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How to Spend 3 Days in Champagne

How to Spend 3 Days in Champagne

Though Champagne is within easy commuting distance of Paris, it’s worth taking several days to fully immerse yourself in the region’s beauty, mellow pace, and delectable wine. The area is also renowned for its medieval architecture and culinary acumen. Here’s how to make the most of a 3-day stay.

Day 1: Wine tasting

The Champagne region is home to some of the world’s top-rated wineries, so devote a full day to sipping and swirling. Make your way to scenic Épernay, a charming village just steps from verdant vineyards. Begin with a stroll along the UNESCO-listed Avenue de Champagne, then drop into one of the famed Champagne houses for a tasting, descending into the chalk-carved cellars. Once you’re suitably merry, return to ground level for a quick bite before heading into the vines. Bicycle tours and rentals offer a relaxed way to discover the vineyards, wend your way through the Marne Valley (Vallée de la Marne), and experience the tranquil French countryside. When the sun begins to set, return to Épernay for a hearty bistro meal and a glass of something special.

Day 2: Sightseeing

On your second day, make the short journey to refined Reims, the region’s largest city, for a wide-ranging sightseeing tour. First, check out the UNESCO-listed Reims Cathedral (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims), a High Gothic marvel dating to the 13th century. After lunch, zip around town on a Segway tour, or visit some of the city’s other historical highlights, such as the Tau Palace (Palais du Tau) and the Saint-Rémi Basilica (Basilique Saint-Rémi). After a busy day, you’ve earned a glass (or three) of bubbles and a gourmet meal, so venture to one of Reims’ Michelin-starred eateries—from the inventive Restaurant Le Foch to the ultraglamorous Le Parc Les Crayères.

Day 3: A northern France day trip

As tempting as it might be to spend another day sipping flutes, Reims and Épernay are both perfect jumping-off points for further adventures in the north of France. If you’re a history buff, visit one of the key World War I landmarks and explore former battlefields and bunkers. Alternatively, wander around Troyes, Champagne’s third and final major hub. Just over an hour’s drive from Reims, Troyes boasts its own cathedral and vinous attractions. At the end of the day, toast your trip by popping one last bottle.

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Champagne Day Trip to Moët et Chandon and Family Winery with Lunch from Epernay

Champagne Day Trip to Moët et Chandon and Family Winery with Lunch from Epernay

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If you’re a fan of the bubbly, you’ll appreciate this full-day tour to the heart of the Champagne region. The tour begins at the Moët & Chandon headquarters, where you’ll enjoy a tasting and tour of the underground cellars. Walk the famed Avenue of Champagne—home of the world’s best champagne houses—learn about the history and terroir of the region, and enjoy a leisurely lunch and tasting at a local winery.
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  • 8 hours
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Reims City Pass

Reims City Pass

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Make the most of your visit to Reims with a pre-booked Reims City Pass, which gives you free admission to museums and unlimited tram and bus rides. Choose between 1, 2, and 3-day passes, with an option to suit every timeframe. Torn between which museum to visit? Cover them all. You’ll also get free guided and digital city tours, as well as discounts on restaurants, shops, car rentals, and Champagne cellar tours.
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  • 1 to 3 days
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World War I Tour of Northern France; the Argonne Forest

World War I Tour of Northern France; the Argonne Forest

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Explore ancient battlefield sites and hear stories from the front line on this 2.5-hour First World War tour in northern France. Head into the Argonne Forest, site of fierce fighting between German and Allied forces during WWI. Discover campsites, trenches and tunnels used by the soldiers. Listen as your guide reads diary entries from French and German fighters serving on the front line, and hear tales of their hardships. See hidden communication posts, field hospital sites and canon bunkers, all interconnected during the war of 1914-1918.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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