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Less is more ... rather than overwhelming you with volumes of travel tips, here is a specific list of exclusive recommendations with Mr & Mrs Crystal's stamp of approval.

insider tips

  • Pre-arrange an organised bus tour of the Champagne region so you can enjoy the tastings without the worry of driving.
  • Visit as many Champagne houses as daylight permits for a real taste of Champagne.
  • Explore the gorgeous Epernay and Hautvillers countryside.
  • Buy some champagne to take home with you, preferably a vintage Dom Perignon.

what we think

Few other words are so synonymous with celebration and merriment. The city of Reims is mostly about the “bubbly” and tours of the century-old chalk underground cellars of the champagne houses are a must for the hedonist traveller. They range in style from old-world charm to the Disneyland-esque experience of dodgem cars taking visitors on a ride through ancient subterranean cellars. Satisfied your quench for thirst at the champagne houses? There are many other sparkling experiences in this region including the 13th century stained-glass cathedral in Reims and inspiring drives through the Epernay countryside. The French region that gives us the world’s most imitated and luxurious bubbly is about 2 hours’ drive east of Paris, and it makes a fascinating detour for the hedonist traveller