Ancient castles and authentic villages. Best dishes and wines in local restaurants. A walk through Paris and a visit to the Louvre.. Fantastic landscapes on the way to Champagne. . .

Alsace, Lorraine, Champagne - relatives or neighbors? (France)

Three different landscapes and a tragic commonality of history... Since the division of the Carolingian Empire in 843, there has been a constant struggle for the eastern part of France, and its borders have been constantly changing. However, it is difficult for a traveller who has arrived in these parts from Germany to notice the differences between the two lands. On both sides of the Rhine there are half-timbered houses and vineyard settlements clinginging to the slopes of the Vosges, just like the Baden villages to the Black Forest mountains. This landscape, formed on the site of the area of prehistoric mountains' ruins, has a common geological past. Gradually, the Lorraine plateau turns into the Champagne chalklands. There, in the north, were built the first Gothic temples, seeking upwards, to the sky. Among them, the Rhine cathedral played a special role as the coronation church of French kings. After visiting the beautiful Gothic buildings of Swason and Lana, you find yourself almost in Picardia.

Alsace, Lorraine, Champagne - relatives or neighbors? (France)

8 days itinerary by Ekaterina Shmelkova - History and Culture - Car, 7 Hotels

Road Trip Categories: History and Culture

Day 1: A small evening in Strasbourg


Today begins our fascinating journey through the famous French lands. Since we will not have much time, we will devote this small evening mainly to organizational moments.
Visiting: Strasbourg, Paris

Day 2: Let's go south.


Today promises to be a busy and interesting day, because after breakfast and a walk we plan to leave Strasbourg and go south. Various sights are waiting for us on the way, so it's worth charging the camera.
Visiting: Strasbourg, Colmar, Orschwiller, Riquewihr, Paris

Day 3: Walks and excursions


We're heading south. We will visit many historical sights as well as plunge into the culture and history of these places on interesting excursions.
Visiting: Colmar, Thann, Mulhouse, Ronchamp, Montbeliard, Paris

Day 4: Nature and Architecture


Today we plan to go to Champagne province. On the way we will definitely visit some very interesting places, among which there will be beautiful parks, incredible castles and other historical buildings and much more.
Visiting: Nancy, Thann, Soultz-Haut-Rhin, Paris

Day 5: Architecture of the City of Metz


We keep moving towards the Champagne region and today's stop is the city of Metz, which is known for its rich architecture. We also plan to visit several local restaurants and take a tour.
Visiting: Metz, Nancy, Paris

Day 6: Exploring Champagne.


Our journey led us to the famous wine region of France called Champagne. There are many unique sights here, many of which will be visited by us as well.
Visiting: Metz, Reims, Verdun, Chavot-Courcourt, Epernay, Paris

Day 7: On the way to the heart of the country.


Today is a kind of culmination of our trip, because we will be in the heart of France, we will see the famous sights of the city and its immediate surroundings, including the famous Eiffel Tower.
Visiting: Reims, Laon, Pierrefonds, Soissons, Paris

Day 8: The pearl of the capital is the Louvre.


Visiting the main city of France, any traveler must visit, perhaps, one of the main museums in the world - the Louvre. It is rightfully a cultural pearl of the whole country and even of the world, because here are collected works of the greatest masters in the history of art.
Visiting: Paris