Since the reign of the Emperor Charlemagne, the Champagne region has been one of the great agricultural regions of Europe and now thanks to a type of sparkling wine to which the region has given its name, the word Champagne is known worldwide.
The region starts around 75 miles from Paris, around the city of Meaux and stretches along the beautiful River Marne to the city of Epernay, home of such renowned Champagne houses as Moet & Chandon. There is a plethora of vineyards spread across the undulating plains as far as the eye can see, brilliant green with the new leaves of spring, turning to gold as the grapes ripen in the autumn.
Also famous for its Champagne houses, Reims is one of the capitals of Champagne and certainly the most prestigious. It boasts one of the finest medieval cathedrals in the country where once the kings of France were crowned, including most famously, Charles VII, orchestrated by the loyal Joan of Arc.
The Champagne region is rich in other products, particularly its wonderfully creamy cheeses, with Coulommiers at its heart.
This map represents one of the sample itineraries we offer in this region.
Cruises and barges in Champagne
The ultra deluxe 8 passenger La Nouvelle Etoile
cruises this fantastic route between Paris
and Champagne for a few weeks in July and early August. In addition Panache
cruises here for a week in June and Savoir Faire
in September. The itineraries typically include Brie cheeses tastings, a tour of the Cathedral at Reims and of course Champagne tasting at Moet & Chandon.