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Bike and Barge Custom

Paris to Champagne

Your journey from Paris to the heart of the Champagne region will reveal the secrets of living well.

You’ll float along the river at the perfect pace, giving you the time to soak up the region through your senses from the colorful vineyards coating the hills and the chalky slopes surrounding the villages to the scent of roses, the sound of song birds or the bright blue sky overhead. Cycling along its by-ways you’ll come to know the characters who guard the life of this fine treat and engage with their passion. This is your vacation, immerse yourself in the refinement, history, war, delicacy and pleasure of Champagne.

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Today's Activity:

Barge Cruise through Paris

Today's Ride:

Lagny-sur-Marne
Approximately 12 miles

Description:

Your guides will meet you on Sunday morning at a pre-arranged location in Paris and time that best suits everyone’s travel schedule. You will be transported directly to your new home for the week, the Savoir-Faire, where you’ll relax, unwind and ease into your trip with a champagne welcome and snacks to tantalize your palette. The adventure begins discovering Paris from the River’s view point, gliding past the magnificent church of Notre Dame, the Louvre and Paris’ icon, the Eiffel Tower. You’ll enjoy a bountiful lunch on-board the barge as you meander through the city and into the suburbs. Once you’ve reached the other side of town, you’ll pause to meet your Trek Travel guides and bikes. You’ll enjoy a thorough bike fitting before you cruise through the area on your Trek bike. Your journey will end in Langy-sur-Marne where you’ll meet the barge, freshen up and enjoy a savory four-course meal artfully prepared by your barge chef.

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Hotel:

Savoir Faire
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Day
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Day
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Today's Ride:

Langy sur Marne to Meaux
Approximately 43 miles

Short Option:

Langy sur Marne to Meaux Short
Approximately 24 miles

Description:

The medieval town of Langy-sur-Marne will greet you this morning. After a bountiful breakfast on board the barge you’ll have some time to walk through town before you embark upon our cycling journey. Today, you’ll meander through the countryside known for producing Brie cheese. This mouth-watering cheese is so divine that even Louis XVI requested a final taste of it on his deathbed. You’ll be delighted to pause and discover the fine art of making this decadent ‘fromage’ from a master cheese maker himself and you’ll be treated to a gourmet Trek Travel picnic. This afternoon you can choose to either ride to Meaux, our next mooring location, or pack in the bike and accompany your Trek Travel guide in the van. Either way, your afternoon will be a relaxing event. When you arrive at the barge, make sure you take some time to walk around the beautiful town of Meaux, known for Brie de Meaux and its renowned mustard. Explore its cathedral, which took over 300 years to build, and discover the heart of the King’s cheese. Another inviting meal will close the evening.

Hotel:

Savoir Faire
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Day
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Day
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Today's Ride:

Meaux to La Ferté-sous-Jouarre
Approximately 21 miles

Avid Option:

Meaux to La Ferté-sous-Jouarre Avid
Approximately 46 miles

Description:

Today you’ll cycle through the valley of the Marne weaving your way along chateaux, Abbayes and champagne houses to La Ferté-sous-Jouarre. You’ll discover the 16th century Châteaux de Montceau, built by Catherine de Médicis, as well as the abbey of Jouarre with its 7th century crypt dedicated to St. Paul. The day’s highlight, however, will certainly be our stop at our friend’s family-owned champagne house. You’ll learn of the art of creating our favorite bubbly and you’ll certainly have the opportunity to sample the delight. While some may wish to linger in Ferté-sous-Jouarre, others may choose to continue riding for an additional afternoon loop. Enjoy an evening stroll before dinner or simply sit back with another glass of bubbly to kick off the evening.

Hotel:

Savoir Faire
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Day
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Day
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Today's Ride:

Ferté-sous-Jouarre to Château Thierry
Approximately 31 miles

Avid Option:

Ferté-sous-Jouarre to Château Thierry Avid
Approximately 49 miles

Description:

Bid ‘au revoir’ to the Marne valley as you either opt to cycle through the northern hills while looking out onto the valley below or take in the sites as you cruise along the river at a restful pace. Today’s final destination is Château Thierry where two important battles took place: the first in 1814 between France and Prussia during the Napoleonic Wars and the second in World War I between the United States and Germany. You’ll be able to visit the Belleau Wood Battlefield and the American Monument, and stop for a bite at your leisure. This evening you’ll experience a different approach to the creation of champagne as you partake in a private tour and tasting at the Champagne House of Pannier. After the tasting, take the time to explore town before you dine with your Trek Travel guides in Château Thierry.

Hotel:

Savoir Faire
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Day
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Day
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Today's Ride:

Château Thierry to Cumieres
Approximately 31 miles

Avid Option:

Château Thierry to Cumieres Avid
Approximately 51 miles

Description:

You’ll ease into your final full day, taking in the sites from the barge weaving through the heart of Champagne country to the quiet village of Dormans. A castle and chapel reside in this quaint village in memory of the battle of the Marne, where during World War I this area was the scene of a number of close battles. It is from this point that your cycling journey begins. You’ll cycle through the Champagne region where you are surrounded by extensive vineyards. If you’d like, pay a short visit to some champagne cellars along the way. Stop to take note of the Roman church in Vandières, as well as the Châuteau de Boursault further down the road. The widow of Mr. Cliquot, who gave her name to a famous champagne wine, built this large castle in 1848. Finally, after lunch in Damery, you’ll visit Hautvillers located on the southern slopes of the Montagne de Reims. According to tradition, Dom Pérignon (1638-1715), who was in charge of the wine cellars of the abbey of the Benedictine monks, was the first to succeed in blending various kinds of grape into a wine of superb quality with double fermentation, characteristic for the making of champagne. Tonight you will celebrate your adventure with one of the chef’s best creations!

Hotel:

Savoir Faire
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Day
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Day
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Today's Activity:

Visit Epernay

Today's Ride:

Cumiers Loop
Approximately 21 miles

Description:

This morning you have a number of options. For those that need to spin their legs some more, enjoy a rolling ride through the mountains, while the rest of the group takes the morning to explore Epernay. After you freshen up and enjoy a light snack you will be driven back to the city of love, Paris, from where your trip began. Your final drop off location and time will be determined once Trek Travel has everyone’s final travel schedule.

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Dates & Pricing

This trip is available as a custom trip only, please refer to our custom trip page for more details.

What is Single Occupancy?

Sometimes it’s more convenient and comfortable to have your own room while on vacation. We understand and that’s why we offer a Single Occupancy option. The additional price guarantees a private room all to yourself.

Hotels

Savoir Faire Barge on Trek Travel's Custom Bike and Barge Cycling Vacation

Savoir Faire

The River

The Savoir Faire is an elegant three-decked deluxe hotel barge. In 2004 The Savoir Faire was purchased by Chris and Fran Bennett, who are now full time owners and captains of the vessel and your hosts for the next week. You’ll enjoy panoramic views and open space on this 12-person barge. The barge’s main lounge features large windows, custom-made furniture, an upright piano, dining area and library. If you need a little fresh air, enjoy either the sundeck located just off the lounge or the upper observation deck. You’ll have no problems falling asleep in your air-conditioned cabin—particularly after you savor one of the chef’s artfully prepared meals.

What's Included

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Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that’s how we help you create more memories. Learn more

  • Gratuities for all scheduled special events, restaurants, hotels, local guides and transportation during your trip.
  • Private tours
  • Entrance fees to all group events/activities
  • All luggage transfers
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
  • 5 nights of accommodation
  • In every region we travel, we uncover the area’s best, and most delightful accommodations. On our Custom Bike and Barge Paris to Champagne trip, you will stay aboard The Savoir Faire, an elegant three-decked deluxe hotel barge. You’ll feel right at home enjoying panoramic views and open space on this 12-person barge, as well as the two sundecks, lounge, dining area, and cozy air-conditioned cabins.
  • On our Bike and Barge Paris to Champagne trip, you will be tantalized with savory meals throughout your vacation. All of your breakfasts and most of your dinners will be aboard the Savoir Faire, whose master chef selects only the freshest ingredients to prepare the subtle sauces and the delicate pastries. A grand selection of fine regional wines accompanies dinner.
  • The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
  • Daily route support
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • Paper route guides also available upon request
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • The use of a Trek Domane 5.9 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting, or Trek Domane 5.9 Women’s Specific Design carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting (limited selection), or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bicycle
  • Trek Electric Assist XM700+ also available in a limited quantity
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • The use of Bontrager bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Contact us for details.
  • Trek Travel Bontrager RL jersey and cycling socks

Thank your Guides, by tipping

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.

  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.
  • Gratuities for your Trek Travel Guides may be given at your discretion in response to their professionalism and leadership.Industry standard is for each individual guest to tip the guide team 7.5-10% of the trip price.

FAQs

Trip Changes

Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer each and every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

  • Rider Type | 2
  • Average Daily Mileage | 25
  • Terrain | Undulating
  • Average Daily Elevation | 700 feet

On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Burgundy is best suited for our Type 2 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 1 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van. Those who wish to ride every mile but are concerned about their physical ability may want to try our electric bike option–you still get a workout but can climb alongside even the strongest rider. Type 3 Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer. The terrain is varied with flatter sections for the first few days of the trip and short but sometimes steeper climbs as we approach Epernay. See Itinerary for specific daily ride distance and elevation options.

On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. See Included In The Trip Price for more information.

For an additional fee you may request to upgrade to the brand new Trek Emonda SLR with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting or Bontrager Aeolus carbon wheels for the ultimate riding experience. Contact our trip consultants for more details.

When a trip is booked, a guest confirmation letter is immediately sent out. One week prior to the trip start you will receive an email containing a trip start meeting location reminder and any last minute information that you will need to know before your trip. Once you arrive at your destination Trek Travel staff will brief you on the day-to-day plan for the trip and provide you with daily route guides and a detailed map allowing you to ride with complete confidence and independence.

We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or change your bike tour. We want to make it as easy as possible to do so and below you will find our timeline. If you ever have a question, just give us a call, 866 464 8735. Read our cancellation policy.

Didn't find what you were looking for? Check out our General FAQs section. You will find answers to all the most common questions that don't necessarily pertain to a specific trip.

Meeting & Departing

How to get there

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG), as most major airlines offer service from major U.S. cities to Paris.

TBD Hotel | Paris, France

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at TBD Paris Hotel on the first day of the trip at a time that best suits everyone's travel schedule. You will be transported directly to your new home for the week, the Savoir-Faire, where you’ll relax, unwind and ease into your trip with a champagne welcome and snacks to tantalize your palette.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details.

TBD Hotel | Paris, France

You will say farewell to your guides in Champagne. You will then be transported back to Paris, from where your adventure began, and taken to a central location based on the needs of the group.

Before & After: Paris, France

Paris is home to many of the world’s best-known monuments and museums.A backdrop of many famous photos, the Arc de Triomphe sits majestically at the top end of the Champs-Elysées.You can go to the observation deck for an expansive view down the world-famous boulevard from Napoléon’s huge triumphal arch—the largest in the world.The Arc isn’t the only site that offers a great view of the city, however. Other monuments with impressive vistas include the view from the white dome of the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre, or from atop the 56 floors of the Tour Montparnasse, and of course at the summit of the most famous monument in Paris—la Tour Eiffel. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre- and post-trip hotel:

Hotel La Demeure

An oasis in the middle of the vibrant Latin Quarter on the left bank, this family-run hotel will make you feel comfortable and at home. 43 rooms.

51 Boulevard Saint Marcel | +33 (0)1 43 37 81 25 | www.Hotel-Paris- Lademeure.com | ~$210

Hotel Louvre Marsollier

In the heart of historic Paris, located on a quiet street in the center of a prestigious neighborhood, this is a stylish hotel where OscarWilde lived in 1899.The hotel’s website has some useful information and links to activities.

Opéra 13, rue Marsollier | +33 (0)1 42 96 68 14 | www.Louvre-Paris- Hotel.com | ~$185

Hotel d’Angleterre

Situated on one of the most famous streets in the world, right in the heart of the Champs-Elysées between the Etoile and Concorde.

91, rue La Boétie | +33 (0)1 43 59 35 45 | www.Angleterre-Paris-Hotel. com | ~$130


* Hotels listed above are local properties we love. We do not have special rates available.

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