Champagne, the quickest way to relax
Champagne, your bubbly escape...
To discover the winegrower champagnes, follow the Champagne Tourist Route, which covers more than 500 km between Reims, Epernay and the Côte des Bar, with around 80 welcome centres. Five waymarked loops wend their way through the vines, taking you via magnificent viewpoints, authentic villages, ancient monasteries and imposing châteaux and churches. Wine growers offer personalised tours in a traditional, family setting. It is recommended that you book your visit in advance to be sure of the availability of the owners. Tours may be free or a fee may be charged, depending on what is offered. Only three grape varieties are permitted in the area: Pinot Noir, a black grape which gives aromas of red fruits, strength and body; Pinot Meunier, a black grape which makes for “well-rounded” assemblages; and Chardonnay, a white grape which gives finesse and favours lengthy storage, thanks to its aromas and great freshness.
ContactCRT Champagne-Ardenne50 avenue du Général PattonBP 31951013 Châlons en Champagne CedexFor more information, visit:Marne Tourist Board website – www.tourisme-en-champagne.com Aube Tourist Board website – www.aube-champagne.com
How to get there?
The region can be quickly reached at only a 3-hour drive down the A26 motorway from Calais and has excellent train links: via Eurostar from London to Paris and the TGV (high speed train) from Paris (Gare de l’Est) to Reims in just 45 minutes. Two Holiday Ideas
Château d'Etoges*** - "Gourmet Escape in a Château in Champagne" (partner: Marne Tourist Board)
You will be staying 2 nights in a member of the “Châteaux et hôtels de France” chain (4 “helmets”, 3 stars) in the heart of the Champagne region, at the edge of the village of Etoges, just a stone’s throw from the Côte des Blancs vineyards and 20 km from Epernay. The castle has a wide mote, and each of the rooms has a unique character. The castle dates back to the 17th century and is a listed monument. Napoleon and Louis XIV both stayed in this chateau.
Prices from 245 € per person
Offer includes: half board, meals included (two breakfasts and two evening), one of the special gastronomic menus (excluding drinks), excursion (visit to cellars and tasting), welcome drink with champagne.Offer not includes: transport, guides, lunches, drinks, insurance, personal expenses.
Conditions: arrival on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday - Valid all year 2009 round
Information and booking: Château d’Etoges - 51270 ETOGESTel : 00.33.3.26.59.30.08 - Fax : firstname.lastname@example.org - www.etoges.comMarne Tourist Board - "Sparkling weekend for two !!!" Discover Reims during 2 days and 1 night, a historical city full of art; take in the magnificent sites on the Unesco World Heritage List, the unmissable monuments and museums that bear witness to the glorious past of this city, since the Gallo-Roman times. Taste Reims, the world of champagne, the champagne houses celebrated throughout the world.Offer valid until 31/12/2009. Offer includes: 2 days and 1 night in a double room, breakfast included (optional in some hotels), Reims City Card (a discovery pass to visit Notre-Dame Cathedral, Reims museums and the cellars of one of its prestigious Champagne Houses), dinner with champagne (1/2 bottle per person).Offer not includes: transport, guides, lunches, drinks, insurance, personal expenses.Prices from 97 € per personne in a double room Information: Office de tourisme de Reims12, boulevard Général LeclercF-51100 ReimsTel <?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = SKYPE /> + 33 (0)3 26 77 45 15 - Fax + 33 (0)3 26 77 45 email@example.com - www.reims-tourism.comBooking: www.reims-tourism.com/tabid/3451/Default.aspx
Access: - by car: Reims is located at the crossroads of the A4-E50 (Paris - Strasbourg) and A26-E17 (Calais/Troyes/Dijon) motorways. - by train: the TGV high-speed train links Reims to Paris in 45 mins.- by plane: Reims is located 30 mins. from the Paris Roissy international airport (with TGV train).
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