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The toast of France, bubbling over with history

The toast of France, bubbling over with history

Paris is filled with incomparable art, bistros and bouchons and world-renowned sights. After a few days in the City of Light, it would seem right to toast to your travels. So why not head to the Paris Est Station and hop on the high speed TGV for a 45-minute ride to the capital of Champagne ?

Reims has a wealth of wonderful things to see. The train station is located on the northwest edge of downtown, but a short walk will bring you right to the middle of the action. Of course, champagne is everywhere. All of the famed brands (Veuve Cliquot, Tattinger) have a commercial outlet for wine tasting, and you may even visit their legendary vaulted cellars where you’ll learn everything about the making of the wine of kings.

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Visiting a Champagne house is particularly different than wine tasting. With caves dug as far back as the Roman Empire, there’s an air of antiquity in these dark, chilly crayères – temperature-controlled cellars crafted of limestone and chalk pits. Come for a taste at Pommery, founded in 1858. You’ll see a gigantic 75,000-liter cask carved by the Art Nouveau master Gallé, as well as underground galleries adorned with statues. Equally spectacular are the Ruinart cellars. Descend an impressive staircase of nearly 100 feet to where the champagnes are aged. Since 1729, these immense, subterreanean cathedrals have been dimly lit, quiet. Welcoming quiet contemplation as the bubbly rises to the occasion.

There are plenty of other sights to see. The piece de resistance is the Cathedral, Notre-Dame de Reims, a gothic masterpiece that has seen the coronation of every French king and was almost destroyed during WWI. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the façade showcases one of the most beautiful statue collections from this period. One, a smiling angel, has amazed onlookers for centuries with its pure, radiant expression. Many think the artist had a glass of champagne before producing this unique masterpiece.

About a mile away from the cathedral, wander over to the nearby Saint Rémi Basilica, the largest Romanesque pilgrimage church in northern France. The Palace of Tau, built in 1690, houses the cathedral’s museum with tapestries, sculptures and artifacts from the kings’ coronations.

This is just the beginning of your champagne journey along the Route du Champagne. Hop back on the train, with your France Rail Pass, for the 20-minute ride to Épernay, where you can tour Moët & Chandon famed cellars.

Travel is a celebration. Come to France and pop the cork in Reims. And toast to the good life.

Taste local delights such as Jambon de Reims, a shoulder of ham seasoned with Champagne ; the famou biscuit rose de Reims, a pink biscuit ; and a Sorbet au Marc de Champagne.

Use your time in Reims to get to know more about Champagnes. Have a Champagne house visit. There are many well-known houses to choose from : Pommery, Taittinger, Mercier, Mumm, Canard-Duchene, to name just a few.

Office de tourisme de Reims
2 rue Guillaume de Machault. 51722 Reims
Tel : +33 (0)821 610 160

The city’s tourist office has a helpful personnel, insider information and tips as well as handy maps and brochures. The city’s tourist office also arranges tours and excursions and is a focal point for local accommodation.

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    "Our trip to Reims was easy "

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    "Great experience overall. Just wished that there were more instructions in English for tourists. "

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    "I was very pleased with the trip to London from Paris. It was much more pleasant than being forced off to the airport. I enjoyed the scenery, service and the ability to get up and walk around. I would use Eurorail again on a future trip. "

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    "The train departed at the Schedule hour and we arrived at Reims in 46 minutes ! "

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    "We took the TGV from Paris Gare d'Est to Reims for a day trip. It is a fast, clean, efficient way to go. The train system is precisely on time in departing and arriving. It is crazy fast — in 45 minutes it covers the same distance it would take 2.5 hours to travel by car. Tickets can be purchased online in advance, so you are assured of a certain seat and fare class. Or, you can purchase at the station. We purchased in advance and were able to save quite a bit that way, knowing exactly the day and time of our trip. The cars are very clean, modern and comfortable. The trip is very, very smooth. We would certainly use the TGV again without hesitation. "

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    "Having driven a hire car through parts of France for 7 days we were happy to be driven, the train was clean and very comfortable, and quick (at around 300km) - "

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    "Clean train nice staff. No problems "

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    "My daughter and I went to Reims so that she could see her favorite Cathedral. The train was clean comfortable and fast. So glad that it was so easy to add this trip to our visit to Paris. "

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    "We can only wish that the U.S. Would develop such a wonderful rail system an experience. Fast and comfortable. "

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    "My wife and I enjoyed the TgV from Reims to Paris in MAy 2015. The service was fast, smooth and comfortable. They only criticism is that there was no luggage bay/shelves so luggage had to be stored in the egress space which was ok. We would definately use it again. "

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