Champagne

When a region has a name that is synonymous with good times and celebrations, you know it's a great place to visit while on vacation. The Champagne region of France has been churning out the bubbly for hundreds of years. This has created a perfect landscape for a European bike vacation. Full of vineyards, dotted with tiny villages, and filled with stories of regal coronation ceremonies and the battle scars of countless wars.

Bike Friendly Vacation Spot

The history of the Champagne region of France dates back to the early days of the Roman Empire. Additionally, this region has served as the front lines of both world wars and countless other battles throughout history. Given the open roads, expansive vineyards, beautiful chateaus, and rich history, this is an amazing place for bike travel. Additionally, the terrain found throughout the Champagne region of France is mostly flat, creating enjoyable ride for even the most novice bicyclists. Add to that the amazing food and champagne, and it becomes quite difficult to find a better place in the world.

Tourist Sites

Among the tourist sites of the Champagne region of France, you'll find Le Hotel Royal Champagne, Reims Cathedral, and Fort de La Pompelle. You must see Le Hotel Royal Champagne whose famous guests have included Napoleon Bonaparte and her Majesty the Queen Mother of England. The Reims Cathedral is also known as Notre-Dame de Reims, and has been the coronation site of every French monarch. Fort de La Pompelle is now a WWI museum, but it once bore witness to some of the bloodiest battles of the great war.

Wineries

The three major champagne producers in France are Moet, Pommery and Mumm. Moet is one of the oldest wineries and champagne houses in France with over 300 years in the business. Coming in just behind Moet, Pommery and Mumm each have more than 200 years of champagne experience behind them. Each of these champagne houses offer acres of vineyards to ride through, miles of bottles on display in their cellars, and some of the most exquisite chateaus open to visitors.

Major Cities

Troyes, Reims, and Épernay are the three major centers of commerce in the Champagne region of France. Troyes is the historical capital of the region and has a history which dates back to the days of the Roman Empire. Reims, the current capital city of Champagne, also became a major city in the region during the time or the Roman Empire. Épernay is a smaller, and mostly newer, town when compared with Troyes and Reims. This is because Épernay was sacked, burned, or otherwise destroyed on many occasions dating back as far as the 1500's.

Airport and Transportation

There are two main airports in the Champagne region of France. One is located in Reims (Reims-Champagne Airport) and the other is in Troyes. However, this region is very well connected through rail transit with very easy access from Paris.