Cycle through the Champagne Region in 6 days!
On Saturday (Day 0), we welcome you in Reims and drive you up North to the starting point of the tour. Not to worry: it’s a short trip ! Before that, we will make sure that your trip from anywhere to Reims is also easy and comfortable.
From there and on sunday, the tour begins! This page will describe what we have specially planned for you. You can of course contact us for further details, and a full comprehensive route of the tour will be provided as soon as you have booked a specific date.
Sunday – Day 1
We wake up and have breakfast at our starting point hotel overlooking a beautiful lake. It is circled by a very pleasant cycle path which will quickly lead to the traces of an Abbey founded in 1134 by Saint Bernard. Later on, we’ll go through one of the most important marking points of French history where both Napoleonic and later on, WWI battles took place. A museum and several memorials will help us to understand what happened on those grounds.
- Distance: 26 km/15 mil
- Ascent: 341 m/1119 ft
- Descent: 371 m/1217 ft
Monday – Day 2
We’re heading towards Reims today. On our path, we’ll find the best of both worlds, mixing authentic and grand in the same day!
Going in and out of the multiple small Champagne villages, you’ll see what we mean by authentic. They are rural and noble at the same time, separated by numerous hills and vineyards. This scenery is unique! We’ll stop in one of them in particular to visit a family owned coopering company. We’ll also meet a champagne maker whose Champagne is often mentioned in the press for its excellence. There, we’ll get to know a bit more about how to taste Champagne too. Once arrived in Reims, we’ll visit the Cathedral of Reims. And this is where we get to the grand bit: all kings and queens of France were crowned in this Cathedral. We can definitely feel this through the incredibly impressive architecture, statues and stained-glass windows.
- Distance: 32 km/20 mil
- Ascent: 230 m/755 ft
- Descent: 202 m/663 ft
Tuesday – Day 3
Today we’ll be cycling through what is called La Montagne de Reims. It is classifies as a natural park and known for its concentration in grand cru and premier cru vineyards (top of the range) but also for its important hills (as the name indicates). This is where you usually thank us for giving you electric bikes! Before leaving Reims we’ll visit a very big Champagne House, one of the world leaders. We’ll visit their underground caves and get to know a bit more about the industrial Champagne process and how this brand became so famous. We’ll stop for picnic in a forest which has the biggest concentration of a rare specie of trees. Very surprising and beautiful! For those who like the Tour de France, we’ll be using a part of their itinerary 2019!
- Distance: 45 km/28 mil
- Ascent: 587 m/1926 ft
- Descent: 566 m/1857 ft
Wednesday – Day 4
Champagne! Champagne! Champagne! We see it, we hear it, we feel it!
Today is dedicated to the visit of an incredible museum in which we will discover all the ancestral tools, techniques and stories about how to make and taste Champagne. The place is an actual Champagne house and has been left as it was since it was built : very authentic! Most people who live in Champagne locally recommend this place as a “must do”. To get there we continue heading south, through what is called La Côte des Blancs. This area of Champagne Vineyards holds its name from the color of the white grapes that are planted there: 95% Chardonnay. It is famous for its hills but more especially for it’s Grand Crus and Premier Crus grapes (don’t worry, you’ll learn all about this when you get here). We’ll be staying a second night in Epernay. Not to forget that in Epernay lies a street called “Avenue de Champagne“ where Champagne Houses are layed out onto 1km. It is considered as the richest street in the world, considering the amount of Champagne that rests underground in the kilometers of Champagne caves.
- Distance: 30 km/19 mil
- Ascent: 604 m/1998 ft
- Descent: 613 m/ 2011 ft
Thursday – Day 5
A mythical village and an extraordinary treasure under the vineyards.
Today is the first time we start “looping the loop” and heading back up North. We’ll sleep a second time in Reims but use a totally different path into the National Park: Montagne de Reims. To begin with, we visit the home village of the famous Dom Perignon. If the name rings a bell it’s probably because the Champagne leader Moët & Chandon named its cuvée prestige after him. He was a Benedictine Monk in the seventeenths century who was credited for inventing Champagne. This myth is definitely a myth ! In reality, he essentially brought major changes to the Champagne process such as wine blending. Then we’ll travel underground and 42 million years backwards to see what is left from a region that was totally covered by the ocean ! Surprise, surprise, you’ll see it with your own eyes ! After an educational bubbly refreshment in a specialized local wine cellar we’ll toodle down into Reims. There are so many things to see in Reims that it’s great to have a second go at it !
- Distance: 42 km/25 mil
- Ascent: 684 m/2244 ft
- Descent: 711 m/2333ft
Friday – Day 6
Last but not least: a big cycling day heading back to where we started!
This morning before leaving Reims, we HAVE to see the Basilica and former Abbey of Saint-Remi. Both elevenths century buildings have been identified as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Saint Remi was buried in the Basilica, one of the largest Romanesque churches in France. We then head off towards North. For those who like cars, you won’t be disappointed as we pass in front of a famous Grand Prix Motor Racing road course. Established in 1926, the circuit was one of the fastest of the era because of it’s two long straights allowing maximum speed which resulted in famous racing battles. The rest of the route takes us through beautiful little villages of the Montage de Reims. We also pass in front of a few WWI memorials before we arrive back to our starting point to spend our last night all together.
- Distance: 55 km/38 mil
- Ascent: 660 m/2165 ft
- Descent : 670 m/ 2198 ft
Total distance: 220 kms/135 mil
Total ascent: 3106 m/10190 ft
Total descent: 3133 m/10278 ft
Are you ready for a journey ?