Travel by car to France with P&O Ferries and explore its vineyards at your own pace! On this tailor-made road trip, discover the highlights of one of France's most famous wine regions: Champagne.
There's no better way to learn about some of France's famous wines than by exploring one of its wine regions at your own pace. And with P&O Ferries you can do just that on a 3-day short break in the home of Champagne!
Your trip begins with a short 90-minute crossing from Dover to Calais. From there it's just a leisurely drive south-east to the capital of the Champagne region, Reims, arriving in time for a spot of lunch at one of its many bistros. And your first glass of champagne, of course!
After checking into your hotel, it's time to find out more what makes this precious wine so unique. And a visit to world-famous Maison Mumm will do the trick! Here you'll learn about the champagne making process, discover one the world's finest champagne museums and taste some of their exceptional products.
Round off day one with a visit to the beautiful art deco Café du Palais restaurant. The perfect spot to sample one of Champagne's little known, but delicious, Coteaux Champenois still wines.
Next day, make the most of the freedom that your car brings by driving into the stunning Montagne de Reims national park. Enjoy the rolling hillsides covered in vines and head to the charming village of Hautvilliers, where you'll find the grave of that famous champagne-making monk Dom Perignon.
While the Champagne region has some famous brands, there are actually more than 15,000 growers in total. Just outside Hautvilliers you'll find Champagne Tribaut, a small producer with some outstanding and well-priced white and rosé champagnes. You can also sample Ratafia, the local aperitif.
And the beauty of a P&O Ferries road trip is that you can take a bottle, or case, back home with you in the boot of your car!
Before leaving Reims the next day, pop into its stunning cathedral. Then it's time to bid au revoir to this stunning region, but having learned about the production method, and with a case of champagne in your car, memories of this holiday will live on for quite some time!