|Type of Tour:||Essential|
|Guide Price:||From £457 to £524 per person|
|Number of Meals:||2 breakfasts + 1 light lunch|
|Number of Winery Visits:||1 Champagne House + 2 tasting sessions|
|Number of Wines Tasted:||12 Champagnes|
|Tour Transport:||Transfers to and from Ay and Hautvillers + other destinations accessible on foot|
|Dates / Availability:||Available throughout the year, however Bollinger are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays|
“I drink Champagne when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory.” – Lily Bollinger
Based in Epernay, the wine capital of Champagne, this tour may just be the answer for those looking for an introduction to James Bond’s Champagne of choice, Bollinger!
After checking in at the Hotel Jean Moët on the first day, you will be welcomed for an introductory tasting session of six Champagnes in a cosy wine bar in the historic centre of town.
After breakfast on day two of your trip, a pre-paid taxi will collect you from your hotel and whisk you to Champagne Bollinger, in nearby Ay. Be one of the few to experience an exclusive tour at Bollinger, where your guide will regale you with the history of the Maison, as it steered its way through the turmoil of two World Wars, retained the Royal Warrant from the Court of England and became 007’s bubbles of choice. You will taste three different Bollinger Champagnes and come to understand the unique characteristics of this Champagne. After such a fabulous tour, your taxi will then take you to the famous village of Hautvillers, the “cradle of Champagne”. As well as having time to admire the spectacular views across the vineyards and visit the Church where Dom Pérignon is buried, a comparative tasting session of three single varietal Champagnes will take place in a quaint tasting boutique in the village. A light lunch of cheeses and gourmet local delicacies will also be served.
At the end of the tour, your taxi will take you back to Epernay, where the evening is free to do as you wish. We would be happy to suggest a restaurant for dinner.
As with all our tours, we can offer a whole range of exclusive visits and this itinerary can be completely tailor-made to suit your exact requirements. For example, arrive in style at Champagne Bollinger, as Patsy and Edina did in Absolutely Champers, in a beautiful vintage wooden cruiser. You could even dine as the estate’s private guests in the opulent dining room, which was also featured in the Ab Fab documentary. The perfect romantic evening or get together with friends and family.
Day One of your Bollinger tour
Day Two of your Bollinger tour
Final Day of your Bollinger tour
(ii) The outline itinerary is indicative and is subject to minor changes depending on supplier availability. Availability cannot be guaranteed until we have received a confirmed booking, together with the deposit payment (or payment in full where the dates of travel are in less than 60 days). If the named accommodation / visits are not available, we will endeavour to find suitable alternatives of a similar grade; this may be subject to a supplement or a rebate depending on the price available.
Julie- Oxford, UK
If you would like to make your Grape Escapes holiday even more special, there are a number of additional activities that we can arrange for you. To complement the experience, these could be arranged to fit in/around your current itinerary or we can arrange additional nights and room upgrades at your hotel, as well as your travel arrangements, a stop-over en route and even a visit to another part of the country! See below for some of the most popular upgrades.
The price of this package does not include travel to your Bollinger tour. Please see our travel page for further information.
For more information on our Essential tours please see our Essential Tours page.
To secure your booking, a deposit of 20% of the booking value is required. Your remaining balance will then be due 60 days before you travel. Please call us on +44 (0) 1920 46 86 66 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to request a booking form.
Great experience, the Chateau lived up to expectations. The Champagne was chilled to perfection.
Chris- Gloucester, UK