The Champenoise Method

Champagne vineyards by bike

Highlights

Epernay and the Avenue de Champagne
The vineyard of Champagne: its independent wine-growers and its great Maisons de Champagne
The Reims Mountain and its picturesque villages

Hillside

A weekend in the heart of typical champagne villages.

Discover Champagne by bike

From Epernay, the capital of Champagne, you will go through the slopes that have made the reputation of the Champagne region. By bike, you will discover the historical and natural riches of the Reims Mountain, a geographical region made up of Grands Crus wine villages as well as the forest of the Regional Natural Park.

Take heights in a balloon ride with our partner or sink into the heart of chalky Champagne soil to visit the wineries. A discovery weekend that will allow you to appreciate all the riches that this beautiful region has to offer.

Carte itinéraire séjour à vélo - La méthode Champenoise
Niveau LeisureLeisure or Niveau FitFit
Day 1

FROM EPERNAY, HAUTVILLIERS LOOP 23km 375m Niveau Loisir

On this route you cross the Marne and climb placidly to the charming villages of Champillon and Hautvillers. They are located 200 meters above sea level between vineyards and forests, and offer great views of the Val de Marne and Epernay. Hautvillers, commune founded in 658 around the Saint-Pierre abbey, perfectly preserves its ancestral architecture. Then you return to Epernay and enjoy a stroll on the impressive Avenue de Champagne.

  • For a few more km 33km 486m Niveau Forme

    You will continue your route through the forest of Hautvillers. You will join the communes of Romery and Damery then the Marne that you will ride along before reaching Epernay.

Day 2

FROM EPERNAY, BLANCS DES BLANCS LOOP 37km 577m Niveau Loisir

You ride on the famous white coast and its “White Whites”. It owes its name to its grape, Chardonnay, and offers charming roads around the small mountain of Avize. You will end your day by contemplating the impressive Maisons de Champagne of the avenue of the same name. Here you are in Cuis facing the Montagne d’Avize and its “White Whites”, which takes its name from the color of its grape variety: the Chardonnay. A winery visit can be the occasion for a pleasant tasting break before your return to Epernay.

Day 3

FROM EPERNAY, LOUVOIS LOOP 28km 194m Niveau Loisir

This day begins slowly along the side channel of the Marne. You let yourself be guided by the the water flow. With the canal on your left, the Marne weaves through its valley on your right. In Bisseuil, you leave the canal to join the welcoming commune of Avenay-Val-d’Or. This dynamic city of a thousand inhabitants has many structures with remarkable architecture, and probably the most beautiful church in the region. How about a balloon ride to magnificently end this ride in the country of Dom Pérignon?

  • For a few more km 42km 120m Niveau Forme

    In Tours-sur-Marne, you will leave the canal to join the commune of Louvois and its Castle.

Essential Range

You want to enjoy your itinerary without anything fancy. Our ”essential” range offers a simple accommodation for a good night’s rest in a simple hotel, guesthouse, rest house or hostel.

Accommodation example

Starting from 280€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Comfort Range

Our quality standard at Abicyclette. This type of accommodation includes 2 and 3 stars hotels. Depending on the itinerary, you might spend some nights in approved guesthouses. You enjoy a double bedroom with private bathroom and toilet and adapted welcome for you and your bikes.

Accommodation example
Chambre d'hôtes Les Epicuriens Epernay Façade

Starting from 292€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Privilege Range

Opt for total comfort in charming 3 and 4 star hotels which offer all the services you need and a special welcome for you and your bikes.

Accommodation example
Vue de l'accueil de l’hôtel Jean Moët coté rue à Épernay

Starting from 320€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Bed & Breakfast Range

Another way to travel, meeting the people of the lands you cycle through. They welcome you in their home and offer board and lodging*. It gives you the opportunity to chat and deepen your knowledge of the region. We have selected them for their charm and privacy.

*breakfast included, diners available according to establishments

Accommodation example

Starting from 306€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Price includes

  • Accommodation: 2 nights in a double room
  • 2 breakfasts
  • Phone assistance
  • Application fee
  • Day 1 : Orientation by phone [week-end]
  • Taxes
  • The itinerary trackable on the following supports:
    • Loan of a Bicycle GPS uploaded with full itinerary of the trip
    • Topo maps
    • Cycling practical guide including restaurant recommendations for lunch & dinner

Price does not include

  • bike rental (see option)
  • Breakfast on day 1
  • Lunches
  • Dinners not included in "Price includes"
  • Drinks, visits & other personal expenses

Homemade and fully tested itineraries
  • Routes selected for their cycling and touristic interest entirely tested and away from traffic
  • Accomodations selected for their hospitality, atmosphere, services and quality meals
  • A flexible organisation to suit you needs and wishes: You choose the date you want to you leave on! We check the availability of each accomodation to make sure it is possible.

Close assistance
  • One of our guides greets you on your first day. He will hand out all the needed documents for the trip (hotel vouchers, maps of the area,GPS, practical guide), get you settled on your bikes (for rental bikes).
  • Phone assistance, you can reach the Abicyclette team whenever you need
  • A Luggage transfer service which respects your hours of rest (we pick them up after 10:00 and deliver them before 16:00)

Follow your itinerary anyway you like – modern, practical, traditional

GPS for cycling trips

  • We loan you a GPS so that you can easily follow your itinerary without having to look for your way around (bike support included)
  • A practical cycling guide with all the useful information (addresses, highlights for the day, topo maps, and touristic information)

 


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On our guided tours (for groups on demand), we accompany you every step of the way
  • One of our state qualified instructor and professional cycling guide accompanies you every step of the way
  • Full board (all meals covered unless asked otherwise)
  • A picnic buffet set up for lunch with a wide choice of fresh and local produce

We offer a high-end bike rental service. Our bikes are suited for road and gravel road long-distance cycling. Fully equipped and highly reliable, they are faithful travel companions.


EBike

Ebike from the French brand “néomouv”,
Type “Carlina”,
26 or 28 inches,
Autonomy of 50 to 80 kms.

Supplied equipment per bike

  • Fluorescent vest,
  • Helmet,
  • Anti-puncture bomb,
  • Code lock,
  • Pump.
Vélo électrique Facil Ebike

Hiking Bike

Women trekking bike,
21 speeds,
Handy and comfortable.

Woman model with low frame + front basket

The reliable, practical and comfortable travel bike.

Supplied equipment per bike

  • Fluorescent vest,
  • Helmet,
  • Anti-puncture bomb,
  • Code lock,
  • Pump.
Vélo randonnée Femme

Hiking Bike

Women trekking bike,
21 speeds,
Handy and comfortable.

The reliable, practical and comfortable travel bike.

Supplied equipment per bike

  • Fluorescent vest,
  • Helmet,
  • Anti-puncture bomb,
  • Code lock,
  • Pump.
Vélo de randonnée Homme

Child Bike

24 inch boy’s bike,
MTB type,
18 speeds,
from 8 to 12 years old.

Supplied equipment per bike

  • Fluorescent vest,
  • Helmet,
  • Anti-puncture bomb,
  • Code lock,
  • Pump.
Vélo enfant facile e bike

Getting here

Departure city : EPERNAY

Coming by car

  • at 1h45 from PARIS
  • at 7h from BORDEAUX
  • at 4h30 from LYON

Parking

  • Parking Gare Sud C-PARK – RENNES
  • Parking Les Lices – RENNES
  • Parking Hoche – RENNES

Coming by train

  • Epernay train station - 4h45 from Paris
  • Châllons-en-Champagne train station - 1h30 from Paris

Coming by plane

  • Reims-Champagne airport

Arrival city : EPERNAY

Coming by car

  • at 1h45 from PARIS
  • at 7h from BORDEAUX
  • at 4h30 from LYON

Coming by train

  • Epernay train station - 4h45 from Paris
  • Châllons-en-Champagne train station - 1h30 from Paris

Coming by plane

  • Reims-Champagne airport

* Abicyclette Voyages accompanies you on demand, including transportation solutions.

Recommended equipment

Bike

  • Trekking or hybrid bike
  • 21 to 30 speeds
  • 26 or 28 inch (700) wheels

Clothing and equipment

  • Helmet (included with the rental)
  • Clothing suitable for cycling
  • Warm jacket (eg fleece)
  • Rain proof jacket
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 1 pair of cycling shoes
  • 1 small backpack or panniers
  • 1 or 2 water flasks (included with the rental)
  • 1 lock (included with the rental)
  • Our reccomendation for optimal comfort:
    • 1 pair of gloves
    • 1 special pair of pants (shammy leather)
    • 1 night see fluorescent vest

Bike maintenance

  • Emergency repair kit: 2 or 3 tubes, patches, pump, tire levers, multi-tools
  • Daily use kit: cloth, brake pads, oil

Other

  • Suitcase for transporting personal effects in luggage transfers (limited to one per person when possible)
  • Change of clothes for the evening
  • Warm jacket for the evenings
  • Set of toiletries
  • Mobile phone and charger

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