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France - Champagne, Alsace & Burgundy

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France - Champagne, Alsace & Burgundy

Hoping someone can offer some guidance.

We are planning a self-drive trip, arriving at Dunkerque from Dover and looking to explore Champagne, Alsace & Burgundy.

Does anyone have any suggestions regarding routes, accomodation, wine farms to visit & other places of interest.

We are very much foodies & enjoy trying something new - plus looking forward to tasting wines & seeing the beautiful country side.

Looking forward to all suggestions.

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1. Re: France - Champagne, Alsace & Burgundy

Why Dunkerque?

Its a longer crossing than Calais and means more driving in France as it is further north.

You make no mention of budget but a couple of suggestions:-

Champagne - visit Hautvilliars just outside Epernay and look out for Gobillard champagne

Lovely chateau hotel to the south of Epernay www.chateau-etoges.com - stay in turret room.

Burgundy - just outside Niuts St Georges www.lagentilhommiere.fr.

Autoroute planning www.autoroutes.fr

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2. Re: France - Champagne, Alsace & Burgundy

PS you might like to post this under the relevant area as it seems to have been posted in the Tolouse forum.

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3. Re: France - Champagne, Alsace & Burgundy

In Alsace Colmar and Riquewihr are very nice to see, there is a wine route around Alsace which takes you past many vineyards.

For foodies a sop at Illerhausen is a must as it has several excellent restauarants, including one off Frances finest.

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4. Re: France - Champagne, Alsace & Burgundy

Hello trippedd

hazard a guess you are crossing with Norfolk Lines - a good ferry company. Dunkerque is worth a 'look' on your way through, either thre or back.

If you are 'on a budget' as you say, and you have a car, then I would reccommend staying in budget Hotels like :

Formule 1 : www.hotelformule1.com/formule1/index.html

Etap Hotels : http://www.etaphotel.com/gb/home/index.shtml

Premier Classe : http://www.premiereclasse.fr/

or Le Marmotte Chain : http://www.marmotte.fr/accueil_uk.html

They are all cheap-reasonable priced, clean and more than adequate for your needs when touring. Then you can spend your money on the Food & Drink!

Your first area to visit woud be Champagne, either stay in Reims (Ibis hotel is good here, or a bit cheaper is the Hotel du Touring). Good restaurants here, and great Cathederal to visit, plus many of the great Champagne houses. The others are mainly in Epernay, and there is a reccommended 'Champagne Road' touring route, which will give you an idea of other places to visit.

Next onto Alsace - Colmar is OK, but I would try staying in some of the smaller towns/villages up in the Vosges - a fabulously scenic area, try Geradmer, but there are many others. It is worth driving the Route Des Crettes up to the Grand Ballon.

I am not so familliar with the Burgundy region but Dijon of course is the great Capital of the area, and would be my 'first-choice' of place to stay and do my research on the wine areas from there.

It's definitely worth your while looking at the Champagne, Alsace and Dijon forums for Ideas. Also trawl you local library for good wine books - and you might find some reccommended self-drive wine tours of all 3 areas.

I have heard that you might need to book to visit some of the vineyards, and the Champagne houses, but others let you turn up on spec without too much trouble. If you want to visit anywhere specific though, it would be wise to research it.

Enjoy your tour

EW

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6. Re: France - Champagne, Alsace & Burgundy

Formule 1, Etap and Ibis are all part of the Accor Hotels group, and can be accessed via their website, of course!

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7. Re: France - Champagne, Alsace & Burgundy

Thanks for all the fantastic replies - sorry about the forum I posted it on.

It has become quite clear that we will have to focus on one region really - might be too much to do in a week!

Does anyone know of Escorted Tours available once in France - so that I don't have to do all the driving and miss out on the tasting.

Thanks again for the help.

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8. Re: France - Champagne, Alsace & Burgundy

Hi and welcome to France wherever you go. :-)

If you choose Burgundy and come after June have a look at this, it might be what you're looking for :

www.dijon-rentahome.com/wine-tours.html

They also rent apartments in Dijon if you don't want to stay at hotels.

see also www.myhomeindijon.com

Enjoy!

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