|Type of Tour:||Hidden Gems|
|Guide Price:||from £588 to £1163 per person|
|Number of Meals:||2 breakfasts + 1 lunch + 1 light dinner (3 Days)|
3 breakfasts + 2 lunches + 1 light dinner (4 Days)
|Number of Winery Visits:||4 Champagne Houses (3 Days)|
6 Champagne Houses (4 Days)
|Number of Wines Tasted:||Approximately 13 Champagnes (3 Days)|
Approximately 18 Champagnes (4 Days)
|Tour Transport:||1 full day guided and transported tour (3 Days)|
1 full day guided and transported tour and taxi transfers to your visits on day 3 (4 Days)
|Dates / Availability:||Available mid-week and weekends from April to the end of October|
For a truly immersive and unique Champagne experience, enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime stay in a traditional, Premier Cru Champagne-making village at the luxurious guesthouse of the boutique Champagne House, Roger Coulon. There is always Champagne available, as well as a cosy lounge and pretty garden from which the picturesque views across the vineyards can be admired. Due to the remote location of the Champagne House, having access to your own vehicle is strongly recommended and we have included return Eurotunnel crossings as part of the package. The village is located twenty minutes away from Reims city centre and there are no restaurants within walking distance.
After settling in on day one, you will be taken on a full tour of the estate. Here, you will see first-hand the fascinating Champagne-making process from press to bottle and your tour will conclude with tastings of some of Roger Coulon’s Premier Cru Champagnes.
On the morning of day two, you will be met at the guesthouse by an English-speaking specialist driver/guide, who will accompany you on a full day transported Champagne tour. En route to the Champagne vineyards, your guide will regale you with tales and anecdotes of the history of Champagne and its vineyards, introducing you to the particularities of the region. You will stop in a vineyard to learn about the work undertaken here and the tour is designed to be as hands-on as possible. Here, your guide will explain the grape varieties permitted in Champagne and the yearly cycle of the work carried out in the vineyards.
You will then visit a small, family-run producer of Champagnes for a full tour and at least three tastings. A lunch with a glass of wine, water and coffee will then be served in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, your guide will take you to another family-run estate, situated in another of the principle regions of Champagne. After a tour of the House, you will taste Champagnes in contrasting style to those tasted during the morning. Ending the day in style, you will then visit Champagne Moët and Chandon, Mercier or Champagne De Castellane in Epernay, for a tour of their cellars followed by a flute of their Champagne. Your guide will take you back to your hotel following the tour.
For those staying a third night and booking the four day break, day three offers you the chance to visit your favourite Champagne Houses in Reims and we will arrange for return transfers from the guesthouse to the city centre. Subject to your dates of travel / availability, options include Taittinger, where two Champagnes will be served; GH Mumm, to taste their Blanc de Blancs and Blancs de Noirs Champagnes; Pommery, to sample two Champagnes; Ruinart, to taste Ruinart Blanc de Blancs or Ruinart rosé followed by their flagship Prestige Cuvée Dom Ruinart, white or rosé; and Veuve Clicquot, to enjoy a flute of their celebrated La Grande Dame.
Please note that some of these Houses (particularly Veuve Clicquot and Ruinart) are very popular and offer very few tours, therefore early booking is essential. For lunch, a three course Champagne tasting meal will be served in a cosy, traditional restaurant in Reims. Each course will be accompanied by a different glass of Champagne.
Day Three (Optional)
(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.
Please contact us to request further details and a full list of tour upgrades.
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 France! See below for some of the most popular upgrades.
I just wanted to thank you and the team for providing a great experience on our trip to France last week. The accommodation and food were first class and our guide, Sebastien was brilliant, choosing 3 very different Houses to visit.
The price of this package includes return Eurotunnel crossings between Folkestone and Calais, leaving you the flexibility of selecting a crossing time. However, please note there is a peak season travel supplement of up to £20 per person applicable for weekend travel on some weekends (usually during school holiday periods).
If you would prefer to make your own travel arrangements, please deduct £50 per person from the package prices. There is a wide range of travel options to Champagne available – please see our travel page for further information.
For more information on our Hidden Gem breaks please see our Hidden Gems page.
To secure your booking, a 20% deposit 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to request a booking form.