Hidden Gem – Château de Rilly

Champagne Tour in France, Château de Rilly.

Champagne tour in France

At a glance

Type of Tour:
Duration:3/4 Days
Guide Price:From £675 to £1145 per person
Number of Meals:2 breakfasts and 1 lunch (3 days)
3 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner (4 days)
Number of Winery Visits:3 Champagne Houses (3 days)
5 Champagne Houses (4 days)
Number of Wines Tasted:Approximately 14 Champagnes (3 days)
Approximately 21 Champagnes (4 days)
Tour Transport:Full day transported tour (3 days)
1 Full day transported tour, return taxi transfers to Reims and 1 visit on foot in the village (4 days)
Dates / Availability:Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year. Please note that the Château’s restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays (as well as Tuesdays from November to the end of March).

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Château Champagne Tour in France

Whether you are looking for romance, rest or relaxation, enjoy a serene stay in a traditional, Premier Cru Champagne-making village at the 4* Château de Rilly. Due to the remote location of the Château, having acess to your own vehicle is strongly recommended and we have included return Eurotunnel crossings as part of the package. Having access to your own vehicle is particularly important if you are staying across a Sunday or Monday, when the Château’s restaurant will be closed. The nearest restaurants are located in Reims and Epernay, which are a twenty minute drive away.

Champagne tasting in Epernay ©JK.Graeber
Champagne tour in France ©Château de Rilly la Montagne

On day two, you will be met at the Château by an English-speaking driver/guide for a full day tour as part of a small group (maximum eight people). During the course of the day, 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 start the day in style with a tour and tasting at the world-famous Moët and Chandon estate. You will also stop at the famous hilltop village of Hautvillers, the “cradle of Champagne.” As well as admiring the spectacular views across the vineyards, your guide will take you on a tour of the village, visiting places such as the Church where Dom Perignon is buried. After such an enlightening morning, you will then be taken to a beautiful private mansion for a unique Champagne tasting masterclass. As well as having the opportunity to taste the three principal grape varieties, a light lunch will also be served. In the afternoon, you will visit a small family-run Champagne House and after a tasting session of their Champagnes, you will enjoy a traditional French aperitif. You will be taken back to the Château at the end of the day.

Bollinger tour ©Olivier-Douard
Dom Perignon visit ©Olivier-Douard OTAR---Carmen-Moya

For those staying an additional night, day three offers you the chance to visit your favourite Champagne House in Reims and we will arrange for return transfers from the Château 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.

moet and chandon tour ©CDT-Aube
Dom Perignon visit

After returning to the village in the afternoon, you will be welcomed at the estate of a boutique Champagne maker. As well as having a tour of the property, you will learn the Napoleonic art of Sabrage (the art of opening the Champagne bottle with a sword). Since you will open your own bottles, you will then need to drink at least some of the Champagnes that have been opened.  Learning Sabrage is a tremendously fun and festive activity and not only is it a fantastic photo opportunity, you will also have acquired a new party trick to entertain your friends and family at home with! You can see Sabrage in action on our You Tube channel.

In the evening, a four course dinner (excluding drinks) will be served in the Château’s gourmet restaurant.

Dom Perignon visit
moet and chandon tour Credits-Champagne-Albert-Beerens

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Outline Itinerary

Day one of your Champagne tour in France

  • Drive to Rilly-la-Montagne from the UK, taking the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais. You are free to choose your crossing time.
  • Upon arrival, check into a standard or balcony/terrace room at the Château de Rilly.
  • Free afternoon and evening to explore the grounds and relax.
  • We will provide you with a list of recommended restaurants in Reims and Epernay and we would be delighted to reserve you a table at any of these for dinner.

Day two of your Champagne tour in France

  • After breakfast, you will be met at the Château by an English-speaking guide, who will accompany you throughout the day. Your tour day will comprise of:
  • Tour and tasting at Moët and Chandon.
  • A stop in Hautvillers for a tour of the village including the Church where Dom Pérignon is buried.
  • A light lunch with local delicacies and Champagne.
  • An entertaining Champagne masterclass.
  • You will be taken back to the Château at the end of the day.
Champagne tour in France
Champagne tour in France

Day three (optional) of your Champagne tour in France

  • After breakfast, your tour day will comprise of:
  • Return pre-booked and pre-paid taxi transfers to Reims.
  • A tour and a flute or two of Champagne at your favourite prestigious Champagne House. Options include Ruinart, Veuve Clicquot, Taittinger, GH Mumm and Pommery.
  • A tour and tastings with Sabrage at a boutique Champagne House in the village.
  • In the evening, a four course dinner (excluding drinks) will be served in the Château’s gourmet restaurant.

The final day of your Champagne tour in France

  • After a leisurely breakfast, check out of the hotel and make your way back to the UK, taking the Eurotunnel from Calais to Folkestone.

(ii) The outline itinerary is indicative and is subject to minor changes depending on supplier availability. Availability cannot beguaranteed 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.


The owner was very attentive and chatty which was nice.

Karen- Newcastle, UK

Package Prices

  • These prices are per person and based on two people travelling together and sharing a twin or double room.
  • These are realistic guide prices, based on travel in standard season (usually April to the end of October). Discounts often apply for travel out of season (usually November to the end of March) or if there are more than two of you travelling together. Please let us know your preferred travel dates for a definitive price.
  • Although we propose specific hotels as part of our standard packages, we enjoy excellent relationships and preferential rates at the majority of the hotels in each of our featured destinations. Therefore if you would prefer to stay in a different hotel, this can be arranged. Please contact us for the relevant supplements/discounts.
  • Other room grades are available at most of the hotels that we work with. Just let us know which hotel you prefer and we will send you the relevant supplements for the various room grades.
  • Single supplements and extra night prices are available upon request.
Hotel NameRoom GradeStar RatingDurationPrice Per Person
Le Château de Rilly - Rilly-la-MontagneStandard4*3 Days£717Book Now
Le Château de Rilly - Rilly-la-MontagneStandard4*4 Days£1145Book Now
Champagne tasting in Epernay
Champagne tour in France ©J.K.Graeber__Moussy

Enhance your Experience/Tour Upgrades

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.

  • Stay longer! Just let us know which room grader you prefer at the Château and we will provide you with the price for any additional nights including breakfast and city tax.
  • Experience the region’s gastronomy. Reims is brimming with unique gastronomic dining opportunities and what better way to enjoy a glass or two of Champagne than with a mouth-watering meal in the city. We offer a variety of menus to suit every budget.
  • Spend a night in Northern France. The drive from Calais to Champagne is only 2 ½ hours, however a large number of our guests enjoy spending a night or two en route to explore Northern France and in particular, the WW1 Battlefields.
  • Fall in love with Paris. Let us put together an itinerary for you in the city of love!
  • Discover more French wine regions. As well as trips to Champagne, we also arrange holidays to Burgundy, the Loire Valley, Bordeaux, the Rhône Valley, Alsace, Provence, Cognac and the Languedoc-Roussillon.
Champagne tour in France
Champagne tour in France

Further Information

Travel to your Champagne Tour in France

The price of this package includes Folkestone to Calais Eurotunnel crossings. Please see our travel page for other travel options and further information about travelling to your Champagne wine tour.

Hidden Gem Breaks

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Further Information / To Book

To secure your booking, a deposit of £100 per person is required (or 20% if the price of your trip exceeds £500 per person). Your remaining balance will then be due 60 days before travel. Please call us on +44 (0) 1920 46 86 66 or email info@grapeescapes.net to request a booking form.

Veuve Clicquot tour- Credits Stevens Fremont

"Very organised & enjoyable - love it! Can't wait to go again!"

Nadia- London, UK

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