Champagne Vineyards Ride

Champagne France: (IT-FRABR09)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/france_champagne_vineyard_ride.aspx

Introduction
Champagne France
We offer an exciting trail on horseback to explore the Champagne region and its variety of vineyards. Our trail will take you around the « Montagne de Reims » – a wooded plateau whose slopes are the so-called "Pinot Noir kingdom" (a famous grape variety) . We will also ride along the Marne Valley – where the Pinot Noir grape grows side by side with the Meunier variety. We will discover the « Côte des Blancs » too. Some of the most famous Champagne wines, named "Blanc des Blancs" are produced there using the Chardonnay grape. The Champagne region belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, thanks to its breathtaking setting of the « king of wines ». With its sparkling name, the region is a promise of vineyards, slopes, cantering, prestigious cellars and beautiful landscapes!
Famous properties are the heirs of a unique, festive art of living. Champagne region is an historical region and the cathedral of Reims was witness to several French king’s crownings.

Accomodation

Accommodations
This is a progressive ride, so nights are spent in different locations.

Description
Accommodation is in B&B or hotels. Double or Twin room, possibility of single but with supplement.

Accommodation Itinerary - subject to changes based on availability
Day 1 & 2:  Guesthouse in Chamery
Day 3:  B&B in Bouzy
Day 4 & 5:  Hotel in Epernay
Day 6 & 7:  Guesthouse near La Neuville aux Larris

Guesthouse in Chamery
The guesthouse is composed of several bedrooms and bathrooms (might be shared with other people from the group) and offers free Wi-Fi access. Accommodation is simple but comfortable and clean.
There is an indoor heated pool open year round where guests can relax. There is also a small garden with plenty of shade.

B&B in Bouzy
You are accommodated in a late 19th century house with 5 different rooms. Each room has its own decor and private facilities. There is Wi-Fi available at this property.

Hotel in Epernay
This small hotel offers 29 bedrooms featuring a modern decor, air conditioning, a TV, a safe, free internet access, a phone and an ensuite bathroom.

Guesthouse near La Neuville aux Larris
This charming country house offers 5 bedrooms, all equipped with comfortable beds, free Wi-Fi and modern bathrooms (might be shared with other people from the group).

Room Occupancy
We try our best to match you with a roommate, but if this is not possible you may be placed in single room with a supplement to be paid.



Meals
All meals are included.

Continental breakfasts served at your accommodation.
The lunches are buffets with a wide choice (adapted to particular diets) with wine.
Dinner in the bed and breakfast, restaurant or hotel (wine not included for dinner, and other extras).

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to most dietary restrictions with prior notice.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding


Riding Ability
This ride is open to riders who are comfortable and in control at all 4 paces (walk, rising trot, canter and gallop in a forward seat) on varied terrain, in open spaces and practice a regular habit of riding. There are certain sections of the trail where we need to lead the horses. It is recommended that you be in good physical condition in order to participate. Previous experience of trail rides over a number of days would be beneficial but is not required.

Pace
The pace is varied depending on the terrain, with long periods of walk and plenty of opportunities to canter and gallop.

Horses
Most of our horses were born on the farm. They live in herds in a 70 acre field and this is what makes them strong. This social lifestyle is very close to their ideal living conditions, which is a natural environment.
Every horse has its own character, but all are gentle, balanced, and multi-talented.
The horses are a mixture of purebred Arabian and Paint horses as well as Arabian/Paint crossbreds and Thoroughbreds.
The relationship with the riders and our horses is crucial. Above all, we place attention on the welfare and education of our horses.

Tack
Our saddles are a French trail saddle (JMS brands), which blend the best of English and western styles to make the perfect trail saddle. Horses will work in bridles with Myler bits. Helmets are not mandatory but are strongly recommended.
Our team will take care of tacking up the horses during this ride.

Logistics
There is a support van for the transport of luggage and riders. It is possible for a rider or a non-riding companion to follow along the horse riders in the van.
We ask the riders to have only one suitcase (size 69x47x27) and one handbag.

Group Size & Staff
Riding groups have a minimum of 5 and maximum of 10 riders, plus the Guide and the Translator.
David (GTE/ BPJEPS TE) is a certified Equestrian Tour Guide. He creates the routes and leads all the riding tours. He is also a trainer of apprentice instructors in Equestrian Tourism.
Britta is your riding companion and translator (English, Dutch, German, and Spanish). She is always available to facilitate any language concerns.

Itinerary


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.

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.


Rates and Dates for Champagne Vineyards Ride

Rates include:

Accommodations, All meals, Wine with lunch & 6 riding days
Saddlebags, ponchos and water are provided during this trip.

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20218 day trip, AP€1945$2315
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.19

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2021 Transfer from/to Reims train station at set times, roundtrip, pp
- to be paid locally
20 $25
2021 Single supplement 460 $550
2021 Non-rider rate 1,295 $1,545

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2021 08/14 - 08/21 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 5 /10 Reserve
A 2021 08/22 - 08/29 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 5 /10 Sold Out

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Beverages in hotels and restaurants, Transfers, Entrance fees & Gratuities

Note:

Due to COVID-19 Corona virus pandemic and certain travel restrictions we are applying some temporary policy changes to some of our tours.

For Champagne Vineyards Ride (IT-FRABR09):

If your booking is affected by the coronavirus pandemic, it is possible to postpone your trip to a later date in 2021 (depending on availability). It is also possible to postpone your trip to 2022, but you will need to pay the price difference.

With regards to accommodations and restaurants, the French government has imposed strict health rules for all establishments receiving guests so we trust our yearlong partners to apply them correctly for our clients.
Regarding horse riding, the equipment is cleaned and disinfected between each stay. In addition, it is only our team that prepares the horses and manipulates the tack and clients team up with the same horse for the whole week .
Our lunches are served as a buffet but instead of it being self-service, it is our team who will provide the service.
Hydro alcoholic gel will be available freely throughout the horse trail .
We don't impose wearing a mask on the trail (the French riding federation and the French government don't require wearing one while horse riding) but of course, riders can bring their own mask for hotels, restaurants & sightseeing visits if they feel the need of wearing one .
We ask that you follow the hygienic measures below during your stay:
  • wash your hands regularly with soap and water (access to which must be facilitated by providing disposable towels) or by hydro-alcoholic friction;
  • systematically cover your nose and mouth by coughing or sneezing into your elbow;
  • blow your nose in a disposable handkerchief and dispose of it immediately in a trash can;
  • avoid touching your face, especially your nose, mouth and eyes.
  • masks must be worn systematically by everyone when the rules of physical distance cannot be guaranteed.

For more information please visit our COVID-19 Updates page at https://www.hiddentrails.com/article/covid19update.aspx

Other Info
Meeting: Reims or Chamery
Airport: Paris CDG
Transfer: Reims train station

Climate:
                                            Reims area

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Average High Temperature (°F)

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49

44

Average Low Temperature (°F)

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43

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34

Average High Temperature (°C)

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7

Average Low Temperature (°C)

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1

Source: NOAA


Seasons
Champagne is located is northeastern France. Because of its inland location, the region's climate has a continental influence bringing lots of sunshine during the summer months but also frost during winter. The region' climate is also characterized by an oceanic influence keeping the temperatures quite low with little variations from one season to another.

Precipitations are steady but moderate throughout the year.

What To Bring:
The luggage is transported in vehicle and transferred to each accommodation. We ask that riders only bring one suitcase (69x47x27 cm) and one handbag.

…  this list is only a guideline for you
Hidden Trails Travel Documents and Trip Voucher (contains important local tour contact info.)
Flight tickets
Passport
Visa (check with your consulate)

RIDING GEAR
Riding pants or Jodhpurs
Riding boots (short) + Minichaps
Riding helmet (recommended for all trips)
Riding gloves
Hat (with chin strip) for sun protection
Lightweight Rain coat
A riding helmet is not provided by us, but is is recommended for adults and mandatory for minors during the horse ride. 


PERSONAL CLOTHING
Jacket or sweater for cool evenings
Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts
Jeans
Shorts
Underwear and socks
Pyjamas
Bag for dirty clothes
Trekking boots/ comfortable shoes
Swimsuit


ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING
Personal Toiletries
Insect protection - mosquitos may be around in the evenings and early mornings.
Personal medications
Sore cream (for an emergency)
Sewing kit
Torch/ Flashlight
Adapter for electric appliances
Camera and extra film or batteries
Belt pack
Address book and pen (for postcards!)
Sun glasses with strap
Sun protection lotion and lip balm