A small village nestled amidst vineyards in Champagne, with grape vines in the foreground
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Champagne Bike Tour

Taste the Stars at Essential Domaines: Épernay to Reims

6 days / 5 nights Level: 2Price From: $6,295Collection: Classic

Tour Highlights

  • Venture into the cellars of the region’s most illustrious Champagne houses, including Pommery, Mercier, or De Castellane
  • Visit Hautvillers, the village where the monk Dom Perignon discovered a fermentation process to produce Champagne as we know it today
  • Marvel at the 800-year-old Notre-Dame de Reims cathedral, the coronation site for every French king
  • Tour WWI battlegrounds, monuments, and museums, including Le Centre d’Interprétation Marne
  • Spend three nights at the exceptional Château Les Crayères and raise your glass at the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant

Eat

Wild game (boar, venison, rabbit, and pheasant), waffles, pâté, pork terrine, and boeuf carbonnade

Drink

The world’s most coveted sparkling wine at esteemed Champagne producers, made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier grapes

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A DuVine bike leans against a yellow sign indicating the village of Tigny,
Flutes of champagne and several bottles lined up for a wine tasting at Champagne Comtesse Lafond in Épernay, France
DuVine bikes lined up with helmets resting on handlebars in front of Chateau Les Crayeres hotel
Five DuVine cyclists in a single file line, riding on a vineyard road in Champagne, France
Two DuVine cyclists riding up a small hill on a vineyard road in Champagne, France
Print Itinerary
  • Day 1

    Bring on the Bubbles

    Your guides will greet you at the Épernay train station, and the Champagne adventure begins. A short transfer brings us to Ay, one of the region’s small villages of Champagne producers. After lunch at the town’s auberge, get fitted to our bikes and gather for a safety briefing, then start riding along some of the classified Grand Cru villages on the slopes producing Chardonnay grapes. Our ride finishes at a small domaine in Hautvillers, hometown to the famous Dom Pérignon. Take some time to settle into the hotel before we gather and toast a glass of bubbly to a wonderful week ahead. Dinner is served at our hotel’s airy restaurant, Le Bellevue.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Ay, Avenay-Val-d’Or, Germaine, Saint-Imoges, Hautvillers, Champillon
    Accomplished:  14 miles / 22 km, elevation gain: 1,181 feet / 360 meters
    Longer Option:  24 miles / 38 km, elevation gain: 2,043 feet / 623 meters
    Accommodations: Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa or Villa Eugène

  • Day 2

    Drinking Champagne in Épernay

    Enjoy a pleasant ride through the rural countryside west of Épernay on our way to the Marne River Valley. Pedal through the valley on roads that wind through the vines and overlook the Marne river and fairytale châteaux below before we break for lunch. This afternoon, take the time to indulge in the hotel’s spa services. We’ll head to Épernay for a stroll down the Avenue de Champagne and a visit to Mercier or De Castellane. To cap off our delightful day, we’ll dine at a classic brasserie in the heart of town.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Fleury-la-Rivière, Oeuilly, Boursault, Vauciennes, Hautvillers
    Accomplished: 27 miles / 44 km, elevation gain: 2,234 feet / 681 meters
    Accommodations: Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa or Villa Eugène

  • Day 3

    Around the Mountain to Reims

    Depart Épernay this morning toward the region’s historic capital, Reims. Pedal through serene vineyards and countryside, past historic WWI battlegrounds. On our way to lunch we’ll spin by poppy-studded cornfields, with the city of Reims as our backdrop. After lunch, we’ll ride along the canal into the heart of Reims, France’s great coronation city. The great Cathedral de Reims will guide us into town, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. Then off to our next hotel, where we’ll be treated like royalty for the next three nights at Château les Crayères. After settling into our luxurious accommodations, we’ll regroup for a visit of the grand cathedral before a quintessentially French dining experience in the city’s best bistro.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Reims, Épernay
    Accomplished: 35 miles / 56 km, elevation gain: 1,469 feet / 448 meters
    Accommodations: Château Les Crayères

  • Day 4

    The Champagne Countryside

    Cycle through the quaint, lesser-known villages of Champagne. Following the bike path along Canal d’Aisne, we’ll ride beside slow moving barges and fishermen towards the gentle hills and sleepy villages of Loivre, Hermonville, and Trigny. A Champagne lunch extravaganza awaits us at a chic and trendy country bistro, along with a unique tour and tasting at a locally operated Champagne cooperative. Riding back to the city, we’ll again be treated to inspiring views of the great Cathedral of Reims. Back at the hotel we’ll leave the bikes and meander over to the Maison Pommery where we are in for a treat as we are taken deep into cellars of one of Reims’ most famous and historic Champagne houses. We’ll enjoy an informative visit of this important producer before you head out on your own for an open dinner out on the town.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Hermonville, Trigny, Reims
    Accomplished
    : 16 miles / 26 km, elevation gain: 1,351 feet / 412 meters
    Accommodations: Château Les Crayères

  • Day 5

    The Frontline in Champagne

    Sleep in this morning before a sumptuous breakfast at Les Crayères. Today we’ll visit some of the nearby war memorials and cemeteries, including some perfectly reconstructed battle trenches. With its strategic position on the Western Front, this region bore witness to some of the heaviest fighting in WWI. This afternoon we’ll cycle through the fields where the front lines stood for over three years, finishing the ride with a hearty country-style lunch at a favorite local café. After lunch, its back to Reims to relax on the grounds of our gorgeous hotel. Before dinner we’ll raise our bubbles once again to a wonderful week full of memories! But save some excitement for what’s next, a Michelin-starred meal at the hotel’s restaurant, paired with some great Champagnes from their cellars. This is a meal we will never forget. Santé!

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations:  Cernay-en-Dormois, Manre, Sommepy-Tahure, Aubérive
    Accomplished:  25 miles / 41 km, elevation gain: 902 feet / 275 meters
    Accommodations: Château Les Crayères

  • Day 6

    Au Revoir

    Enjoy one last glass of Champagne at breakfast or take a stroll in the historic center of Reims this morning before your guides see you off at the train station.

    Meals: Breakfast

DuVine itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotel substitutions, and other modifications.



Arrival Details

Airport City: Paris, France Pick-Up Location: Epernay Train Station Pick-Up Time: 12:00 pm
Departure Details

Airport City: Paris, France Drop-Off Location: Reims Train Station Drop-Off Time: 11:30 am
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Accommodations

  • Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region
  • Luggage transfers

Meals

  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, nutritious snacks, and après velo cocktails
  • 4 gourmet dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
  • Carefully selected local wine, beer, or spirits with every meal

Activities

  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events
  • Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection
  • Bike helmet
  • Complimentary DuVine gear, including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
  • GPS in most destinations

Support

  • Expert bilingual guides with extensive local knowledge
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
  • Daily bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance
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