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Mediaeval Champagne

8 March 2023

5 days

Travel to Champagne, France, to see glorious Gothic architecture and stained glass, combined with a taste of fine Moët & Chandon champagne on this Art Pursuits tour.
  • Visit the cathedral of SS Peter and Paul, Troyes, and its spectacular treasury
  • Discover the recently re-opened Cité du Travail, museum of medieval stained glass, Troyes
  • Soak up the atmosphere of Notre Dame cathedral, Reims, coronation church of the French kings
  • Experience fine early Gothic architecture at Soissons Cathedral, dedicated to SS Gervase and Protase
  • Enjoy a tasting at the Moët & Chandon champagne house
  • Explore the wine-making village of Hautvillers and the Abbey of St Pierre, burial place of Dom Perignon
Champagne was one of the most prosperous territories of medieval France; its trade fairs, held annually in towns like Troyes, were internationally famous, and Reims, where Clovis, King of the Franks, was baptised in the late 5th century, became the place where most of the French kings were crowned from the 11th century until the French Revolution. The region attracted monarchs, merchants from Northern Europe and the Mediterranean, and skilled masons, who, between the mid-12th – late 13th centuries, designed and built a sequence of spectacular churches. The cathedrals of Laon, Soissons, Reims, and Troyes, which form the backbone of this tour, trace the development of what, since the 17th-century, has been dubbed Gothic architecture, a style obsessed by height and light that incorporates lofty flying buttresses, soaring rib vaults and airy clerestory windows filled with coloured glass. In addition to magnificent High Gothic and Rayonnant architecture and associated stained glass and portal sculpture, the tour offers a chance to explore contemporary cuisine and viniculture in Champagne… truly a tour bubbling with delights!

Your Accommodation

Continental Reims

★★★★
Overview
Located in the heart of Reims, the Continental Hôtel welcomes you to a unique high-class atmosphere. The building, a mansion from the 19thcentury, and transformed into a hotel in 1880, has kept its character and today offers the charm, comfort, and authenticity of a luxury hotel. At the Continental Hôtel , the art of hospitality acquires its meaning from attention to detail and great service and an everyday goodwill.
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