34 particularly remarkable European World Heritage sites, presented in an original manner to Chinese and US tourists to give them a reason to visit and fuel their desire for new experiences. This is the stated aim of the World Heritage Journeys website devised by UNESCO and National Geographic and launched in September 2018. The region and tourist attractions of the Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars are wonderfully showcased in the Underground Europe section, thanks to the contribution made by the CHHC initiative. Readers can enjoy lively and attractive content about the heritage and tourist sights of the Champagne region, as well as practical information to help them plan their trip.
What is it?
Since 2016, the CHHC initiative has held a major annual event at the end of June: the Séjour des Réconciliations.
The theme of reconciliation is very much in line with UNESCO's remit, as the organisation seeks to build peace in the minds of men and women through education, science and culture. Reconciliation is also important in a region that has frequently been beset by conflict and, importantly, was the setting for Franco-German reconciliation in July 1962. Furthermore, Champagne, the wine of diplomacy, is often associated with moments of celebration and fraternity between peoples and communities.
The Séjour des Réconciliations aims to provide an opportunity for people to discover or rediscover Champagne's architectural, landscape and human heritage, with a shared ambition of reconciliation with the environment, in addition to being a festive and friendly event.
Two key highlights
-The Marche des Réconciliations (Walk of Reconciliation) is an annual walking event through the Champagne region, hosted in a different area each year. Visitors can select one of three routes and explore a winegrowing area and its heritage.
-The gala charity dinner is a chance to socialise and pay tribute to those who work to implement the values championed by UNESCO. The charity dinner also gives pride of place to all those who bring alive the Champagne Word Heritage site within their individual villages, wineries, and cellars.
More information: https://www.sejourdesreconciliations.fr/
La Champagne, Refined Art de Vivre
La Champagne, refined art de vivre is the wine tourism brand that brings together the entire vineyard. Created in October 2016, its main aim is to develop and promote Champagne's tourism profile and appeal by coherently showcasing its many attractions, all the while targeting domestic and international clients.
Explore the vineyard, visit cellars, take in the heritage, enjoy one (or more) culinary experiences...La Champagne, refined art de vivre offers a unique opportunity to discover the traditional character and authenticity of the Champagne region and the talented people who bring it alive.
All the information needed to plan a stay is available on https://www.visitlachampagne.travel