A trip to Champagne Ardenne must involve a tasting of the region's most famous product - champagne - with tours available to many of the champagne houses located in this countryside region that is full of history.

This sophisticated region of beautiful countryside, sunflower fields, and of course, that wonderful bubbly stuff, is truly enchanting. All champagnes in fact are produced within a relatively small area around Reims and Epernay, and most of the great houses such as Mumm, Piper- Heidsieck, and Moët & Chandon provide guided tours in English of their cellars and tastings of their current vintage. While in Reims you can also visit the awesome Gothic cathedral where twenty five kings of France were crowned, and if you've a sweet tooth, try some of the delicious, locally made sugar tarts.

To the north, the Ardennes forests are a wildlife paradise, and the rivers here offer excellent fishing. To the south you'll find the city of Troyes, with its beautifully preserved 16th century half-timbered houses and spectacular Gothic cathedral. The Museum of Modern Art here displays work by Bonnard, Degas and Gauguin.

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Langres in Champagne Ardenne is a fortified town dating as far back as the 4th century.

Charleville-Mézières in Champagne Ardenne is the world capital of puppetry set amongst medieval ramparts and beautiful Art Deco architecture.

Reims in Champagne Ardenne is renowned as the city of the coronations where the French kings were crowned in the impressive Reims Cathedral.

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A spectacular Gothic structure, Reims cathedral is where the kings of France were crowned for centuries. Heavily damaged during WW1, a photo of the ruined cathedral was one of the most important images of French anti-German...

Visible from the ramparts of Langres, the 290 hectare Lac de Liez is perfect for water sports, walking and cycling. One of 4 man-made lakes around Langres, Lac de Liez has many opportunities for different water-based...

One of France's most prestigious champagne houses, Champagne G.H. Martel & Co welcomes you to tour its cellars and taste its wines. Starting out with a film about the estate and some champagne production processes, you'll...

A modern builidng in the heart of the old town, the Langres Museum of Art and History contains many archaeological exhibits including the Bacchus mosiac dating from the 2nd century.