• Info

    Tour type
    guided tour
     
    Price per person
    1,289 €

    Departures
    23.05, 6.06 e 20.06.2020

    -
    departures from Paris on 30.05, 13.06.2020 on this link 
     

    Included

    • 7 overnights
    • full board (breakfast, packed lunch and dinner - excluding drinks)
    • accompanying material
    • english speaking tour leader
    • Champagne and Brie tasting
    • use of bed linen and towels
    • hotline service

     

    Not included

    • Transport to and from departure point
    • 1 dinner in Meaux
    • All drinks on board
    • Entrance fees to tourist attractions
    • Anything that is not mentioned under included


    Supplements
    646 € single cabin
    85 € bike rental
    185 € E-bike
    50 € gluten free/ lactose free menu (to be paid on site)

  • Day by Day

    1. Individual arrival in Epernay
    Embarkation and check-in 2 pm. Bicycle delivery, bike fitting and test ride. Dinner on board. Welcome briefing and presentation of the tour program.

     

    2. Epernay round tour (25 km - 16 miles)
    The first half a day bike tour takes you along the quiet canal parallel to the Marne river to Ay and Mareuil-sur-Ay. Return via Dizy to visit Hautvillers. After a somewhat challenging first ascent of the slopes and through the vineyards you will reach this picturesque village of Champagne wine growers on the southern slopes of the Montagne de Reims.

    The highlight of the morning is a visit of the chapel hosting the tomb of the monk Dom Pérignon. According to the local tradition, Dom Pérignon (1638-1715), who was in charge of the wine cellars of the abbey of Benedictine monks, and he was the first to succeed in blending various kinds of wine into a wine of superb quality. After lunch, visit the center of Epernay, which with Reims, is the major wine center of the Champagne region. Epernay has many town houses in neo-renaissance style or classical style dating from the 19th century. Champagne tasting and tour in a Champagne house on the famous Avenue de Champagne.

     

    3. Epernay– Château-Thierry (35/50 km - 19/35 miles)
    Start the first full day cycling tour along the canal and Marne river. You will see the Château de Boursault, a large castle built in 1848 by the widow of Mr. Cliquot (Veuve Cliquot), who dedicated to her name a famous Champagne wine. After a ride up the northern valley slope to the village of Châtillon-sur-Marne rewards will show you stunning view over the Marne valley and the Champagne vineyards. Today you will leave the official Champagne area. Cycle along the Marne river (or cruise) to Dormans, a quiet village on the Marne with a castle and chapel in memory of the battle of the Marne. The short cycling tour ends in Dormans, where you can join the boat. The longer option ends at the lock of Mont St. Pierre. Today’s destination is Château-Thierry, that owes its name to the castle once situated on the slopes above the Marne. The town was the site of the Battle of 1814 in the Napoleonic Wars between France and Prussia and of 1918

     

    4. Château-Thierry – La-Ferté-sous-Jouarre (45 km - 26 miles)
    Enjoy a somewhat challenging bike tour from Château-Thierry to La-Ferté-sous-Jouarre. The first part of the cycling tour leads you along the Marne river. After a few miles you will ride into a small valley marked by quiet villages and country roads. En route you can visit the large WW1 American War Cemetery and Monument near Belleau. Follow the small river Clignon and continue riding uphill until you finally reach the plateau above the northern part of the Marne valley. The side valleys are mainly covered in woodland, while on the plateau agriculture is predominant. Start your descent along the small river Ru de Bouillons to reach La-Ferté-sous-Jouarre, where you meet the barge. Night in La-Ferté-sous-Jouarre or in one of the villages nearby.

     

    5. La Ferté-sous-Jouarre – Meaux (30/50 km - 18/32 miles)
    After breakfast your cycling tour will lead you over the hills and slopes of the Marne valley and through forests and small villages on the southern and northern banks of the river. On the way you may visit the Château de Montceau,Catherine de Médicis residence in the 16th century. Today’s destination is the city of Meaux , famous for its “Brie de Meaux” cheeses and the magnificent Cathedral St.-Etienne. On the way you will enjoy a tasting of the famous Brie de Meaux and Brie noir cheeses. Visit the historical city center of Meaux. Dinner in the city of Meaux (not included) and overnight on board.

     

    6. Meaux – Lagny-sur-Marne (20/45 km - 13/26 miles)
    Visit the beautiful city center of Meaux. Then you will cycle mainly along the Marne river and its parallel canal. The last challenge is the hill near Chalifert while the barge will go through the tunnel crossing this hill. In the afternoon you will meet the barge in Lagny-sur-Marne, where you will stay for the night.

     

    7. Lagny-sur-Marne – Paris (35 km - 21 miles)
    Today we will bike further along the river Marne. After about 10 km you will pass the castle of Champs-sur Marne. The Château de Champs-sur-Marne is characteristic of the residences of leisure built in the countryside in the 18th century, giving rise to a new style of living. It is one of the most magnificently furnished châteaux in the Ile-de-France. Zwaantje will wait for you just outside Paris to cover the last kilometers by ship to the mooring in the heart of Paris.

     

    8. Paris: end of tour.
    After breakfast at 09:00 am end of the tour and disembarkation in Paris.

     

    Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or warnings issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday. Issues with high and low water, as well as logistic obstacles such as officially ordered - previously not announced - repair work on locks or bridges can modify some of the daily stretches or overnight stays and may even request a transfer by bus. These decisions are only taken by the boat’s captain. 

     

  • Route profile

    The tour winds along the valley of the Marne and in the Champagne wine region. Even if most part of the route follows the river and its tributaries, the itinerary will also take you on  countryside roads in a hilly territory with some difficult ascents(vertical up on request). You will rarely cycle on bike paths and mainly on paved low traffic roads.  

     

  • How to get there

    The precise point of embarkation will be written in the Final Tour Details that you will receive a few days before departure.

     

    By plane
    The best way to reach Epernay is by flying to Paris, which has 3 airports, Charles de Gaulle (30 km away from the point of embarkation), Orly (15 km away from the point of embarkation) and Beauvais (80 km away from the point of embarkation).

     

    - From the airport Charles de Gaulle:
    Take a train RER from Charles de Gaulle to reach directly Epernay. For further information please visit the website: www.voyages-sncf.com

     

    - From the airport Orly:
    Take the subway to Gare de L’Est. From here take a train to Epernay. For further information please visit the website: www.voyages-sncf.com

     

    - From the airport Beauvais:
    Take the bus line 30 to the centre of Beauvais. Here take a train to Epernay (1 or 2 changes). For further information please visit the website: www.voyages-sncf.com.

     

    By train
    You can take a train to Paris and from the station Gare de l’Est take a train to Eperay. Visit the website www.voyage-sncf.com for further information.

     

    By car
    You can park you car for the whole week at:
    - parking Gare d’Epernay, address Cour de la Gare (near the station). Price for 7 days ca. 30 €. For further information: https://www.effia.com/en
    - parking Rempart Perrier, 10 Place Léon Bourgeois, Epernay (near the station). Price per day ca. 15 €.

     

  • Accommodation and meals

    ZWAANTIJE

    The Zwaantje (little Swan) is a new built passenger barge.

     

    The cabins
    On the lower deck, the Zwaantje has 12 comfortable guest cabins.

    • 10 twins (7 m² – 75 sq.ft.) with two separate single beds
    • 2 doubles (6 m² – 65 sq.ft.) with one double bed.

     

    Each cabin has a private shower, toilet and basin. All cabins have ventilation, central heating, air-conditioning and a window. Furthermore, in each cabin you will find a mini safe and hair dryer.

     

    The windows in the doubles can be opened, the windows in the twins are fixed for safety reasons.

     

    Common areas
    On the upper deck you will find the nice and cozy salon with heating, air conditioning, large panoramic windows, a restaurant area, lounge corner and a small bar. Wi-Fi is available.

     

    The Zwaantje also has a very spacious sun deck with chairs and tables where you can relax, enjoy the scenery while sailing or join the skipper in the wheel house.

     

    In brief:

    • Passengers (max): 24
    • Private bathroom
    • Towels
    • Air conditioning
    • Wi Fi
    • Hair dryer

     

     

    Watch Zwaantje photo gallery.

     

     

     

  • Bikes and accessories

    In this tour you can rent:
    - unisex 21 gear bikes, an easy and low entry and handbrakes.
    - E-Bike with hand breaks and 3 gears.


    The bikes are equipped with:
    - pannier bag
    - lock
    - helmet

     

    In France bike helmets are only mandatory for children under 12.



  • Accompanying material

    A few days before departure ypu will receive an email including:


    - Embarkation voucher with details on the name of the boat and the precise embarkation point;
    - Tour Notes;
    - Final Tour Details

     

    You will be given on site:
    - printed instructions and maps.

     

    If you have any doubts, please contact us before departure.

     

     

     

  • By your side

    Our tour leaders are multi-lingual, and speak at least English and German. Smart, entertaining, caring and endlessly enthusiastic, they have a true passion for sharing their love of the outdoors, people, culture and local food. Thanks to a deep knowledge of the territory, they can give you useful hints and help you appreciate the place you are visiting. Of course they love cycling and will be happy to give you some advice about how to correctly use the bicycle gears and whenever necessary they can fix your flat tyre.

     

    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us:
    - office +39 0444 1278430 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30 
    - emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00 which will be specified in the Final Tour Detail

     

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