Franche Comte Champagne Ardenne

Sharing a border with Switzerland, the Franche-Comté has plenty of natural beauty and a rich history.

With stunning mountains, vast parks and dense woodlands, there are countless leisure and sporting activities that will keep the whole family busy for your entire trip.

Champagne-Ardenne is famous worldwide for its sparkling wine which is still produced using traditional methods its small historical towns and cities. Nature lovers will enjoy immersing themselves in the rolling landscapes, immense forests, deep gorges and vast rivers.

This is the perfect environment to take time out from modern life, relax by the picturesque lakes, take a leisurely stroll through the towns and cities and sample the locally produced cheeses along the way.

Major towns and cities

  • Belfort – enjoys a prime location at the foot of the Vosges mountains
  • Besançon – the capital and principal city of the region
  • Lons-le-Saunier – famous for its salt wells, also known as the city of salt
  • Vesoul – an old medieval town built on top of the hill de la Motte
  • Reims – a modern and lively former capital, that keeps hold of its traditions
  • Chalons-en-Champagne – the city owes its name to the Gallic people of Chalons
  • Sedan – at the heart of the city, discover the Giant of Sedan, a fortress built nearly 600 years ago
  • Chaumont – built around a 10th-century castle overlooking the Suize and Marne valley

Regional attractions

  • Musee de l’Aventure Peugeot – discover more about this famous car manufacturer
  • Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans – see the history of salt production and lives of the workers
  • Reculee de Baume les Messieurs – quaint village in a picturesque valley
  • La Citadelle de Besançon – contains an historic fort and modern zoo to explore
  • Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims– religious site with imposing sculptures
  • Towers of Reims Cathedral – take a trip to the top to view the amazing architecture
  • Maison de L’Outil – museum specializing in extinct trades and tools
  • Palais du Tau – former palace of the Bishops of Reims

Top questions

How do I book an overseas site?

Overseas campsite bookings can easily be made on the Club website and "combined deals" are common when you book a campsite at the same time as your ferry crossing. Booking online means you save the £10 Contact Centre booking fee.

Does the Club take deposits for overseas bookings?

Yes, deposits for overseas bookings are calculated at 20% for a site and 25% for a ferry (unless it is a non-refundable ferry/Eurotunnel in which case full payment is due at time of booking). The final balance is due 10 weeks prior to travel.

Is the standard of overseas sites similar to that of the UK?

European campsites are star-rated by their own local authorities and can have different standards and regulations to the UK. However, the Club's travel team handpick and inspect our campsites so that members can be sure of a high standard.

This is my first visit abroad with my caravan/motorhome. How can the Club help?

The Club's first time abroad section explains everything you need to know about going on your first overseas touring holiday.

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