Welcome to the Champagne region, France, we are Sarah and Romain, résidents in Epernay at heart, and happy hosts of visitors from all over the world at our flats in Epernay. Today, we invite you to cycle with us through Epernay on an (electric) bike ride and discover everything our beautiful Champagne region has to offer! Come with us to discover Épernay by bike!
In addition to sharing warm and friendly moments with you, our main aim is to make your stay as pleasant as possible. That’s why we want to offer you the best recommendations, thought up by two local people who love the Champagne region, for unforgettable and unique visits.
Go for a bike tour around Epernay, this 50 km ride on the cycle route will allow you to discover the surrounding villages while enjoying a dream setting: halfway between the Marne and the Champagne vineyards.
Get off the beaten track and organise your cycling day tours to Epernay now!
Epernay and its surroundings by bike
Between listed hillsides, natural sites, picturesque villages and vineyards as far as the eye can see, the Champagne region offers you its most beautiful landscapes. In order to make the most of it, we suggest you slow down for a moment to enjoy a cycling tour, at your own pace, along the water.
In addition to your day trip itinerary, those who want to enjoy the breathtaking view can climb the local mountains, a panoramic view of Epernay and the Marne Valley awaits you, and we promise you that this is the most beautiful of rewards after a days cycle.
For cycling enthusiasts, here are our top bike route picks for a ride around Epernay in Champagne.
Electric bike rentals
Exploring Epernay by bike is a unique experience and to make it easier for you, I’m going to share with you three of my favorite bike rental services in Epernay and its surroundings to help you visit the must-see spots in town.
- Epernay Tourism Office: Located right in the town, it’s a convenient choice to kickstart your biking adventure.
- Altabike in Hautvillers: Another great option, especially if you’re planning a ride around this charming town.
- Easyride_51 in Ay-Champagne: A newcomer to the field, set to open in August 2023, so keep an eye out for this one.
These rental services likely offer delivery, although that could incur additional costs. To ensure you secure a bike, especially during the high season, I recommend booking well in advance.
For €35 you can spend a whole day cycling around and discover the best parts of the world-famous champagne region and make some great memories.
Cycling through the Champagne region – Itinerary
This circuit is achievable in all seasons, cycling under a sunny blue sky or under the beautiful warm colours of autumn, is always a pleasure. We love this greenway that winds through the Champagne vineyards along the Marne and its small side canal.
You will take the greenway at the commune of Dizy, from where you will reach Damery for a stopover.
Once you arrive in Damery, it is essential to stop there and discover the town, and take advantage of this moment to meet a winegrower and enjoy a tasting. Our favourite is Maurice Choppin, but we will tell you more about him later.
After this beautiful visit, you will go back to Cramant, to reach the charming village of Hautvillers.
As the adage says, never two without three, it would be a shame to miss Ay, a small village in the Champagne region. We suggest you take a lunch break in the heart of this small village.
To finish this day in beauty, you simply continue on the greenway to Bisseuil where you will make the last stop for a champagne tasting at the village bar.
It is time to join us in Epernay to tell us about your wonderful day which is coming to an end.
Meeting with Exceptional Winemakers of Damery
To whet your appetite, we present you with the must-see places on your route that you will come across during your ride to visit Epernay by bike, not to be missed under any circumstances!
An ancient Gallo-Roman village, Damery is a small charming village nestled on the banks of the Marne. Special mention should be made of the avenue of plane trees that form a courtyard of honour on the road. Take the time to pass by and enjoy this almost magical moment.
Champagne Blaise-Lourdez & Le Jardin D’isabelle
Damery is full of wine estates, but today, I’d like to guide you straight to Isabelle’s place. Here you’ll discover “Le Jardin d’Isabelle” (Isabelle’s Garden), a captivating location where Isabelle’s infectious energy will warmly welcome you.
Perfect for a champagne tasting, this picturesque garden is only open in summer, from Thursday to Sunday, from around 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The prices are remarkably affordable: 5€ per glass and 28€ per bottle to be consumed on site. You can even bring your own picnic and reserve a spot in the garden according to the number of people. The breathtaking view of the green path is truly a sight to behold.
Open from Monday to Saturday, with or without an appointment, it’s the perfect place to accommodate large groups, with the option to park buses and vans in the garden at the back upon prior request. The welcome is exceedingly warm, and a beautiful terrace is at your disposal to enjoy the sunny days.
Charm and heritage in Hautvillers
Not only is it a picturesque little village that you are about to set foot in, but it is above all the cradle of champagne. With its ideal location, cradled by the hills on which the grandiose Champagne hillsides rise, Hautvillers is a true corner of paradise.
Cycling through its charming streets on your electric bike, before entering the heart of the famous Saint-Pierre abbey.
If you wish to discover secret panoramas, captivating walks, fascinating anecdotes, as well as practical information about the village and how to get there, I strongly encourage you to consult my article dedicated to Hautvillers. You will also find a list of my favorite winemakers in the village who, with their smiles and their passion for wine, make each visit memorable.
Gastronomic break in Ay
Your lunch break is well deserved after cycling those few kilometres, and Ay will be the ideal place to eat. The Rôtisserie Henry IV, restaurant and wine & champagne cellar, offers a menu of dishes based on fresh and seasonal products as well as a drinks menu full of local treasures.
Another gem of Aÿ not to be missed is the Champagne Pierre Leboeuf. Here, it’s Hélène who warmly greets all her visitors.
With her radiant smile and contagious enthusiasm, she shares her passion for her craft. Every word, every gesture reveals her love for the winemaking profession, and she delights in sharing her expertise and dedication to creating exceptional champagne. My tenants are often directed to her, and it turns out to be their favorite visit often.
If you want to learn more about this unique vineyard and its exceptional champagne, I invite you to read this detailed article about Aÿ Champagne.
Aperitif in Bisseuil
The small village is just a stone’s throw from the greenway, which allows you to easily ride to it and discover its historic centre, the church and its amazing swing bridge.
But the most pleasant thing will be to share a gourmet moment, join a bar in the village and enjoy tasting some champagne before taking on the road again.
It’s already time to head back to Épernay, but if you want to finish the day in a bubble of pleasure, take a seat in one of the best restaurants in the area, they’re our favourites, admittedly we are both gastronomy lovers.
For those who are in a hurry, we suggest a slightly shorter cycle itinerary, ride from Ay-Champagne to Hautvillers, with only 25 km, it will also start from the greenway, but the loop will be in the other direction.
Find out our best tips for visiting Epernay and its famous region, we look forward to seeing you!
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