In the province of Champagne-Ardenne, try the 126km Route du Champagne from Reims to Vertus, one of a trio of routes that wind 217km through quaint villages and a wine-growing region that produces 80 per cent of the world's bubbly.
What to do and see in Champagne-Ardenne
Enjoy a wine tour and sample the wares at Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin, Bollinger, Moet & Chandon and Taittinger. Don’t miss the quaint medieval town of Troyes, or Reims – the place where every French monarch since 496 AD has been crowned.
Must-see sightseeing attractions in Champagne-Ardenne, include:
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims
The site on which this cathedral was built (1211 – 1311 AD) has witnessed the coronation of 25 French kings between 815 and 1825, as well as the baptism of Clovis, France's first king, in 496 AD.
Discover three portals surrounded by sculptured arches, superb 13th century stained glass windows, several paintings by Tintoretto, fine tapestries, matching towers and classical-style sculpture. Badly damaged during World War I, the cathedral has since been restored.
Cathédrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens
At Amiens in the Ardennes, discover the largest Gothic building in France (and the longest, at 141m) – a sumptuous example of ‘pure’ Gothic architecture.
Built in the 13th century to house the head of St John the Baptist (brought back from the Crusades), the cathedral boasts a soaring nave supported by 126 slender pillars.
Stroll through the calm interior, admiring the 16th century choir stalls and sculpted panels depicting the life of St Firmin, Amiens' first bishop. Then climb the cathedral's front towers for views over the city. Experience the memorable sound and light on summer evenings or attend a Sunday morning mass.