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Champagne: Sights & Drinks

Road Trip Route. Drive out from Paris, Enjoy the beauty of the region, Don't drink and drive.

A road trip through the Champagne region to the east of Paris. Ideally would be to go here with a company of friends, so you can change each other behind the wheel. You will drive along the local vineyards, visit Reims, Epernay, and some magnificent castles, get inside some of the most famous wine houses and, of course, will be able to enjoy the French cuisine. At the end of the trip – a walk around Paris is included.

History and Culture. From: Reims

Kirill Khomko. Travel Expert.

Travel Itinerary and Road Trip Route

Day 1: The night before we went to Reims.

Today begins our journey through the Champagne region, and the first stop is the beautiful city of Reims. Right after arrival we rent a car and go there, and on the way we will definitely stop for dinner in some cozy, local restaurant.

La Pataterie Mareuil lès Meaux

A place for dinner on the way to Reims. Fast, tasty and friendly.

Day 2: Acquaintance with the architecture of the city of Reims

Today will be mainly dedicated to discovering the magnificent historical architecture of the city of Reims. We will visit several majestic cathedrals and temples, which are symbols of the city and the country as a whole.

Chez Lou

The city walking tour in Reims is planned for today. It's better to have a good breakfast in the morning. This cafe opens early so it's a perfect choice!

Porte Mars

The first stop for us today will be the majestic Arch of Triumph - the Gate of Mars, located right in the city center. Thousands of tourists flock here every year to enjoy the achievements of the legacy of Roman architecture.

Chapelle Foujita — Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Paix

The city of Reims is not only rich in ancient Roman architectural heritage, but there are also many more modern monuments, one of which is Fujita Chapel. Its famous frescoes have been created in the best traditions of Western art, but they also show the features of Japanese stylization.

Place Royale

The magnificent ensemble of the Royal Square started to be created in honour of Louis XV in 1757 on the site of the Gallo-Roman forum.

Our Lady of Reims (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims)

Reims Cathedral is undoubtedly one of the main attractions of the city. Built several hundred years ago, the cathedral today creates an architectural image not only of Reims, but the whole of France. For centuries, the French rulers were crowned here.

Le Bouchon du Forum

The food here is great according to the reviews. The interior has a pleasant atmosphere and the staff is very friendly.

Palais du Tau

Reims' Gothic architecture is incredibly rich and diverse. Not far from Reims Cathedral there is another majestic monument of architecture, the To Palace. It is also remarkable for the fact that in its style there are also bright features of Baroque.

Veuve Clicquot

The visit to the wine cellar must be booked in advance. Detailed information is available on the website of the wine house.

Basilica of Saint-Remi (Basilique Saint-Remi de Reims)

The building of the Basilica of St. Remigia is a true masterpiece of architecture, the construction of which is intertwined with various styles and trends. Thus, the oldest parts belong to the Romanesque style, while the later ones are made in the Gothic style.

Au Plat du Jour

Authentic rustic French cuisine. No comments.

Le Coq Rouge

Let's finish the day at on of the best wine bars in town.

Day 3: On the way to Epern.

Today we leave the beautiful city of Reims and head south. On the way we will definitely visit several beautiful places, including wineries, various parks and authentic local restaurants.

La Licorne

Friendly atmosphere where Christophe and Jacqueline welcome you every day for a coffee, a drink of your choice or a snack.

Faux de Verzy

Start the day with a stroll through this beautiful forest.

Lighthouse Verzenay in Champagne - Museum of the Vine

This particular lighthouse has never been a real lighthouse (it's 250km away from the nearest seashore). But at the turn of the century, it was transformed into a great modern museum, which uses the latest audiovisual equipment. And all in order to acquaint visitors with the wonderful world of sparkling wine, which the province is famous for.

Au Chant Des Galipes (fermeture définitive)

Great cuisine and beautiful atmosphere. The boss at the furnace and his wife at the reception and the service. You will feel like you are invited to a home party!

Champagne Jean Pernet

Let's look at this very beautiful vineyard near Epernay. You will have to decide which one of you will sit behind the wheel afterwards

Abbaye d'Hautvillers

Next stop is the Abbaye d'Hautvillers Church. It was founded in the distant year 650. It has been rebuilt and completed many times over the years and has eventually acquired its present appearance. Today the place is visited by many tourists every year to enjoy the aesthetics of its architecture.

La Cave À Champagne

One of the best restaurants in Epernay. Here you can choose one of the pre-made menus, depending on your budget. Of course, there is champagne here.

Day 4: We're exploring the outskirts of Epernay.

Today will be full of different impressions, we plan to go outside the city of Epernay. Beautiful landscapes, amazing architecture, authentic restaurants and, of course, fine wines await us.

PAUL Epernay

Great place for breakfast and coffee. Fresh orange juice and good sandwiches.

Statue du Pape Urbain II

A great view from the top of the hill.

Château de Condé

Private estate in the park, where there are trees more than three hundred years old.

Château de Fère-en-Tardenois

Our journey has led us to one of the finest architectural creations in the region, the Château de Fère-en-Tardenois. The architectural elements that adorn its walls and facade are in a predominantly Gothic style. The building is also surrounded by beautiful nature.

Le bois joli

On your way back visit this great restaurant for lunch. According to the information on the website www.le-bois-joli.com, it works during the day.

Monument Américain de Château-Thierry

This great monument in memory of the victims of the First World War, especially beautiful at sunset.

La Table Kobus

Moving back to the hotel, you can spend an evening dining in a cozy restaurant called La Table Kobus. Its interior is very thoughtful and elegant and the staff is very friendly and sociable. In the menu you can find traditional French delicacies and supplement your dinner with fine wines.

Day 5: Moving south.

We continue to explore the Champagne region, and today we plan to head south, where we are expected to experience the amazing natural beauty of this region, combined with excellent food and architecture.

Paul

You can start the morning at Paul's already beloved bakery. Thanks to the competent staff, there is always a friendly and positive atmosphere. The interior is cozy and comfortable, so that any visitor can enjoy a strong coffee, as well as delicious baked goods in the early hours.

Champagne Moët & Chandon

And here is the famous Moet & Chandon!

Galleria Continua

Interesting and unusual art gallery in an industrial setting.

Au Bec Fin

Local and very good quality restaurant that you even don't expect is here. The chef and patron are great.

Cité médiévale de Provins

An incredibly beautiful village and a stunning castle. We advise walking here freely for about three hours before sunset.

Day 6: Heading to Paris.

Today we plan to finish our study of the Champagne region and go to the capital. The day is planned to be there by tonight. Incredible architecture, beautiful nature and authentic cuisine await us on the way.

Little Cafe

A cosy cafe that is popular among the locals.

Roseraie de Provins

After breakfast, we go for a walk to the garden-rosary. The place is undoubtedly popular both among locals and tourists. Here you can hide from the city life and the hustle and bustle of the day, strolling along picturesque paths in the shade of trees.

Brasserie Embarcadère

The last stop before heading back to Paris – a small town on the lake called Pierrefonds. Have your lunch at this restaurant near the water before heading out to explore the local castle.

Château de Pierrefonds

The castle has often been used as a location for filming including Les Visiteurs, Highlander: The Series, The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc and the 1998 version of The Man in the Iron Mask. The castle serves as Camelot for the BBC series Merlin, and a cut scene of this castle was used to portray Wiz Tech Academy in Disney's TV series, Wizards of Waverly Place.

La Table Italienne

Before returning to Paris drive a bit to the west through the local beauties at sunset before dinner. For a change, we included this place with high rating that offers Italian cuisine.

Le Maresquier

To finish the day we offer this trendy but not so expensive restaurant not far from the hotel.

Day 7: The Heart of France

Today will complete our unforgettable journey. We plan to hold it entirely in the heart of the country, in Paris. This city is known all over the world for its magnificent architecture, its museums and other attractions.

Bread & Roses

Visitors say that breakfasts here are really good. Here we will start our city tour in Paris.

Gardens of the Champs-Élysées (Jardins des Champs-Élysées)

When visiting France, it would be unforgivable not to visit one of the symbols of this country, the Champs-Elysées. Every year thousands of tourists from all over the world flock here to appreciate the aesthetics of the landscape. When planning your trip here, it is necessary to charge the camera.

Eiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel)

If you want, you can buy tickets (better online in advance) and go upstairs. We will add some extra time, just in case.

Pizze

In order not to lose a lot of time, let's have lunch at this pizzeria, which is loved by the locals.

Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris)

Get to Notre-Dame de Paris by taxi. Have a look inside.

The Louvre (Musée du Louvre)

If you want to visit a museum, it is better to take the tickets (or even a guided tour) in advance and for a half of the day. Our scenario continues with the free exploration of the city.

Palais Royal

You can enter the courtyard of the palace from 7.30 till 20.30 at the small square called Place Colette.

Sacrée Fleur

One of the finest local places for dinner. Here we will finish our city walk. The hotel can be reached by a taxi rather quickly.

Day 8: Drive home

If your return flight is not early in the morning, plan a visit to one of the Paris museums on that day. You can check out your room keys in the morning and leave your belongings in the luggage room. Go back from your walk, pick up your things and go to the airport.

Certa

If your return flight is not early in the morning, plan a visit to one of the museums of Paris for this day. Check-out in the morning and leave your bags in the luggage room. Return from your walk, take your things and go to the airport.