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champagne and northern france: Point of Interest Map
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Major Cities

Reims is an ancient Roman city and the birthplace of the French nation. Here you will find one of the most impressive Gothic cathedrals in France, the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims, where most of the kings of France were crowned. The neighboring Basilique St-Rémi is even older and includes the old royal abbey which is now a museum documenting the history of the town.

Amiens, on the Somme River, has been a textile center since medieval days. It is renowned for its Gothic cathedral, one of the largest `classic` Gothic churches of the 13th century in France. The Ardennes attracted writers such as Victor Hugo, George Sand, and Alexandre Dumas who have evoked its beauty in their writings. Shops and cafes line the Quartier St.-Leu`s narrow streets.
Areas to Explore
Champagne Country
The Champagne Country encompasses Epernay, Troyes, Saint-Dizier, and Chalons-en-champagne, in the historical northeastern province of Champagne. This picturesque area boasts some lovely natural scenery with gothic churches and castles, but also enjoys a worldwide prestigious recognition for the production of champagne, the sparkling white wine mastered from from the Pinot Meunier, Pinot noir, and Chardonnay grapes grown in this region.
Picardy
The stylish and pintoresque Picardy is located in the Hauts-de-France region (formerly Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Picardy) which borders Paris. It is one of those places that visitors often leave off the radar, however it offers a huge variety of things to do from gorgeous beaches, captivating castles, historic cities, Champagne vineyards and a lot more.
French Flanders and Opal Coast
French Flanders is a part of the historical County of Flanders in present-day France. The region lies in the modern-day region of Hauts-de-France and roughly corresponds to the arrondissements of Lille, Douai and Dunkirk on the northern border with Belgium. The Opal Coast takes its name after the stone. The opal is indeed known for its opalescence, fluorescence and iridescence that produce a unique pearly luster.
Regions of France

Alsace-Lorraine, a historic province in Eastern France, is where you will find the ancient capitals at Strasbourg and Nancy. The only thing that separates Germany from this region is the Rhine, and the area is extremely reminiscent of the German look (and sometimes feel). With its Germanic dialect, French sense of fashion, love of Foie gras and sauerkraut, fine wine and beer, this region often leaves you wondering quite where you are.

Burgundy has it all - glorious countryside and vineyards, amazing gastronomy, a fabulous history, picturesque villages and beautiful towns, the Burgundy Canal, and an incredible capital city - Dijon. There are also more chateaux in this region than any other in France, many of them with well-stocked wine cellars, gourmet restaurants nearby and swimming pools. It`s a stunning region with plenty going for it!

France`s Loire Valley is the lush area surrounding the 170-mile center portion of the Loire River in Central France. This region is considered to be the `Gardens of France`. There are literally countless chateaux (castles) scattered between a beautiful river and charming little towns. The abundance of stunning landscapes with vineyards, fairly tale castles and rich history, that surrounds them, makes the Loire Valley truly an incredible region to visit.

Normandy, a region of Northern France just west of Paris, is famous for its role in World War II as well as a number of other significant events throughout its history. However, its rugged coastline on the English Channel is also home to a number of beautiful small towns and villages perfect for an escape from the congestion of Paris, including Caen, Le Havre, and Rouen.

With many of the most beautiful places to visit in France, Provence, a region in southeastern France, is made for explorers. From the Southern Alps and Camargue plains to rolling vineyards, olive groves, pine forests and lavender fields, the stunning variety of landscape offered here make it an irresistible destination to discover. Swim in the Calanques in Cassis, shop in the lively markets, eat Provencal bouillabaisse, catch a festival, cruise the rivers and canals, and discover the many quaint towns and villages.

The southeast coast of Provence, France, is sprinkled with some of the world`s most popular beaches and destinations, including Nice, Monaco, Cannes, Saint Tropez and Menton. Known all over the world for its glamour and beauty, the Riviera is a playground for the rich and famous and a true paradise destination. The French Riviera offers a picture-perfect stretch of coastline, historic hilltop towns, twisting mountain roads and white pebble beaches leading into the azure water. The entire stretch of coastline in the south of France is dotted with a countless number of sights to be explore.

Brittany is a place that is not usually on a lot of traveler’s lists. France’s northwest cul-de-sac that reaches out into the Atlantic Ocean is just too far off the beaten path for many tourists. However, this can make all the more reason to visit. With over 1,500 miles of jaw-dropping panoramic coastline, charming medieval towns and villages, and the amazing diversity on display, there are really great things to see in Brittany.
Experience and Adventure
French Wine Regions
France is famous for its wine regions, with over 3,000 different wines across two million hectares of vineyards, wine lovers from around the world flock to France for its sheer abundance of vineyards and vintages. Each wine region offers a different grape variety, unique environmental conditions, and their own special wines.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites of France
With over 2,000 years of history, France boasts more than 40 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and has the fourth largest number of historical sites in the world after Italy, China, and Spain. The UNESCO-listed sites take a variety of forms including historic towns, palaces, castles, religious buildings, forts, canals, and landscapes. These sites can be found spread all across France, so wherever you go, you won’t be far away from one of them.
French Cuisine
French cuisine is renowned for its flavor and finesse. Once you have your first meal here, you’ll quickly realize that food in France is more than just fuel. The French regard gastronomy as essential to the art of living, and the culinary culture of the country runs deep.
Iconic Road Trips in France
France is not just Paris, but fortified towns with elaborate chateaus and castles; Roman ruins and religious monasteries; verdant vineyards and sunflower fields; magnificent mountains and the warm Riviera sunshine and so much more. With its winding country lanes, exploring France`s countryside is often best done by car.
Cities in France
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France and Beyond
WHY CHAMPAGNE?

The winemaking region of Champagne, located in the northeast part of France just 55 miles outside of Paris, is known for its sparkling white wine. This is one of the most famous and posh areas of France with many well-known Champagne companies like Moet and Chandon, that have cellars and vineyards. This region is intended to enjoy at a leisurely pace if you truly want to appreciate what it has to offer.

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Burgundy and Champagne (Self Drive)
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Paris - Brussels - Amsterdam by Train
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