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      Day 1 - Dijon
      This itinerary begins in Dijon and ends in Reims. If Paris is your international gateway city, you can spend a few days there at the beginning or end of this itinerary.

      For tips on what to do in Paris, check out our recommended five-day itinerary. You’ll find the link to it on the France home page.

      For a list of our recommended accommodations in Paris, click here.

      Our Paris database contains information about hundreds of restaurants and attractions. For specific information including admission fees, hours, addresses, and phone numbers, use our search engine with the parameters "Paris" and "all." This is a very large search and it may take a minute.

      We recommend that you travel by train from Paris to Dijon and that you return to Paris from Reims by train. This will enable you to avoid driving in Paris. Rail schedules, fares, and reservations are available through Rail Europe at www.raileurope.com, or SNCF at www.sncf.com.

      For a list of our recommended accommodations in Dijon, click here.

      Day 3 - Burgundy

      The best deal we have found for rental cars in France is through Auto Europe. They work with all the rental companies to find the best deals, so rates are attractive. You can make reservations at www.autoeurope.com.

      You can obtain maps and specific driving instructions through Mapblast at www.mapblast.com. Information about driving regulations, translations, and road signs is available through Motoeuropa at www.ideamerge.com/motoeuropa.

      You can use the town of Beaune as a base for exploring the Burgundy vineyards, or you can stay in one of the chateau hotels along the wine route. The hotels in town are less expensive and have the advantage of being walking distance to restaurants and shops. But those who don’t mind paying for luxury will enjoy staying in a chateau.

      For a list of our recommended accommodations in Burgundy, click here.

      Many of Burgundy’s wineries require reservations for tours and tastings. These can be arranged by e-mail or fax. For detailed information about Burgundy’s wineries, use the search engine with the parameters "Burgundy" and "Food and Wine."

      Day 5 - Alsace

      You can use the town of Colmar as a base for exploring the Alsace vineyards, or you can stay in one of the inns along the wine route. The area is small enough that you’ll have no trouble seeing everything no matter where you stay. The prices are similar so it depends on whether you prefer peace and quiet or access to restaurants and shops.

      For a list of our recommended accommodations in Alsace, click here.

      Many of Alsace’s wineries require reservations for tours and tastings. These can be arranged by e-mail or fax. For detailed information about Alsace’s wineries, use the search engine with the parameters "Alsace" and "Food and Wine."

      Day 7 - Strasbourg

      For a list of our recommended accommodations in Strasbourg, click here.

      Our database contains information about attractions and activities in Strasbourg. For specific information including admission fees, hours, addresses, and phone numbers, use our search engine or the links to the right.

      Day 9 - Nancy

      For a list of our recommended accommodations in Nancy, click here.

      Our database contains information about attractions and activities in Nancy. For specific information including admission fees, hours, addresses, and phone numbers, use our search engine or the links to the right.

      Day 11 - Champagne

      The Champagne region is small enough that you can stay outside Reims or Epernay and see everything in the area.

      For a list of our recommended accommodations in Champagne, click here.

      Several of Champagne’s wineries require reservations for tours and tastings. These can be arranged by e-mail or fax. For detailed information about Champagne’s wineries, use the search engine with the parameters "Champagne" and "Food and Wine."

      Our database contains information about attractions and activities in Champagne. For specific information including admission fees, hours, addresses, and phone numbers, use our search engine or the links to the right.


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