Are you dreaming of a change of scenery not too far from home? The Champagne-Ardenne region is the perfect place to plan your 2020 summer vacation. This beautiful region of France, only 3 hours by car from Brussels, is the ideal place for lovers of hiking, prestigious champagnes and all kinds of fun activities.
Visit of the cellars and houses of Champagne
Champagne-Ardenne offers an underground tour over several kilometers of its prestigious cellars that delight bubble lovers. The greatest houses share their history and know-how through guided tours of their cellars and a tasting of champagnes carefully preserved from light and heat for years. We present you our favorite houses:
Moët & Chandon : Between tradition and history
Dug in the white chalk of Champagne, the underground cellars of Moët & Chandon form a labyrinth over 28 km which attests to the history of the company created in 1743. Guardians of a real treasure, they testify of men who worked for years to make us taste today exceptional wines. The house reveals its know-how, its secrets and its history to all visitors curious to explore its depths. One of the most beautiful houses to visit and worth the detour.
For more information on Moët & Chandon and its tours, please visit: www.moet.com
Boisselle & Fils : A true family story
The Boisselle family is located in the heart of Ville-Dommange, a small village near Reims. These passionate producers have been cultivating vines for more than 5 generations and have made it a true family story! From grandfathers to grandsons, they have passed on their quality know-how to produce today vintages elaborated with the greatest care. A little nugget from the Champagne region that we advise you to discover during a detour in the region.
If you want more information about Boisselle & Fils, go to boisselle.business.site
Mumm : An iconic red cord
You surely recognize the Mumm house thanks to its white label and its red cord? Well, this label has travelled the world and made the brand successful. To celebrate this success, the house guides you through a visit of its cellars and a discovery of its iconic champagne. Experience the "Cordon Rouge Experience" and use your olfactory sense to recognize its composition. You can then visit the small museum dedicated to the history and know-how of the house and taste other vintages. A true initiatory experience in the heart of one of the most beautiful champagne houses.
To visit the Mumm house and discover all its secrets, we invite you right here: www.mumm.com
Ruinart : A French art of living
In the heart of Reims is the oldest champagne house, Ruinart. More than ever this year, the house wants to make discover its nature, its culture, its gastronomy, its wine and especially its know-how. It has prepared for its visitors complete and enriching visits through virtual discoveries of its deepest cellars, tastings of some vintages without forgetting the explanations on the elaboration of the champagne, from the harvest in the vineyards to the bottling. The house also stages an artistic installation to show the impact of global warming on the Champagne region. A visit that will allow you to learn a little more about the making of its champagne, its history and especially its authentic know-how.
To learn more about the Ruinart house and its visits, go to : www.ruinart.com
Discovery of the cathedral of Reims
A discovery of the Champagne-Ardenne region cannot be done without a visit to the cathedral of Reims. Known for its imposing sculptures and statues, but also for having been the place of coronation of many kings of France, the cathedral of Reims is worth the detour. You will be amazed by the grandeur of the monument, even bigger than Notre-Dame de Paris, but also by its beauty. Whether it is the facade, the stained glass windows or the countless sculptures, the charm and the gothic style of the cathedral of Reims will seduce you for sure.
For more information on this emblematic monument of the region, go to www.cathedrale-reims.fr
Stroll in Troyes, the city of a thousand colors
Did you know that the city of Troyes has one of the most extensive architectural heritages in France, but also one that has been extremely well preserved over time?
It is nicknamed the city of a thousand colors because of its colorful half-timbered houses dating from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. During a visit to the city, you will see whole streets with a picturesque style and atypical design, especially thanks to these charming half-timbered houses.
For shopping enthusiasts, Troyes will amaze you with its many factory outlets open to the general public and which concentrate the biggest fashion brands. One more reason to go to this beautiful region for a weekend.
To learn more about the city of Troyes, go to : www.tourisme-troyes.com
Family day in the Nigloland amusement park, in Dolancourt
A fun activity for young and old, you've been dreaming about it? Here is an amusement park that will meet your expectations, whatever your age. The park's 4 thematic universes as well as the numerous rides accessible from the age of 2 allow families and friends to share a fun day. Adrenaline seekers will be able to take place in one of the 11 sensational attractions while the little ones will enjoy the different rides adapted to their ages. Between two attractions, you will surely cross the path of the two hedgehogs Niglo and Niglotte, the park's mascots, who are always happy to be present in the souvenir photos! What a pleasant day to spend with your family and leave with a head full of memories.
For more information on the park's activities, go to : www.nigloland.fr
Sporting escapade in the regional natural park of the Orient Forest, in Piney
In the heart of the Aube region and its deep forests lies the regional natural park of the Orient Forest. It is the ideal place to enjoy fun and sports activities: hiking or biking, swimming or canoeing, everyone will find their happiness. Nature lovers will be seduced by the immense forests and the numerous ponds that offer an impressive natural setting. The perfect place to enjoy the hot summer days in Champagne-Ardenne!
For more information on the regional natural park of the Orient Forest, go to www.parcs-naturels-regionaux.fr
Where to stay in Champagne-Ardenne ?
Royal Champagne Hôtel & Spa
Stay in one of the most beautiful hotels in Champagne, in a setting that combines the natural landscape and charm of this wine region. You can enjoy a moment of well-being thanks to the various relaxation areas offered by the spa: hammam, sauna, whirlpool, yoga studio, fitness room, not to mention the luxurious indoor and outdoor pools, all waiting for you to spend a moment of zen.
You'll stay in spacious rooms decorated in a chic and modern style, perfect for a few days in the area. And for dinner, you can let yourself be tempted by the Michelin-starred gastronomic restaurant or simply enjoy the brasserie and its pretty terrace overlooking the vineyards. A tasty cuisine that will surely delight your taste buds.
For more information about this hotel, please visit : royalchampagne.com
Domaine Les Crayères
In the heart of Reims, the Domaine Les Crayères is a truly exceptional accommodation. Decorated in the classic French style, this hotel-castle is enthroned in an atmosphere of elegance and refinement. It is the perfect place to spend a weekend discovering the most beautiful places in the region. You can enjoy its double starred gastronomic table and taste one of the 600 champagnes offered on the menu. It is a small haven of peace far from the noise of the city...
For more information on this castle, go to : lescrayeres.com
La Villa Eugène
Located on the famous Avenue de Champagne, La Villa Eugène welcomes you to its majestic and upscale hotel. Its architecture and decoration in traditional style invite you to rest and discover the hidden treasures of the region. You can enjoy the heated outdoor pool or simply taste the local flavors in the few nearby restaurants. A stay off the beaten track to enjoy, for a weekend, the jewels of the region.
For more information on this hotel, visit: www.villa-eugene.com
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