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Champagne,Paris-Epernay,Reims

Through the vineyards of the Champagne

Paris
Paris Charles de Gaulle or Orly

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Paris
Paris Charles de Gaulle or Orly

Thinking about champagne you can hear the sparkling. You cycle through rural countryside via the region of Meaux, famous for its Brie cheese, into the vineyards of the Champagne Region.
At Epernay you cross the centre of the Champagne industry. At the final destination, Epernay you are in the middle of the Champagne industry. By train you visit the ancient town of Reims. The roots of the town date back to the Roman empire.

 

  • Type of tour Guided
  • Level 2
  • Duration 8 days
  • Distance 45 km , average per day
  • Paris, city of lights
  • Vineyards
  • Cathedral of Reims

Daily Program

1 km = 0,62 miles
Day 1

Saturday: Paris (on May 30; June 13; August 22 the tour goes in reverse order)

Arrive at the barge, moored in central Paris, between 12 and 2 PM. Canal cruise to the Seine, cruise on the Seine upstream to the confluence of the rivers Seine and Marne.

Day 2

Sunday: Paris - Lagny

35KM

We have planned our ride mostly on bike trails and quiet roads with relatively low traffic. We leave Paris near the Bois and Chateau of Vincennes.

Day 3

Monday: Lagny - Meaux - La Ferté sous Jouarre

35KM

We enter the region of Brie today, famous around the world for its soft cheese. We ride into Meaux, with its unfinished Gothic cathedral. Some hills after visit to city center. Mooring not far from the little town of La Ferté-sous-Jouarre. Option: visit to Jouarre (church, abbey, crypt) on hilltop (15 km).

Day 4

Tuesday: La Ferté sous Jouarre - Chateau Thierry

45KM

Nice ride in the countryside with some hills. Encounter with first vineyards of the Champagne-region. Ride in the river valley. Visit Chateau Thierry.

Day 5

Wednesday: Chateau Thierry - Dormans

35KM

A ride along the river today with a few hills. Visit to park and memorial World War I. Free afternoon.

Day 6

Thursday: Dormans - Epernay

40KM

We ride through vine-covered fields and over some hillier terrain from our mooring near Dormans. We cycle to Epernay, the center of the Champagne industry, and visit one of the many Champagne houses for a guided tour in the cellars.

Day 7

Friday: Excursion Reims, by train

After breakfast we will leave the Marne valley to go to the ancient town of Reims by train. The roots of the town date back to the Roman empire. There is a Forum and the Porte de Mars, a monumental triumphal arch.

This day has two highlights:
• A visit of the Cathedral de Notre Dame. Until 1825 the coronation of all kings took place in this cathedral. Destroyed in the Great War it was carefully restored in its old glory.
• Visit of one of the largest Champagne brands: Pommery. The famous Heidsieck champagne originates from this house. Literally hundreds of thousands bottles are stored here.
If you already have seen and tasted enough champagne, you can pay a visit to the Musée des Beaux Arts or walk around town.

Day 8

Saturday: Epernay

Tour ends in Epernay after breakfast.

Travel Dates

Date Availability Departure Accomodation Category  
5/23/2020 - 5/30/2020 Available Paris Feniks Comfort Plus Book now
5/30/2020 - 6/6/2020 Available Epernay Feniks Comfort Plus Book now
6/6/2020 - 6/13/2020 Available Paris Feniks Comfort Plus Book now
6/13/2020 - 6/20/2020 Available Epernay Feniks Comfort Plus Book now
8/15/2020 - 8/22/2020 Available Paris Feniks Comfort Plus Book now
8/22/2020 - 8/29/2020 Available Epernay Feniks Comfort Plus Book now

Tour prices

Accommodation Room Price Children 0-2 years Children 3-11 years
Prices are per cabin 0 0
Feniks 2-berth Luxury cabin with low beds € 2700,- 0 0
Feniks 2-berth cabin with low beds € 2270,- 0 0
Feniks Bunk bed cabin for 2 people € 1900,- 0 0
Feniks Bunk bed cabin for 1 person € 1450,- 0 0

Rent a bike

Image Name Type Price per week
24 speed hybrid bicycle barge Feniks, 1 week 24 speed hybrid bicycle barge Feniks, 1 week Gazelle Fuente, incl. bike helmet €90
Electric bike, 24 speeds barge Feniks, 1 week Electric bike, 24 speeds barge Feniks, 1 week Incl. bike helmet €135
Image Name Type Price per week
24 speed hybrid bicycle barge Feniks, 1 week 24 speed hybrid bicycle barge Feniks, 1 week Gazelle Fuente, incl. bike helmet €95
Electric bike, 24 speeds barge Feniks, 1 week Electric bike, 24 speeds barge Feniks, 1 week Incl. bike helmet €143

Included

  • Twin cabin with shower/toilet ensuite
  • 7x breakfast, 7x lunch and 6x (3 course) dinner per week.
  • Coffee, tea and biscuits
  • Afternoon snacks
  • Multi lingual tour guide
  • Daily check and cleaning of your cabin
  • Daily care of your personal laundry

Not included

  • Reservation costs € 20,- per party
  • Bicycle rent
  • (Non)alcoholic beverages aboard and ashore. Soda, beer and wine are available at reasonable prices; corkage fee of € 7,50 if you bring your own wine.
  • Entrance fees
  • Personal/cancellation insurance

Special details

  • This tour is operated by our partner.
  • Please take good notice of our Terms & Conditions.
  • The program is subject to change without notice.
  • Gluten and lactose free diets are welcome, other diets are on request.

Arrival info

You are expected at the barge on Saturday afternoon, between 11.00 AM and 14.00 PM. You can bring your luggage earlier to the barge, but not
before 10.30 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 Feniks in Paris: Quai de L’Oise  Bassin de la Villette, Quai de la Seine, Paris.

Airport

The nearest airport to the embarkation point of the barge is Paris Charles de Gaulle.

The roads

In France, most tracks are paved, but sometimes you will bike on the same road as the cars do. The landscape can be hilly and you might choose to walk some small distances with your bike if the slope is too steep.

What to pack

As well as packing personal things, most cyclists cycle in bike clothes and wear a bike helmet. This is all up to you, though on the hillier tracks it is safer to wear a helmet. We have a few extra helmets on the boat, just in case you forgot to bring your own. It is wise to bring your rain gear (there is always the possibility of rain) and also your bathing suit, in case we find a nice place to swim. Also a nice sweater for cold evenings is comfortable.

Laundry Service

Getting your laundry done while travelling can be a hassle. We lighten that burden, just give us your load of wash in the morning and you will get it back the following day, freshly laundered. All you have to do is hang out your laundry to dry midships and you can enjoy your clean clothes again.

Electricity

On board the Feniks and on the shore is 220 volt, so you might need an adapter. We have a hairdryer you can use.

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Frequently asked questions

  • What biking level is the Champagne tour, Paris-Epernay, incl. Reims

    The tour along the Marne leads to Epernay while crossing the steeper slopes that suit the moderate biker. Daily average of the whole tour 45 Km or 4 hrs by bike.

  • 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.

  • What is the average age of the participants?

    The ages vary between 35 and 75, but of course we have younger and older guests. During school vacations there are more children on board.

  • Can I bring along my own bicycle?

    Yes, you may. On most tours this has no bearing on the total cost of the trip, however, please mention this at time of booking. Sometimes an additional charge may be requested for the bicycle when transferring from one place to another.

More questions

Price starting from € 925,- * * There are no extra's included in this price

Accommodations

Feniks
Feniks

About the barge Feniks

Originally the Feniks was built in 1928 as a freighter on the Dutch, Belgium and French waters. In 1992 the Feniks was reconstructed to a hotel passenger ship and put in service for several sailing holidays. On board you will find a comfortable and well lit saloon, where you can relax and have a good meal. Outside on the deck you will find various seats to take the best views over the great landscapes. There is a sundeck to relax on; or you can sit under the awning which give you shelter from the sun. If the weather allows, the meals will be served outside on the deck.

Cabin plan

All cabins have an individual bathroom with sink, shower and toilet, central heating and 220 volt sockets. Washer and dryer available, as well as hair dryer.

• 2 Luxury cabins: twin beds, wardrobe, table.
• 3 Low bed cabins
• 2 single traveler cabins with bunk bed (double occupation possible)

  • Offical name Feniks
  • Length 39 m
  • Width 5.4 m
  • Capacity 14 persons
  • Electricity 220 Volts

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