A three-day solo road trip through the Champagne region of France
Champagne region itinerary for single travellers
Reims, Etoges, Epernay, Troyes
95 miles / 152 km
1 chateau hotel
1 Michelin Plaque restaurant
Words by Mark Alexander
A rendezvous which began in Dunkerque and saw me navigating a network of mildly insipid minor roads which lead to Reims – Champagne’s capital city. My first solo road trip Through France and the theme was Champagne & Chateaux. The timing coincided with the lead up to my 40th birthday and it was only proper to fit in as many experiences and places as I could handle on this three week adventure.
Symbolically, it was a way of moving forward with life after the death of my long-term partner. It was also the realisation of our last holiday which we planned together but never got the chance to enjoy. I knew that it was going to be a bitter-sweet experience which I was determined to endeavour in style. The fact that I hadn’t been on a holiday in the couple of years prior, justified the fine dining and boutique hotels along the way.
The understated elegance and country charm of the Champagne region require no effort on your part to fit in and rejoice.
I can’t wait to take you on this solo road trip and share my Champagne region itinerary but first – promise me not to drink and drive.
Le Chateau d'Etoges
Before the evening comes to a draw, make sure you are headed south in the direction of Etoges. Staying at this chateau is an experience best enjoyed in the first person but be warned: a night at Chateau d'Etoges is not enough.
After a day of exploring and tasting (but not drink-driving!) some of the finest champagne on offer, the only thing you can do is to finish off with a dinner at Le Chateau d'Etoges' Michelin Plaque restaurant at The Orangery.
Troyes en Champagne
Wander through the narrow cobbled streets and alleyways of the old town admiring the rainbow of half-timbered houses and inner courtyards. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the Grandes Champagne Fairs draped in a medley of colourful fabrics, bouquets of aromatic herbs and exotic spices.