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Ultimate 3 Days in Champagne Region Itinerary

Are you looking for an amazing 3 day itinerary to the Champagne region in France? Then I got you covered!

My husband and I have just returned from a magical long weekend in the Champagne region. From visiting cute family-owned wineries to picturesque little villages – the Champagne region has everything my heart desires.

It can be a bit overwhelming to plan a trip to Champagne – with so many different wineries out there. Some overcharge insanely for their commercialized tours! To help you avoid that – I have created this amazing 3 days in Champagne itinerary.

Let’s get to it!

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About the Champagne Region

The Champagne region in France is famous for its sparkling wine, the champagne. The Champagne region is located in northeastern France. It is a historic and picturesque region that holds a special place in the world of wine – and in my heart.

The Champagne region is located about 90 miles (145 kilometers) northeast of Paris. Once you drive towards Champagne, you will be surprised by rolling hills and vineyard-covered landscapes.

Champagne is made primarily from three grape varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. These are also the three most commonly planted grapes in the region.

Chardonnay adds elegance and finesse, while Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier bring body, structure, and fruity flavors to the wines. The production of Champagne involves a unique method called the “Méthode Champenoise” or “Traditional Method. This method includes secondary fermentation in the bottle. This is where the bubbles are formed.

The Champagne region is divided into several appellations. The biggest appellation is the Champagne AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée). The designation of appellations make sure, that only sparkling wines produced in the Champagne region can legally be called “Champagne.”

the author in front of the musee de champagne in epernay

How Many Days Do You Need in Champagne?

I suggest visiting the Champagne Region for at least three days. Anything less than that, and you have to hurry from place to place. Three days in Champagne Region is a comfortable time to see the cutest villages and try some delicious champagne.

If you have more than three days, you can certainly keep yourself busy there for a lot longer. There is a huge amount of different little wineries and villages that are worth a visit.

We stayed for a long weekend in Champagne, and I found it just perfect. A normal weekend, so 2 days in Champagne, France is also great!

How to Get Around Champagne

When talking about how to get around Champagne you have basically two options. You can either go there by (rental) car or book a guided tour that includes transportation.

Going By Car

Renting a car and driving to the Champagne region is a great option. The journey takes about 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on traffic. The A4 highway is the main route connecting Paris to the region.

Having a car gives you more flexibility to explore the smaller villages and vineyards at your own pace.

Public transport is not great in rural France, especially if you want to see some smaller villages. Sadly, one person can’t enjoy all the Champagne tastings fully and needs to be the designated driver. In general, driving in the Champagne region is easy and parking is mostly free (except in Reims and Epernay).

We chose to go by car because we came all the way from the Netherlands anyways. And we wanted to fill our trunk with Champagne.

If you need a great rental car, make sure to check DiscoverCars. We always book with this website, because it is reliable and cheap. Especially if you stay for a long weekend in Champagne, you can get great deals.

Going on an Organized Tour

Going on a multi-day trip from Paris to Champagne is another great option. You can see the highlights of the region and have to worry about nothing else. You don’t need a designated driver and you can simply focus on the experience.

To make sure you have a great experience, I have selected the best Multi-Day Trips from Paris to Champagne for you. All of these tours include my favorite spots in the area – and they had amazing ratings and recommendations. Compared to what we spent during our weekend, the tours are also relatively cheap.

Here are my favorite Multi-Day Trips from Paris to Champagne:

3 days in Champagne – Cellars, tastings, winemakers meetings and heritage

3 days in Champagne – “Aromas” experience

Champagne honeymoon – 2 days

Read all about my favorite Champagne Tours from Paris here.

Helpful Tips for the Champagne Region

There are some things that I wish I had known before going to the Champagne Region. One of them is the great scarcity of food. There are plenty of fancy restaurants, but they are usually booked way in advance.

We had trouble finding dinner reservations on the spot. Many cheaper restaurants were closed since the pandemic.

In many of the smaller wineries and Champagne houses, you can just walk in without reservations. Some of them might look closed from the outside, but just go ahead and ask. People are very friendly.

There are two apps you that are really helpful on our trip:

  • The Fork (for food reservations)
  • Rue des Vignerons (for wine tastings)

Where to Stay in Champagne Region

There are a lot of different options for you to stay in the Champagne Region. I suggest staying somewhere with a view of the vineyards, outside of the city. Here are some of my favorite options for hotels for every taste and budget:

Luxury: Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa 5*

The Royal Champagne Hotel is a luxurious five-star hotel located in the heart of the Champagne region, in the village of Champillon, near Épernay. The hotel is situated amidst the picturesque vineyards and rolling hills – offering breathtaking views.

The Royal Champagne Hotel offers elegantly designed rooms, two fantastic restaurants, and a super luxurious spa. If money is not an issue – this is the place to be in Champagne.

The infinity pool and the rooftop bar are my favorite features of this place.

Affordable Luxury: Loisium Wine & Spa Hotel Champagne 4*

The Loisium Wine & Spa Hotel in Champagne is one of the best wine spas I have ever stayed in. The hotel is nicely located on a hill, so you have a great view of the vineyards.

The hotel features amazingly beautiful rooms and suites overlooking the vineyards, equipped with every luxury you might need. The spa is heavenly, and you also have an amazing view from the pool area.

One of my favorite things about this hotel is the wine bar. They serve many different champagnes, alongside regional food.

This is an amazing spot for a long weekend in Champagne.

Budget: Golden Tulip Hotel Reims 4*

The Golden Tulip Hotel in Reims is a great budget-friendly hotel. It is located in the city of Reims, but rather on the edge of town, close by the vineyards.

It is close to some of the famous Champagne houses, historical landmarks, and shopping districts. The Golden Tulip Hotel in Reims provides comfortable and modern rooms at a good price point. It also has a nice spa, sauna, and outdoor swimming pool.

hotel lobby with beautiful design of golden tulip hotel in reims

3 Days in Champagne Itinerary – at a Glance

If you are here to quickly get the 3 days in Champagne region itinerary – look no further. Below I will provide you with more detail on all of the destinations and give in depth-reviews and tips.

As some of you may know by now, I choose to put quality over quantity in my itineraries. My itineraries are not overly filled, and there is room left to wonder and relax. Especially on Day 3, there is a lot of room for adventure and improvising.

TimeDay 1Day 2Day 3
MorningReims
Reims Cathedral
Champagne Tasting in Reims
Lunch in Reims
Chigny Les Roses
Champagne Gardet
Lunch
Village Hopping
AfternoonHautvillers
Village Tour
Abbey
Champagne Tasting
Epernay
Avenue de Champagne
Champagne Tasting Tour
Drinks at # Brut
Village Hopping
3 Days in Champagne Region Itinerary

Reims

Reims is a vibrant city located in the Champagne region of France. It is known to hold significant historical and cultural importance.

I did not find the city as beautiful as the smaller villages. Spending the morning there is in my opinion enough. It should still be on everyone’s 3 days in Champagne region itinerary.

Here are a couple of things you need to check out in Reims:

  1. Reims Cathedral (Notre-Dame de Reims): The beautiful and iconic cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is definitely worth a visit. It is also the coronation site of French kings. The stained glass windows and architectural details are what make the cathedral so special
  2. Palais du Tau: This palace is right next to Reims Cathedral. The Palais du Tau was once the residence of the archbishops of Reims. It is now a museum showcasing historical artifacts, including coronation robes and religious treasures.
  3. Basilique Saint-Remi: Another UNESCO World Heritage site, the Basilique Saint-Remi, is worth visiting in Reims.
  4. Place Drouet-d’Erlon: This is a lively square in the city center where you can take a nice stroll. The place is lined with cafes, shops, and restaurants. It is perfect for leisurely strolls and people-watching.
  5. Cryptoporticus of Reims: Explore the underground Roman galleries! They are showcasing the architectural heritage of ancient Reims, which I found super interesting.
reims cathedral from behind

Champagne Tasting in Reims

Reims is home to several prestigious Champagne houses. You should definitely partake in a wine-tasting or two when in Reims. Veuve Clicquot, Pommery, and Taittinger are some of the most famous Champagne Houses in Reims that offer tours.

If you prefer a more simple tasting, head over to Charles Cazanove, where we did our tasting. We also bought many cases of different Champagne there, they have great offers.

In these tours you can learn all about the Champagne-making process, see the cellars, and have a chance to sample their exquisite sparkling wines.

Lunch

Reims is known for its fantastic culinary culture. Make sure to book your table for lunch in advance, many places in the area fill up quickly.

Here are some of my favorite lunch places in Reims, that offer amazing French cuisine and glasses of delicious Champagne:

  • La Table Des Halles
  • L’Alambic
  • L’Atelier

Hautvillers – the Birth Place of Champagne

Hautvillers is a picturesque village and one of my favorite spots in the Champagne region. Hautvillers is situated on the hillside of the Montagne de Reims. From Hautvillers you have an amazing view over the valley. It is located about 3 kilometers south of Épernay.

The village itself offers charming streets, traditional half-timbered houses, and historical buildings. Walking through Hautvillers feels like stepping back in time. You can catch a glimpse into the region’s rich heritage while taking in the breathtaking views.

Without a doubt the most important place to visit in Hautvillers is the Abbey of Saint Pierre.

Village town square of hautvillers in champagne region

Abbey of Saint Pierre d’Hautvillers

The village of Hautvillers is famous for its historic abbey, the Abbey of Saint-Pierre d’Hautvillers. The abbey was founded in the 7th century.

It is famous for being the home of Dom Pérignon. Dom Perignon was a monk, who made big contributions to the development of Champagne. They call him the birth-father of Champagne because he was perfecting the Champagne-making process.

In the Abbey, you can see the final resting place of Dom Perignon.

Champagne Tastings in Hautvillers

Hautvillers is the perfect place for a Champagne tasting. It is a great place to end the first day of the 3 days in the Champagne Region itinerary.

There are many great Champagne houses and smaller wine bars that offer tastings by the glass. That is quite atypical for the region. Especially in Epernay and Reims, they require you to buy a tasting package of 3 – 8 glasses.

Here are some of my favorite Champagne houses in Hautvillers:

  • Champagne Jean-Philippe Bosser
  • Champagne Fernand Lemaire
  • Champagne Gaston Ciquet
  • Champagne Dominique Bliard Labeste (tasting free if you buy a bottle)
bottles of champagne in a row

Dinner at Chateau de Sacy

Chateau de Sacy is an amazing French restaurant serving quality products from the region. From the terrace, you will have an amazing view over the vineyards. That’s my favorite thing about this place!

You can do set Menus at a really decent price or the more fancy Menu Degustation. Make sure to reserve way in advance, they are usually booked.


Chigny-Les-Roses

Chigny les Roses is my favorite village in the Champagne region of France. It needs to be on everyone’s 3 days in Champagne region itinerary!

Chigny les Roses is located in the Marne department. It is surrounded by vineyards and offers beautiful views of the rolling hills covered in grapevines. The village itself is not too big, it is cute and charming.

The village is part of the Montagne de Reims subregion. This region is famous for its high-quality Pinot Noir grapes.

Chigny les Roses offers traditional charm with well-preserved, picturesque architecture. When walking through the village, you can see beautiful stone houses, narrow streets and some beautiful blooming cherry trees if you are lucky.

Make sure to pass by the Saint-Lié Church. It is a historic monument that dates back to the 13th century.

Champagne Tasting at Champagne Gardet

In Chigny Les Roses you will find my favorite Champagne tasting experience in the region. Champagne Gardet is an independent, family-owned Champagne House. It is small in size, but because of that, they can explore traditional wine-making methods to create refined Champagnes.

Chigny-les-Roses is classified as Premier Cru. Champagne Gardet offers three ranges of quality champagnes. The Tradition Collection, the Extra Brut Collection, and the Prestige Collection.

The reason why we loved that tasting so much was the ambiance. The tastings were held in a super cute winter garden with some traditional features. The owner presented us with 8 different glasses of champagne during the tasting.

He was not only very knowledgeable but also very nice. He sat with us and passionately told us everything we needed to know. A great contrast to some of the bigger, commercialized wine houses.

Needless to say, we left the winery with a few boxes full of Champagne.

Lunch at Couvert de Vignes

After my favorite Champagne tasting in the region, it is time for my favorite French restaurant in Champagne. Lunch at Couvert de Vignes will make all your food dreams come true, I promise! Make sure to book in advance, they are super busy!

The chef offers seasonal and local products – and transforms them into work of art. The dishes are so simple, yet so flavorful.

They do not have a normal menu to choose from, but only offer pre-set food experiences. The prices are reasonable and the quality is excellent.

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Epernay – Avenue de Champagne

Épernay is a charming town located in the Champagne region. It is one of the most interesting towns for lovers of sparkling wine. I suggest to spend a whole afternoon in Epernay on this 3 day in Champagne region itinerary.

To be honest, Epernay was not my favorite town on this trip. The big champagne houses are fancy and a tad pretentious, in my opinion. However, it is still worth checking out and there are a lot of nice things you can do in Epernay.

What to do in Epernay

One of the main attractions in Épernay is the Avenue de Champagne. The Avenue de Champagne is a prestigious street that showcases many fancy Champagne houses and their cellars.

It is often referred to as the “Champs-Élysées of Champagne.” It is lined with elegant mansions and esteemed Champagne houses, including renowned brands like Moët & Chandon, Perrier-Jouët, and Pol Roger.

The Avenue de Champagne has some stunning architecture to offer. Many of the buildings there were built during the 19th century. This was a time when the Champagne industry experienced significant growth.

Take a lovely stroll along the Avenue de Champagne, see the Hotel de Ville, and check out the Champagne Wine and Regional Archaeology Museum in the Chateau Perrier. The Chateau Perrier also has a lovely garden that you can take a walk in.

moet & chandon headquarters on the avenue de champagne in epernay

Champagne Tastings in Epernay

As I mentioned, many big Champagne houses have their headquarters or cellars along the Avenue de Champagne. These houses offer guided tours, tastings, and the opportunity to explore their historic cellars.

The champagne tastings here are slightly different than in the countryside, so keep that in mind. In most of the bigger houses, you can’t just walk in without a reservation. The tastings are also a lot more expensive and usually focus more on the tour of the cellars than on sampling Champagne.

I suggest to pick one of the bigger houses that you would really like to see and stick to that. They are more or less alike, so no need to spend a lot of money on many different houses.

Here are some of my favorite Champagne tastings and tours in Epernay:

Drinks on the Terraces

If you are not interested in a tour, you can also sit down on one of the many terraces on the Avenue de Champagne and sip a glass in a nice atmosphere.

Most Champagne houses have bars in their yards, so there are many choices. I suggest checking out the Champagne Bar #Brut. It was our favorite because it was a bit less stuffy and more relaxed.

two glasses of bubbly champagne with sunglasses in epernay

Dinner in Epernay

Epernay is a great place for a lovely dinner. If you are looking for a relaxed dinner with some pizza and pasta and a nice glass of Champagne, Le Stelvio is a great pick.

For a more formal dinner in a fine dining setting, Why Not is an amazing choice.

This concludes the second day of my 3 days in Champagne region itinerary.

If you are looking to end the evening on an even more special note, check out the Rooftop Terrace Bar at the Royal Champagne Hotel for some drinks!


Day 3 in Champagne – Villages

On Day 3 of my Champagne Region Itinerary I suggest a drive around the sweetest villages of the region. Pick a couple of villages from my list of favorites below or simply jump in your car and drive around.

In almost all of the small towns and villages in the Champagne region are a couple of wineries. You can simply walk in and taste a couple of glasses.

This was one of my favorite parts of our trip. We discovered beautiful spots, tasted delicious champagne, and had a great time.

Alternatively, you can also book a Day Tour of the Champagne region. Many great tours on offer visits to the most interesting wine villages.

courtyard of a beautiful building in hautvillers must-see place of 3 days in champagne region itinerary

Best Day Tours in Champagne

Here are some of my favorite Day Tours in Champagne for those who want to enjoy their last day and have a couple of glasses without driving. All of these tours are exquisitely unique and offer plenty of history, culture and fun.

Small Group – Champagne Full Day Tour

Gold Champagne Experience from Reims

Luxury Private Champagne Tour (great for groups)

Private Full Day Tour – Small Champagne Producers

Cutest Villages in Champagne

  1. Verzy: This cute village is surrounded by ancient oak trees known as “Faux.” Verzy is a lovely small village with a great atmosphere. It is an excellent place for some nature walks and wine tasting. It needs to be on top of your list of the cutest villages to visit in Champagne.
  2. Rilly-la-Montagne: This village is extremely special as well. It is nestled amidst vineyards and super cute. Rilly-la-Montagne is a picturesque village with traditional half-timbered houses and a charming church. It’s a great spot for wine lovers.
  3. Cramant: Cramant is especially known for its exceptional Chardonnay grapes. Cramant is a small village with vine-covered slopes. It offers stunning panoramic views of the Champagne region – so make sure to bring your camera to Cramant!
  4. Les Riceys: Les Riceys village is actually made up of three separate smaller villages: Riceys-Haut, Riceys-Bas, and Riceys-Haute-Rive. It is of course also known for its Champagne production and picturesque vineyards, make sure to drive by.
  5. Mutigny: Surrounded by vineyards and forests, Mutigny is a peaceful village with small cottages and scenic landscapes. It is a perfect village for wine enthusiasts – stop by Loisium Wine & Spa Hotel for a drink in their wine bar.
  6. Avize: Avize is a beautiful village famous for its Grand Cru Chardonnay vineyards. The village has some charming architecture, Make sure to pass by the stunning church of Saint-Sébastien.
  7. Bouzy: Bouzy is situated on a hillside and also super cute. Funnily enough, the name is pronounced “boozy”. Bouzy is known for its world-class Pinot Noir grapes.
  8. Aÿ-Champagne: Aÿ-Champagne is a picturesque village with a rich Champagne heritage. It is home to several renowned Champagne houses. It was one of my favorite villages. It has some charming streets and historic buildings, like a beautiful church.
  9. Ecueil: Surrounded by vineyards and green landscapes, Ecueil is a peaceful village with traditional Champagne houses, There is a lovely town center and it is a great place for a relaxing stroll.

Dinner at Auberge Les Relais

End your last evening on the 3 days in Champagne region itinerary with a nice dinner at Auberge Les Relais. The restaurants is located a bit off the beaten tracks, in a scenic little village.

They serve fine dining types of food and have pre-set menus at great prices. The view from the winter garden of the restaurant is lovely, and the staff was very friendly.

When is the Best Time to Go to Champagne

The best time to visit the Champagne region depends on your preferences and what you want to experience. We went at the end of April and we had a lovely time, although there was sadly some rain.

Here are a few factors to consider when planning your visit:

  • Harvest Season: If you’re interested in seeing the grape harvest and getting a glimpse into the wine-making process, consider visiting during the harvest season. The harvest season typically takes place from late August to early October. It can be a fun time with many events related to the harvest
  • Spring and Summer: The Champagne region is beautiful in spring (April to June) and summer (June to August) when the vineyards are lush and green. The weather is generally pleasant, and you can enjoy outdoor activities, such as vineyard tours, picnics, and bike rides through the picturesque countryside. Keep in mind that in spring there might still be some rain
  • Champagne Festivals: The region hosts several Champagne festivals throughout the year, celebrating the local drinks. The most famous one is the Fête de la Champagne in Épernay, held in late May or early June. It typically includes parades, tastings, and other festivities – how much fun is that!
  • Winter Charm: Although the winter months (December to February) are colder and the vineyards are dormant, visiting during this time can have its own charm. The region is less crowded, and you may find better deals on accommodations. Some wineries offer special tours and tastings, and you can experience the festive atmosphere during the holiday season. I am a sucker for pre-Christmas trips, so I can only recommend this

picture of a glass of champagne and a bottle in winter in snow

Conclusion: 3 Days in Champagne Region Itinerary

This brings my 3 days in Champagne Itinerary to an end. After my visit, I was absolutely enchanted with the picturesque villages, rolling hills and friendly people of the Champagne region.

The smaller, family-owned vineyards were my favorites, and I suggest that you put your focus on these as well. Make sure to book a pleasant accommodation, so you have a great place to relax and unwind after the fabulous champagne tastings.

Lastly, I hope you will love your 3 days in Champagne Region as much as I did!

If you are interested in exploring more of the French wine regions, you need to check out the Dordogne region as well as Saint Emilion in Bordeaux. And of course, we will always have Paris and the beautiful Alsace region for a road trip.

FAQ: 3 Days in Champagne Region

How many days should I spend in Champagne?

I suggest staying at least 3 days in the Champagne region. This gives you enough time to see the beautiful champagne houses and the picturesque little villages. Staying a long weekend in Champagne is in my opinion the perfect amount of time for the region. If you have more time, you can take it very easy and enjoy the region for a lot longer.

Is Champagne region worth it?

Yes, the Champagne region is worth it. It is renowned for producing the world’s finest sparkling wine, Champagne. The region’s picturesque vineyards, rich history, and exquisite wine tasting experiences make it a must-visit destination for wine enthusiasts, offering a unique blend of luxury, culture, and gastronomy. It is one of the most beautiful regions in France.

What is the best time of year to visit the Champagne region?

The best time to visit the Champagne region is during the harvest season, which typically occurs from late August to early October. This period allows visitors to witness the vineyards in full activity and experience the vibrant atmosphere of grape harvesting, as well as participate in various wine-related events and festivals. However, spring can also be a really beautiful season in Champagne.

What is the best base for Champagne region?

Epernay and the surrounding villages are the best base for a trip to Champagne region. Everything is within short driving distance. I suggest staying at one of the fabulous wine spas in the area. This way you can also enjoy some Champagne in your hotel, without needing a driver.

Is Reims worth a visit?

Yes, Reims is worth a visit. However, the city is by far not as beautiful as the other villages in the Champagne region. I suggest planning a morning in Reims and spending the rest of the time visiting Epernay and the other beautiful villages of the Champagne.

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About the Author

Sabrina is a passionate travel blogger and content creator, based in the Netherlands. She spends about half of the year traveling to various destinations together with her husband.

She provides slow-paced itineraries that focus on quality over quantity. Sabrina wants to help her readers to get more out of their travel experiences – while doing less. Read more.

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