|Type of Tour:||Essential|
|Guide Price:||From £505 to £1050 per person|
|Number of Meals:||2 breakfasts + 1 lunch (3 days)|
3 breakfasts, 1 lunch + 1 dinner (4 days)
|Number of Winery Visits:||2 Champagne Houses + 1 tasting session (3 days)|
4 Champagne Houses + 1 tasting session (4 days)
|Number of Wines Tasted:||Approximately 15 (3 days)|
Approximately 20 (4 days)
|Tour Transport:||Full day transported tour + 1 tasting on foot in Epernay (3 days)|
1 full day transported tour, rail travel to Reims, 2 visits on foot in Reims + 1 tasting and dinner on foot in Epernay (4 days)
|Dates / Availability:||Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year. Please note that the full day tour is not available on Sundays.|
Based in the wine capital of Champagne, Essential Epernay is one of our most popular breaks. After settling in on day one, an introductory tasting session of five Champagnes will take place in a cosy tasting boutique in Epernay.
On the morning of day two, meet your English-speaking specialist driver/guide at a central departure point in Epernay, who will accompany you on a full day transported Champagne. Please note that this is a small group tour. 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 Epernay 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 by taking a short train journey through the vineyards. 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 take a taxi from Reims train station 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 highly-regarded restaurant in the centre of Epernay. Each course will be accompanied by a different glass of Champagne.
(ii) For all of our Champagne trips, 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.
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 £100 per person is required (or 20% if the total 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 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to request a booking form.
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Tina- London, UK
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