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From Reims to Châlons-en-Champagne
Beautiful landscapes, buildings and bubbles: These are the three keywords of your next long weekend in Champagne. Your tour begins in Reims, the regional capital with its majestic cathedral, from where you will embark on the discovery of 100 kilometres of vineyards, visiting the large Champagne houses, punctuating your walks with gourmet breaks and finishing in style via Epernay and Châlons-en-Champagne. Over 130 kilometres of royal heritage, chalk cellars and classified vineyards. Let’s drink to it!
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Your tour begins in Reims, the region’s capital. Watching over the city is the angel of the cathedral, one of the largest in France. Allow a good hour to visit before moving on to two other gems: the Palace of Tau and the Museum of Fine Arts nestled in the buildings of the Abbaye Saint-Denis.
Now it’s time to get to the heart of the matter: the Champagne! Start with Villa Demoiselle, a masterpiece of the transition period between Art Nouveau and Art deco, before descending below ground. Deep and extensive (120km of galleries) the Champagne cellars are located on the Saint-Nasser hillside and the Champ-de-Mars district. The biggest names in Champagne are here: Vranken-Pommery, Ruinart, Taittinger, Veuve Clicquot, Mmm…Bottoms up!
There are plenty of good restaurants to choose from for dinner in the city centre before you take the road to Epernay the following day.
MyTripTailor Tip: The cathedral is even more beautiful in late afternoon when the sun brushes its large rose window and its thousands of sculptures.
86km lies ahead for this second day.
From Reims, take the D951 as far as Montchenot and then join the D26 which follows the north side of the Reims Mountain and meanders among the vineyards and villages of Champagne.
First stop is Rilly-la-Montagne, where many champagne producers and merchants are settled, before you move on to Mailly-en-Champagne and a walk through the geological riches of the sentier de découverte.
Further along, you arrive at Verzenay, a wine-growing village with renowned hillsides, dominated by a windmill in the west and a lighthouse transformed into a wine museum, a must to visit!
Before reaching Epernay and the Côte des Blancs, stop-off at Ay-en-Champagne to explore the Cite de Champagne Collet-Cogevi and the International Institute of the Wines of Champagne.
MyTripTailor Tip: At Ay, you can take the Route des Musardises agéennes, marked with 19 champagne interpretation panels. The path threads among the Champagne Houses up to a point of view on the vineyards.
Epernay is the penultimate stage of your Champagne weekend. A beautiful town with flower-decked streets and 100kms of galleries burrowed into the limestone basement! They’re home to millions of bottles.
After visiting the cellars (Mercier, De Castellane…) don’t miss the Jardin de Vignes which offers an understanding of the subtle art of the vine.
It’s now time to head to your last destination: Châlons-en-Champagne, the capital of La Marne. The town has retained beautiful timber-framed houses, old bridges spanning two canals and immense gardens that make ideal rest points. Visit the superb Gothic-style cathedral, the Notre-Dame-en-Vaux, finishing at the Cloister Museum.
Why not enjoy a nice drink before you leave?
MyTripTailor Tip: Good to know when organising your last day: The visit of a cellar lasts about 45 minutes.
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