Champagne and Cycling

Epernay Champagne Tasting by Bike

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At a glance

Region: Champagne
Type of Tour:
Duration: 3/4 Days
Guide Price: From £374 to £1165 per person
Number of Meals: 2 breakfasts and 1 lunch (3 Days)
3 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner (4 Days)
Number of Winery Visits: 2 Champagne House and 1 tasting session (3 Days)
5 Champagne Houses and 2 tasting session (4 Days)
Number of Wines Tasted: Approximately 13 Champagnes (3 Days)
Approximately 29 Champagnes (4 Days)
Tour Transport: Cycling to your visits (30km) (3 Days)
Cycling to your visits (30km on day 1 + 16km on day 2) (4 Days)
Dates / Availability: Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year

Trip Summary

What better way to explore the beautiful Champagne countryside than by bike? Our Champagne and Cycling breaks include accommodation in a 3*, 4* or 5* hotel in the centre of the quaint town of Epernay, and one or two days of relaxed cycling with Epernay Champagne tastings throughout.

As part of the standard Grape Escapes service, we will organise your bike hire and provide you with the addresses of each visit alongside a link to a European cycling route planner, and you can plan your own specific routes. Alternatively, some guests prefer to have a cycling guide accompany them throughout the tour, and this can be included in your package (for an extra cost) – just let us know when we are planning your trip that you wish to be accompanied by a local guide!

After settling in at your chosen hotel on day one, an introductory tasting session of six Champagnes will take place in a cosy wine bar in the historic centre of the town.

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Champagne tasting in Epernay

On the morning of day two, pick up your bikes at a central location. Your day of cycling will take you along the pretty Route de la Côte de Blancs and in total, you will cycle approximately 30 kilometres. You will firstly cycle approximately an hour along the Côte des Blancs, where you will be welcomed as the guests of a small, family-run Champagne House. As well as having a full tour of the property with the eighth generation owner, seeing first-hand the fascinating Champagne-making process from press to bottle, you will taste at least three of the Maison’s Grand Cru Champagnes.

You will then continue onwards and a three course lunch will then be served at a lovely and cosy table d’hôtes in another pretty village. Drinks have not been included as part of the lunch package, and you will be able to order and pay locally on the day. After lunch, cycle a little further to visit the estate and cellars of the much-loved Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte. Here, you will see Champagne production on an astonishingly large scale, concluding with three tastings of the Maison’s Champagnes. Following your tour, cycle the short distance back to Epernay at your own pace.

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For those booking the four day Epernay Champagne tasting package, we will arrange bike hire for a second day, this time discovering the Vallée de la Marne on a 16 kilometre circuit. First stop will be a charming boutique estate for a full tour and tastings.

You will then ‘enjoy’ the climb up to the famous hilltop village of Hautvillers, the “cradle of Champagne”. As well as having time to admire the spectacular views across the vineyards and visit the Church where Dom Pérignon is buried, a comparative tasting session of three single varietal Champagnes will take place in a quaint tasting boutique in the village. Platters of cheeses and gourmet local delicacies will also be served.

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In the afternoon, cycle back down to the riverside village of Cumières for a tour and tastings at another family-run Champagne House. At the end of the afternoon, cycle back along the Marne valley to Epernay to end the day in true style at the largest and grandest of Champagne Houses- Moët and Chandon. Here, a knowledgeable representative will accompany you around the estate and through the extensive cellars. Your visit will conclude with flutes of the latest Moët white and rosé Grand Vintages. In the evening, a three course Champagne tasting dinner will be served in a highly-regarded restaurant in the centre of Epernay. Each course will be accompanied by a different glass of Champagne.

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Outline Itinerary

Epernay Champagne Tasting- Day One

  • Upon arrival in Epernay, check into your chosen hotel.
  • After settling in, an introductory tasting session of six Champagnes will take place in a cosy wine bar in the town centre.

Epernay Champagne Tasting- Day Two

  • After breakfast, pick up your bikes from a central location. Your 30km cycling itinerary will comprise of:
  • A tour and tastings at a small, family-run Champagne House.
  • A three course lunch (excluding drinks) at a quaint table d’hôte.
  • A tour and three tastings at the much-loved estate of Nicolas Feuillatte.
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Epernay Champagne Tasting- Day Three (Optional)

  • Your second day of cycling (16km total) will comprise of:
  • A tour and tastings at a boutique Champagne House.
  • A tasting session with a light lunch in the beautiful hilltop village of Hautvillers.
  • A tour and tastings at a second boutique estate.
  • A tour and tastings of two Grand Vintage Champagnes at Moët and Chandon.
  • In the evening, a three course dinner with three different Champagnes will be served in a highly-regarded restaurant in the city centre.

Epernay Champagne Tasting- Final Day

  • After a leisurely breakfast, check out of the hotel.

(ii) The outline itinerary is indicative and is subject to minor changes depending on supplier availability. Availability cannot be guaranteed until we have received a confirmed booking, together with the deposit payment (or payment in full where the dates of travel are in less than 60 days). If the named accommodation / visits are not available, we will endeavour to find suitable alternatives of a similar grade; this may be subject to a supplement or a rebate depending on the price available.

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Package Prices

These prices are per person excluding any discounts and include all of the package elements detailed.

Due to market volatility following the UK’s decision to exit the EU, these guide prices are subject to confirmation at the time of booking.

  • All prices are per person and based on two people travelling together and sharing a twin or double room.
  • A £35 per person early bird discount applies to bookings confirmed and paid over 60 days before travel.
  • Single supplements and extra night prices are available upon request.
Hotel Name Room Grade Star Rating Duration Price Per Person
Hotel de Champagne - Épernay Superior 3* 3 Days £409 Book Now
Hotel de Champagne - Épernay Superior 3* 4 Days £724 Book Now
Hotel Jean Moët - Épernay Superior 4* 3 Days £456 Book Now
Hotel Jean Moët - Épernay Superior 4* 4 Days £795 Book Now
Hotel Jean Moët - Épernay Suite 4* 3 Days £509 Book Now
Hotel Jean Moët - Épernay Suite 4* 4 Days £874 Book Now
La Villa Eugène - Épernay Premier 5* 3 Days £551 Book Now
La Villa Eugène - Épernay Premier 5* 4 Days £937 Book Now
La Villa Eugène - Épernay Prestige 5* 3 Days £601 Book Now
La Villa Eugène - Épernay Prestige 5* 4 Days £1012 Book Now
La Villa Eugène - Épernay Deluxe Prestige 5* 3 Days £662 Book Now
La Villa Eugène - Épernay Deluxe Prestige 5* 4 Days £1104 Book Now
La Villa Eugène - Épernay Deluxe Terrace 5* 3 Days £703 Book Now
La Villa Eugène - Épernay Deluxe Terrace 5* 4 Days £1165 Book Now
La Villa Eugène - Épernay Suite Prestige 5* 3 Days £703 Book Now
La Villa Eugène - Épernay Suite Prestige 5* 4 Days £1165 Book Now
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Enhance your Experience/Tour Upgrades

Please contact us to request further details and a full list of tour upgrades.

If you would like to make your Epernay Champagne tasting even more special, there are a number of additional activities that we can arrange for you. To complement the experience, these could be arranged to fit in/around your current itinerary or we can arrange additional nights and room upgrades at your hotel, as well as your travel arrangements, a stop-over en route and even a visit to another part of the country! See below for some of the most popular upgrades.

  • Stay longer! Just let us know which of the hotels you prefer and we would be delighted to arrange an additional night’s stay.
  • Experience the region’s gastronomy. Epernay is brimming with unique gastronomic dining opportunities and what better way to enjoy a glass or two of Champagne than with a mouth-watering meal in the city. We offer a variety of menus to suit every budget.
  • Stay in the vineyards. Why not stay a little longer in Champagne and indulge yourself in a stay in one of our unique rural hotels?
  • Spend a night in Northern France. The drive from Calais to Champagne is only 2 ½ hours, however a large number of our guests enjoy spending a night or two en route to explore Northern France and in particular, the WW1 Battlefields.
  • Fall in love with Paris. Let us put together an itinerary for you in the city of love!
  • Discover more French wine regions. As well as trips to Champagne, we also arrange holidays to Burgundy, the Loire Valley, Bordeaux, the Rhône Valley, Alsace, Provence, Cognac and the Languedoc-Roussillon.
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Further Information

Travel

The price of this package does not include travel to Champagne. Please see our Champagne Travel page for detailed information.

Active Breaks

For more information on our Cycling breaks, please see our Active Breaks page.

Further Information / To Book

To secure your booking, a 20% deposit is required. Your remaining balance will then be due 60 days before you travel. Please call us on +44 (0) 1920 46 86 66 or e-mail info@grapeescapes.net to request a booking form.

Champagne tasting in Epernay - Credits Customer Moet

We just wanted to email to say thank you for organising such a brilliant weekend visit to Champagne-everything (and I mean literally that) was brilliant and worked perfectly. It was apparent, too, that real thought had gone into each day- we went to great places but had time to unwind, explore a little and savour the surroundings. We travel a lot but have been really impressed by you guys and the places we went to. We will recommend you to all our wine loving friends and will be in contact to book another trip!

Genevieve - Oxford, UK

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