La route touristique de la Champagne
The 6 itineraries in the Marne let you discover the Champagne region and its wine. The beauty of the hillsides, the richness of the heritage, the hospitality of the winegrowers have created a geography of happiness. All you have to do is take the Champagne Tourist Route. Fully signposted, this route winds through the vineyards, over the jagged hillsides where Champagne villages, châteaux and churches cling to the horizon. Enter the vineyards to breathe in the scent of the sap… Push open the doors of the cellars to meet the winegrowers and share their passion for the time of a meeting. Don’t forget to visit Epernay and its incredible Avenue de Champagne as well as Hautvillers, a small village between vineyards and forest overlooking Epernay, known as the cradle of Champagne.
Vineyards and forests form a beautiful green landscape. The ride begins or ends with a visit to Reims cathedral. Also discover Saint-Thierry where you can admire the 12th-century chapel and the former chapter house. Back in Reims, visit the Basilica Saint-Remi and its museum, as well as the Palais du Tau.
You can discover the harmonious slopes in a 70-kilometre ride in the heart of a regional nature park. Start in Reims. In Gueux on top of a hill with the Saint-Lié chapel, you can overlook the whole area of the plain of Reims. You finish in Epernay, the city of a hundred kilometres of cellars where millions of bottles are stored.
At about 60 km long, this route winds along small roads through hills, mountains and plains and lets you discover some 20 villages discover the characteristic architecture of the Bocage Champenois. The route offers a different view of the vineyards in the region of Vitry-le-François and Lac du Der.
This route along the left and right banks of the Marne constantly offers beautiful views of the valley and you will find lots of rich heritage along the way. Among the typical Pinot Meunier vineyards, you will discover dozens of picturesque villages, castles and churches.
The Côte des Blancs, the birthplace of Chardonnay, are several villages with famous names on the edges of the Brie plateau. From Epernay, the drive goes around Mont Bernon via Chouilly and then descends to Pierry to discover the church of Chavot-Courcourt (12th century), like an island in the middle of an ocean of grapevines.
Between forests, marshes and vineyards, the road passes castles, churches, abbeys but even menhirs and dolmens. The area was also fought in World War I. An imposing national monument has been erected in Mondement for it.
From Brie to Champagne
A route through the west, north, east and south of the Champagne appellation.
Itinerary of Le Surmelin
We are located on the banks of the Surmelin, the route is a route that follows this river with some detours to the vineyards of the Champagne appellation.