Leaving Your Trip in REIMS

This page offers help (concrete or informational) on leaving your trip.  Topics include...

  1. Where you Leave Your Trip (see immediately below)
  2. Our “Access Packages,” designed to help you to do so.
  3. Suggestions on how to time your ongoing travel, whether you are having us arrange it, or doing it yourself.
  4. Service information regarding train travel from your trip end location.
  5. Suggested post-trip visits, especially when these are not geographically obvious, but are rendered economical and convenient by direct rail connections.
  6. Hopefully helpful hints for those setting up their own travel from the trip.

If you wish to arrange some or all of your travel through us, please tell us what by means of this response questionnaire, designed to collect all the information we need to be able to book your travel.


1.  WHERE and WHEN Do You Leave Your Trip?
Your trip disbands in Reims, Friday at the end of the riding day.

If you wish to arrange your own ongoing travel (in other words, you do not want to set up any ongoing travel arrangements through us), a couple of hints regarding ongoing travel are offered at the bottom of this page.  Otherwise...


2.  Our ACCESS PACKAGES
as of February 10, 2016

Base (Starting) Access Package Price:  144€
To see what this means in your currency, look here:  http://www.bluemarble.org/CurrencyConv.html

Availability is normally good until 35 days prior to trip start, because we hold an allotment of hotel rooms and space on trains until that point.  Within 35 days, availability must be confirmed, and costs may be higher.  Some extra-cost options also have higher prices if ordered w/in 35 days.

Included:

  • Dinner in Reims.
  • A Friday hotel night in Reims, based on shared occupancy.  Typically, most of your past weeks’ travelling companions will also be staying over.
    Share price is guaranteed to singles willing to share until 35 days prior to trip departure.  After that, you may share of someone else wishes to do the same, but must otherwise pay the single supplement (see below).
  • Breakfast, if you have time / get up for it.
  • Saturday TGV (high-speed train) tickets to Paris, or to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport.
    Tickets are in 2nd class, not refundable or exchangeable once ordered.  Travel time must be stipulated when you order the package.  See below for extra cost 1st class or flexible tickets, the latter allowing for a local change in plan.
  • A printed schedule / itinerary, highlighting any connections.
  • All taxes, baggage charges, booking fees...  in other words:  no surprises.

Options Offered at an Extra Cost (subject to availability)
Prices are in addition to the “Base” Access Package Price.
For a general discussion of train upgrades, see here.  Topics include the relative comfort of first versus second class, and different types of accommodation available on overnight trains.

  • Tickets to London.  Via Lille:  add 69€ if you are also purchasing tickets from London at the start of your trip, 99€ if not, or if you prefer a changeable ticket (in 1st class, add 99€ or 145€; 1st class tickets include meal service).
    Add 10€ more for service via Paris, stopovers permitted.
  • Tickets to other points:  discount fares often available.
  • First class train tickets (in lieu of 2nd class):  +15€ to Paris, +34€ to all other points in France or Luxemburg, +59€ to Frankfurt, Munich or Brussels, +69€ to other points in Germany, Holland or Belgium..
  • Flexible (exchangeable / refundable) tickets:  +10€ to Paris, +29€ to all other points.
    These tickets are exchangeable at any station, on a space-available basis, at any time until the train’s departure, for 5€ if the exchange is made 2 days prior to the date of travel, or for 12€ the day before, or the day of travel (prior to the initially-reserved train's departure).  Cost of either exchange is 10€ higher if you make it through us (as opposed to going to the ticket counter yourself).  Tickets are refundable less 20% prior the train’s departure.
  • Single room in Reims on Friday night.  If you also occupied a single during the trip:  +40€.
    If you did not, a room change will be necessary between the two Reims nights.  Or, you may take a single for both Reims nights:  80€.
  • Tickets on the Paris airport train, to Charles de Gaulle or Orly from anywhere in the city.  Follow this link for details.

Alternate Arrangements, in lieu of our usual packages (subject to availability)
Prices are complete (in other words, they are not in addition to the “Base” Access Package Price)

  • Dinner, hotel, and breakfast in Reims (no ongoing train):  111€ shared occupancy, 171€ single.
    Share price is guaranteed to singles willing to share until 35 days prior to trip departure.  After that, you may share of someone else wishes to do the same, but must otherwise pay the single supplement (see above).
  • Friday evening train to Paris with no Friday dinner or hotel:  43€ 2nd class, 59€ 1st class.
    Tickets are flexible:  can be changed locally, on a space-available basis, prior to train departure.  A step-up fare of not more than 10€ may be required if no space is available at this discount fare code.
  • Friday overnight trains (dp. Reims 8p) operate to the south of France (Provence, the Côte d’Azur & Nice).  Discounts available based on overall volume of rail travel.


3.  TIMING Your Trip

Your trip disbands on Friday, at the end of the biking day.  You will have already spent the previous night in Reims (Thursday).  We nonetheless recommend spending Friday night there, as well.  We include it, along with a festive dinner, in the “Access Package.”  We also offer an attractive 2-day add-on to Brugge, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities (see below for details).

While nothing prevents you from leaving Reims as soon as you have had enough riding / visiting on Friday, departing Reims on Friday night means that you spend the last riding day worrying about getting back to town in time for your train.  Which you must ride without having showered, because your hotel room is wherever the train is taking you, and not in Reims.  Most of your fellow riders will typically stay on, so you will suffer the further indignity of feeling like you are missing something.

However... you must be careful in booking your flight if you are flying out of Paris on Saturday:  the first morning train does not get to Charles de Gaulle airport until 8:45a.  As a practical matter, this means that the earliest intercontinental flight you can “comfortably” book would have a 10:45a departure time.  If you must book an earlier flight on Saturday, then leaving Reims on Friday evening is your only option.


4.  Service Information
Schedules are approximate – exact timetables can be consulted at http://www.raileurope.com/index.html.
Best trains are mentioned. Others are slower or have multiple connections.

  • To Paris.  Travel time is 50 minutes, Saturday morning trains run at 8:15a, 9:15a, and 12:15p.
    - There is one earlier train, at 7a with a connection.  Reaches central Paris at 8a.
    - Last train on Friday night is at 8:15p, with a connection.  Previous (direct) trains are at 6:45p and 7:45p.
  • To Charles de Gaulle Airport.  Services on this line are rare... but they are slick when they fit your timing. 7:45a, 11:30a, and 1:45p.  60 minutes later, you are in the terminal.
    A shuttle train takes you from the downtown station out to the TGV-port, 5 minutes.  From there, a TGV (high-speed train) runs straight to the airport in 30 minutes.
    An additional service operates at 9:30a, with an extra connection, reaching the airport at 11a, and costing 12€ extra.
    An 8:30p runs on Friday evening, should you need to spend the night at CDG airport for an early flight.
  • Daylight trains reach Strasbourg in a bit over 2 hours; Brugge, Brussels or Frankfurt in 3 - 4, points in Switzerland or Holland in 5 or 6....
  • To London.  Typically 5 hours via Paris, including station change and connection time.  Services via Lille at 7:45a, 11:30a, or 1:45p eliminate the station change.


5.  Suggested POST-TRIP VISITS — not offered after May, 2016 departure

Why not Brugge?  A beautiful Flemmish city, criss-crossed by canals.  We offer a package, subject to availability, including all of the following:

  • A Friday night hotel bed in Reims
  • An (early) Saturday morning train to Brugge, arrive by noon.
  • Saturday & Sunday hotel nights in Brugge (other Marbles will typically be with you, as this is the start of our “Northern Europe” itinerary).
  • Three dinners (one in Reims, two in Brugge).
  • Three buffet breakfasts
  • All taxes, booking charges, baggage charges.

Price:  379€ shared occupancy (rate guaranteed to singles willing to share), 489€ single.  First class upgrade on train to Brugge:  47€.  We can help you organize ongoing trains from Brugge (the closest airport is Brussels, an hour away).  Eurostar service available from Brugges to London for the same price as from Reims.


6.  Hints on TRAVELLING INDEPENDENTLY After the Trip
Guests subscribing to an “Access Package” need not read this section.

See also “Timing Your Trip” and “Service Information,” above, as either of these may additionally help.

We gladly provide travel consulting (schedule or routing information) concerning post-trip individual travel.  In particular, we have invested a great deal to become railway experts.  Our service fees are reasonable:  a 20€ charge for all but the most complex projects – or the most simple (for instance, only a 10€ charge applies if the service is limited to the preparation of a routine rail ticket).  You will generally find them well-justified by the time they will save you in research, standing on line, overpaying for your tickets, or all three.

But, for some, this type of research is fun.  So, here are some hints, intended to start off hardened “do-it-yourselfers.”

Trains.  Schedules for all routes can be consulted on this web site:
http://www.raileurope.com/us/rail/point_to_point/triprequest.htm

Reims is on the main line from Paris to Eastern France.  Travel to either is easy, and connections to all points east (Germany, Switzerland...) are available in Strasbourg.  Direct trains also operate south to Burgundy, though service is not frequent.

Planes.  The only airports in the area are in Paris.  Charles de Gaulle is more convenient to your arrival train station than Orly, but the two are equally convenient to our usual Paris hotels.
Going to Beauvais (Ryanair) takes longer than just taking the train all the way to London.  Or to Sweden, for that matter.


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