3 Vineyard Cycling Tour Around Paris, France

Tasting
Wine, Local Food
Activity
City Tasting, Biking, Tour
Included
Tour guide
Languages
English, French
Theme
Outdoor, Organic, Cultural
Minimum Drinking Age
16
$
110
39
/ Person
Geoffrey F
Activity Overview
Combine the pleasures of visiting three of the most historic neighborhoods of Paris - the Marais, Jardin des Plantes (Latin Quarter), Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the discovery of each quarter’s hidden vineyard, with the joys of cycling.

During the Middle Ages, Paris was covered with vineyards and produced wines that were renowned throughout France. The vineyards on this tour, unknown to most, will take us into the heart of medieval Paris. There is an almost mystical link between the living vines of today and those of the past. As you cycle over this historic ground, the medieval landscape comes to life as you are invited to imagine another time.

From the vineyards of the Hotel Royal St-Pol, through the King’s botanical garden, the Abbey Saint Victor and the Halle aux Vins to the Roman Arena, the Clos Bruneau, the Clos de Laas and the village that was once Saint-Germain-des-Prés, we develop a comprehensive overview of medieval Paris and begin to see the city with different eyes.

We will taste various wines along the way that will connect you with this rich past, bringing into focus the spirit of Paris. Come with us for an exceptional visit and explore another aspect of the role the vine still plays in the urban landscape. Exclusive wine tastings reflecting the flavors of the grapes planted here, accompanied by personally selected hors-d'oeuvres will complete this unique outing.
 
Practical information
Please let us know if you have food allergies or intolerances. This tour generally includes gluten (bread), pork (charcuterie), dairy (raw cheese) and possibly fish (ex. oysters, smoked salmon)
 
Included
  • Bike rental
  • Visit of the secret vineyards of the Marais, Jardin des Plantes & Saint-Germain-des-Prés
  • History of each quarter with landmarks
  • Background to viticulture and agriculture
  • Varietal tastings of three wines in wine shops
  • A selection of organic cheeses, comestibles and real bread
  • Very easy (about 3 kilometres of cycling)
  • 5 hours and includes bicycle rental, 2 different wine tastings plus seasonal foods.
Group-size:
Minimum 5
Rates
Per
Price
Pricing Info
Person
$
110
39
Vineyard visits, cellar tasting and nibbles
Timing
Dates
Start Time
Weekly on Sunday, Saturday10:00 AM
Weekly on Sunday, Saturday2:00 PM
Duration
5 H
Frequently Asked Questions
The tastings include a minimum of two wines and generally three. The wines selected vary from one tour to another as they always correspond to the vines planted in the vineyard we have visited. Though these are wines made in other regions of France, and NOT the wines produced in the vineyards themselves (access to these wines, with the exception of Montmartre, is very limited and production too small to allow for public consumption), they still connect us to the grape varieties we have seen and also allow us to connect to the spirit of wine.
All of the wine bars and wine shops we visit feature organic, biodynamic and ‘natural’ wines as we are committed to living wines with real taste that don't give headaches and also preserve soils, reducing CO2 emissions and allowing water-tables to stay clean. In other words, wines without pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, pesticides, chemical yeasts, chemical additions or fertilizers - wines that are made from grapes and nothing else.
Of course, but there is no reduction offered for not participating in the wine tastings.
This is a decision parents must make, keeping in mind that our tours are explicitly designed for adults and feature adult experiences (wine tasting), and detailed discussion. There are no discounts for children. The legal age for buying alcohol in France is eighteen, and for consumption, sixteen.
Our tours run rain or shine and so we suggest you prepare accordingly. Much of each tour will be outdoors and in the streets, though the wine tastings are of course in the shelter of a wine shop or wine bar. No cancellations due to weather are accepted.
More Info
Cancellation Policy
Standard
  • Cancellations made 2 days before will be fully refunded.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
2 reviews   0 comments
Overall Experience
(5.0 of 5)
We loved our bicycle tour through Paris. We saw so many sights that we might not have seen otherwise, plus the added bonus of learning the history of winemaking and vineyards in Paris. Geoffrey is extremely knowledgeable about French winemaking and a fun person to be around; we highly recommend this experience!
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A great tour on bikes which awakened our senses and helped us see Paris differently. Learning about and experiencing the history and gastronomy of the city. From vines to gruesome tales, from ancient architecture to cosy wine cellars, Geoffrey winds his tour around the small streetsof Paris to the delight of those who follow him.I will be back!
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Tastings Nearby
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Duration:
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The day’s programme:
8:00 am: Hotel pick up in Paris

10:30 am: Visit to a champagne vineyard near Reims and meeting with the wine-grower
“Terroir”, is a French word that means “a sense of place.” Nowhere else could be better than in Champagne where the grapes are grown on land that features a unique quality. The Champagne grape is a product that is extracted from the soil but is also intimately dependent on the climate, vine and ultimately the human knowledge of the wine-grower. Your expert guide will teach you about the champagne soil, the vine yard, the vines and the work that is done throughout the year. Here you will learn the different steps of champagne-making, learn why the geographical situation of the region is essential and how the talent and personality of the professional wine-grower results in each unique vintage.
From classic notions about wine-tasting, you will be more particularly initiated to the techniques applied for champagne-tasting. You will have the possibility to buy some champagne at the producer’s rates.

12:30 pm: Lunch at a restaurant in Reims

2:00 pm: Guided visit to Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral
Reims Cathedral is the place where Clovis, the first Christian king of the Franks, was christened. It is also where the coronations of twenty five kings of France, from Louis VIII in 1223 to Charles X in 1825 were held. This 13th century gothic cathedral is an ancient religious jewel and a symbolic place for all European people. Enjoy yourself and appreciate the breathtaking front, lacy stonework, illuminated stained glass windows and be charmed by the celebrated “smiling angel” sculpture that welcomes you at the northern portico.

3.30 pm: visit to the underground chalk cellar of one of Reims'most famous Champagne houses
Houses are the first champagne representatives both in France and in the entire world. Nurture your knowledge about the history of champagne and how the most prestigious houses contributed throughout the ages to offer the exceptional quality of wines we enjoy today. You will be told about some of the traditional secrets of these famous vintners and thus, better understand the differences between the houses. You will taste a glass of Champagne at the end of the visit with guide comments.

5:30 pm: departure for an arrival in Paris at around 8 pm
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Duration:
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To be more knowledgeable with the technical language, to taste and describe wine accurately

To comprehend the main concepts and the specifics of the French terrain

To discover the criteria on which to recognize wines and judge about their qualities.

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