Champagne Bike Tour

Taste the Stars at Essential Domaines: Épernay to Reims

6 days / 5 nights Level: 2Price from: $5,595Collection: Classic

Tour Highlights

  • Venture into the cellars of the region’s most illustrious Champagne houses, including Moet & Chandon and Pommery
  • 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
  • Raise your glass over a Michelin-starred meal at Château Les Crayères

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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  • Day 1

    Bring on the Bubbles

    Your guides will greet you at the Épernay train station, and the Champagne adventure begins. On our way to the deluxe la Villa Eugène, we’ll pass the grand mansions of Épernay’s eminent Champagne producers. Toast our arrival with a view of the Marne River before fitting our bikes and cycling south to Côte des Blancs. Pedal along some of the classified Grand Cru villages on the slopes producing Chardonnay grapes. In the afternoon, drive (or stroll) down the Avenue de Champagne for a visit of Mercier or De Castellane. Tonight we’ll reward ourselves with a gastronomic meal in town.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Avize, Cramant, Chouilly
    Accomplished:  12 miles / 19 km, elevation gain: 212 meters
    Accommodations: 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 along the valley on roads that wind through vines and look down at the Marne and fairytale châteaux below before we lunch break. We finish our ride with a tasting at one of our favorite small producers in Hautvillers, hometown to the famous Dom Pérignon. Take some time to unwind before a casual dinner in the center of Épernay.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Fleury-la-Rivière, Oeuilly, Boursault, Vauciennes, Hautvillers
    Accomplished: 19 miles / 31 km, elevation gain: 421 meters
    AccommodationsVilla 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: 32 miles / 51 km, elevation gain: 397 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
    : 25 miles / 41 km, elevation gain: 287 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 re-constructed 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 cafe. 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 / 40 km, elevation gain: 227 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, hotels substitutions, and other modifications.

Airport Information

Arrive

Airport City: Paris, France
Pick-Up Location: 11:00am at the Epernay Rail Station or Eperney city center hotel

Depart

Airport City: Paris, France
Drop-Off Location: 11:30am at the Reims Rail Station Tour

Any scheduled tour can be made private. Your group, your dates.     Go Private

2018Single Supplement: $1,000

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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 wines with every meal

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection and 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

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

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