Whether you have a car or not it is recommended to spent at least half a day exploring regional park and drive along Champagne route.
There are many hidden places,old villages surrounded by vineyards, curiosities or historic places. And most of all you may stop and visit one of the 5000 family Champagne producer working in the Champagne area.
Here are some map extracts:
Please check Champagne Ardennes region website to get more information about Champagne route and its touristic sites.
They have recently added audio podcasts that illustrate many places on Champagne route (available in French English or German) so you may prepare an audio guide tour on Champagne route …
If you don’t travel by car then you may visit Reims vicinity with a private company:
They propose Champagne tours starting either from Reims or Epernay, they may pick you at the B&B.
The tour lasts between 3 and 4 hours and ends in local Champagne producer cellar with a tasting.
You will share a 6 to 8 van with other tourist or wine amateurs (it may be also a private tour on demand), all these tours are in French or English. (the persons we have met were fluent in English)
All the guests we have sent on these tours were really pleased and even some said it was their best part of their trip France ! They especially appreciated the visit to a local producer, which is a very different experience from the visit proposed by the major Champagne brands. These visits have a human dimension, you ll meet a wine maker with rough hands and painful back instead of an elegant hostess.
Cris events (Reims or Epernay, 40 Euro en 2011 for 4 hours, also proposing bike tours)
La vigne du Roy (Reims, 35 Euro in 2011 for 3 hours)
Champagne Domi Moreau (Epernay, we just know the website and have’nt been in contact with them)
Here is a photo selection a of places around Reims that you may discover on the Champagne route :