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Champagne Bike tours – Cycling in the Champagne Region

Explore one of the greatest French treasures on one of our Champagne bike tours: the Champagne region located between Reims and Epernay. Cycle through the region endless acres of vineyards. Participate in a wine tour and wine tasting at a famous Champagne house. Bike in the Marne Valley and along the Marne river on your way to Hautvillers. In Epernay, Moet & Chandon welcomes you in its legendary cellars for a Champagne tasting. Whether you’re tasting wine solely made of Pinot noir or visiting wineries in Alsace, cycling in the Champagne region with DIGnGO is a dream vacation.

At a glance
Duration 6 days
Starting Location Bezannes
Finishing Location Colmar
Activity Level Moderate
Price $4,698
Sgl. Suppl. $1,200

Details of our Champagne bike tours

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Reims and the Champagne region before a wonderful wine tasting

From Avize to Avize (19 miles)
Meet us in Bezanne at the Champagne Ardenne TGV train station, located just 15 minutes from Reims city center. If you are staying in the champagne region the night before, we recommend that you take a train from Reims train station as it only takes 12 minutes. For your introduction to this region, you start with a bike ride in the Cote des Blancs, one of the most exclusive wine area in France with 6 villages classified as grand cru. Later on, join a vinter for a champagne tasting of blanc de blancs. If you would rather drink Pinot noir, don’t worry, as we travel to Alsace region you will get to taste pinot noir wine.

Day 2: Bike to Epernay and the Moet & Chandon Champagne house before a visit of Hautvillers

From Avize to Avize (34 miles)
Cycle to Epernay, a town situated south of Reims and featuring some of the most famous champagne houses in the world. To name a few, Dom Perignon, Moët & Chandon Champagne house owned by LVMH wines spirits division, De Castellane and Mercier Champagne house can be found in town. It is worth walking l’Avenue de Champagne, the famous street where most of them are located. Your bike tour then continues all the way to Hautvillers, famous for the abbey of Hautvillers and known as the location where Dom Perignon gave birth to the sparkling champagne.

Day 3: Leave the Marne valley and cross the Marne river on your way to Alsace

From Rosheim to Obernai (26 miles)
This morning, leave the Marne valley and the Cote des blancs. Cross the Marne river where the battle of the Marne was fought, heading into to Rosheim, a town located in Alsace. While your trip leaders take care of setting up your bikes, we recommend that you take a self-guided tour of the town as it features an impressive medieval entrance, a 12th century church and what is said to be the oldest bakery in France.

Day 4: Ride your bicycle through famous vineyards

From Obernai to Kaysersberg (32 miles)
Cycle on the Alsace wine route, going from Strasbourg to Colmar, passing at the foot of the Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg and through the villages of Riquewihr and Ribeauville. On today’s itinerary you bike on the Alsace wine. This route goes through some of the most famous French vineyards in the world and by lovely villages and castles. Cycle at the foot of the château du Haut Koenigsbourg and by the medieval villages of Riquewihr and Ribeauville, which are both surrounded by fortifications and vineyards.

Day 5: Cycle to Eguisheim for a wine tasting

From Kaysersberg to Kaysersberg (31 miles)
Get on your bike and cycle to the town of Eguisheim, for a wine tasting at the largest wine producer in town. During the wine degustation you may try Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Pinot blanc.

Day 6: End your trip in Colmar after a visit of some of the most famous wineries in France

End the trip
Your trip ends in the town of Colmar. In the end and after a week of cycling, French wineries and small wine producers of Champagne and Alsace won’t have any more secrets.

*Please note that the mileage indicated above refers to the basic route, which is the one that 85% of our guests ride. However, we offer multiple daily routes and you may read more about it in the Activity level section below or by clicking the detailed itinerary button above.

Dates

Starting date Ending date
2018-04-15 2018-04-20
2018-04-22 2018-04-27
2018-04-29 2018-05-04
Starting date Ending date
2018-05-06 2018-05-11
2018-05-13 2018-05-18
2018-05-20 2018-05-25
2018-05-27 2018-06-01
Starting date Ending date
2018-06-03 2018-06-08
2018-06-10 2018-06-15
2018-06-17 2018-06-22
2018-06-24 2018-06-29
Starting date Ending date
2018-07-01 2018-07-06
2018-07-08 2018-07-13
2018-07-15 2018-07-20
2018-07-22 2018-07-27
2018-07-29 2018-08-03
Starting date Ending date
2018-08-05 2018-08-10
2018-08-12 2018-08-17
2018-08-19 2018-08-24
2018-08-26 2018-08-31
Starting date Ending date
2018-09-02 2018-09-07
2018-09-09 2018-09-14
2018-09-16 2018-09-21
2018-09-23 2018-09-28
2018-09-30 2018-10-05
Starting date Ending date
2018-10-07 2018-10-12
2018-10-14 2018-10-19

Make a date private

Private tours are for those of you who are seeking to travel exclusively with their group of friends. If you would like to make your trip private, you may choose one of our regularly schedule travel dates and make it exclusively for you and your friends or family or contact us to choose your own departure date. You may read more below for private tour pricing:

  • An extra $500 per person for 6 – 9 guests
  • An extra $1,000 per person for 4 – 5 guests
  • An extra $2,000 per person for 2 – 3 guests

Lodging

Les Avisés (2 nights)

Star rating: ****
Location: Avize
Amenities: Gastronomic restaurant
Member of:

Hotel du Parc (1 night)

Star rating: ****
Location: Obernai
Amenities: Pool, spa
Member of: Authentic Hotels & Cruises

Hotel le Chambard (2 nights)

Star rating: ****
Location: Kaysersberg
Amenities: Pool, spa
Member of:Relais & Châteaux

Activity level

Our Champagne bike tours are lifetime experiences designed for cyclists of all levels of ability. Each day you have a choice of multiple ride options, which means that on certain days you may want to take it easy whereas on other days you may want to challenge yourself. Whatever biking route you choose, you cycle at your own pace.

 

Day Short option Basic option Long option
Miles Elev. Gain Miles Elev. Gain Miles Elev. Gain
1  19  1300
2  22  1200  34  2300  42  2900
3  20  2200  26  2800
4  22  1300  32  2200  41  3600
5  16  1500  31  3200  44  3900

What’s Included

  • All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 4 dinners
  • Multiples daily routes
  • The use of a fully equipped DIGnGO touring bike and gear
  • DIGnGO water bottle, helmet, Garmin GPS and saddle bag
  • 1 leader for every 5 guests
  • Snack & drinks during the day
  • Gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Guided tours, tastings and entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary
  • A leader offering minivan support
  • Luggage transfers
  • Porterage
  • Minivan transfers during the trip
  • Local guides and experts
  • An email a few days prior to your trip

Types of bikes available

Touring Bike (Included)

Brand: Fuji
Model: Fuji Absolute 1.1 Disc
Weight: 10,35 kg

Road bike (Upgrade)

Brand: Scott
Model: Scott Addict Disc or similar
Weight: 8,5 kg

Electric bike (Upgrade)

Brand: Rubbee
Model: Rubbee Drive
Weight: 4.0 kg

Tour map

Avize

Le Mesnil-sur-Oger

Épernay

Hautvillers

Obernai

Rosheim

Ottrott

Barr

Dambach-la-Ville

Kintzheim

Ribeauville

Riquewhir

Kaysersberg

Turckheim

Eguisheim

Colmar

Travel information

How to get to the starting location

  • Buy your flight(s) to Paris
  • Buy your train ticket(s) from Paris to Bezannes on www.raileurope.com
  • Make sure to check online for any timetable changes or railway company track maintenance
  • In case of a delay, please email or call your trip leaders

What to pack

Due to the limited space in our minivan, we ask you to limit the number of bags you bring to 1 suitcase and 1 carry-on luggage. In order to deliver your bags to your room, we ask that each bag has a clear luggage identification tag.

What to pack for biking:

  • Padded cycling shorts
  • Cycling jersey
  • Cycling jacket
  • Bike shoes & pedals
  • Sneakers
  • Cycling gloves
  • Rain jacket
  • Cycling pants
  • Arm warmers
  • Leg warmers
  • Shoe covers & booties
  • Cycling headband or cap
  • Windbreaker
What to pack for dinner:

  • Dress pants
  •  Shirt
  •  Polo
  • Jacket but not required
  •  Dress
  •  Skirt
  • Dress pants
  • Nice top

Pre & post trip lodging options

Paris:

  • Hotel Le Meurice | Rates: €€€€€
  • Le Bristol Paris | Rates: €€€€€
  • Particulier Montmartre | Rates: €€€€
  • Hotel Sofitel Paris Faubourg | Rates: €€€€
  • Hotel Keppler | Rates: €€€
  • Hotel Le Six | Rates: €€€
  • Hotel Bel Ami | Rates: €€€
  • Hotel Daniel Paris | Rates: €€€
  • Hotel Villa Madame | Rates: €€
Reims:

  • Chateau les Crayeres | Rates: €€
  • Best Western Hotel de la Paix | Rates: €€
  • Hotel Akena Reims | Rates: €

Room rate guide:

0 to 100€: €

101€ to 200€: €€

201€ to 300€: €€€

301€ to 400€: €€€€

401€ to 900€: €€€€€

Climate

 

January February March April May June
High F 44 47 54 59 68 73
Low F 33 33 37 39 46 51
Prec. (In) 1.7 1.5 1.7 2.1 2.1 2
July August September October November December
High F 77 77 69 61 50 44
Low F 55 55 49 44 37 33
Prec. (In) 2.1 2.2 1.7 1.8 1.7 2.1

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