The Champagne – Ardenne Region is located in the North Eastern area of France
. It is made up of four departments, Ardennes, Marne, Haute and Aube. Many visitors to this area will want to take a tour of some of the vineyards and Champagne houses and perhaps sample some of the finished product! Most of the vineyards are between Reims and Epernay; you can see thousands of hectares of Champagne vineyards around here.
Only Champagne produced here in this region can be called Champagne. Many important producers are based in Reims and Epernay and they are home to the well known Champagne Maisons.
You may want to book an organized tour of the region there are several companies specializing in these holiday tours, they are usually for a week and take in visits to growers and Champagne houses where you will learn all about the process of making and producing Champagne. You will find many places of interest in this region and should make time to do some sightseeing while on holiday here.
Reims was badly damaged during the First World War; the cathedral did suffer but has since been restored. The 13th century Gothic Cathedral was the coronation church for French kings, it is an impressive building and one you should visit. You may want to spend some time browsing in the main shopping area around the cathedral and explore the streets and squares. You will find some excellent restaurants to try.
If you enjoy hiking or cycling you can explore the trails along the Routes du Champagne, get a map first from the Tourist office and enjoy yourselves. There are many attractions to see and visit in Reims, the Musée des Beaux Arts is housed in the 18th century buildings of the old Abbaye St. Denis, here you can see a fine collection of paintings by Cranach and other famous artists also the toiles peintes (paintings on cloth) which date from the 15th and 16th centuries.
You can visit the Salle de Reddition, General Eisenhower’s headquarters and where the Germans surrendered to General Eisenhower, the actual room remains the same as it was on the 7th May 1945.
Other places that may interest you if you are sightseeing in Reims is the Palais du Tau, the palace is next door to the cathedral built in the 12th century destroyed by fire in the 13th century it was badly damaged during WW1 it was restored in the 1970’s. It houses works of religious art a collection of tapestries some rooms have classical décor, some Gothic in style.
A visit to the Maison de Pommers will probably be of interest it is a popular cellar visit, there are miles of tunnels dug into the chalk, and this large underground complex is where you will see the various stages of Champagne making. At the end of the guided tour you can make purchases!
There are various types of hotel accommodation in and around Reims with differing facilities and prices. The Tourist Office will be able to give you more detailed information on availability etc at the time you want to visit the area. You will find many interesting and enjoyable things to do in this region of France.