|Type of Tour:||Essential|
|Guide Price:||from £426 to £762 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:||2 Champagne Houses + 2 tasting sessions (3 days)|
4 Champagne Houses + 2 tasting sessions (4 days)
|Number of Wines Tasted:||Approximately 12 Champagnes (3 days)|
Approximately 17 Champagnes (4 days)
|Tour Transport:||Full day guided and transported tour + 1 visit on foot (3 days)|
Full day guided and transported tour + 3 visits on foot (4 days)
|Dates / Availability:||Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year. Please note that the 3 day break is not available for Saturday start.|
For those looking for a mid-week or weekend Champagne tour with a great introduction to the various tastes and styles of Champagne, our Essential Break in Reims may just be the answer.
After checking in at the hotel on the first day, you will be welcomed at a tasting bar owned by a local Champagne House in the city centre. Here, enjoy a fun and insightful introduction to Champagne, with three tastings served alongside a charcuterie platter.
On day two, meet your English-speaking driver/guide at a central departure point in Reims 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 Reims at the end of the day.
For those staying an additional night, day three offers you the chance to visit two of your favourite Champagne Houses in Reims for a tour and two tastings. Subject to your dates of travel / availability, options include Taittinger, GH Mumm, Pommery, Ruinart and Veuve Clicquot. Walking distances to the Champagne Houses can be up to 25 minutes, therefore you may prefer to ask your hotel to arrange a taxi for you on the day. 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. In the evening, a three course Champagne tasting dinner will be served in a cosy restaurant located ten minutes’ walk from the main square. Each course will be accompanied by a different glass of Champagne.
(ii) For all our Champagne wine tours, 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.
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
Travel anytime from the beginning of November to the end of February and from mid-July to the end of August, and enjoy a third night’s bed and breakfast free of charge at Hotel de la Paix. For those booking the four day break who do not want an extra night, a discount of £62 per person in a Tradition room or £76 per person in a Privilège room can instead be offered.
Please contact us to request further details and a full list of tour upgrades.
If you would like to make your Champagne wine tour 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.
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 your Champagne wine tour.
For more information on our essential tours please see our Essential Tours page.
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 86 666 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to request a booking form.
"My weekend in Reims was excellent and I appreciate the effort Grape Escapes made towards making the experience an excellent one."
Sophie- London, UK