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City of Reims

City of Reims

Reims, a city located in the north East part of France, the administrative capital of the famous Champagne region, it hides many sights and history, from old history until the most recent one.

WHAT TO SEE?

City of Reims

Saint Remi Basilica

Reims is known in France for being the place where the kings were crownd, specifically, up to 26 kings took over the reign of France from this city. After the World Wars, the city met a fast reconstruction and you will be able to appreciate both the sights of the past and the lively modern city combined.

In Reims you can find one of the most beautiful cathedrals in France, the Reims Cathedral. Built in 1211, it became a glorious example of the Gothic style. It is home of more than 1 million visitors per year.

Talking about religious monuments, Reims also has the basilica Saint Remi, which is as beautiful as the cathedral itself.

You will also have the chance to visit the Palais du Tau museum, where you will be able to appreciate statues from the cathedrale’s facades, precious tapestries, coronation jewels and more. All framed with an historical explanation.

City of Reims

Champagne Park

In addition, the city offers one of the most lively neighborhoods, called Boulingrin, which is around the city hall. You will find a lively and easygoing atmosphere, you can relax having a drink and contemplating the movements of the city. Also, in this area you will find the market of Reims, a building classified as an historical monument, where you can find an important food market.

Last but not least, the city has a park called Champagne Park which covers around 22 acres. Discover its gardens and green fields, feel free to walk on it and take a breath wrapped in nature.

HOW TO EXPERIENCE?

City of ReimsThe city of Reims is worth-visiting for its main particular sights: history, lively districts and champagne combined in one.

Famous brands such as Veuve Clicquot, Pommery or Mumm can be found in the city. You can take a guided tour to discover the long underground caves and taste some exclusive champagnes.

Other sightseeings in the Champagne region

Reims Cathedral

City of Épernay

Local Producers

reims cathedral, champagne in 2 days

Reims Cathedral

With more than 1 million of visitors per year, the Reims Cathedral, best known as the Notre-Dame of Reims (Our Lady of Reims), is one of the best examples of Gothic architecture.

WHAT TO SEE?

Reims CathedralIt is one of the tallest cathedrals in Europe: inside, the roof reaches up to 38 meters! The cathedral itself is composed by two towers that reach 86 meters. You can climb the 249 steps leading to the balconies in the towers, to discover a great view of the city as well as the Gallery of Kings sanctuary. Moreover, the building contains one of the biggest expositions of statues, with a particular fact: each other try to interact with other statues, just like a comic!

In addition, this is the place where all the French kings were crowned, up to 26 kings walked through the cathedral in the coronation procedure!

The cathedral was built from the year 1211 (even if it existed a previous cathedral under the title of the Virgin Mary) and finished in 1275. However, during all this centuries, the cathedral has suffered wars, fires and reconstructions. The most recent occurrence was during the German attack in the first World War, where Reims was heavely damaged. The city has been rebuilt and now the cathedral shows, for instance, new glass windows, made by famous artists like Chagall.

HOW TO EXPERIENCE?

Reims CathedralThe cathedral is worth-visiting. Not only for being one of the best buildings which express the Gothic style, but also for the hidden history within its walls. For this reason, we highly recommend to take a guided tour, where you will be able to learn about all the occurrences and events that took part in the building: since the first Christian King of the Franks, baptized in the Reims Cathedral in the year 496, passing through Joan of Arc, until the World Wars.

Inside the building, you will be able to admire more than 2000 statues. Moreover, many of them can also be also found in the Palais du Tau.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Hours: 7:30 am to 7:30 pm.

Prices: Free. But for the cathedral towers there is an additional price.

Other sightseeings in the Champagne region

City of Épernay

 

City of Reims

Dom Perignon’s village: Hautvillers

City of Épernay, champagne in 2 days

City of Épernay

130 kilometers far from Paris, the capital city of France, we can find the capital of the Champagne region: Épernay. World-famous brands such as Moët & Chandon or Dom Perignon are located here. But why is champagne so famous in the city of Épernay?

City of ÉpernayWHAT TO SEE?

Located in the Marne department, the city of Épernay is famous for its large wine lands. However, this city became famous worldwide for being home to one of the most luxurious drinks:  champagne.

This drink is mostly known for its particular use around the world. City of ÉpernayFor example, it is common to uncork a bottle of champagne when a Formula 1 driver wins a race. Champagne is also used in celebrations like perhaps when families celebrate New Year’s Eve. Or it is even used when a bottle of champagne is ceremonially thrown against the hull of a boat to christen it before its launching. But why is this drink so famous out of all the different types of wine in the world? Well, perhaps the difference can be found not just in the taste, but in the controlled designation of origin.

Yes, Épernay and a few regions next to it are exclusive in producing champagne. All the champagne of the world in fact is produced in this region of France! If the “champagne” is produced in other lands, then it won’t be considered as Champagne.

City of ÉpernayFor this reason, Épernay’s economy is based on the land: the production and the distribution of champagne. Épernay is home of famous brands such as Perrier Jouet, Mercier champagne, Demoiselle, Moët & Chandon or Dom Perignon, for example.

All of them are located specifically in one point: the Avenue of the Champagne, where you can find all houses one right next to the other. On this famous avenue, you are encouraged to enter the champagne houses by taking a guided visit, as well as tasting different champagne. Discovering the local producers of champagne is also a good idea, taking into account that you will be able to learn all the procedure of making champagne from them.

HOW TO EXPERIENCE?

City of ÉpernayYou can walk on the Avenue of the Champagne and see the most famous houses, but perhaps the most interesting is to get out of the city and meet other producers onsite with the help of a private driver to get you there.

We highly recommend that you visit the region of Épernay, not just because of the city (typical french), but for the wines they produce. As we said before, this zone is unique in the world. Don’t you want to know where all the champagne you’ve tried comes from? If you are in France, you should seriously consider a visit!

You can get there with car from Reims or from Paris with a private car. However, some trains are also available from Paris.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Hours: Houses may open from  9 am to 11:30 am and from 2 pm to 4:30 pm

Prices: Free

Access: By car or by train from Paris.

Other sightseeings in the Champagne region

Dom Perignon’s village: Hautvillers

Local Producers

Moët & Chandon

 

Villandry Castle

Villandry Castle

Specially known for its beautiful gardens, the Villandry castle is one of the most famous buildings in the Loire Valley area. Villandry was built in 1536 by Jean le Breton, Finance Minister of Francis I, the most relevant fact about this castle came when the King Philip II of France once met Richard I of England in the gardens to discuss peace.

WHAT TO SEE?

Enjoy the beautiful green gardens of the Villandry castle. It is the main thing that you will notice: huge, green and tricky gardens around you. Its famous Renaissance gardens include a water garden, ornamental flower gardens and vegetable gardens. Perhaps you may be wondering… and why tricky?  Because of its labyrinth gardens! Yes, here you will be able to get lost in its famous mazed gardens!  We recommend to think it twice before entering to the gardens, just in case…

Villandry Castle

Credit: ggirard

In addition, the castle itself offers you the chance of visiting a unique buiding. Purchased by Joaquin Carvallo in 1906,  who restored the full property and invested an enormous amount of time and money into repairing it and creating the beautiful gardens. Its style is Renaissance and Neoclassicism.

HOW TO EXPERIENCE?

The castle is located near the Villandry village. The building hosts more than 330,000 visitors per year, so it is highly recommended to prepare your visit in advance or taking your tickets in advance.

You will be able to enter to the castle and contemplate the both Renaissanse and Neoclassicism styles. The gardens are carefully maintained and colorfull during all the year. Recommended to visit at least once in your life.

Villandry castle

Credit: jsmutschler

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

  • Hours: 9 am to 5 pm approximately
  • Prices: 10,50€ for gardens plus castle. 8 during winter
  • Access: car or bus. Accessible by motorway and road. It is just nine miles from Tours

Additional sightseeings in the Loire Valley

Chenonceau Castle

Chambord Castle

Azay-Le-Rideau Castle

montmartre tour, beautiful places in Paris to visit

Montmartre Tour

Located in the northern part of Paris, the Montmartre neighborhood is famous for its bohemian streets, its historical night life, and its main and most significant monument, the Sacré-Cœur, which is located on the top of a 130 meters hill.

Apartments for rent Paris, montmartre tourWHAT TO VISIT?

The Montmartre neighborhood is famous for being home to the pioneers of the avant-garde movements during the 20th century. Artists like Van Gogh, Picasso, and Amedeo Modigliani lived in this iconic district of Paris. A guided Montmartre tour will not only show you the lively streets and the cultural environment, but it will also give you hints about what is hidden behind the close doors…  You will for instance pass by the house in which Picasso lived and painted his famous masterpiece: Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907).

In addition, Montmartre has one of the most important monuments in the city – the Sacré-Cœur Basilica. Located at the top of a 130 meters tall hill, the basilica offers you the second highest view point over Paris, after the Eiffel Tower. From this point, you can observe almost all of the city: the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Montparnasse Tower, the Panthéon, La Défense…and so much more.

Montmartre Tour

Photo Credit: ParisByM

HOW TO EXPERIENCE IT?

You can wander in the streets all by yourself to feel the atmosphere, but do not fall in the trap of only going to the basilica and to the place du Tertre, the famous square where painters sell their artworks and offer to draw your portrait. There is much more to see! At ParisByM, we include a self-guided walking itinerary in our packages so that you are sure not to miss what is worth seeing. Check our packages here.

With its bohemian atmosphere, Montmartre is also the place of birth of the first and most famous cabaret in the world: The Moulin Rouge. Even though it may seem pretty touristy nowadays, we still highly recommend that you spend an evening there as the show is definitely a must-see of Paris.

Scenic, Paris, Sunday, Montmartre Tour

A sunny day at one of our city’s many markets.

If you prefer a guided tour, the most interesting one we recommend is the 2-hour tour, available in various languages, and divided into small groups.
If you love art and music, this is your place!  Should you really want not to miss a single bite, you could also take a 7-hour tour in Montmartre, but we only recommend that for experts… You will have the chance of learning every single detail of this curious “village” and its neighborhood lifestyle.

In addition, the basilica offers many different activities during the day. You can take a look into the chart of services here.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

  • Hours: Sacré Cœur opens every day from 6 am to 10.30 pm.
  • Prices: Private tour prices round from 37€ up to 260€ per person

 

Additional sightseeings in Paris

Notre Dame Cathedral

Arc de Triomphe

Orsay Museum

 

Want to see more?

Paris Bus Tour

City Bus Tour

Only in Paris for a few days? Then a bus tour around Paris is a great, effortless option to see a lot in no time at all. More than 10 different languages are spoken on board and you will have the opportunity to get pictures of famous landmarks and monuments during this unforgettable visit of the City of Lights!

Paris Eiffel tower, Paris Bus Tour, City Bus TourWHAT WILL YOU SEE?

All of the city! You will be able to have a quick tour around the most important buildings and monuments in Paris: the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysées, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Montmartre neighborhood, and so much more.
Thanks to headphones you are provided with, bus tours provide you with all of fun facts about these places while you are passing by each one.

HOW TO EXPERIENCE IT?

Several companies operate in this activity. While the cheapest ones might obviously be of lower quality, the 2 or 3 most commonly used are pretty much equivalent in terms of quality and prices.

The main difference is that some companies offer various circuits, which allow you to switch from one loop to another and back, depending on the time you have available and on your interest for discovering less touristy neighbourhoods.

Another difference is about the top deck, which can be fully covered with some companies and not with others… Watch out on those rainy days! Lastly, the audio comments are really fascinating with some companies, while they are just interesting with others…

Looking for a Tour Company in Paris?If you are in a hurry, you should consider doing the standard bus tour without stopping which takes approximately 2 hours. But if you have more time, we recommend the Hop On/Off option. You can take the bus at more than 50 bus stations in Paris. When entering the bus, the driver will check your bus pass. Once on board you will be able to admire the most important sights of Paris. Once you are on, you can “hop off” the bus whenever you like.

Last but not least: if you want to do all of the loops and check every single neighbourhood of Paris, you have the option to get a ticket valid for 2 or 3 days.

Check out more information here!

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

  • Hours: Every 10 to 30 minutes from 9 am until late in the evening (depends on company)
  • Prices: Depends on the company, from 20€ up to 60€, with discounted prices for children

 

Additional sightseeings in Paris

Louvre Museum

Seine River Cruise

Versailles Castle

Day trip from Paris

3 Cities to Include in your European Tour package

I hereby want to complete a guide, whereas you can pick from our selection of 3 cities in your European tour packages…

Barcelona – the charming and diverse city!

European Tour package

Barcelona is an amazingly beautiful city.

Barcelona is known for being an more and more international, beautiful and a city with a lot of possibilities for everyone, no matter age and gender. Barcelona is set on the northeastern Mediterranean coast, and has a warm, pleasant climate, sandy beaches, really good cuisine and excellent art and architecture!

You can either walk through Barcelona, to get that genuine, authentic experience that you only can do by walking through the streets, and perhaps getting in touch with other tourists or the locals… You can, however, also discover the lovely Barcelona by a hop-on-hop-off-bus, with an open-top.

There are three different routes included in one ticket and 44 stops at interesting places, such as Plaza de Cataluña, Via Layetana, the cathedral and its cloister, Gothic Quarter, Plaza Sant Jaume, Sagrada Familia, Parque Guell, Villa Olimpica and the Port Olimpic, up the Montjuïc Mountain for a panoramic view of the city and harbor and perhaps visit the Poble Espanyol, which is a Spanish village.

Barcelona is the perfect place if you want to shop, or walk around the amazing Ramblas! The Gothic Quarter is very famous, and for those interested in art; there are many museum, which includes the Picasso Museum!

London – one of the greatest cities in the world!

European Tour package

London is full of activities and sightseeings!

London is a diverse and exciting city with some of the world’s best sights, attractions and activities, and for good reason; there is a lot of things to do, and some days London is like a bag of candy, that never gets empty; always something to see, and always something to explore. You should definitely include it as part of your European tour package. You can either stroll down Oxford Street to shop, dine and explore, or you can take an open-top sightseeing bus tour, so you have a choice of routes around famous landmarks so you may get on and off wherever you wish.

From here, you will be able to view the city’s iconic landmarks such as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, and Madame Tussands just to mention a few…

And the extra plus? You can go from silver to gold in an short amount of time; you can take the train from London to Paris! You can make your own way to London St. Pancras railway station and take a beautiful train ride to Paris, romantic French capital. You will have a chance to enjoy a bit of the countryside in the comfort of a high-speed train.

Paris, the City of Lights

European Tour package

Paris with a view on the Eiffel Tower…

So you arrived to the most beautiful city, and the opportunities are many… You can find one of our many guides or blogposts on ParisByM, when you include Paris in your European tour package. You can enjoy a full-day sightseeing tour of Paris, in a hop-on hop-off double-decker coach, and from here view all the famous landmarks such as the Opéra, Place Vendôme, Concorde Square, Champs-Elysées Avenue, Arch of Triumph, Eiffel Tower, Invalides, Orsay Museum, the Louvre, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Sorbonne, Pantheon Church and more. Do not forget to buy one of our packages at ParisByM, for your perfect Parisian experience!

Boat Trip on the Seine Paris

Three reasons to do a boat trip in Paris

The tranquil Seine is the winding spine of Paris. It also offers some of the best sights of the city. Cruise along the river by boat and see Paris like never before!

 

Boat trips in Paris

Cruise on the Seine

 

Unparalleled Sightseeing

Glance over portside and you’ll see the city twice: once above, and once again reflected in the water. The view from the water is unlike anything you can see on land. Look left and right and you’ll see some of Paris’ most renowned landmarks, like the Notre Dame.

 

Boat trips in Paris

Notre Dame de Paris (Benjamin Esham, Wikimedia Commons)

 

Dine Impeccably!

Many of the Paris cruises serve delicious and elaborate dinners onboard. What better way to spend a night (as a tourist or a local) than to have a meal while gliding through the heart of Paris?

 

Boat trip Seine Paris

Dinner on-board (Flickr)

 

Romantic Eventing on the Water

A boat tour makes the best date. Enjoy the sights and sounds right in the center of the city while escaping its exhausting tumult. It will make for an impossible to forget date in the city of love.

 

Boat trip Seine Paris

Matt and Morgane enjoying a date on the Seine

 

Paris view from Notre Dame showing Eiffel Tower, Paris roofs and Paris skyline, Eiffel Tower Information

Why book an all-inclusive Paris vacation package?

All-inclusive Paris Vacation Package

Paris, as seen from Notre Dame

 

You’ve heard Paris will steal your heart – you want to find out for yourself. But how can you make the most of your trip to the city of lights? Choose an all-inclusive Paris vacation package!

Make Paris Yours

Enjoy a personalized itinerary without the backbreaking hassle of research and planning. Let experts recommend the best tours, boulangeries, museums, concerts, and cobblestone streets that fit your fancy. Like jazz, sculpture, or wine? An all-inclusive vacation package is for you!

 

All-inclusive Paris Vacation Package

L’Opéra

 

Forget the Hassle

You’re in Paris to see, smell, and taste the city. So do just that! Let someone else worry about finding a hotel. Avoid burying your nose all day in a book for restaurant and museum recommendations. An all-inclusive package will grant you more time and freedom to explore the city!

 

All-inclusive Paris Vacation Package

Montmartre, place du Tertre

 

Save Money

Personalized vacation packages are not traps for tourist–in fact, they’ll save you from the places that seek to exploit visitors. Experts can give you insightful and up-to-date recommendations for eateries, museums, and other events with tips for how to pay less for more.

 

All-inclusive Paris Vacation Package

Parc Monceau

 

Personal Contact

Another perk of choosing an all-inclusive vacation package? A friendly, relatable Parisian at your disposal! Expect prompt responses to your questions. A fellow lover of Paris is waiting to show you the marvels of their favorite city!