Whether you love Blanc de Blancs, Demi-sec or Rosé, with Reims just one hour 15 minutes by train from Paris and Épernay a further 30 minutes by train from Reims, why not plan a bubbly break to Champagne for the ultimate corker of a long weekend.
What could be more perfect than a jolly in a vineyard lined region where the main drink produced is Champagne?
With easy access, you can easily head straight to Reims from Paris, spend the night in Reims and head to Épernay, and get a train back to Paris.
Start off in Reims, the gateway to the Champagne region, and a city filled with so much historical charm, and a noteworthy stunning cathedral to marvel at. The Notre Dame cathedral played a very important role in France’s history for it held over 30 coronations! Inside are stunning stained glass windows and the architecture is mind blowing.
Reims also has several Champagne houses, and I recommend a tour and tasting at Maison Mumm to get your tastebuds accustomed to the different types of grapes used in Champagne production, as well as the various processes. You’ll even get an opportunity to see all the bottles ageing in the subterranean cellars.
Foodies will love visiting the Boulingrin Covered Market on a Saturday morning, which has an abundance of fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, fish, cheese and other fantastic produce.
For something quirky, take a stroll down La rue de Tambour, a vibrant and colourful street. Be sure to look closely at the cobbled street to find special murals on some of the cobbled stones!
Before taking the train to Épernay, stop by the Brasserie Excelsior Reims for a glass of fizz (or two).
If you decide to stay the night in Reims, I highly recommend the Continental Hôtel, located very close to the station.
A region which has a road called Avenue du Champagne showcasing many of the famous houses, such as Moët & Chandon, Perrier-Jouet and Mercier would entice and enthral anyone, and it is like the ‘Champs-Elysées of the Champagne region.’
Start off with a tasting at C. Comm where you’ll get to try Champagne from small producers, so you’re guaranteed to try something that you may never have tried before.
The six glass tasting is ideal as it exposes you to the three main champagne grapes (chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier), different crus, and the two ways of making rosé champagne.
For aerial views of Épernay, take flight in the Hot Air Balloon with a glass of fizz in hand of course!
To learn more about the history and get your bearings, hop on to the tourist train.
Round off with a tasting at Maison de Champagne de Castellane which also has epic views of Épernay from the iconic Tower, which can be spotted from anywhere in the town.