Champagne Vineyards

Hotel & Bike 6 nights

VISITING: France

Overview

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Why we love this tour

"The perfect combination of cycling through rolling countryside with the chance for tastings in world-class Champagne houses. Epernay's Avenue de Champagne has more than 200 million bottles of Champagne that lie in 110km of cellars beneath the buildings!"

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

Guiding
Self-Guided
Distance
122miles/196km
Level
Moderate
Standard
Comfort
Departs
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat
Runs
Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Code
FR021
Fly to
Paris
Good for
Foodies
Return
Paris

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, spending some time exploring the medieval streets and seeing the Gothic cathedral’s stained glass window is well worth it.

Accommodation

3* or 4* Boutique Hotels & Charming B&Bs

We use a pool of 3* or 4* boutique 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 3* and 4* boutique hotels and charming B&Bs

Breakfast included, half board available

Secure bike storage

Luggage transfers included

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What's included

Price includes

6 nights accommodation: in 3 or 4 star boutique hotels and charming B&Bs

Board basis: Bed and breakfast

Luggage transportation

Maps and route information

GPS tracks available on request

Local contact number for assistance

Price excludes

Flights and transfers

Bike hire

Entrance fees and visits

Bike hire and 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 add at time of booking.

Hybrid bike

Hybrid 21/24 gear with pannier

£117

E-bike

With pannier, hire - on request

£234

Extras

(Extra night prices are per room)

Extra Nights

Reims 4* (twin/double room, bed & breakfast)
£178
Reims 4* (single room, bed & breakfast)
£137
Epernay 3* or B&B (twin/double room, bed & breakfast)
£158
Epernay 3* or B&B (single room, bed & breakfast)
£122

Other Extras

Helmet

Helmet hire

£0
Board upgrade (B&B included)

Half Board

£263
Excursions

Champagne house visit & tasting (major producer)

£30

Champagne house visit & tasting (smaller producer)

£21

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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 to Paris, then take the train (SNCF) from Paris to Reims.

Alternatively by train, take the Eurostar from London to Paris and change for Reims.

How do I get back?

Take the train (SNCF) from Reims to Paris, then fly or Eurostar from Paris.

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.

Why are the hotels not listed in the itinerary?

We use a pool of hotels to maximise availability for you.

What is the average temperature on this tour?
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