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When you think of champagne you can hear the sparkling. But did you know it is a beautiful and easy cycling trip from Paris to Reims? You cycle through rural countryside via the region of Meaux famous for its Brie cheese, into the vineyards of the Champagne Region. At Epernay, you cross the center of the Champagne industry. After Reims, the landscape is lightly sloping to Compiègne and Auvers sur l'Oise, where Vincent van Gogh lived and painted the last months of his life. You will visit the cemetery where Vincent and his brother Theo are buried.
You will stay in a clean and comfortable cabin with your private bathroom and a splendid bike will be available for you. You may choose between low beds and bunk beds. Twin cabins will be provided with shower or toilet en-suite. Feniks will give you that "home away from home" feeling on board.
It is important to them that they have a warm and welcoming ambiance on board. Only then will you feel comfortable, relaxed, and be able to have the time to enjoy the journey. After just one day on board, you will already feel like you have had a long and relaxing holiday.
Aboard, you will find a comfortable and well-lit lounge where you can relax on the sofa or have a good meal. They have a library, a varied collection of CDs and DVDs, a television, and magazines to keep you entertained. Of course, they have lots of information and maps of the route, the sailing area and the places you visit. The cabins are clean and well-cared. All cabins have an individual bathroom with sink, shower, and toilet.
They have three cabins, each with two standard beds and six cabins with bunk beds. All beds have hotel-standard mattresses. The cabins are equipped with central heating, 220-Volt outlets and of course, all essentials for a good sleep. Your personal laundry will be taken care of.
If you need anything, just ask and the team will see if they can do it for you. Most of the times, they succeed. There is a sundeck to relax on or you can sit under the canopy which gives you shelter from the sun or light rain. If the weather allows, they serve the meals outside on the deck.
Arrival at the barge, cruise on the Seine upstream to the confluence of the rivers Seine and Marne.
Leave Paris near the Bois and chateau of Vincennes.
The region of Brie today, famous around the world for its soft cheese. You will ride into Meaux, with its unfinished Gothic cathedral.
Countryside with some hills. First vineyards of the Champagne Region. You will visit Chateau Thierry.
A ride along the river today with a few hills. Visit park and memorial World War I.
You will go through Champagne vineyards to Epernay, the center of the Champagne industry, and visit one of the many champagne houses for a guided tour in the cellars.
Go to the ancient town of Reims. Until 1825, the coronation of all kings took place in the cathedral of Reims.
Tour ends after breakfast for guests leaving. The others can visit the town. Afternoon bike ride.
This bike tour allows you to ride from Paris to Reims, France. It will cover several places including Lagny, Meaux, La Ferté sous Jouarre, Chateau Thierry, Dormans, and Isse.
You will be served seven breakfast, seven lunches, and six (three-course) dinners per week. Gluten and lactose-free diets are welcome, other diets are available upon request.