Champagne & Reims region

Ah la Champagne….so we need to say more?

Ok . . . Taittinger, Dom Perignon, Laurent Perrier, Mumm, Veuve Clicquot, Ruinart, Moët & Chandon. . . you still want more? Then you need to come!

A stay in the vineyards of the Champagne region or in its capital city Reims is the opportunity of a lifetime to see where the famous bubbly is made so at the next big occasion when you open a bottle of Champagne, it will have a very special taste and hold many memories!

Reims is a nice historic town, which was relatively preserved during the wars. The majestic Cathedral has a very important role in French history as it is the place where most of the Kings of France where crowned, or “sacré” in French meaning to be blessed by God. Therefore, Reims is often referred to as La Cité des Sacres.

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Teresa & Garry
Laura and Emilie started working with us to develop a trip in July of 2020, but the trip had to be postponed because of COVID. Nonetheless they kept everything in place and made …
Duration
16 days
Price
US$ 4090

The Center of France on the Back Roads

Region
in Champagne, Burgundy, Loire Valley & Normandy

Back roads are the best way to discover France at your own pace and get a real feel for the country.

Heritage & History
Villages & Markets
Sceneries
Duration
13 days
Price
US$ 3850

The North-East of France from the WWI history to the Vineyards

Region
in Champagne, Verdun, Burgundy & Paris

Explore the North-East of France and jump into French wines & History ! Starting in Reims, capital of the Champagne region, you will learn many stories including Joan of Arc, Marie-Antoinette and a famous widow...Clicquot. A private guide will make the World War 1 alive for you to get a comprehensive overview of the Verdun battlefields. You will bike and taste in Burgundy and end this journey in Paris.

Wine Tasting
Heritage & History
Duration
13 days
Price
US$ 3750

France for Wine Lovers

Region
in Bordeaux, Loire Valley, Burgundy & Champagne

This itinerary is designed for gourmet travelers who aim at discovering about the French wines. Our tours also mix heritage, culture, nice strolls, gardens etc. In this tour, you will stay in wineries, by vineyards & in wine towns. An asbolute must for wine lovers !

Wine Tasting
Gourmet Experience
Sceneries
Champagne Champagne

How to Get to Reims & the Champagne region?

Reims is only a 1hr30 drive east from Paris or CDG Airport. This is a great first or last stop in a French self-drive tour. We do recommend driving to Reims which is faster and more convenient than other transportation options.

There is a high-speed train (TGV) going there, and although we do not think this to be the best option, it can also be considered. Please be aware however that the TGV station is far outside of town and the car rental agencies are at the downtown train station (regular trains, no TGV). This makes the connections a bit complicated but manageable with time.

 

Geography of the Champagne Region

The Champagne vineyards are mostly between Reims and Epernay, which is located 35 minutes south of Reims, so the area is quite small and can be visited in 2 days, including some Champagne winery visits.

Between the 2 cities is the « Montagne de Reims » which culminates at 286 meters and is thus only a « mountain » by name. However, it provides nice slopes for the vineyards and a lovely countryside to drive around.

The whole area was once under the sea and for fossil lovers, we will recommend a place you will always remember.

 

Hautvillers - ©S. Millot - ADT Marne
Hautvillers in Montagne de Reims - ©S. Millot ADT Marne

Let’s drink Champagne!

One thing you need to learn in French: if you say « Je suis interessé par LA Champagne » and « Je suis intéressé par LE Champagne » - you mean something totally different! In the first case, you are talking about the Champagne region and in the second, the win . . . so make sure to sharpen your French a little, although both are great to talk about.

Of course, it is cheaper to buy Champagne wines right in the production area: you will find good quality bottles starting 20€ - or even around 15€ at smaller, less internationally famous wineries.

For those who just want to taste a few Champagnes and get a general overview of the region, we will be happy to recommend a self-drive itinerary where you can get a « bit of everything » and book a visit and tasting in a famous Maison de Champagne such as Taittinger, Veuve Clicquot or Moët & Chandon.

For the Champagne lovers, let one of our private guides take you from the vineyards to the wineries and probably taste more Champagnes in a day than you ever have.  You will learn about the soils, the vintages, the making process and also visit smaller family wineries where you could not go on your own.

Telmont Champagne tasting
Champagne Tasting - ©Champagne J. De Telmont

 

Champagne, oui . . . but also . . .

In the Champagne area, you will also wander in the Faux magical forest, taste the famous pink biscuits from Reims and…visit the Cathedral! This immense building dating back to the beginning of the 13th century is a real jewel and travelers often feel hypnotized by its majesty and immensity.

smiling angel in reims cathedral
The Smiling Angel of Reims Cathedral - ©FJFY

Did you know that the German surrender of World War II was signed in Reims, in the school housing General Eisenhower’s headquarters for the final months of the war? The Musée de la Reddition is fascinating, and you will see the untouched map room and table where the surrender signature took place.

Roman ruins are still visible also, such as the Mars door near the very lively covered market of the lively Boulingrin neighborhood in Reims!

 

Where to stay in the Champagne region

The answer is quite simple: between Reims and Epernay. You don’t want to stay north of Reims or you will have to drive around the city every time you want to reach the Champagne vineyards.

Reims is much livelier than Epernay where we recommend strolling the famous Avenue de Champagne on a visit.

We have selected great accommodations in Reims for those who like to be in town and also some very nice Bed & Breakfasts in the vineyards, in little towns or even in a Champagne winery – to be closer to the local products: A difficult choice but happy to be making it!

 

Champagne Bouché
Champagne cellars - ©Champagne Bouché Père & Fils

 

Let us know what you like and we will plan your stay in the Champagne region accordingly !

Our Travelers’ Reviews

Phil & Pat
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