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Champagne & Alsace Family Bike Tour - 20s & Beyond

Sparkling Champagne & the Alsace Wine Route

From $4,999 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$1,190 for sgl. occ.)

This trip bubbles over with legendary names like Dom Pérignon, Veuve Clicquot and Gewürztraminer. But have you biked vine-laced hills to the town where Napoleon enjoyed lavish soirées? Or pedaled alongside French canals, listening as they quietly flow by you? Have you ever tasted Champagne in Champagne? Oh, you will.

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Start Reims / End Strasbourg 

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Highlights

  • Enjoy an exclusive private dinner and champagne pairing at world-famous Moët & Chandon, the oldest Maison de Champagne
  • Cycle by canals and through scenic towns on the famed Route des Vins, hugging the peaceful Vosges foothills
  • Discover some of France's most beautiful villages, with half-timbered houses and gardens filled with colorful geraniums
  • Experience in one of the most memorable dining events ever—two Michelin stars at the incomparable Auberge de l'Ill
France

Start Reims / End Strasbourg 

Champagne & Alsace Family Bike Tour - 20s & Beyond Map

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot and other celebrated vineyards provide an idyllic backdrop as you cycle in the Coteaux de Champagn | Explore a World Heritage landscape just outside of Paris | Visit Abbaye d'Hautvillers, resting place of monk Dom Pierre Pérignon | Marvel at the splendid properties of prestigious négociants (wine merchants) on the Avenue de Champagne | At Moët & Chandon's legendary property, an exclusive cellar tour and dinner await.

Day 3 Starting in the charming town of Marlenheim, spin along the Route des Vins (Wine Route), beloved for its lovely canals and picturesque villages | Skirt the graceful Vosges foothills and bike easygoing terrain through the heart of Alsace | Decorated with Alsatian-style half-timbered houses and window boxes of geraniums, Obernai is a heavenly place to explore on foot.

Days 4-6 Wander through Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg, a 12th-century fortress overlooking the Rhine River Valley | Discover beautifully preserved Riquewihr and Eguisheim, both among the designated Most Beautiful Villages of France, with stunning Gothic churches and medieval fortifications | Savor an incredible meal at Auberge de l'Ill, an exceptional family-run restaurant that has been awarded at least two Michelin stars for 50 years and counting | Take in views of the Vosges Massif on one side and Germany on the other during one last morning ride in the valley.

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more Guests: from $4,999 pp dbl occ
    • 9 Guests: from $5,499 pp dbl occ
      • 8 Guests: from $5,699 pp dbl occ
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Prices

From $4,999 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$1,190 for sgl. occ.)

Premiere Hotels

Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa, Champillon, France
Royal Champagne Hôtel & Spa

Champillon (2 nights)

Hostellerie des Chateaux, France
Hostellerie des Châteaux

Ottrott (1 night)

Hotel des Berges, France
Hôtel des Berges

Illhaeusern (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 2-4

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Champagne and Alsace

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Premiere Hotels

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa, Champillon, France

Royal Champagne Hôtel & Spa

Champillon (2 nights)

Set in the heart of Champagne vineyards, this newly renovated country retreat features elegant modern design and top-notch service. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)
 

Hostellerie des Chateaux, France

Hostellerie des Châteaux

Ottrott (1 night)

Surrounded by lush vineyards and dense forests, this charming 17th-century family-owned château is the epitome of Alsatian style and hospitality. (pool, spa)

 

Hotel des Berges, France

Hôtel des Berges

Illhaeusern (2 nights)

This stylishly renovated 18th-century farmhouse—featuring a restaurant with two Michelin stars—is beautifully situated on the Ill River. (pool, spa)
 

This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 27* 1700 36 2400
2 25* 1300 45 2400 48 2800
3 20 1100 30 2600
4 23* 1500 33 1600 42 2900
5 21* 1300 40 1900 52 3400
6 14 300
 

Note:

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.

Meals

All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day’s ride is a bike that’s perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

Performance Road Bike (Included)

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included in your trip price)

Wishing for a little extra assistance up those hills? Our custom Backroads Electric-Assist Bike lets you experience the thrill of exploring on two wheels while providing a boost when you want it. We've modified a selection of our great Titanium Bikes with the intuitive BionX "pedal-assist" system.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included)

Cannondale Pro Carbon Upgrade ($400 rental fee) – Available 7/1/19

We’re excited to announce that beginning July 1, 2019, we’ll offer the new and much-anticipated Cannondale 2020 Synapse Hi-MOD pro carbon upgrade on Biking Trips in Europe, United States and Canada. Delivering phenomenal acceleration and handling in a light and powerful package, the Synapse is built for experienced cyclists, men and women alike, who are looking for a high-performance bike that doesn’t sacrifice comfort. The Synapse will be offered in a complete range of sizes; detailed bike specifications will be announced in February 2019.

Cannondale 2020 Synapse Hi-MOD

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem ($400 rental fee)

Do you prefer to spin in tandem with your partner? You'll love the Co-Motion Periscope Torpedo tandem on your Backroads trip. You can upgrade to a Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem on your trip.

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem (Upgrade)

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Why Travel with Backroads in Champagne and Alsace

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Champagne and Alsace trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

Navigate Your Way in Champagne and Alsace

Your ride comes equipped with a GPS device, preloaded with all the routes and route options for your trip. If you prefer to bring your own device, we also have downloadable GPS files and of course, our good old paper directions are always available. Read more on why our navigation options are the best.

Only the Best Hotels

On this trip featuring Premiere Hotels, you can count on the best lodgings Champagne and Alsace has to offer. In fact, the hotels we've chosen in this region have higher retail room rates than those offered by any other active travel company—even when their trips cost more.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for one or two people (or a family of three or four), subject to a nominal extra fee. Or transfer to another trip, and we'll give you a credit. It's all part of our trademark commitment to treating guests with integrity, transparency and total accountability. Read all the details.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Champagne and Alsace—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

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