Champagne-Ardenne bubbles like the famous fizz that the region exclusively produces. An area of intense agriculture, it's one of France's most fragrant regions, jumping from the evocative cultural and culinary heritage of Champagne to the Ardennes, a region of deep woods, rolling hills and stunning, unspoiled countryside. As such Champagne-Ardenne is a popular France holiday choice.
Champagne-Ardenne's capital is Reims, a lively and historic city that's home to a glorious cathedral and some of the region's most atmospheric champagne houses. Others can be visited in the nearby village of Épernay, set amid rolling vineyards, and which has its very own avenue de Champagne - the most "drinkable street in the world" according to Winston Churchill - with the Möet et Chandon cellars and others to look around.
Troyes, a medieval town and a quieter antidote to Reims is also well worth visiting. Distinct for the abundant half-timbered houses and pretty churches, it's also the best place to grab a bargain - the clothes trade accounts for half of the town's employment.
Tailor-made trips to the Champagne-Ardenne region typically focus on two types of activities - champagne and wine tastings in the south; and hiking, canoeing and cycling in the north. It's a well-balanced combination, just like the region's world-famous drink.