|Type of Tour:||Essential|
|Guide Price:||From £854 to £854 per person|
|Number of Meals:||2 breakfasts + 1 lunch and 1 dinner|
|Number of Winery Visits:||2 Champagne Houses|
|Number of Wines Tasted:||Approximately 10|
|Tour Transport:||Chauffeured vehicle for one full day (day 2) + a visit & dinner on foot in Reims|
|Dates / Availability:||Available for travel in September 2023 – This tour is dependent on the harvest dates|
Important information: Please note that the definitive dates of the Champagne harvest is entirely dependent on the weather. Harvest in Champagne usually takes place in September, and the provisional dates are determined in June. However, in the case of extreme weather, the harvest dates can change (sometimes with just a few days’ notice). If this is the case, the Champagne House will propose some alternative hands-on activities which will be equally enjoyable. Based on the past few years, we recommend travelling earlier rather than later.
This package gives you the exclusive opportunity to experience the real life of a wine-maker and take part in the fascinating harvest. Discover the secrets of the wine-making process and bring unforgettable memories back home.
After settling in at the 4* Hotel de la Paix in the town of Reims, guests are free to choose their favourite large, prestigious Champagne House for a tour and a flute or two of their Champagnes. There are several options subject to your preference and availabilities, including Mercier, GH Mumm, Pommery, Ruinart, Taittinger and Veuve Clicquot. Please note that a number of the more exclusive estates do not tend to receive visitors at weekends and some of them do not receive visitors at all. We would be pleased to discuss the various options with you and contact the individual estates accordingly. The evening will be free for you to spend as you please.
In the morning, after breakfast, you will be met at the hotel by a private chauffeured vehicle, who will take you to a boutique Champagne House where you will spend a unique and exciting day as a Champagne harvester. Your day will start with a full tour of the estate and the winemaking facilities to help you understand the process from vine to bottle. You will then head into the vines, where you will try your hand at picking the grapes with the harvesting team. This once-in-a-lifetime activity will allow you to truly immerse yourself in the spirit of the Champenoise people and will last for around an hour.
You will enjoy a traditional lunch accompanied by a selection of the estates Champagnes in a private area. After lunch you will be given the opportunity to see the old-style press working within the winery museum to fully appreciate how the harvest would have been in years gone by.
You will then be taken back to Reims where a a tasting session of three Champagnes served alongside nibbles will be arranged in the early evening.
You will have some time to freshen up before your three course Champagne tasting dinner served in a cosy, traditional restaurant in the city centre.
After breakfast on day three, check out of the hotel.
The hotel was excellent, clean, bright, modern and well-equipped. The location was perfect and even though it is a chain hotel, we felt it was very welcoming and not too corporate.
Charlotte- London, UK
Enhance your Experience
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.
Given the wide range of travel options, the package price does not include travel. Please see our travel page for other travel options and further information about travelling to our Champagne trips.
For more information on our essential tours please see our Essential tours page.
To book our Champagne trips, a deposit of 20% is required. Your remaining balance will then be due 60 days before travel. Please call us on +44 (0) 1920 46 86 66 or e-mail email@example.com to request a booking form.
"I just wanted to say a massive thank you for the brilliant trip to Champagne."
Rebecca- London, UK
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