Upon your arrival, you can settle in to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you may have time to wander up the Avenue du Champagne, the celebrated street lined by the many Grand Champagne Houses. At the end of the afternoon, our Trip Manager will fit you with your bikes, and answer any questions you may have about your trip package. Dinner is included tonight at an excellent gourmet restaurant, right in the heart of Epernay, and an easy walk from your hotel.
The Cote de Blanc region is one of the great sites of the Champagne vineyards. It is about 15 km long, and, as its name suggests (“blanc” means white in French) it is concentrated solely on the Chardonnay grape, which loves this area’s chalky soil – bringing out the grape’s aromas and minerality. This loop ride passes through many of the best villages, such as Pierry (boasting the largest collection of 18th century manor houses of any village surrounding Epernay) Avize, and Chouilly, as well as beautiful chateaux, like Taittinger’s Chateau de la Marquetterie, or Moet’s Chateau de Saran. Lots of possible tastings along the way!
The Cote de Noirs is a little less well-known than the Cote de Blancs, but is easily as beautiful and interesting. This is the region that the red grape (giving white juice) Pinot noir grows, loving the limestone rock and calcareous clay soil here. The route takes you through several villages renowned for their wines and wine houses : Ay itself, and Bouzy with its unique red wine, and Ambonnay. You can also detour to see the Château in Louvois (from the outside) and can admire the beautiful Benedictine church in Avenay Val d’Or.
Your final loop ride takes you first through Hautvillers, the resting place of Dom Perignon, the Benedictine monk who is widely recognised as the inventor of Champagne technique winemaking in the 1600s. Wander the lovely little village, and give homage in front of the Abbey Church where he lays. Continue from there on a lovely ride following the vineyard villages parallel to the Marne River and canal. You can choose to follow the village route, tasting along the way, or follow the more easy-going canal bike path for a large section back towards Epernay for your final night. Your dinner is again included, at one of our favourite restaurants.
Departure after breakfast. Bon Voyage!
- 4 nights’ accommodation of the comfort level of your choice * CLASSIC, CLASSIC + or DELUXE
- Hotel taxes
- All breakfasts and 2 dinners (drinks not included with the dinners)
- Orientation with our Trip Manager on your arrival
- Fully equipped quality touring bike **
- Detailed maps and step-by-step route instructions
- Regional information and advice
- Uploadable GPS file of the route to use on a free APP in your smartphone ***
- Phone call support 7 days a week
* Price based on double room occupancy – please contact us for details on single room supplements
** E-bikes and Road bikes are available on request (subject to supplement)
*** Can be used without international internet plan (offline)
The high quality, light touring bike is the default bike included on the tour. It is perfectly suited to riding with lots of stops for explorations.
Upon request, and for a supplement, you can have a road bike or a pedal-assist electric bike – contact us for details.
All our touring bikes come equipped with removable handlebar bag with clear map case, flat tire kit (with extra inner tube), pump, lock, rear rack and back panniers, water bottle holder and new water bottle, bell and kickstand.
Ahead of the tour, we will ask you if you wish to use our helmets, and if you want toe cages on the pedals (both free of charge).
Each of our regions has its own bike fleet, often with a couple of different bike makes depending on sizing – if you want to know the specific bike details for your tour, just contact us, and we’ll be happy to send you the specs!
TOURING BIKE - men's frame (included in trip cost)
TOURING BIKE - Woman's Frame (included in trip cost)
E-bike - men's frame (supplement charge)
E-bike - women's frame (supplement charge)
Road (racing) bike (supplement charge)