Along the Champagne Route in Marne

Published on November 28, 2013
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    © Champagne- G.H. Mumm


    © Champagne- G.H. Mumm

  • The Champagne Route

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    The Champagne Route

    © Loire Valley Tours

Along the Champagne Route in Marne fr

Marne in Champagne: a department for all tastes

As a sacred land intimately tied to the history of France, Marne is also an ideal destination for sports enthusiasts who want to take advantage of the great outdoors, fine palates seeking top-notch gastronomy and nature-lovers alike. La Marne is the most flowered department in France in terms of labelled towns!

The department of Marne in the Champagne region is a welcoming territory with a thousand different facets, allowing all to find their moments of relaxation and unforgettable experiences.

Just 45 minutes from Paris (by train), 3 hours from Lyon and 2 hours from Lille, what are you waiting for to enjoy it?

Along the Champagne Route

Champagne: how can you resist its bubbly nectar?

Winding its way through vineyards and hills, the Champagne Route allows you to discover the region's rich winemaking traditions, landscapes, heritage and cuisine over nearly 400 km of marked trails.

The route is broken up into 5 itineraries:

  • Saint-Thierry mountains - Ardre Valley

In the St-Thierry mountain range, vineyards and forests make for a beautiful collection of greenery that surrounds villages closely tied to the coronations of France's kings. Starting in Reims, exiting at Tinqueux, the itinerary follows along 70 km of picturesque trails.

  • Reims mountain - natural regional park

This mountain's harmonious slopes make up one of France's richest wine growing territories. Leaving from Reims or Épernay (the trail is marked both ways), you are taken 70 km into the heart of a natural regional park.

  • Marne Valley - Épernay Heights

Often overlooking the valley, this itinerary offers remarkable views and a taste of the region's rich heritage. From Épernay, follow along the right bank of the Marne river and return on the left (spanning 90 km).

  • Côte des Blancs

The Côte des Blancs was the birthplace of Chardonnay. Its well-known villages are built around a natural ampitheatre on a hillside. The slopes of Sézanne, which extend from it, combine bucolic charm with excellent wine-making tradition. From Épernay or Villenauxe-la-Grande, this itinerary is evidence of a complex historical background.

  • Vitryats Slopes

If you are in the northern part of Marne (in the region of Vitry-le-François and Der Lake), this itinerary is a new gate to the Champagne vineyards. Over a length of 60 km, it winds throughout small roads, hills, mountains and plains allowing you to discover a dozen villages in the Champagne countryside, each possessing characteristic architecture of the region.

  • Épernay

Built on limestone galleries that house millions of bottles, Épernay is truly exceptional: its famous Avenue de Champagne is home to some of the world's best known champagne producers. Houses such as Moët & Chandon and Mercier have cellars underneath the avenue and its nearby streets which are open to visitors. Where better to sample some bubbly than the capital of champagne itself?

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