Champagne Trail

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Visiting: France

Hotel & Bike

6 nights from £791 to £1175pp
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Guiding Self-Guided i
Level Moderate i
Standard Comfort i
Code FR021
Good For Foodies
Distance 122mi/196km
Runs Apr - Oct
Departs Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat
Fly to Paris
Return from Paris

Overview

What to expect

Wind your way through carefully tended vineyards and undulating countryside that’s home to some of the world’s most expensive grapes on the Champagne Trail. As the tour progresses, you'll get used to descending into chalk pit cellars and hearing the pop and tinkle of sparkling Champagne being poured. As you ride through green landscapes dotted with medieval churches, look out for beautiful castles and unassuming Champagne houses. The cycling is quite leisurely but if you need an extra boost between cellar tours, choose an electric bike.

Tour through the green slopes of the Marne Valley and look out for deer and wild boar in the Montagne de Reims Natural Park. Stop off to sample local Champagne in understated villages and visit the glamorous town of Epernay, home to more than 200 million bottles of Champagne. The city of Reims makes an impressive start and finish point, and spending some time here to explore the medieval streets and see the Gothic cathedral’s stained glass window is well worth it.

  • Natural beauty and unpretentious villages in the national park
  • Medieval streets, Gothic architecture and cellar tours in Epernay
  • Scenic cycling through rolling countryside and silver-green vineyards. Glitz and glamour in Epernay’s world-class Champagne houses.

The Trip

Route

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive in Reims

    Check into your hotel before spending an afternoon discovering the town’s Gothic cathedral, excellent cafes and revamped city centre.

  • Day 2: Reims - Matougues 28 miles (46 km)

    Start your ride towards Epernay, through the pretty villages and vineyards of the Montagne de Reims Natural Park. Spend the evening admiring rolling vineyard views and enjoying a glass of wine in the village of Matougues.

  • Day 3: Matougues - Epernay 15 miles (25 km)

    Enjoy a short and easy ride to the fortified town of Epernay, which sits beside the Marne Canal and is home to some of the glitziest Champagne houses in the region. Spend an afternoon touring some of the city’s impressive cellars, selecting wines to match your evening meal.

  • Day 4: Marne Valley 22 miles (35 km)

    Cycle through the Marne Valley, wending your way between vineyards and hillsides, taking in the region's rich champagne-producing heritage and enjoying wonderful views across the valley. See the Benedictine Abbey at Hautvillers and the Romanesque church at Cumieres before continuing along the valley trail and back to Epernay on the other side of the Marne.

  • Day 5: Cote de Blancs 22 miles (35 km)

    Ride south to the vineyards of the Cote des Blancs, home of the famous Chardonnay grape. Visit the cellars at the 18th century chateau in Pierry and continue on to Cramant, renowned for its' chalky soil and "blanc de blancs" champagnes and the Grand Cru village of Avize, before returning to Epernay.

  • Day 6: Epernay - Reims 34 miles (55 km)

    Cycle back to Reims, passing through Avenay Val d'Or and the forest of Hautvillers. On arrival in Reims, take in a tour of one of the famous Champagne houses or relax in a bar and reward yourself with a glass of your favourite champagne.

  • Day 7: Depart from Reims

    Check out after breakfast or extend your stay with an extra night in Reims.

Accommodation

2* or 3* Hotels & B&Bs

We use a pool of 2* or 3* hotels and B&Bs to maximise our availability for this tour, so regardless of the time of year we do our best to secure your dates of choice. The accommodation often has a lovely local flair, with a chance to experience local life with an authentic flavour of your destination.

  • A mix of 2* and 3* hotels and charming B&Bs
  • Breakfast included, half board available
  • Secure bike storage
  • Luggage transfers included

Dates & Prices

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Price includes

  • 6 nights accommodation: in 2 or 3 star hotels and charming B&Bs
  • Board basis: Bed and breakfast
  • Luggage transportation
  • Maps and route information
  • Local contact number for assistance

Price excludes

  • Flights and transfers
  • Bike hire
  • Entrance fees and visits

Solo travellers - please enquire

Triple rooms available on request - please enquire

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Bike Hire & Extras

Bike hire

Pannier, handlebar bag, repair kit, spare inner tube, pump and lock all included at no extra cost when you hire a bike.

Helmets can also be provided at no extra charge if required - please advise at time of booking.

Hybrid bike
Bike hire
£104

Hybrid 21/24 gear with pannier

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E-bike hire - on request
£187

With pannier

Extras

You can add these when you price your trip

Board upgrade (B&B included)

Half Board
£280pp

Excursions

Champagne house visit & tasting (major producer)
£26pp
Champagne house visit & tasting (smaller producer)
£20pp

Extra nights

Reims 3* (twin/double room, bed & breakfast)
£76pp
Reims 3* (single room, bed & breakfast)
£114pp
Epernay 3* or B&B (twin/double room, bed & breakfast)
£78pp
Epernay 3* or B&B (single room, bed & breakfast)
£114pp

How to Get There

Getting there

Fly or Eurostar to Paris

Take the train (SNCF) from Paris to Reims.

Getting back

Take the train (SNCF) from Reims to Paris

Fly or Eurostar from Paris

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