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Champagne Vineyards Ride


Itinerary for Champagne Vineyards Ride




Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

The itinerary may be modified at any time for security reasons, meteorological or other events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes, and local holidays. We will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.

Important note: The specific level required is the "confirmed rider level".
As a qualified professional of equestrian tourism in France, it is important for the safety of the groups of riders we receive that everyone has the required riding level (see description below).
A person, who doesn't have the required level, causes difficulties for the staff and other participants, with consequences on the good progress of the stay for everyone.
Therefore, if from the first day we judge that a rider doesn't have the required level for horseback riding, he/she will not continue on horseback. He/she will be able to continue with the logistic team. This decision will be made without any refund on the stay.

Our rides are for the experienced rider who has mastered all 4 paces (walk, rising trot, canter/gallop in a forward seat) on varied terrains and in open spaces. The experienced rider rides regularly, has good physical fitness, has good soft hands, a good attitude, and self-confidence. He controls the speed and direction of the horse in all circumstances. He can ride long distances including gallops of several minutes in open terrain.


Day 1: Arrival
Riders with vehicles may arrive in the late afternoon to the first night accommodation. Riders arriving by train will be collected in the late afternoon at the SNCF train station of Reims.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at a Guesthouse in Chamery


Day 2: Morning Ride Ride & Reims Visit
Breakfast at 8:00 AM. We will begin the trail ride at 10:00 AM with a beautiful perspective over the vineyards, riding through the forest of Sermiers, also called « La forêt du Chêne à la Vierge » (it means the woods of Virgin Mary’s oak). Its name comes from a medieval legend: as loggers would have found a figurine of the Virgin Mary in the heart of a tree… Every year, on the third sunday of September, a pilgrimage celebrates this miracle. Returns to the guesthouse for lunch.
In the afternoon, we will visit the city of Reims, also known as « the city of coronations » or « the city of the kings ». On December 25th, 496, the first French christian king, Clovis was baptized by Bishop Saint Rémi on the location where the Notre-Dame of Reims cathedral would later be built and all further French kings were baptized in the same cathedral.
As for Champagne wines, they date back to the 17th century and have been one of the main pillars on the local economy for a long time now.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Guesthouse in Chamery


Day 3: Chamery to Bouzy
In the morning, relaxing canters will lead us through the woods to the heart of the Verzy forest, called « Les Faux de Verzy ». We will enjoy our picnic there. A « Fau de Verzy » is a Dwarf Beech. « Fau » designated « beech » in Old French. Les Faux de Verzy is the world’s largest concentration of dwarf beeches standing with about 1000 trees. In the afternoon, we will ride south to Trepail, a typical wine village of the Champagne region, where the white grape called Chardonnay grows.
We will have dinner and spend the night in the village of Bouzy.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a B&B in Bouzy


Day 4: Bouzy to Epernay
After breakfast, we will ride through the vineyards to the village of Mutigny, offering a panoramic view on on the Marne Valley, the « Côte des Noirs » - name given to the vineyards which are located on the southeast side of the « Montagne de Reims » - and the « Côte des Blancs » - the vineyards which are located south of Epernay.
We will enjoy our picnic in Hautvillers. This village is the birthplace of the Champagne wines. The monk Dom Pérignon created the method which gave the Champagne its spurs. We will head downwards through the vineyards and we will cross the Marne river at the village of Cumières, inviting us for a nice canter along the river.
We will have dinner and spend the night in the town of Epernay.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Hotel in Epernay


Day 5: Morning Ride & Epernay Visit
Today, we ride through forests and vineyards, enjoying a panoramic view on Epernay. We will enter the « Blancs de Blancs » vineyards, after a picnic in the village of Cramant, where we will enjoy some wine tasting.
In the afternoon, we will visit Epernay. This town, surrounded by vineyards, is the heart of the Champagne economy and the starting point of several scenic roads. Epernay is also the epicenter of Champagne, with every famous Champagne brand having their headquarters there. Most of them are located on the famous Champagne Avenue and 110 km of cellars run under our feet. We will be able to admire the eclectic architecture of most buildings, dating back from the 19th century.
We will have dinner and spend the night in the town of Epernay.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Hotel in Epernay


Day 6: Epernay to Montigny
We will leave Cramant for the Mountain of Avize and its chalk cliffs, arriving in the Darcy valley, where we will have a beautiful view on the village of Monthelon. Crossing Epernay forest, we will be returning in the Marne Valley. After our picnic lunch, we will cross the Marne river at the village of Damery and continue riding through the vineyard slopes. We will have amazing views on the valley, leaving our horses overnight in the village of Montigny.
We will have dinner and spend the night in the village of La Neuville aux Larris – Champagne wine tasting.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Guesthouse in La Neuville aux Larris


Day 7: Chatillon sur Marne Ride
This morning, we will continue our trail through the vineyard slopes. We will have a magnificient view on the village of Chatillon sur Marne, at the top of which, there is a gigantic statue of Pope Urban II (33m high), otherwise known as Odo of Chatillon, supervising the Champagne vineyards. We will picnic at the Natural Regional Parc House of the Reims Mountain, located in Pourcy, then returning through the forest to our overnight stay.
We will have dinner and spend the night in the village of La Neuville aux Larris.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Guesthouse in La Neuville aux Larris


Day 8: Departure
After breakfast, we will transfer you to Reims TGV station, depending on train schedule.
Meals included: Breakfast


Non Riders
Non-riding companions are welcome to join this trip. It is best to have a car in order to do some sightseeing while the rest of the group explores on horseback.
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Champagne Vineyards Ride
Tour Code: IT-FRABR09
8 days / 7 nights ~$2,315.00
Dates : August

Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
ABeginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
BNovice
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
CIntermediate
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
EAdvanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
   
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
   
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
   
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
   
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
   
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
   
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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A 2021 08/14 - 08/21 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 5 /10 Reserve
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Pace: All paces. Abut 5-6 hours in the saddl...
Walk, Trot, Canter, Gallop,
Airport: Paris CDG
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