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The concept of the micro-adventure

Yes, you’re not dreaming, the micro-adventure is indeed a concept! A new way to travel, brought to light in the 2010s by a young English adventurer, Alastair Humphreys. He says, “Microadventure is short, simple, local, accessible – but always fun, exciting, challenging, refreshing and rewarding.

After having travelled the world, Alastair Humphreys chose to explore less remote lands, those of his native Yorkshire, among others! It’s a revelation: these local discoveries have nothing to envy to the greatest escapes. In 2012, he was voted “Adventurer of the Year” for creating the concept of micro-adventure, which he soon described in a manifesto book. For him, “microadventures offer a real escape to the wilderness, simplicity and wide open spaces, without the need to go skiing at the South Pole or to live in a cabin in Patagonia!

jeunes femmes dans le vignoble - Epernay Tourisme
Alexandre Couvreux Photographer

Go on an adventure in Epernay

Less than 2 hours from Paris, in the heart of a welcoming and generous vineyard, the Capital of Champagne offers many opportunities for micro-adventures. With its charming built and natural heritage, Epernay and its villages are an ideal destination for short stays and walks in all seasons .

For a weekend, leave your comfort zone to live a new experience, only a few hours from home. Since the health crisis and the various confinements, the micro-adventure stands out as a wonderful possibility to travel without going to the other side of the world. As a couple or with your family, choose a sparkling destination that will awaken your desire to get away from it all, to live day by day, without thinking too much about tomorrow!

voiture de collection dans le vignoble champenois - Epernay tourisme
Alexandre Couvreux Photographer

Travelling differently on the roads of Champagne

Disconnecting while staying close to home, slowing down, getting away from mass tourism, discovering a destination in immersion, here are so many perspectives that are open to you thanks to the micro-adventure. It’s now or never to go on a road trip or to be tempted by the vanlife.

Many itineraries are waiting for you to discover Epernay and the surrounding villages, such as the unavoidable Champagne Tourist Route.

On your way, you will have all the leisure toobserve the beauty of the landscape, before stopping to connect fully with the environment. During a walk in the heart of the vineyard, a picnic along the Marne or a night in a bivouac, you can experience the authentic Champagne art of living.

Micro-adventure and sustainable tourism

Most of the time, the concept of micro-adventure is associated with a more sustainable and environmentally friendly tourism. It promotes visits and activities that focus more on interaction with nature. In the heart of the Champagne region, you can for example choose to stay in one of the charming wine villages. All that’s left for you to do is put away the car keys and discover the surrounding area via hiking trails, on foot, on horseback or even on a scooter . The goal? Recharge your batteries, let go and build strong relationships. An ideal approach for a short stay for lovers or with children.

However, nothing prevents you from trying the urban micro-adventure in Epernay! The city is full of inspiring places that fit perfectly into a sustainable approach. The idea? Take the opportunity to challenge yourself and take risks to try new activities. Live an extraordinary experience at 150 meters above the ground on board the tethered ballon d’Epernay, meet a biodynamic wine grower, taste the typical local gastronomy, opt for an unusual accommodation… What a way to go back home with a lot of memories, and the desire to travel differently!

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