2020
By Bike and Boat from Paris to Champagne

By Bike and Boat from Paris to Champagne

Along the Marne river on MS Zwaantje

 Paris – Lagny-sur-Marne Epernay

  • Castles of Ile-de-France, Montagne de Reims Natural Park, the magnificent St Etienne Cathedral
  • Daily routes ●●○○○
  • Altitude profile ●●●●○
  • Bike & Boat: MS Zwaantje

days
8

km / day avg.
35

By bike and boat you go on a tour from Paris into the heart of Champagne. After arriving in France's capital, you have some time to do some of your own exploring. You can go on a detailed tour with a tour guide on the next day. As soon as you have left Paris behind you, the countryside gets more rural. Discover where Brie comes from and try some at a cheese tasting. Don't be daunted by the hills - every incline is rewarded with a wonderful view. However, a certain level of fitness is required for this tour. Your destination is Champagne, the home of the second French pleasure: champagne. Find out all there is to know about this unique beverage when you visit a champagne cellar and go on a tasting.

This Bike & Boat holiday is fully booked for 2020

Unfortunately bookings can no longer be taken for this holiday for the 2020 season. Our Bike & Boat holidays are often booked out very early.
But don't give up! You're sure to find alternatives. And we're very happy to help you do so!

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By Bike and Boat from Paris to Champagne
  • Booking codes
    Paris – Epernay: FR-PASPE-08G
    Epernay – Paris: FR-PASEP-08G
  • Start / Destination
    Paris / Epernay
  • Duration
    8 days, 7 nights
  • Length
    approx. 205 / 240 km
  • Daily routes ●●○○○
    between 25 and 50 km, Ø 35 km
    Altitude profile ●●●●○

Your cruiser MS Zwaantje

The MS Zwaantj, the little swan, is not a typical river cruiser, but a small, family boat with a very individual type of service. You will be pampered on your holiday by Martijn and Marjorie, the couple who own the boat, with delicious food; from the large sun deck you can enjoy watching the changing scenes as you float by. In the saloon you will find a cosy corner for sitting and a small bar. You can enjoy chatting to your fellow passengers as you sail on to the next destination.

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MS Zwaantje_Ship view

Day 1: Individual arrival in Paris

Wander a while through the windy lanes, witness to many a tale of this City of Love before you go aboard the MS Zwaantje at 14.00 at the Quay de Bercy. After being welcomed by the captain and a receiving a short briefing you can go off on a guided tour with your tour guide. The evening is spent on board enjoying your first dinner and the chance to discuss the cycle tours you can expect on your holiday.

Day 2: Paris – Lagny-sur-Marne, approx. 35 km

You leave Paris by bike, following the Canal de l'Ourcq. The canal was built in the early 19th century, commissioned by Napoleon. The reason for the canal was the need for drinking water in Paris. But it was soon used to also transport goods to the French capital. In Lagny-sur-Marne, you are rejoined with the MS Zwaantje.

Day 3: Lagny-sur-Marne – Meaux, approx. 35 km

From Lagny-sur-Marne, you get pedalling and follow the Marne canal. After you have mastered the first hills on your bike, the famous Brie de Meaux awaits you, aka the King of Cheeses.

Day 4: Meaux – La-Ferté-sous-Jouarre, approx. 30 / 50 km

Passing the famous cathedral St. Étienne, you leave Meaux by bike to soon reach Marne valley with its expansive green slopes and fields. On the way you can visit the remains of the impressive Châteaux de Montceau, a stately castle, which Catherine de Médicis had built.

Day 5: La-Ferté-sous-Jouarre – Château-Thierry, approx. 45 km

Today's section is challenging, but you are rewarded by wonderful scenery and a long descent. After following the Marne for a few kilometres, you leave the river via a side valley, captivating because of the incredible shades of green and its densely forested hills. You ascend a Plateau and follow the little River Clignon to Château-Thierry.

Day 6: Château-Thierry – Dormans – Epernay, approx. 35 / 50 km

You can choose whether to either follow the Marne from Château-Thierry by bike or enjoy the morning air from the sun deck of the boat a little longer and begin your bike section in Dormans. Today you will enter Champagne territory! The green hills have been listed by UNESCO World Heritage since 2015. Champagne has been cultivated and pressed here since the 17th century.

Day 7: Bike tour around Epernay, approx. 25 km

This half-day circular tour takes you to the picturesque town of Hautvillers in Montagne de Reims nature park. The local monastery is considered to be the place where Champagne was born, as it was a monk here, Dom Pérignon, who was the first to give this wine its sparkle. You can, of course, visit a champagne cellar and taste the wine. Indeed you should not miss up on the opportunity.

Day 8: Debarkation from boat, individual departure from Reims

After your last breakfast on board your MS Zwaantje, your bike and boat cruise from Paris to Champagne comes to an end. At about 10 am, you must say goodbye to the crew and are taken by bus to the TGV station Champagne-Ardennes or to the centre of Reims (about 30 km).

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Season times and prices 2020

Arrival On Saturday from 20.06.2020 to 20.06.2020

Bookable dates are shown in the booking form. The season is dictated by the arrival date.

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Basic Price

Season A

01.01. - 01.01.

Additional fee single use of double cabin 646

All prices per person in a double cabin, without Additional Services
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Services

  • 7 nights on board
  • Full board (7 x breakfast, 6 x packed lunch, 6 x dinner)
  • Coffee and tea until 4 pm
  • Welcome drink
  • Daily cleaning of cabins
  • Bed linen and towels supplied and changed as needed
  • Some short walks
  • Brie-tasting
  • Visit of a champagne cellar and champagne tasting
  • Daily Routing discussion, guided cycling tours
  • Cycle route description with maps (1 x per cabin)
  • 7 day Service Hotline
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Not included: 

  • Drinks on board
  • Fees for excursions and entries
  • Tips
  • Transfer

No minimum number of participants

Changes are possible on a ship journey due to the weather, water level, or technical conditions. We reserve the right to make changes.

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Accommodation

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MS Zwaantje

MS Zwaantje, Ship view

MS Zwaantje

Lounge

MS Zwaantje, Lounge

MS Zwaantje

Cabin plan

MS Zwaantje_cabin plan

MS Zwaantje

Cabin

MS Zwaantje_cabin

MS Zwaantje

Sun deck

MS Zwaantje_Sun deck

MS Zwaantje

  • 12 outer cabins
  • Individually regulated air conditioning, shower / WC, window (cannot be opened)
  • 10 double cabins: 2 single beds, at ground level
  • 2 double cabins: double bed, additional bed possible as folding bed

Boat facts

  • Built in 1991
  • Interior partially renovated in 2014 / 2015
  • 1 passenger deck | 12 outer cabins
  • Maximum capacity: 24 passengers
  • Length 40 m
  • Fittings: Large sun deck with seating, saloon and bar, wifi (subject to availability)
  • Languages on board: German, English, Dutch
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service

Surcharge for single use of double cabin

646 €

Rental Bikes

Free child seat. All prices per person in double bike, except Rental Bikes Rental Bikes
Rental Bike
Rental Bike
85 €
E-Bike
E-Bike
185 €

Insurance

The GuteFahrt protection includes the following benefits (without deductibles): travel cancellation insurance, health assistance, travel assistance, premature termination insurance, rebooking fee protection and luggage insurance.

These insurance policies are available for different durations of travel and can be booked directly via our online booking form. The costs per person are shown accordingly.

Important information: Authoritative for insurance protection are the general terms and conditions of insurance of AGA International S.A. The complete product and consumer information and terms and conditions of insurance can be found at www.allianz-assistance.de/pib or call: +49 89 - 624 24 - 460 to order a copy. We reserve the right to make changes to the benefits and premiums.

Note: the insurance policies are only available in German!

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Rental Bikes

Rental Bike
Rental Bike
85 €
E-Bike
E-Bike
185 €

Types of rental bikes

  • 21-gear Unisex bike derailleur with free wheel
  • E-Bike
Fittings

Pannier, bike lock, repair kit, map holder

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Rental Bike

21-gear Rental Bike

85 €

E-bike

185 €

By Bike and Boat from Paris to Champagne
  • Booking codes
    Paris – Epernay: FR-PASPE-08G
    Epernay – Paris: FR-PASEP-08G
  • Start / Destination
    Paris / Epernay
  • Duration
    8 days, 7 nights
  • Length
    approx. 205 / 240 km
  • Daily routes ●●○○○
    between 25 and 50 km, Ø 35 km
    Altitude profile ●●●●○
  • Please note
    On bicycle tours in France helmets are mandatory for children under 12 years of age. However, for safety reasons we generally recommend wearing a helmet.
  • Minimum number of participants
    No minimum number of participants
    Changes to boat trips due to weather, water levels or technical conditions are possible; we reserve the right to make changes.
  • Own bikes
    If you do not need a rental bike, please indicate in the booking form, whether you arrive with your own bike or your own E-Bike.
  • Tour operated by
    Local cooperation partner
  • Mobility note
    This holiday is suitable to only a limited extent for people with restricted mobility.
    Please contact us if you have individual requirements.

Travel Insurance

A lot can still happen before the start of your cycling holiday, so we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance, for example with our partner Allianz.

days
8

km / day avg.
35