Champagne - Paris to Epernay by Boat & Bike

Boat & Bike 7 nights

VISITING: France

Why we love this tour

"Sample the best of France with a walking tour of Paris and champagne tasting in Epernay. Following the Marne River you will cycle through vineyards and rolling countryside on this moderate level tour. "

Cycle through vineyards on the rolling banks of the Marne river.

Taste champagne in the capital of the region

A walking tour of Paris

Visit Château-Thierry, the scene of a major World War I battle

Guiding
Guided
Distance
106miles/170km
Level
Moderate
Standard
Superior
Departs
Sat
Runs
May, Jun
Code
FR044
Fly to
Paris
Good for
Riverside Routes
Return
Paris

Follow the river Marne from Paris to Epernay, the capital of France's Champagne region. Start with a walking tour of Paris and visit the city of Meaux, famous for its "Brie de Meaux" cheeses. Stop off in Château-Thierry, the scene of two important battles, before you cycle through vineyards, tasting champagne and enjoying stunning panoramic views along the way. End your tour in Epernay, where you'll enjoy a champagne tasting and take a tour in one of the major Champagne houses.

This tour operates in reverse on alternate weeks from Epernay to Paris.

 

Accommodation

Paris to Epernay – MS Zwaantje

The Zwaantje is 40 metres long and can accommodate 24 passengers. On the lower deck there are 12 cabins for guests: 10 twin cabins and two double cabins. All the cabins have a small ensuite bathroom with toilet, shower and wash basin, a fixed window (both double cabins have larger windows that also open) and individual air conditioning. On the main deck you can relax in the intimate saloon complete with air-conditioning, large panoramic windows, a restaurant area, lounge corner and a small bar. Free Wi-Fi is available in the salon (mobile internet, limited data). A great feature of the barge is the spacious sun deck complete with tables and chairs where you can relax. The new owners are experienced barge operators and will be delighted to welcome you on board. The enthusiastic and extremely motivated couple restyled the interior of the Zwaantje during the winter of 2014/15, resulting in a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Zwaantje - Exterior

Zwaantje - Exterior

Epernay to Paris – MS Zwaantje

This is the reverse itinerary from Epernay to Paris that operates on alternate weeks.  

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What's included

Price includes

7 nights accommodation on the Zwaantje

Board basis: Full board: 7 x breakfast, 6 x picnic lunch during bike tours, 6x three course dinner

English speaking tour guide on board and on bike rides

Some short walking tours

Half day guided tour of Epernay incl. champagne tasting.

Maps and route information - GPS tracks available

Ferry fees

Brie cheese tasting

Welcome meeting

Daily cabin cleaning 

Daily coffee and tea

Cycle helmets & a water bottle

Price excludes

Flights and transfers

Bike hire

Transfers to/from the docking 

Entrance fees & excursions

Special dietary requests - see below

Drinks & tips on board

1 dinner

Bike hire and extras

Bike hire

Pannier, repair kit, inner tube, pump and lock all included at no extra cost when you hire a bike. Please note that for this tour due to limited space on deck it is not possible to bring your own bike.  Helmets and water bottles are also included with rental bikes . 

Hybrid bike (2020 departures)

Hybrid 21 speed 

£76

E-bike (2020 departures)

£180

Hybrid bike (2021 departures)

£84

E-bike (2021 departures)

£205

Other Extras

Board upgrade

Gluten or lactose free diet (50 Euros payable locally) - please select if applicable

£0

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Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions about this tour. Simply click on a question to reveal the answer.

How do I get there?

Fly or Eurostar to Paris. You will be collected at the Gare du Nord in Paris and transferred to your barge at Moret-sur-Loing. If your tour starts at Compiègne, take the train (SNCF) from Paris Gare du Nord or Charles de Gaulle airport.

Alternatively by train, take the Eurostar from London to Paris.

How do I get back?

Fly or Eurostar from Paris. Take the train (SNCF) from Compiègne to Paris Gard du Nord or Charles de Gaulle airport.

If your tour starts at Compiègne, you will be transferred by bus from Moret-sur-Loing to Paris Gare du Nord.

What is a ‘Moderate’ cycle holiday?

Moderate cycling holidays are ideal for regular cyclists as the bike routes require a moderate degree of fitness, which you should have acquired by regular cycling.

We are always on hand to offer advice, so please give us a call if you wish to chat about the tour’s grading.

What's the etiquette with crew tips?
Tips are at your own discretion, an envelope is always left in the cabins on the last day.
Can the boat cater for special dietary requirements?

Please advise us of any special requirements at time of booking and we will notify the boat operator in advance. Understandably, kitchen galley space is limited and it may not be possible to provide specialist products (eg. Gluten free). We suggest you bring a few items with you and, in some cases, these can be provided at a supplement. 

Can I stay on the boat during the day and not cycle?

Yes, you can relax on the boat or explore when you arrive at each destination instead of cycling. 

Can I book by myself?

Absolutely! Boat & Bike tours are very sociable and a good choice for single travellers wishing to mix with other guests and share your common interest of cycling.

Do I have to cycle as part of a group?

This tour is guided and self-guided, so you have the option to cycle with your guide or independently with the maps and route notes provided. 

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