France : Champagne

Cycling the Vineyards of Champagne

Trip code: C03CH

Self-guided cycling

3 nights,
single centre

Level: 2
Moderate

5.0Kg CO2e

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SUMMARY

  • Explore Epernay, capital of Champagne
  • Discover this worldwide known vineyard and its quaint wine villages
  • Relax in a 4* Hotel in an 18th century style architecture building

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Bike fitting and briefing at the start of your holiday
  • Navigation app
  • Bike hire included

TRIP DESCRIPTION

Explore the Champagne wine-growing area, listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, and the stunning villages, birthplace of Champagne, which owes its renown to Dom Perignon.

Known around the world for its wines, Champagne is also a popular destination for cycling, offering an ideal playground. Ride among the vineyards and terraced hillsides where Champagne villages, chateaux, and churches are nestled. Enjoy panoramic viewpoints overlooking the vineyards and picturesque villages. The winemakers' open their doors to you, for tastings and tours of the cellars. They will passionately explain their know-how while showing you around their property.

During this tour, explore and taste every day what is hidden behind the bubbles that help us toast good news. Pop the cork and let the bubbles speak for themselves.

Terrain

The route takes you on quiet country lanes and well marked paths through vineyards to sleepy villages. Well marked cycling paths are also used throughout.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Arrival in Epernay

This town is entirely surrounded by vines. Walk down the Avenue de Champagne, with its magnificent mansion facades and opulent middle-class homes occupied by famous Champagne Houses, and you can see why Epernay competes for the title of 'Capital of Champagne'. Here, are miles of underground galleries and millions of bottles of preciously kept champagne away from light and heat... In Epernay, cellar visits to the largest champagne houses are among the highlights of the tour... And they sparkle with stories and expertise.

Alternatively you can have a first ride with a loop to Hautvillers 43 km / 26.5 MI

Today, you will learn about 'Blanc de Noirs' champagne which is made using only black grapes (Pinot Noir and/or Pinot Meunier). Two grape varieties with darker skin and white flesh.

Follow the cycling routes bordered with vineyards, offering magnificent landscapes over the undulating Marne Valley, until Dom Perignon's village: Hautvillers ! It is here that the legend of Champagne was born, thanks to the Benedictine monk Dom Perignon, who was said to have accidentally invented effervescent wine at the end of the 17th century. He's buried in the abbey of Hautvillers, leaving his name to a vintage produced by a famous Champagne House.

Continue through quaint wine villages like Fleury la Riviere or Oeuilly.

You stay at Hotel Jean Moet.

hotel details

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Hotel Jean Moet, Epernay

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The Hotel is ideally situated in the centre of Epernay, established in a building of 18 th century style architecture. The interior of the Hotel was entirely renovated between 2012 and 2016. A few steps from the Hotel you will find the magnificent Avenue de Champagne, where there lies, hidden, 110 kilometers of cellars (listed in the World Heritage Site – UNESCO).

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 2: Loop to Marne Valley (47km/29.2mi)

Today you will have a taste of the pinot meunier which grow in the Marne Valley and brings its full fruity flavour to rose champagnes.

The cycling route, longing the Marne River, will lead you to the village of Ay where, you will be able to discover a high Gothic-style church and wood-frame houses, including one that is reputed to have served as Henri IV's fermenting room.

Next stop will be Conde sur Marne. Enjoy the highlights of the Marne valley such as the roman church of Conde or the Montebello castle in Mareuil sur Ay and breath-taking panorama.

Day 3: Loop to Cote de Blanc Vineyards (43km/26.7mi)

The taste of day will be 'Blanc de Blancs' Champagne using chardonnay only, a white grape. The Cote des Blancs and its chalky soil is a promised land for the elegant chardonnay.

Ride along some of the classified Grand Cru villages and pedal on the slopes producing Chardonnay grapes. Discover wine villages nested between the vineyard and the lush forest: Avize, Cramant, Mesnil-sur-Oger.

Day 4: Leave Epernay

Extending your holiday

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra hotel nights we recommend: Hotel Jean Moet, Epernay.

hotel details

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Hotel Jean Moet, Epernay

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Mastercard
Visa
AmEx
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Minibar
Aircon
Safe
Tea/coffee


The Hotel is ideally situated in the centre of Epernay, established in a building of 18 th century style architecture. The interior of the Hotel was entirely renovated between 2012 and 2016. A few steps from the Hotel you will find the magnificent Avenue de Champagne, where there lies, hidden, 110 kilometers of cellars (listed in the World Heritage Site – UNESCO).

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £408.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £408.

TRAVEL DETAILS

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

Air-rail prices include our standard flights and onward rail

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we're open until 10pm today) or email sales@headwater.com

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges through their website or contact us for further details. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

REVIEWS

Helpful and timely

15 Jul 2024

Megan is always excellent, efficient and nice to speak with.

J Something, 6 Apr 2024

Excellent response time to all my requests and an obvious keenness to make things as easy as possible.

22 Feb 2024

Friendly, genuinely pleased that we were considering a Headwater holiday. Lots of suggestions and could answer all my questions and give advice.

8 Oct 2023


Self-guided cycling

3 nights,
single centre

Level: 2
Moderate

5.0Kg CO2e

Navigation App

3 nights from £989

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Call: 01606 720199

 

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