Sunset in Paris, France. Photo via Flickr:Moyan Brenn

Biking through Reims, France. Photo via Flickr:Morgaine
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Paris to Reims

France Bike + Barge Tours

Bike and boat in the famous Champagne Region of France

  • This bike tour in France follows the beautiful valley of the Marne River. Along the way, there will be plenty of occasions to taste the cheese and sip the champagne for which this part of France is famous.

    Depending on your tour date, you will either begin in Paris and end in Reims or begin in Reims and end in Paris. Paris, of course, is the City of Light and Reims, an important center of Champagne production. You cycle through rural countryside via the region of Meaux, famous for its Brie cheese, into the vineyards of the Champagne Region.

    You will visit extensive champagne cellars, as well as small champagne growers, who will be proud to let you taste their best champagne.

    Highlights:

    • Reims and its immense Gothic Cathedral
    • Epernay, capital of the Champagne region
    • Champagne cellars
    • Château-Thierry, scene of the American battles in World War I
    • WWI memorial and park in Dormans

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    Feniks 
    Luxury cabin £ 1204 $ 2,427 1405 $ 2136 NOK 13348 kr 12321 $ 1,602
    Low beds £ 1033 $ 2,081 1205 $ 1832 NOK 11448 kr 10567 $ 1,374
    Single cabin £ 1033 $ 2,081 1205 $ 1832 NOK 11448 kr 10567 $ 1,374
    Bunk bed cabin £ 887 $ 1,788 1035 $ 1573 NOK 9833 kr 9076 $ 1,180

     

     

    Feniks 
    Luxury cabin £ 1256 $ 2,530 1465 $ 2227 NOK 13918 kr 12847 $ 1,670
    Low beds £ 1071 $ 2,159 1250 $ 1900 NOK 11875 kr 10962 $ 1,425
    Single cabin £ 1342 $ 2,705 1566 $ 2380 NOK 14877 kr 13733 $ 1,785
    Bunk bed cabin/twin use £ 913 $ 1,840 1065 $ 1619 NOK 10118 kr 9339 $ 1,214

     

    extra options

    Electric bike rental: £ 39 $ 78 45 $ 68 NOK 428 kr 395 $ 51 All inclusive beverage package (wine, beer, soda): £ 86 $ 173 100 $ 152 NOK 950 kr 877 $ 114

    Electric bike rental: £ 43 $ 86 50 $ 76 NOK 475 kr 438 $ 57 All inclusive beverage package (wine, beer, soda): £ 86 $ 173 100 $ 152 NOK 950 kr 877 $ 114

     

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly into Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Paris (CDG)

    Local Travel

    If tour begins in Paris:
    To get from Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG) to the city center of Paris, you have three transfer options, train, bus or taxi. One inexpensive transfer option is to take the regional RER train. This takes around 50 minutes to reach the city and costs only €10. Another inexpensive transfer option is the bus. Bus tickets cost from €11.50€and journey time is around 70 minutes. There is also the Le Bus Direct, a faster service that is direct, and costs €17. Of course the fastest and most convenient option to reach the city centre is by taxi. A taxi from Charles de Gaulle airport to Paris is charged by a flat rate and will cost you €60.
    If tour begins in Reims:
    There are no direct trains from CDG to Reims. Take the RER train from the airport to Gare du Nord and walk (or short taxi)to Gare de l’est, then take a direct train to Reims.
    Docking schedules will be provided with final travel information approx. one month before your tour date.

    Climate

    The climate of the Champagne region is mild and consistent, especially considering its northern location, and contributes as much as the grapes themselves to the production of champagne. This region has extended sunny days in the summer and early fall because of its northern location. Estimates indicate the the Champagne region experiences 500 hours of sunshine per year. Be sure you check local conditions before your arrival. A good website to visit to explore regional weather conditions including average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more is weatherbase.com.

    Recommended

    In France, it is not mandatory for adults to wear a helmet, however, we strongly recommend that you do so. Helmets are included on the Zwaantje and the Clair de Lune and available for rental on the Elodie. Another option is to bring your own helmet for proper fit and safety

    DOCUMENTS

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Tour Dates

Paris to Reims: June 8, 2019 

Reims to Paris: June 15, 2019 

Paris to Reims: May 23, June 6, August 15, 2020

Reims to Paris: May 30, June 13, and August 22, 2020

                                                                                                                                                                        

Skill Level

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. The tour is fully guided and every day you will cycle along small country roads (short distances on dirt or semi-paved roads and tracks) that go up and down the hills adjacent to the river valley and through Champagne vineyards. Cycling distances vary from 35–50 km (21 - 31 miles) per day.

Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations aboard the Feniks, a standard class vessel

What’s Included

  • Accommodations on board
  • Cabin with private bathroom including shampoo, shower gel, and soap
  • 7 breakfasts, 7 lunch packages and 6 dinners
  • Coffee, tea, and biscuits
  • Afternoon snacks
  • 21-speed Gazelle bicycles in both women's and men's frames with pannier, lock, and water bottle. Repair kit is provided if you want to cycle self-guided. Tandems may be available.
  • Multilingual tour guide
  • Route program with city maps
  • Daily check of your cabin, once a week extra cleaning
  • Service for personal laundry
  • Ferry fares

What’s Not Included

TourBike+Boat
TypeGuided
SkillModerate
Length8– days
From1205 Rates
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Paris to Reims Map

Paris to Reims

Day 1: Paris
Day 2: Paris - Lagny, 21 (35 km)
Day 3: Lagny - Meaux - La Ferté sous Jouarre, 21 or 31 miles (35 or 50 km)
Day 4: La Ferté sous Jouarre - Chateau Thierry, 28 miles (45 km)
Day 5: Chateau Thierry - Dormans, 21 miles (35 km)
Day 6: Dormans - Isse, 31 miles (50 km)
Day 7: Isse - Reims, 31 miles (50 km)
Day 8: Reims

Average daily distance is 45 km. This itinerary is subject to change, even on short notice, due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, docking location changes, lock repairs,  etc.

Day 1: Paris
The barge will be moored in central Paris. Boarding takes place between 12 and 2 PM. 

Day 2: Paris - Lagny, 21 (35 km)
The cycle route takes place mostly on bike trails and quiet roads with relatively low traffic. You leave Paris near the Bois and chateau of Vincennes. Today's destination is Lagny. 

Day 3: Lagny - Meaux - La Ferte sous Jouarre, 21 or 31 miles (35 or 50 km)
Today you enter the region of Brie, famous around the world for its soft cheese. Cycle on to Meaux, with its unfinished Gothic cathedral. After a visit to the city center, there are some hills to contend with. The Feniks will be moored not far from the little town of La Fertésous-Jouarre. Here you can enjoy a visit to Jouarre (church, abbey, crypt) on the hilltop.

Day 4: La Ferte sous Jouarre - Chateau Thierry, 28 miles (45 km)
Today's cycle route is a nice ride in the countryside with some hills but your reward is your first encounter with the beautiful vineyards of the Champagne region. You will cycle in the river valley and visit Chateau Thierry.

Day 5: Chateau Thierry - Dormans, 21 miles (35 km)
Today's route takes you along the river with a few hills to climb. On the agenda is a visit to the WWI memorial and park in Dormans. The afternoon is free for you to explore Dormans.

Day 6: Dormans - Isse, 31 miles (50 km)
Leaving Dormans, you will cycle through vine covered fields and over some hilly terrain. The route leads through Epernay, the center of the Champagne industry. Here you will visit one of the many Champagne houses for a guided tour of the cellars. Then, following the canal next to the Marne River, cycle to Condé, where the canal to Reims starts. The night is spent near Condé or Isse.

Day 7: Isse - Reims, 31 miles (50 km)
Leaving the Marne Valley, the terrain is undulating and the climbs are rewarded with beautiful views. Through a nice wooded valley, you will cycle to Verzy, a forest with crooked trees. A ride through vineyards brings you to the plain. After lunch in Sillery, you follow the bike path along the canal into Reims where a visit to the cathedral should not be missed.

Day 8: Reims
Departure following breakfast. For guests that will do the return trip to Paris, you will have a free day in Reims.

Reims to Paris

Day 1: Reims
Day 2: Courcy - Bourg et Comin, 31 miles (50 km)
Day 3: Bourg et Comin - Soissons, 28 miles (45 km)
Day 4: Soissons - Verberie 31 miles (50 km)
Day 5: Verberie - Creil - Pontoise, 31 miles (50 km)
Day 6: Pontoise - Bougival, 24 or 31 miles (40 or 50 km)
Day 7: Bougival - Paris, 17 miles (27 km)
Day 8: Paris

Can be combined into a 15 day tour!

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  • Lee N. 7 months ago

    My trip was the highlight of my vacation experiences over the last 15 years. The best part of the trip was the togetherness that developed amongst all the participants over the 2 week trip. I have some true friends for life thanks to your tremendous hospitality and care each and every crew member and of course our wonderful guide showed to all of us.
    Thank you Darius

    Boat: Feniks

  • Pam M. 10 months ago

    A great trip in many ways. Good staff - helpful and friendly. Good scenic route with chances to visit places of interest, very good food. Only draw back was problems with 3 out of 4 'E' bikes and a lack of expertise in how to fix them causing stress to some riders.

    Boat: Feniks

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Feniks Belgium, Netherlands, France Standard Class Boat Originally, the Feniks was built in 1928 as a freighter on the Dutch, Belgium and French inland waters. In 1992, the Feniks was converted to a hotel passenger ship and put in service for various sailing holidays. Since then, she has undergone several renovations to keep up-to-date with all modern facilities.

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