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
Region
in Champagne, Burgundy, Loire Valley & Normandy

Exploring by the back roads is the best way to experience France and immerse yourself in the culture. Get a real feel for the authentic France, and enjoy at your own pace.

Heritage & History Tours
Villages & Markets Tours
Countryside Tours
Duration
13 days
Price
US$ 3850
Region
in Champagne, Verdun, Burgundy & Paris

Explore North-Eastern France and jump into French wines & history! Starting in Reims, capital of the Champagne region, you will learn many stories starring Joan of Arc, Marie-Antoinette and a famous widow . . . Clicquot. A private guide will make World War I history come alive, allowing you to get a comprehensive overview of the Verdun battlefields. You will bike and taste wines in Burgundy and finish your journey with flourish in Paris.

Wine Tasting Tours
Heritage & History Tours
Duration
13 days
Price
US$ 3750
Region
in Bordeaux, Loire Valley, Burgundy & Champagne

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

Wine Tasting Tours
Gourmet Food Tours
Countryside Tours
Duration
16 days
Price
US$ 5550
Region
in Champagne, Verdun, Somme, Normandy & Paris

Many of us are related in some way to the World Wars' history : a father, uncle, grandfather, family friend, or a famous soldier we admire, who fought amongst the Allied troops on French soil. We are very happy and proud to plan itineraries for you to learn more about the history of the two World Wars of the 20th century. The below tour is a sample and we will craft your own trip based on any information you may have available or are willing to discover.

Heritage & History Tours
Duration
10 days
Price
US$ 2730
Region
in Burgundy, Alsace & Champagne

On this itinerary, you'll go North-East ! Burgundy, Alsace and Champagne are all located East of Paris and near the Swiss and German borders. Quite unknown, these regions have a lot to discover !

Wine Tasting Tours
Villages & Markets Tours
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.

What do you eat with Champagne ? Biscuits Roses of course !

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. We can also plan for you to enjoy several wine regions in France including Champagne. 

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!

Reims has also one of the biggest Christmas markets in France. 

 

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!

For wine lovers we have designed a specific self-drive tour through France

 

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 !

Visit other French regions

Alsace

North

Lyon

Somme

Verdun

Normandy

Provence

Dordogne

Loire Valley

Paris

Bordeaux

Our Travelers’ Reviews

Dan
An experience OF France, not just a trip TO France. For over 30 years my wife has dreamed of visiting the Loire region of France. Emilie and Laura not only made this a reality, they made it truly a dream trip. The multi-hundred page guidebook not only guided our daily itinerary, it prepared us for what we needed to know for a successful self-guided …
Howard & Darlene
What a wonderful trip with personal guides Emilie planned for us! I would recommend her without reservation on your trip through Normandy, Mt St. Michel and the Loire Valley. The guidebook, which was chock full of important information (be sure to read it all!) was invaluable to us and became our bible.
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 some modifications so that the trip could take place this October and November. They were always responsive and helpful with our questions and concerns. All of the …

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