|Type of Tour:||Essential|
|Guide Price:||From £599 to £599 per person|
|Number of Meals:||1 hotel breakfast + 1 Harvest breakfast + 1 lunch|
|Number of Winery Visits:||2 Champagne Houses|
|Number of Wines Tasted:||Approximately 9|
|Tour Transport:||Pre-booked transfers within Reims and the Harvest location|
|Dates / Availability:||Available for travel between 3rd and 16th September 2020|
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, a pre-booked and pre-paid transfer will take you to the impressive Champagne Taittinger which is located on the outskirts of the city. Here, your guide will accompany you around the estate and through the extensive cellars. Your visit will conclude with two tastings of Champagne Taittinger including a glass of their Comte de Champagne. You will then be taken back to your hotel where the evening will be free for you to do as you please.
In the morning, you will be met at the hotel by a pre-booked driver, 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 traditional harvest breakfast accompanied by a glass of Champagne to help get you ready for working in the vineyards!
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. Following your time in the vines, you will have a private tour of the winery to help you understand the process from vine to bottle. You will then enjoy a typical harvest lunch accompanied by a selection of the estate’s 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 have a guided tasting of three further Champagnes to help cement your new-found knowledge of the harvest process and its very special end product. At the end of such an enlightening day, your driver will arrive in time to take you back to your 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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