Cycling holiday Champagne, Paris - Epernay

Champagne, Paris – Epernay

Cycling in royal garden of France

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Summary
  • 8 Days Saturday to Saturday
  • 45 km average per day
  • Arrival Paris Paris Charles de Gaulle
  • Departure Epernay Paris Charles de Gaulle
Highlights
  • Paris
  • Meaux region for Brie cheeses
  • WW1 monuments at Château-Thierry and Dormans
  • Champagne tasting in Epernay
Characteristics
  • Guided Tour
  • Group Tour
  • Bike & Barge
  • Bikelevel 1

    The lightest cycling holiday, covering largely flat terrain, suitable for everyone and people of all ages; with distances to 45 kilometers. You spend about 4 hours on your bicycle

Cycling in the royal garden of France

Thinking about champagne you can already hear the sparkling. Perhaps you never thought of combining a visit to this region with a bike and barge trip but here it is, a bike and barge tour from Paris to Epernay, the true capital of the Champagne region.

You ride out of Paris via the Marne and its parallel, the Marne-Rhine canal. Next is a visit to the rural countryside of the Meaux region, famous for its Brie cheese. From this region known for cheese you ride into the vineyards of the Champagne Region. This is a region fought over heavily in WW1 and you will visit several monuments commemorating the men that fought here over 100 years ago. At the final destination, Epernay you are in the middle of the Champagne industry. A very French tour centered around good wine and good cheese!

Daily Program

  • Journée 1 Saturday: Paris

    Arrival between 12 and 2 p.m. at the mooring place of the Clair de Lune near the Seine river in the center of Paris. In the evening the guide can take you on a guided city walk.

  • Journée 2 Sunday: Paris – Lagny-sur-Marne 31 km

    You ride out of Paris via the bike path along the canal de l’Ourcq. This bike path  takes you from the basin of la Vilette to the banks of the l’Ourcq. The canal was built by order of Emperor Napoleon and provided the city with water. It also played an important role in the transportation of goods to and from the city. Later the canal joins the Marne river and on the banks of the Marne you will find your destination of today, Lagny-sur-Marne.

  • Journée 3 Monday: Lagny-sur-Marne – Meaux 45 km

    From Lagny-sur-Marne you first ride mainly along the Marne river and its parallel canal. Later on it becomes a bit hilly, as you have to leave the valley of the Marne. At the end of the ride you will again follow the small Canal de l’Ourq and the road will be mostly flat. Today’s destination is the city of Meaux, famous for its “Brie de Meaux” cheeses and the magnificent Cathedral St.-Etienne.

  • Journée 4 Tuesday: Meaux – La Ferté-sous-Jouarre 40 km

    In the morning you stay in the valley of the river with a ride through Trilport and Lizy-sur-Ourcq. Later you will have to climb a few challenging hills, leaving the valley in the direction of Jouarre. Jouarre, is a center of Brie making and you will be able to find a place where you can enjoy a tasting of the famous Brie de Meaux and Brie noir cheeses.

  • Journée 5 Wednesday: La Ferté-sous-Jouarre – Château-Thierry 50 km

    A somewhat challenging ride today from La-Ferté-sous-Jouarre to Château-Thierry. At first the cycling track leads you along the Marne river. Later you will take a side valley and follow country roads through various small villages. Still riding uphill you finally reach the plateau above the northern part of the Marne valley. This is an area with woods in the valleys and fields with wheat and other crops on the hills. You ride along the little stream Clignon and on the way you can visit the large WW1 American War Cemetery and Monument near Belleau. The destination of today is Château-Thierry. This nice little town was the site of two important battles: the Battle of 1814 in the Napoleonic Wars and the Battle of 1918 at the end of World War I.

  • Journée 6 Thursday: Château-Thierry – Dormans – Epernay 45 km

    During breakfast the Clair de Lune sails upstream to Dormans. Here you officially enter the official Champagne area. Dormans is a quiet village on the Marne with a castle and chapel in memory of the battles of the Marne in WW1. A ride up the hill to the village of Châtillon-sur-Marne rewards you with a stunning panorama over the Marne valley and the Champagne vineyards. Further on in the day you will see the Château de Boursault, a large castle built in 1848 by the widow of Mr. Cliquot, who gave her name (“Veuve Cliquot”) to a famous Champagne wine.
    Your destination of today is Epernay, with Reims the major wine center of the Champagne region. Epernay has many town houses in neo-renaissance style or classical style dating from the 19th century, especially around the beautiful Avenue the Champagne where prestigious champagne houses, such as Moët & Chandon and Mercier, are situated.

  • Journée 7 Friday: Epernay, roundtrip 25 km

    On this last cycling day we have not made it too hard for you in distance At first you ride along the quiet canal parallel to the Marne river to Ay and Mareuil-sur-Ay. After that you ride via the village of Dizy to reach Hautvillers. A bit of a challenging ascent brings you to this picturesque village. Hautvilliers on the southern slopes of the Montagne de Reims is the place where champagne was in fact invented. You will visit the chapel with the tomb of the monk Dom Pérignon (1638-1715). Dom Pérignon pioneered several techniques, and was the first to blend grapes to improve wines and make them of a better quality. Double fermentation, characteristic for the making of champagne, was introduced also by him. Upon your return you can take your time to visit the center of Epernay. Why not enjoy a Champagne tasting and take a tour in one of the major Champagne houses.

  • Journée 8 Saturday: Epernay

    End of the tour after breakfast, before 10 AM.

Cycling in France

Our carefully selected routes will lead you along the most beautiful spots of the country. The average daily distance is around 45 kilometers. Most participants prefer riding in a group with the cycling guide, but you can also ride individually. A road book is included (1x per cabin). Gps-tracks can be provided by e-mail.

Brie de Meaux
Meaux
Winery Champagne Region
Clair de Lune
Jouarre
Epernay
Champagne Region
Feniks

What else do you need to know?

Prices are per person 2021

Clair de Lune
Cabin with split-level beds  € 1.170,- 
Double cabin  € 1.170,- 
Single cabin  € 1.280,- 

Feniks
Luxury cabin € 1.350,-
Twin cabin € 1.135,- 
Bunk bed cabin € 950,- 
Bunk bed cabin single use € 1.450,- 

Not included
Rental bike per week € 95,-
E-bike per week € 180,-

Reservation costs € 20,- per booking.

Included

  • All nights on board
  • Breakfast and dinner on board
  • Lunch packages when on the road
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Tour guide cycles with group
  • Route information
  • Ferry fares on the route
  • Feniks: daily check and cleaning of your cabin
  • Feniks: daily care of your personal laundry

Not Included

  • Reservation fee of € 20,- per booking
  • Bicycle rent
  • Bicycle insurance (optional) € 20,- per bicycle
  • Bicycle insurance electric bike (optional) € 40,- per bicycle
  • (Non) alcoholic beverages aboard and ashore
  • Cancellation insurance (optional)
  • Entrance fees

Special details

  • Please take good notice of Terms & Conditions.
  • If you have special meal requirements we ask you to mention this when booking, but at the latest until 14 days before arrival. Diets which need a special preparation or special ingredients can only be offered in limited form. We will do our best  to meet your needs, but we also ask for your understanding as due to limited logistic possibilities on a barge we are not able to prepare complete specialized menus. In case of Celiac; gluten free diet; vegan meals there is an additional charge of € 50, – per week.
  • Cycletours Holidays reserves the right to cancel tours with fewer than 12 participants up to 21 days prior to the date of departure.
  • The program is subject to change without notice.

Info

You are expected at the barge on Saturday afternoon, between 12.00 AM and 14.00 PM. You can bring your luggage earlier to the barge, but not before 11.00 AM. We are busy cleaning the barge, but we can provide you with suggestions to have a nice walk into town. The mooring place of the barge in Paris: Bassin La Vilette or Bassin de l’ Arsenal near the Seine in the center of Paris.

Airport

The nearest airport to the embarkation point of the barge is Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG). From the airport you can take a train to Paris Gare du Nord. The train runs on a very regular basis and the travel time is about 35 minutes.

Train

The nearest train stations to the embarkation point of the barge are the Gare du Nord or Gare de l’ Est. From there you can take a metro to very near the embarkation points. If you take a taxi that will take you between 10 and 20 minutes and cost between 25 en 40 euro, depending on where the barge will be moored.

Car

Should you arrive by car, we strongly advise to arrive earlier to unload your luggage. Finding a parking place in Paris is not easy and is expensive. More information on parking in Paris:

End of the tour

The tour ends one week later in Epernay on Saturday morning after breakfast at 10 AM. You will spend the night from Friday to Saturday on board in Epernay. The mooring place of the barge in Epernay is near the city center.

Our barge, your hotel

Imagine a floating hotel sailing to the next stage, while you are calmly pedalling along. No lugging of luggage: that is exactly what Bike & Barge is all about! In the pleasant atmosphere on board you can have a chat, go through the day with the others, and enjoy the meals prepared specially for cyclists. In the evenings you can enjoy a drink in the salon or admire the setting sun on deck. Do not expect a cruise ship with its passive luxury. The Bike & Barge Holidays are for people who really enjoy the physical activity of cycling and who value sociability more than wholesale luxury.
Free WiFi is (limited) available in lounge and on deck.

The team, hospitality comes first

The captain/skipper, the chef and your tour guide all welcome you warmly. They are prepared specifically for these trips and will provide good and safe passage, good meals, and a friendly, pleasant atmosphere. They will, of course, also give you a great deal of interesting information during and after the cycling and sailing. The skipper is responsible for the smooth running of things on board; the cook is in charge of the catering. A tour leader accompanies you during the bike ride and can assist in case of breakdowns. He/She will be your guide to point out the things of interest along the way and is multi-lingual (Dutch/English, some speak German and/or French).

The meals

Your chef is used to cook delicious meals for hungry cyclists. Besides an extensive breakfast, you will also be offered a packed lunch for on the road. It consists of different types of bread and sandwich fillings, juice, a snack and a piece of fruit. Lunch package needs to be prepared by yourself after breakfast. Dinner is different every day. There is a first course, main course and dessert The meals on board are included in the price, as are coffee and tea. Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks can be obtained at a reasonable charge. When you return on board after the day’s cycling, a cup of tea or coffee with a biscuit will be waiting for you.
If you suffer from food allergies or food intolerance (such as lactose- or gluten- intolerance/-allergy) or if you have special meal requirements (vegetarian; pescetarian; vegan meals; gluten free meals etc.), we ask you to mention this when booking, but at the latest until 14 days before arrival. Diets which need a special preparation or special ingredients can only be offered in limited form. We will do our best  to meet your needs, but we also ask for your understanding as due to limited logistic possibilities on a barge we are not able to prepare complete specialized menus and special food requirements cannot always be met in all details.
In case of vegan meals, gluten free or lactose diet, there is an additional charge. This charge is € 50,- per diet/ per person/per week when you  order the diet when booking and € 100,- per diet/ per person/per week when ordering on spot.

You and the group,new friends from around the world!

One of the most attractive aspects of the Bike & Barge holidays is that you encounter an international company on board, including people from e.g. USA, Canada, Australia, France and United Kingdom. It’s a great opportunity for you to get to know various cultures at the same time! We have people of all ages, solo travelers, couples and also families with children (during the school holidays).

F.A.Q.

  • Do you accommodate for special diets

    Yes, this must be notified when booking, but at least 14 days before arrival. Diets which need a special preparation or special ingredients can only be offered in limited form. We will do our best to meet your needs, but we also ask for your understanding as due to limited logistic possibilities on a barge we are not able to prepare complete specialized menus. In case of Celiac; gluten free diet or vegan meals there is an additional charge of € 50,- per week. On some tours there also is an additional charge of  € 50, – for lactose-free meals.

  • What happens if it rains

    Most people wear rainwear and get on their bicycle. If the weather makes cycling absolutely impossible (this doesn’t happen very often!) the guide will arrange an alternative programme which might include a longer visit to one of the towns along the way or cultural excursions.

  • Which countries do the participants come from

    The main countries represented by our cycling guests are: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and France. However we regularly welcome South Africans and Japanese guests.The common language on board is English.

  • Can I rejoin the barge before the end of a stage

    No, the barge doesn’t take the same route that the cyclists do. Sometimes the route may be altered because of weather conditions or repairs to bridges or locks and then the guests and the guide can arrange with the skipper to be met at a different place. Naturally you can always stay on board for one or more days.

  • What is the average age of the participants

    The ages vary between 35 and 75, but of course we have younger (even babies and kids) and older guests. In particular it is quite possible during the school holidays that children might be booked on your tour.