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CHAMPAGNE, ALSACE & THE RHONE VALLEY

Champagne, Alsace and the Rhone Valley

An illustrious region by any standards, Champagne fosters a prestigious name and the charisma to match. A patchwork of vineyards, villages and cities, Champagne quite literally sparkles. From cellar visits to Michelin-starred restaurants, of which there are many, days of indulgence are counter-balanced with forest hikes, lake sailing and 5000 kilometres of sign-posted footpaths. Alsace is a popular tourist region for the same reasons it produces the finest wines; dry days and long summers. Bordering Germany and flirting with Switzerland, influence is notably in the Riesling and Gewürztraminers, as well as the enchanted forests, fortified castles and medieval townships.



OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO EXPLORE IN CHAMPAGNE, ALSACE AND THE RHONE VALLEY



Reims
Reims

Tour the most famous Champagne houses or select one. Stand out favourites include Veuve Clicquot or Mumm followed by a visit to the Grandes Maisons de Champagne. The perfect place to enjoy a fabulous lunch of local specialties and more bubble samplings. A must-visit is the Notre-Dame de Reims, a UNESCO listed cathedral and a stunning Gothic masterpiece.

Avenue de Champagne
Avenue de Champagne

Stroll down Epernay’s main boulevard, reputed to be the world’s most expensive street. Drive through the picturesque vineyards and villages along the Route du Champagne, stopping for a visit at Dom Perignon and perhaps the most famous of all, Moet & Chandon.

Alsace Wine Route
Alsace Wine Route
Winding its way for 170 kilometres along the foothills of the Vosges Mountain, this whole area has become famous for its exceptional natural beauty, medieval ramparts, stunning castles, pretty villages and rolling vineyards. Follow the Alsace Wine Route to check out delightful Obernai, surrounded by the valley of the Ehn River. It has a 13th century medieval tower, old town gates, ancient walls and narrow streets.

 

Stop in the pretty villages
Stop in the pretty villages
Bergheim’s ancient walls, built in 1311, completely intact and perfect for that early morning walk. Ribeauville stands on a hilltop with the ruins of three magnificent 11th-14th century castles overlooking the village. Riquewihr is listed as one of the "Plus Beaux Villages de France" (Most Beautiful Villages of France) it has a gorgeous church steeple rising above the well-preserved village.

 

 
Lyon
Lyon

Where the Rhône and Saône rivers meet close to the French Alps, has long been a European crossroad. The city is sprinkled with multi-Michelin star restaurants and with bouchons, family-style bistros offering the best of local cuisine. Pork is a speciality as are sausages but also on the menu are wild game, poultry and soft cheeses. .

Taste the Beaujoulais
Taste the Beaujolais

Discover the beauty and richness of the Beaujolais landscapes, while wine tasting in traditional cellars. Visit the Golden stone villages in the south before lunch and in the afternoon, visit the famous Crus du Beaujolais district for more tasting with a local wine maker.

 



CHAMPAGNE, ALSACE & THE RHONE VALLEY ACCOMMODATION



Here's a taste of some of our favourite hotels and apartment-hotels in Champagne, Alsace and the Rhone Valley.
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Mercure Reims Cathedrale
MERCURE REIMS CENTRE CATHEDRALE, REIMS
★★★★
Right in the heart of the Champagne region, Reims was completely restored after both world wars. Today it boasts some ancient Roman ruins, cobblestone streets and lanes, a thriving cafe scene, 4 Michelin starred restaurants and a stunning Gothic cathedral just 1 kilometre away. Make sure to stop by at the hotel’s Champagne Bar for a taste.
Hotel Hannong Strasbourg
HOTEL HANNONG, STRASBOURG
★★★★

Staying in this city offers a fantastic blend of German and French influences. Just 10 minutes walk away, its stunning Gothic cathedral is the centrepoint of the town, and you’ll love wandering through the quaint lanes and alleyways with their leaning, half crooked houses. After a full day out and about, relax in the hotel’s elegant wine bar.
Best Western Grand Hotel Bristol
BEST WESTERN GRAND HÔTEL BRISTOL, COLMAR
★★★★
This hotel was built in 1912 and is a handy location opposite the Colmar TGV station and a 5-minute walk to the historic city centre. The rooms are a blend of tradition and modernity and there is a wellness centre, providing a tranquil stay.
Hotel Globe and Cecil
HÔTEL GLOBE & CECIL, LYON
★★★★

This elegant building, dating back to 1875, is set in the heart of Lyon, just minutes walk from Place Bellecour, the largest and tree lined square in the city. Discover the St Jean quarter of the medieval old town, the cathedral is stunning and the traboules (ancient passageways) built in the Renaissance period, are truly unique and amazing.



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