 star hotels on a twin share basis. All rooms have ensuite facilities. (Option to upgrade to 3-4 star hotels – supplement applies).
  • 21 speed bike equipped with pannier, helmet, pump, anti-theft device, bike computer and repair kit (electric bike available on request - a supplement applies)
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • Detailed route instructions and maps per room booked
  • Tourist information pack
  • Emergency hotline

  • Travel to and from Reims / Epernay
  • Lunch, drinks and 3 dinners
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Entrance fees
  • Tour guide – this is a self guided cycling trip
  • Transfers
  • Travel insurance - mandatory

Bike information


Grading

moderate  

The trip is graded moderate as the route is undulating and cycling stages are between 30 and 55km/18.5 to 34mi each day. The cycling is on a combination of dedicated cycle paths and low traffic side roads. When entering and leaving towns there will be moderate traffic and we recommend that you familiarise yourself with cycling in such conditions prior to joining the trip. The accent is on keeping a relaxed pace to take in all of the attractions, with time to stop and take photos, visit the Champagne houses and have a picnic on local produce sourced from the markets. You will need a reasonable level of fitness to participate fully in this adventure. Pre trip training should include around 3 sessions of exercise each week (running, gym, cycling) and extended cycle rides (a few before your departure). This will ensure you can relax and enjoy your holiday to the fullest.


Departure dates

Daily from 1 Mar to 31 Oct

Notes

DN1
Optional pre-tour excursion available from Reims: extra night with bike hire to explore Massif de St Thierry (44km/27.5mi) - supplement applies. Please ask our consultants.

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Total Priceper person from

$1399USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Electric Bike SupplementUSD$100
  • 3 dinner supplement (standard)USD$190
  • 3 dinner supplement (upgrade hotels)USD$210
  • Single Supplement (standard hotels)USD$360
  • Upgrade Supplement (3-4 star hotels)USD$470
  • Single Traveller Surcharge (standard hotels)USD$650
  • Single Supplement (upgrade hotels)USD$670
  • Single Traveller Surcharge (upgrade hotels)USD$960
*Prices listed are per person

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