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Champagne, Paris-Reims-Paris

Cycling through the vineyards of the Champagne region

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. After Reims the landscape is lightly sloping to Compiègne and Auvers sur l’Oise, where Vincent van Gogh lived and painted the last months of his life. Visit of the cemetery where Vincent and his brother Theo are buried.

This is a two week tour, of which you can join the Feniks for one week. You can hop on or off the Feniks in Reims, thus do the first or the second part of the whole tour.

 

  • Type of tour Guided
  • Level 2
  • Duration 8/15 days
  • Distance 45 km , average per day
  • Paris, city of lights
  • Vineyards
  • Cathedral of Reims
  • Chantilly castle

Daily Program

1 km = 0,62 miles
Day 1

Saturday: Paris

Arrival at the barge, cruise on the Seine upstream to the confluence of the rivers Seine and Marne.

Day 2

Sunday: Paris - Lagny

45KM

We leave Paris near the Bois and chateau of Vincennes.

Day 3

Monday: Lagny - La Ferté sous Jouarre

45KM

The region of Brie today, famous around the world for its soft cheese. We ride into Meaux, with its unfinished Gothic cathedral.

Day 4

Tuesday: La Ferté sous Jouarre - Chateau Thierry

45KM

Countryside with some hills. First vineyards of the Champagne-region.Visit Chateau Thierry.

Day 5

Wednesday: Chateau Thierry - Dormans

45KM

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

Day 6

Thursday: Dormans - Isse

45KM

Through Champagne vineyards 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: Isse - Reims

45KM

To the ancient town of Reims. Until 1825 the coronation of all kings took place in the cathedral of Reims.

Day 8

Saturday: Reims - Courcy

10KM

New guests arrive. After boarding you get your bike leaving Reims for a small bike ride in the afternoon to the mooring place near Courcy, a little village not far from Reims.

Day 9

Sunday: Courcy - Bourg et Comin

45KM

Area with vineyards northwest of Reims. Passing picturesque villages and sloping hills covered with vines we gradually leave the Champagne region.

Day 10

Monday: Bourg et Comin - Soissons

45KM

Bourg-et-Comin into the Aisne valley, quiet country roads, hardly hills on our ride near the river Aisne and then to Soissons, a historic town with medieval church and abbey ruins.

Day 11

Tuesday: Soissons - Verberie

45KM

Visit of Pierrefonds, cosy town with an impressive castle. Through forest of Compiègne to historic site of Clairière de l’Armistice, used for the armistice signing ceremonies in 1918 and 1940. Then Compiègne, where Louis XVI and Napoleon Bonaparte used the palace as a summer residence. Joan of Arc was captured here before turned over to the English.

Day 12

Wednesday: Verberie - Creil - Pontoise

45KM

To Chantilly, center for horse racing or visit of the Chantilly castle. Then to Auvers sur Oise. Walk in the village in which the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh lived the last few, but very productive months of his life and where you will find many of the scenes he painted, as well as his grave.

Day 13

Thursday: Pontoise - Bougival

45KM

From Pontoise along the river past several spots which inspired many 19th century painters. Continue to St Germain-en-Laye (beautiful view over Paris) to Bougival. Possible visit to the lovely chateau and park of Malmaison, residence of Napoleon and Joshephine.

Day 14

Friday: Bougival - Paris

45KM

Visit to the park of Versailles. Beautiful river cruise along the Eiffel Tower, Musée d’Orsay, the Louvre museum and the Notre Dame, before entering the Port de l’Arsenal.

Day 15

Saturday

Tour ends in Paris after breakfast.

Travel Dates

Date Availability Departure Accomodation Category  
6/8/2019 - 6/15/2019 Available Paris Feniks Comfort Plus Book now
6/8/2019 - 6/22/2019 Available Paris Feniks Comfort Plus Book now
6/15/2019 - 6/22/2019 Available Reims Feniks Comfort Plus Book now

Tour prices

Accommodation Room Price Children 0-2 years Children 3-11 years
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Feniks 1 week: 2-berth Luxury cabin with low beds € 2590,- 0 0
Feniks 1 week: 2-berth cabin with low beds € 2190,- 0 0
Feniks 1 week: Bunk bed cabin for 2 people € 1850,- 0 0
Feniks 1 week: Bunk bed cabin for 1 person € 1095,- 0 0
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Feniks 2 weeks: 2-berth Luxury cabin with low beds € 4790,- 0 0
Feniks 2 weeks: 2-berth cabin with low beds € 4160,- 0 0
Feniks 2 weeks: Bunk bed cabin for 2 people € 3560,- 0 0
Feniks 2 weeks: Bunk bed cabin for 1 person € 2080,- 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
24-speed hybrid bike, price for 2 weeks 24-speed hybrid bike, price for 2 weeks Gazelle Fuente, incl. bike helmet €180
Electric bike with 24 speeds, price for 2 weeks Electric bike with 24 speeds, price for 2 weeks Incl. bike helmet €270

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 booking 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.
The mooring place of the barge Feniks in Reims: Boulevard Henri Henrot

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-Reims-Paris

    The tour along the Marne leads to Epernay and Reims while crossing the steeper slopes that suit the moderate biker. The tour from Reims to Auvers and back to Paris is easy to do for all cyclists. 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 20 persons
  • Electricity 220 Volts

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