SF C152 ST - CHAMPAGNE ARDENNE WALKING - 2 STAR – 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS – $1646.75
Departure from Epernay
From 01 May to 15 October
Day 1 - Arrival in EPERNAY, the capital of Champagne.
Stroll through the city along the majestic "avenue de Champagne" where the world famous champagne houses are located. Visit of wine cellars. Dinner, overnight and breakfast in a 2-star hotel in the centre of the city
Day 2 - LE MESNIL SUR OGER – EPERNAY (21 km).
From here you will begin your return to Epernay following the Côte des Blancs, named as such for the hillside vineyards that produce white wine, and more specifically, Chardonnay. As you walk through the vine-covered slopes you will pass the small, charming villages of Oger, Avize, and Cramant, all of which are decorated by beautiful old churches, wash houses, and fountains. Cramant is situated on a chalk peak and gives beautiful views of the Côte des Blancs. You will continue across the southern hills of Epernay, passing the villages of Monthelon and Chavot-Courcourt, its 13th century feudal church erected on a mount outside the village. Along the hillside, overlooking the villages of Moussy and Piercy and its 18th century château, you will make your way back to Epernay
Overnight and breakfast
Day 3 - CHATILLON SUR MARNE – HAUTVILLERS (22 km).
From here, you will descend to the river banks of the Marne, passing the Binson Priory and the Notre-Dame-des-Vignes statue. You walk along the river to the Reuil village. Make your way through the vineyards to the villages of Trincourt, Venteuil, and Arty to descend to the pretty riverside village of Domery. This stretch will give you remarkable panoramas of the Marne Valley and the château of Boursault, situated on the opposite bank. Your walk continues through the vineyards to Hautvillers, the birthplace of champagne. The abbey that once stood on these grounds, and of which remains only the church, was the creation centre where Don Pérignon became famous for his champagne. At the end of the afternoon you will be driven back to Epernay by taxi
Overnight and breakfast
Day 4 - AY – AMBONNAY (21 km).
Ay is a historic site and one of the most famous vineyards of Champagne. You will begin your hike through the vineyards to arrive in the village of Mutigny. You will continue through the villages of Avenay-Val-d'Or, Fontaine-sur-Ay and Bouzy (famous for its red wines) before reaching Ambonnay and its 12th century church, Saint Réol.
Dinner, overnight and breakfast in a 2-star hotel
Day 5 - MAILLY CHAMPAGNE – AMBONNAY (19 km).
You will take off again through the vineyards, the Verzenay windmill and lighthouse stand as your points of immediate destination. The lighthouse was built as recently as the 19th century by a wine-merchant in search of fame. Moving on, you will reach Verzy and continue through the forest to admire the famous “Faux” of Verzy, an entanglement of rare beech trees. These beech trees, with a slow rate of growth and long life-span, grow in twisted, knotted patterns, their branches spreading out like a canopy. You will continue through the forest to the village of Trepail before heading back to Ambonnay
Dinner, overnight and breakfast
Day 6 - LUDES – JOUY LES REIMS (21 km).
Taxi to Ludes. Crossing through the vineyards, you will pass the pleasant villages of Chigny-les-Roses, and Rilly-la-Montagne. From Mont Joly, you will discover Reims. Making your way through its vineyard, you will pass by Chamery, Ecueil and its 12th century church overlooking the village, and Sacy and its 12th century church. The hike ends near Ville-Dommange, at the Chapel Saint Lié, dedicated to a 5th century hermit. From here you will have a splendid view of the Reims region and plains that spread to the Massif de Saint Thierry. A taxi will take you to Reims.
Overnight and breakfast in a 2-star hotel in the centre of Reims
Day 7 - REIMS.
An exploration of Reims, with gothic art and champagne. The city of Reims is best known for the Cathedral of Notre Dame, a masterpiece of gothic art. It includes the Palais de Tau, which holds the treasures of the cathedral, the basilica of Saint Rémi, and the museum that now resides in the ancient royal abbey. The city centre has its own treasures to show you: a variety of monuments, such as La Porte Mars, evidence of ancient Reims. But one must not forget that Reims is a city of champagne, of great names who, grouped together in the neighbourhood of Champ-de-Mars or on the chalk hillsides of Saint Nicaise, will be glad to welcome you for a visit of the cellars and a tasting
Overnight and breakfast
Day 8 - REIMS. Tour ends after breakfast.
- 7 nights’ accommodation in selected 2-star hotels
- 7 breakfasts
- 3 dinners
- Hotel to hotel luggage transfer.
- Taxi transfers
- A set of maps with detailed route notes describing the trail.
- A daily itinerary together with information about facilities and places of interest along the trail.
- Emergency assistance.