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Champagne Epernay 4-day Self-guided Cycling Tour (Level 2)

  • 4days
  • France

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Self-guided Cycling Tour in the Champagne region

Some long weekends can feel like holidays, especially when they are well organized, and every hour is packed with opportunities to soak up the history and culture all around you.Enjoy this tour in Epernay, with 2 rides leading you in two different winegrowing area of Champagne. The Champagne region has all sorts of delights to reveal to you during your visit. 

Highlights:

  • Epernay, and its winegrowing region

  • 3 nights in the same place, to rest and enjoy!

  • 2 nice itineraries to discover 2 wine production areas 

Tour Character: Level 2

  • Biking in flat to hilly areas. You may encounter some climbs from time to time, sometimes short but steep.
  • Biking experience: You cycle at least once a month, you are not afraid of hills
  • Distance: Between 25 and 40 km per day. You will mostly cycle on asphalt vineyards roads, countryside roads, cycle paths – no traffic roads. 

Included in the Tour:

  • 3 B&B Nights in 3* hotels and/or charming Guest Houses
  • 3x breakfasts (half-board available 150 EUR)
  • Tourist taxes
  • Welcome briefing
  • Description of the tour, maps, GPS tracks and scenic information
  • 7/7 day assistance in case of problems

Not included:

  • Transport to/from beginning/end of tour
  • Lunches, meal drinks, dinners, extras, bar expenses
  • Bike rental
  • Personal expenses
  • Visits or activities suggested on the tour
  • Insurances
  • Train tickets

If you would like to rent a bike (100 EUR) or E-Bike (150 EUR), please contact [email protected] when booking

Extra's:

  • Extra B&B night in Epernay (in a 3* hotel) - 90 EUR (extra bike day possible +25 EUR)
  • Champagne House Visits:
    • Champagne tasting in a Big Champagne House (for exemple Moët et Chandon,...) 37 EUR
    • Champagne tasting at a Small Champagne Producer 25 EUR

Arrival/ Departure/ Parking:

  • Epernay train station is about 10mn walk from the hotels
  • Direct regional train from Paris ‘Gare de l’Est’ to Epernay train station
  • High speed train from Paris ‘Gare de l’Est’ to Epernay train station – via Reims station or ‘Champagne-Ardenne TGV station (more connections with the Hight Speed train)
  • Some of the hotels have a car park – more information according to accommodation booked, in the pre-tour document.
  • Guarded car parks – with charge – available in town. 

Notes:

  • Departure every day from March to October

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  • Day 1

    Arrival in Epernay

    Upon arrival make your way to your hotel. After check-in you are free to relax or explore. You will receive from the hotel’s reception (or local representative) a tour package with instructions and the essentials to have a successful tour (roadbook, maps, tourist information...).

  • Day 2

    Loop ride in Marne Valley ~ 40 km [+465 m / -467 m]

    Wending 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.

  • Day 3

    Loop ride in Cote de Blancs ~34km [+435 m / -432 m]

    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). Return to Epernay via the floral village of Oger - one of the "most beautiful villages in France”. Here you can visit a museum dedicated to "traditions, love and Champagne”. Back to Epernay in the afternoon.

  • Day 4

    Departure

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Car rental in France

If you would like to drive yourself before or after your tour, ask us for a quote on any brand new Renault, Peugeot or Citroen vehicle for driving in Europe.

Pick up your vehicle from most capital cities in Europe and return it to your drop off destination. Top insurance cover. Email [email protected] for a competitive quote

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