Exceptional horseback ride to discover the Champagne and its vineyards: Reims mountain (the kingdom of pinot noir), the Marne valley (pinot noir and pinot meunier) and the Côte of Whites (“blanc de blanc” champains), Chardonnay. Champagne, its name sparkles like a promise of celebration: with its hillsides, houses and cellars registered with Unesco, it is first and foremost the setting for the king of wines ! And its large houses, heirs to a festive art of living that can be savored in the hollow of the vineyards. But Champagne is also a concentrate of history. The Cathedral of Reims is the cradle of the coronation of the kings of France.
THE CHAMPAGNE TRAIL RIDE
INDICATIVE ITINERARY *
Day 1: Welcome riders at the at the "Champagne-Ardenne" TGV station at 6.30 p.m. then transfer to the hotel.
Day 2: Breakfast at 8 am, departure of the ride around 10 am, between vineyards and forests. You will leave for a loop in the Sermiers national forest, the "Virgin Oak" forest, which comes from the grouping of two national forests: the Virgin Oak to the east and Sermiers to the west. It owes its name to a legend from the Middle Ages, a period during which loggers would have found a statuette of the Virgin Mary in the heart of the tree ... This "miracle" is the subject of an annual pilgrimage, on the 3rd Sunday September. We return to the accommodation for the picnic. The afternoon is devoted to exploring the city of Reims, nicknamed "the city of coronations" or "the city of kings". Indeed, it is on the future site of Notre-Dame de Reims cathedral that Clovis was baptized by Saint Remi and that a large number of Carolingian and then Capetian kings were consecrated for more than ten centuries from Louis the Pious in 816 until to Charles X in 1825. Champagne, invented in the 17th century by Dom Pérignon at the Hautvillers monastery near Épernay, is one of the historical assets of the Reims economy.
Day 3: This morning, you set off for great gallops in the national Virgin Oak forest. You will have the picnic in the national forest of Verzy at the site of Les Faux. A Fau de Verzy is a twisting being. the Forest of Verzy is the main world reserve of forgery. In the afternoon, you continue riding South towards Trepail, a typical wine-growing village of Champagne where Chardonnay, a white grape variety, predominates. Overnight and meal in Bouzy.
Day 4: After breakfast, direction Mutigny through the vineyards. This village located on a promontory between vineyards and forests at an altitude of 240 meters, which allows exceptional views over the Marne Valley, the Black Coast and the White Coast. You will take the picnic in Hautvillers. If there is one place where the word Champagne takes on its full meaning, it is Hautvillers: a typically Champagne village, whose hillsides are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hautvillers is the cradle of Champagne. It was here that a certain Dom Pérignon developed the Champagne method, which made Champagne wine the king of wines. You descend into the hills to cross the Marne at Cumières. The Marne Valley allows long gallops. Overnight and meal in Epernay.
Day 5: You will ride up on the slopes where you will enjoy a view of Epernay. You enter the “Blanc de Blanc” vineyard. Picnic will be set in Cramant, where you will enjoy a champagne tasting. In the afternoon, you will visit Epernay. Starting point for the various tourist routes, and bringing together the various Champagne authorities (the Interprofessional Committee for Champagne Wines, the General Syndicate of Winegrowers, etc.), this town in the countryside is the economic heart of Champagne. Site of the great wine production and trading houses, classified as a Remarkable Taste Site, the majestic Avenue de Champagne has 110 kilometers of cellars. This is what makes it world famous and one of the most prestigious avenues in the world ! In addition to visiting the cellars of the most famous Champagne Houses, you will discover an eclectic architecture and numerous 19th century buildings. Overnight and meal in Epernay.
Day 6: You will leave Cramant for the Avize Montain with its limestone cliffs. You will arrive in the Darcy valley where you enjoy a beautiful view of Monthelon. You cross the Epernay forest, to reach again the Marne valley. You picnic in Chapotte, before crossing the Marne at Damery. In the afternoon, you follow the hillsides, keeping a view of the Marne, until Montigny where you leave the horses. Overnight and meal in Neuville aux Larris - Champagne tasting. Dinner and night in Neuville.
Day 7: After breakfast, you will find the horses. You continue your ride through the hillsides, overlooking Chatillon sur Marne where you can discover the statue of Pope Urbain II (33 meters), Eude de Chatillon in civil, who watches over the Champagne vineyards. Picnic at the Reims Mountain Natural Park house in Pourcy. You continue through the forest to arrive at your evening stage. Overnight and meal in Neuville.
Day 8: After breakfast, depending on train times, transfer to "Champagne-Ardenne" TGV station.
* Indicative program which may be subject to modifications if necessary.
Day 1: End of afternoon directly at the accommodation or at 6 pm at CHAMPAGNE-ARDENNE TGV train station. Transfer: 20 € round trip to pay directly.
Day 8: Morning after breakfast, from accommodation, transfer to CHAMPAGNE-ARDENNE TGV train station. Transfer: 20 € round trip to pay directly.
RIDING LEVEL: :
This is an active trail ride: to participate, you must be a very good rider: comfortable at walk, posting trot, posting canter, outdoor on open spaces, being able to stay 6-7 on horseback, cantering over long distances, having a trail ride experience, knowing how to control your horse in an open environment. Maximum weight: 90kg.
If the guide judges that a rider does not have the required level, he will not be able to continue riding. He can continue the stay with the logistics. In this case, the rider must then pay 300 € for the repatriation of his horse, without any refund of the stay.
GUIDE & ASSISTANT:
A qualified English speaking guide and an assistant ensuring the preparation of midday meals and luggage transfers with an assistance vehicle.
Mostly crosses of Arabian horses / paint horses used to trail riding.
Comfortable trail ride saddles with saddle bags.
Comfortable hotels and guesthouses, 2-3 person bedrooms. Single bedroom available with supplement.
Dinners at the guesthouses or restaurants. Lunches prepared by an assistant following the ride with a minibus and preparing nice tables at picnic places.
Provided by an assistant with a minibus.
2023 PRICE / PER PERSON:
2150 € in 2 person bedroom
Single bedroom supplement: 405 €
Transfers from/to Reims TGV train station: 20 € / person to be paid directly
Registration fees: 15 €
2024 PRICE / PER PERSON:
2285 € in 2 person bedroom
Single bedroom supplement: 440 €
Transfers from/to Reims TGV train station: 20 € / person to be paid directly
Registration fees: 15 €
THE PRICE INCLUDES:
Horse and tack rental, guide, assistant, accommodation, all meals, drinks at lunches, the financial bond for your payments by our travel agent guarantee.
THE PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE:
Individual insurance, drinks in hotels, champain and wine tastings (about 80€), visits, transfers from/to Reims TGV train station, tips, all that is not indicated in "the price includes".
INSURANCE (if you don’t already have one):
We offer to Europe Union citizens (only) Chapka insurances:
Cap Security: full insurance with cancellation. Cap Cancellation: cancellation only.
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By booking with Cap Rando, you get the benefit of the French travel agency law, one of the strictest in the world: an unlimited financial guarantee for all your payments !
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To register on a Cap Rando holiday, you must be covered by an individual liability insurance covering your activity, individual accident, assistance, repatriation, and possibly cancellation (strongly recommended not to lose your payment in case of cancellation for a reason covered by a cancellation insurance).
We offer to Europe Union, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway residents (only) to subscribe the "Cap Security" insurance from Chapka Insurance. This covers you for cancellation, interruption of stay, individual accident, assistance 24h / 24h, repatriation, medical expenses abroad, luggage insurance, civil liability. You can also only subscribe a "Cap Cancellation" cancellation insurance if you have insurance covering other risks.
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- For a stay starting at more than 60 days: It is requested at registration: 30% of the price of the stay, the payment of the insurance possibly subscribed, the transport possibly requested, the booking fees. The balance is to be paid 60 days before the start date of the stay.
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Please note: your reservation will only be confirmed after receipt of your payment.
Your payments are guaranted by our GROUPAMA travel agent bond.
If you book a trip through Cap Rando, you have the guarantee not to loose any payment.
The French law is the strongest and requires all French travel agencies to have an unlimited financial guarantee for their customers in case of financial failure.
You will receive a confirmation file and contract with the invoice and all useful information within 24-48 hours after reception of your registration form and payment.
Before booking your transport: we advise you to wait for the receipt of the confirmation file and check that your transports feet with the meeting/separation times of the offered transfers. We recommend booking refundable transports.
7. CANCELATION POLICY:
Please note: Any stay may be canceled if there are insufficient bookings to ensure the stay up to 20 days before the date of a stay of more than 6 days, 7 days for a stay of 2 to 5 days. In this case, you may be offered a replacement stay or a departure with a supplement, if these proposals do not suit you: a full refund (unless you have accepted a possible supplement upon registration), excluding booking fees and possible non-refundable transport, is guaranteed without compensation.
See the cencellation policy: cancelation conditions.
8. SALE CONDITIONS:
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