A Weekend in the Champagne Region
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One of the best destinations in France is just a brief 30 minute train ride away from the hustle and bustle of Paris, none other than the Champagne region of France. Filled with historic architecture, beautiful scenery and wonderful dining, this region of France is beautiful to visit any time of year, but especially in the fall when the vineyards are at their most photogenic. Nestled in this region are the world’s most famous and historic champagne houses that offer visitors insightful tours and incredible access. When you are packing your bags, make sure you don't forget to bring your camera and your appetite!
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Day 1: Reims
Spend the day in Reims getting to know this beautiful and historic city. Start your day with La Porte de Mars, the remains of the widest arch in the Roman Empire. Located in a beautiful park, this is a great way to take in the city. Make sure to visit the Reims Cathedral and take in the beauty of the stained-glass windows inside the cathedral for free. One place you do not want to miss on your excursion is the Place Royale, a landmark city center with a monument to Louis XV. Just steps away, be sure to grab a quick bite to eat and recharge at Le Royal II Restaurant, a great local cafe with several tasty options to both eat and drink and incredible service. Finish up the night at a 2-Michelin Star restaurant, Le Parc Les Crayères. Located on the Domaine Les Crayères property, this restaurant is more than just a place to eat, it is an experience and a can’t miss one at that!
Day 2: Epernay
Start your morning by taking a short trip into Epernay. You cannot pass up the chance to take a tour of one of the most famous champagne houses in the world, Moet & Chandon. Offering a variety of cellar tours and tastings starting at 40€ and ranging up to 180€ , this is a must visit for any champagne lover. After your tour of this UNESCO World Heritage site, grab a delicious lunch at local cafe, Brasserie de la Banque, which is located in a former bank building, which is how it got its name! This is a great spot to relax and refuel before heading out and exploring this great city even more. Continue your walk down Av. de Champagne and gaze at all of the different champagne houses that line this aptly named street. Wrap up your adventure in Epernay by visiting the Musée du vin de Champagne et d'Archéologie régionale, a museum dedicated to the history of the Champagne region. Located in the Chateau Perrier, the museum offers a fun and interactive audio tour that is sure to leave a lasting memory during your visit. Make sure to get some dinner to reflect on all you have seen at La Cave a Champagne. Diners can get a taste of modern French cuisine in an a la carte menu with the option of a fixed menu.
Day 3: Champagne houses
Put on your walking shoes and get ready to go to the cellar, the champagne cellar that is! Devote this day to seeing how this region got its name, by visiting the numerous champagne houses in the region. First up, none other than Veuve Clicquot! Located in Reims and home of the most extensive network of caves in Reims, the house offers four different levels of tours to fit any experience you want to have, including some that come with a food tasting experience and for the real champagne lover they offer special vineyard tours. Next visit Champagne Pommery, a champagne house that gives visitors an experience with art and lighting experiences in their cellars giving visitors an experience they won't get anywhere else in the region.
Need to Know
For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Kelsey Morita's guide, The Perfect Visit to Champagne, France.
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