CHAMPAGNE-ARDENNE: TOP TEN VISITOR EXPERIENCES 2015

Champagne ArdenneSOPHISTICATED CHAMPAGNE AND BEAUTIFUL ARDENNE: TEN WONDERFUL EXPERIENCES FOR 2015

 Champagne-Ardenne offers wonderful visitor experiences : whether you’re planning an easy break by train in the region, or a stop-off on the drive south (it’s just 2.5 hours drive from Calais), there are so many different things to explore and enjoy, but here are a few of our favourite suggestions:

 Champagne

 -Visit the chalk cellars of one of the world’s most  prestigious champagne houses in Reims or Epernay, such as Veuve Clicquot, Taittinger, Pommery or Moët & Chandon (reopens Autumn 2015) Cellar tours are followed by a champagne tasting.

– Sample champagne to your heart’s content at the Champagne Festival (La Route de Champagne en Fête), which takes place in the area of Les Riceys, 1-2 August 2015. The €18 entry fee includes a tasting glass, a route guide and access to all the participating champagne wineries.

http://www.vignerons-les-riceys.com/?p=7308

-Enjoy a glass of champagne in the world’s only tree-top champagne bar!   The Perching Bar is set in a forest park just 15 minutes drive from Reims.  www.perchingbar.eu

-Original and colourful, ‘The Champagnes of Renoir’ exhibition will be on display at the Renoir Centre in Essoyes from July – August 2015, with 10 copies of Renoir’s most famous paintings linked with 10 of the finest locally produced champagnes. www.renoir-aube-champagne.com

Ardenne

– The World Puppet Festival takes place in Charleville-Mézières 18-27 Sept 2015.  This spectacular bi-annual event celebrates puppetry in all its forms and attracts creative artists from around the globe www.festival-marionnette.com

-Get your adrenalin thrills on the Fantasticable ride in the Ardennes: a full body zipwire launched from a hill-top platform for an incredible glide over the Meuse Valley at a speed of up to 80mph. Not for the faint-hearted! www.terraltitude.com/en/  .  Terraltitude Forest Adventure Park also offers tree ropes, bungee jumping and other family actvitiies.

-Explore and eat and stay at  the largest feudal fortress in Europe at Sedan. The Medieval Festival 16 – 17  May includes period pageantry, music, jousting, duels, banquets  and a mediaeval fair.http://www.chateau-fort-sedan.fr/fr/evenements-agenda-animations/xixe-festival-medieval

 Nature

–  for nature lovers, the great lakes of Champagne (Lac du Der and lakes of the Forêt d’Orient) attract thousands of Common Crane and other migratory birds en route to wintering sites in Spain. The dusk arrivals and dawn departures are a spectacular sight to behold from November to March.   There are walking and cycling routes, nature reserves and a host of water sports and activities in the area too.  See  www.champagne-ardenne-tourism.co.uk/faun/fauna-flora/lakes/lac-du-der.aspx

-The International photo Festival of Nature and Wildlife 19 – 22 November showcases some of the finest nature photography , an annual event  which attracted 46.000 visitors in 2014. http://www.festiphoto-montier.org/

And Don’t Forget the History

-Soak up the atmosphere of Medieval Troyes, capital of the ancient Province of Champagne, seat of the Counts of Champagne and cradle of the Knights Templar.  Historic churches, museums, glorious stained glass in the Cathedral, vibrant café culture and excellent shopping outlets on the outskirts of the city make this an ideal short break destination.  www.en.tourisme-troyes.com

Find out more at www.champagne-ardenne-tourism.co.uk where you can:

  • access the press section and download images from the photo library
  • enjoy virtual visits of some of the major towns
  • click into mini films and interactive videos
  • listen to a series of 14 mini audio-guides
  • download 8 award-winning themed brochures & maps

Check out the e-magazine “ A Season in Champagne-Ardenne” a dedicated application for I-phones, smart phones, I-pads and tablets.  And from your smartphone, try out the mobile website www.enchampagne.mobi, based on 5 key areas of the main site: a clever and practical guide to the region on the move.

ENDS

 Issued on behalf of Champagne Ardenne Tourist Board.  See www.champagne-ardenne-tourism.co.uk

For further information please contact doug@douggoodmanpr.com  tel. 020 8614 1449

 

 

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