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    Champagne & Paris by Bike + Boat

    Between Paris and Epernay

    • 2nd person pays just half the price on the tours on May 23, 2020. Only valid on new bookings until March 12th.
      The Champagne tour is a bike and barge touring classic that not only allows guests to explore the world famous city of Paris, but also the Champagne region, famous of course, for producing Champagne wines. From the time the Benedictine monk Dom Pierre Pérignon invented the bubbly drink in 1670 at the Abbey of Hautvillers, the Champagne name has been synonymous worldwide with the very best of sparkling wines.

      Every day you will cycle small country roads (including a few un- or semi-paved roads and tracks) that go slightly up and down the beautiful slopes of the wide river valley, through the hills and the Champagne vineyards.

      On a daily basis you will have the opportunity to cycle to boutique wineries, sample a variety of champagnes, taste delicious cheeses of the Brie region and generally discover all gems that the Champagne region, UNESCO world heritage, has to offer. But more than just visiting the Champagne region, you will also have the opportunity to explore Paris, one of Europe’s most beautiful and beloved cities. Other highlights of the tour include a visit to the city of Meaux, well known for its Brie cheeses and a stopover in Château-Thierry, scene of major battles in World War I. Along the way you will cycle through almost endless vineyards on the rolling banks of the Marne river and visit a local wine farmer. The tour ends in the city of Epernay, the real capital of the Champagne region, where you will have the opportunity to visit one of the town’s imposing champagne cellars.

       

      Tour profile / level 2-3

      This is a moderate level tour that is at times challenging with hilly terrain and varied country roads. It is for experienced bikers in good physical condition. However, daily mileage is limited (approximately 31 miles per day) and there is time provided for breaks to visit little villages and places of interest.

      Tour Paris - Epernay

      Day 1: Paris
      Embarkation and check-in at 2 p.m. at the Quai de Bercy on the Seine river in Paris. After a welcome by the captain, crew and tour leader there is time for a walking tour through Paris. After dinner on board there is a first briefing about the barge, bicycles and tour program.

      Day 2: Paris - Lagny-sur-Marne, approx. 35 km
      You leave Paris by bike via the canal de l’Ourcq. A bike path leads from the place the la Bastille (close to the mooring place of the Zwaantje), via the basin of la Vilette to the banks of the l’Ourcq. This canal was built by order of Napoleon Bonaparte. The canal provided the city with water and played an important role in the transportation of goods to and from the city. Destination of today is Lagny, a nice little town along the Marne.

      Day 3: Lagny-sur-Marne - Meaux, approx. 22 - 42 km
      During breakfast, the barge will sail on the Marne River through the outskirts of Paris to Lagny-sur- Marne. The barge will pass the tunnel near Saint-Maurice, which is a very impressive experience. In Lagny-sur-Marne, you can take your bicycle for a first ride along the Marne river and its parallel canal. The first challenge is the hill near Chalifert. The barge will take the tunnel through the hill but cyclists can test their endurance by climbing and crossing that hill by bicycle. Today’s destination is the city of Meaux, famous for its "Brie de Meaux" cheeses and the magnificent Cathedral St.-Etienne. The barge will overnight in Meaux.

      Day 4: Meaux – La Ferté-sous-Jouarre, approx. 30 - 52 km
      After breakfast you will start your cycling tour through the center of Meaux, leading 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, construction of which was started by Catherine de Médicis in the 16th century. During the day you will enjoy a tasting of the famous Brie de Meaux and Brie Noir cheese. The boat will moor for the night in La-Ferté-sous-Jouarre or one of the villages nearby.

      Day 5: La-Ferté-sous-Jouarre – Château-Thierry, approx. 42 km
      Today is a somewhat challenging bike tour from La-Ferté-sous-Jouarre to Château-Thierry. The first segment leads along the Marne River. After a few miles, you will take a side valley and follow country roads along the small Ru de Bouillons River through various small villages and hamlets. Continuing uphill, you finally reach the plateau above the northern part of the Marne valley. Follow the valley of the small river Clignon. En route, there is the opportunity to visit the large WWI American War Cemetery and Monument near Belleau which covers 130.5 acres, and is the final rest for the largest number of US military dead in Europe, a total of 14,246. Most of those buried here lost their lives during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive of World War I. A lovely descent then follows to Château-Thierry. Overnight in Château-Thierry.

      Day 6: Château-Thierry – Dormans – Epernay, approx. 35 - 50 km
      Château-Thierrry owes its name to the castle that once was situated on the slopes above the Marne where remnants still remain. Château-Thierry is also known as the native town of the world-famous writer of fables Jean de la Fontaine. You will have the option to choose between a longer or shorter bike ride as you enter 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. During World War I, this area was the scene of  intense battles. You will see the Château de Boursault, a large castle built in 1848 by the widow of Mr. Cliquot, who gave her name (Veuve Cliquot) to a famous Champagne wine. A ride up the northern valley slope to the village of Châtillon-sur-Marne rewards the cyclist with a stunning panoramic view over the Marne valley and the Champagne vineyards. Dinner on board and overnight in Epernay.

      Day 7: Epernay round tour, approx. 17 - 25 km
      The last bike ride of this tour takes you along the quiet canal parallel to the Marne River to Ay and Mareuil-sur-Ay. Via Dizy as you return to Epenay, there is opportunity to visit Hautvillers. After a somewhat challenging ascent, you will reach this picturesque village of Champagne wine growers on the southern slopes of the Montagne de Reims. A highlight is a visit of the chapel with the tomb of the monk Dom Pérignon. According to tradition, Dom Pérignon (1638-1715), who was in charge of the wine cellars of the abbey of Benedictine monks, was the first to succeed in blending various kinds of wine into a wine of superb quality. Double fermentation, a method for the making of champagne, was also introduced by him. Reportedly, upon tasting his creation, he said, "Come quickly, I am tasting the stars." Once back in Epernay,  after lunch, there is time to visit the center. Together with Reims, Epernay is a major wine center of the Champagne region. Three extensive wine regions meet here: the Montagne the Reims, the Côte des Blancs, and the Vallée de la Marne. Epernay has many town houses in the neo-renaissance style or classical style dating from the 19th century, especially around the beautiful Avenue of the Champagne where prestigious champagne houses such as Moët & Chandon are situated. The day ends with champagne tasting and a tour in one of the major Champagne houses.

      Day 8: Epernay
      After breakfast, this unique tour ends! Individual departure.

      Tour Epernay - Paris

      Day 1: Epernay
      Embarkation and check-in at 2 p.m. in Epernay. After a welcome by the captain, crew and tour leader there is time for bicycle fitting and a short test ride. After dinner your tour leader will take you for a walk through Epernay, the major wine center of the Champagne region. Epernay has
      many town houses dating in neo-renaissance style or classical style dating from the 19th century, especially around the beautiful Avenue the Champagne, where many prestigious champagne houses are situated.

      Day 2: Epernay round tour, approx. 17 - 25 km
      The first half day’s 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 (cyclists can test their shape and muscles for the first time) you will reach this picturesque village of Champagne wine growers on the southern slopes of the Montagne de Reims. Highlight is a visit of the chapel with the tomb of the monk Dom Pérignon. According to tradition, Dom Pérignon (1638-1715), who was in charge of the wine cellars of the abbey of Benedictine monks, was the first to succeed in blending various kinds of wine into a wine of superb quality. Double fermentation, characteristic for the making of champagne, was introduced also by him. Return cycling to Epernay. After lunch, visit the center of Epernay. Together with Reims, Epernay is the major wine center of the Champagne region, where three extensive wine regions meet: the Montagne the Reims, the Côte des Blancs and the Vallée de la Marne. Epernay has many town houses dating in neo-renaissance style or classical style dating from the 19th century, especially around the beautiful Avenue the Champagne where prestigious champagne houses such as Moët & Chandon are situated. Champagne tasting and tour in a Champagne house on the famous Avenue de Champagne.

      Day 3: Epernay– Dormans – Château-Thierry, approx. 35 - 50 km
      Start the first full day cycling tour along the canal and Marne river. We will see the Château de Boursault, a large castle built in 1848 by the widow of Mr. Cliquot, who gave her name (Veuve Cliquot) to a famous Champagne wine. A ride up the northern valley slope to the village of Châtillon-sur-Marne rewards the cyclist with a stunning panoramic view over the Marne valley and the Champagne vineyards. Today we 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. During World War I this area was the scene of close battles. Dinner on board and night in Epernay. Today’s destination is Château-Thierrry, that owes its name to the castle that once was 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 in World War I. Château-Thierry is also known as the native town of the world-famous writer of fables Jean de la Fontaine. Short bike tour - if possible - starts in Dormans.

      Day 4: Château-Thierry – La-Ferté-sous-Jouarre, approx. 42 km
      Enjoy a 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 take a small side valley and follow country roads through various small villages and hamlets. 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 with forest, 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 one of the villages nearby.

      Day 5: La Ferté-sous-Jouarre – Meaux, approx. 30 - 52 km
      After breakfast you will start your cycling tour that 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 we may visit the Château de Montceau, the building of which was started by Catherine de Médicis in the 16th century. Today’s destination is the city of Meaux , famous for its "Brie de Meaux" cheeses and the magnificent cathedral, the Cathedral St.-Etienne. During the day you will enjoy a tasting of the famous Brie de Meaux and Brie noir cheeses. Visit the historical city center of Meaux. Dinner on board and night in Meaux.

      Day 6: Meaux – Lagny-sur-Marne, approx. 20 - 42 km
      In Meaux you can take your bicycle for a last ride, mainly along the Marne river and its parallel canal. Last challenge is the hill near Chalifert. The barge will take the tunnel through this hill, but cyclists have to ride up to take the hill by bicycle. In the early afternoon you will meet the barge in Lagny-sur-Marne. The barge will sail from Lagny-sur-Marne on the Marne river to Paris. On this last part of sailing, the barge will pass another tunnel, the tunnel near Saint-Maurice, which is a very impressive experience. Dinner on board and night in Paris.

      Day 7: Lagny-sur-Marne - Paris, approx. 35 km
      Today we will bike further along the Canal d’Ourcq. This canal was built by order of Napoleon Bonaparte. The canal provided the city with water and played an important role in the transportation of goods to and from the city. We will enter the city along a bike path that leads via the basin of la Vilette all the way to the place the la Bastille (close to the mooring place of the Zwaantje). We will find the Zwaantje at Quai Bercy in the heart of Paris.

      Day 8: Paris
      End of your tour: Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30 a.m.

      IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

      Due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements we reserve the right to make changes of routing and program.

    • ARRIVAL - PARKING - DEPARTURE

      ARRIVAL BY PLANE

      Airport: Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG)/Orly (ORY), Reims (RHE)


      ARRIVAL BY TRAIN

      Train station: Paris, Reims, Champagne-Ardennes (TGV Station next to Reims)

      Current train  connections and prices you will find under: www.radreisen.at/france-train


      ARRIVAL BY CAR

      Parking: Eperney: there are some parking lots next to the embarkation port free of charge.


      ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

      Diet: (i.e.: lactosefree, glutenfree) possible on request, price is in request, payable locally. Must be booked at least 14 days prior to departure.

      Due to the space on board it is not possible to take your own bike with you!

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    • Included services:
      • 7 nights in outside cabin in the booked category
      • full board (breakfast, self-made picnic lunch for bike tours, 6x three-course- dinner)
      • daily coffee and tea until 4 p.m. 
      • use of bed linen and towels (change of towels daily possible), daily cabin cleaning
      • welcome drink and speech on the first evening
      • daily briefings of bike tours
      • experienced tour leader (multilingual: German, English, Dutch), during the day the guide is cycling the daily bike tour and can be reached on his cell phone
      • Visit champagne cellar in Epernay
      • Champagne tasting at local producer
         
      • Some short walking tours
         
      • Brie cheese tasting in Jouarre
         
      • maps and information material per cabin
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      Extras

       Bicycles & Equipment
       21-speed-UNISEX 85
       E-bike  185
         
       Extras
       Gluten free or dairy free meals (payable on board) price on request

      Best - Price - Guarantee

      If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
      All prices per person in EUR
    • Welcome on Board of MV ZWAANTJE!

      EQUIPMENT

      The MPS Zwaantje, which means "Little Swaan", is a unique and cozy Dutch passenger barge.

      Since September 2014, the „Zwaantje“ has new owners and operators: Martijn van Tatenhove and Marjorie Kersten, who are experienced as operators of a passenger barge for more than thirteen years. Martijn is your experienced captain on board; he grew up in a family in the hotel and restaurant business and is also a licensed chef. Marjorie graduated in Tourism at the Breda High School and has been working in public relations. The sympathetic and very motivated couple have slightly restyled the interior of the “Zwaantje” in winter 2014-2015 and have created a warm and cozy atmosphere.

      On the main deck you will find the nice and cozy salon with air conditioning and large panoramic windows, a restaurant area, lounge corner and a small bar. Depending on the quality of the network connection (mobile internet, limited data amount) the salon offers free Wi-Fi. The barge has a very spacious sun deck (90 square meters / 860 square ft.) with chairs and tables and a beautiful view, where you can relax or join the skipper in the wheel house.


      CATERING

      full board: breakfast, picnic lunch during bike tours, 3-course-dinner, coffee and tea


      CABINS

      On lower deck the barge has 13 sleeping cabins: 10 twin cabins with two single beds each and two cabins with a double (French) bed and an additional 3rd bed as Pullman bed. The tour leader will be accommodated in a single cabin. All cabins have a small en-suite bathroom with toilet, shower and wash basin, a fixed window (both double cabins have larger windows that also open) and individual air conditioning.


      NO SMOKING-SHIP

      The interior of the ship is a non-smoking area: smoking is only allowed on the (outside) sun deck.


      LANGUAGES ON BOARD

      German, English

    • Rental-Bicycles & equipment

      Our ship owned bikes to rent are most modern

      • 21-speed UNISEX-touring/trekking bicycles with a comfortable, deep entrance

      Electric bikes | E-Bikes | Pedelecs

      On some barges we offer modern quality-electrically assisted bikes (Pedelecs) with 7 or 8-gear-hub circuit, gradual selectable help of pedaling power and deep UNISEX-comfot-entrance. The bikes are equipped with a powerful Panasonic or Bosch-Pedelec-Engine and a powerful Lithium-Ion-Battery, one battery-charge is sufficient for up to 65 kilometers. The range of the battery is depending on supportlevel, riding manners, body weight and terrain. In a more hilly terrain or with a higher bodyweight there is more batterycapacity used then in flat areas or with a low bodyweight. You can save battery, when you start with most possible low support and increase only if needed. The batteries are supposed to be charged overnight with the provided battery charger.

       

      IMPORTANT: book early, because of limited capacity!

      A note to our customers: Electric bikes are a great thing! However, due to their characteristics (high weight + high speed) they should only be booked by very experienced and safe cyclists with a good sense of balance. E-bikes are not appropriate for persons who do not ride bikes frequently.


      Bicycle breakdowns
      can happen, also when bikes are well serviced and maintained. Flats can be fixed by yourself. If there’s a difficult repair you may ask your guide on spot.

    • 5,4 11.06.2018 | Scott M. Champagne & Paris by Bike + Boat

      Outstanding barge, crew, and itinerary!

      We had a wonderful week onboard the Zwaantje. The barge is very modern and comfortable. We especially enjoyed the large rooftop sundeck. The meals were excellent! Quantity, quality, and variety - all outstanding. The crew was also fantastic, as was ...
      • Overall satisfaction 6
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 6
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
      • Accomodation 6
      • Board 6
      • Route description 2
      • On-site assistance 6
      • Route-character 3
      • Bicycle + equipment 6
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