Extensive Champagne

Visit Champagne and all its appellations

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At a glance

Region:Champagne
Type of Tour:
Duration:7 Days
Guide Price:From £1834 to £2144 per person
Number of Meals:6 breakfasts + 3 lunches + 2 dinners
Number of Winery Visits:8 Champagne Houses + 2 tasting sessions
Number of Wines Tasted:Approximately 35
Tour Transport:Rail travel between Reims and Epernay, taxi transfers on day 3, 1 full day guided and transported tour, a private transfer between Epernay and Troyes and a private chauffeured vehicle for 1 full day.
Dates / Availability:Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year.

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Trip Summary

Visit Champagne and its appellations

Our Extensive range is designed to give you the opportunity to explore a wine region in its entirety. On this Extensive Champagne package, you will have the opportunity to explore the Champagne vineyards and taste Champagne from different appellations, from the Montagne de Reims to the Côtes des Bar, going through the Vallée de la Marne, the Côtes des Blancs and the Côte de Sézanne. You will also explore Reims, Epernay and Troyes, and sample some tasty local dishes.

After checking in your Tradition room at the 4* Hotel de la Paix 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 cheese or charcuterie platter. We would be delighted to recommend a restaurant and reserve you a table for dinner if required.

Visit Champagne ©J.K.Graeber__Moussy

On day two, visit two of your favourite Champagne Houses in Reims for a tour and tasting. Subject to your dates of travel / availability, options include Taittinger, GH Mumm, Pommery, Lanson, 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, 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.

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Visit Champagne - Credits-Veuve-Clicquot

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and make your way to Reims train station for a short, scenic train ride through the vineyards to Epernay. Here, check into your Superior room at the 4* Hotel Jean Moet.

Around midday, you will be picked up at your hotel by a pre-booked and pre-paid taxi and you will be taken to the picturesque village of Cramant where a comparative tasting session of three single varietal Champagnes will take place in a quaint tasting boutique in the village. Platters of cheeses and charcuterie will also be served. After lunch your taxi will then return to take you further into the vineyards. Here, you will visit a small, family-run producer of Champagnes to enjoy a tour of the fascinating Champagne making process from press to bottle, and tastings of their Champagnes, including a vintage Champagne. After returning to Epernay, an extensive tasting session of six Champagnes will be arranged for you in a cosy Champagne boutique located a few minutes’ walk from the hotel.

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On day four, meet your English-speaking driver/guide at a central departure point in Epernay 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 where 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. 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.

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Dom Perignon visit

After breakfast and check out on day five, you will be met at the hotel by a private chauffeured vehicle, which will accompany you to Troyes (you will need to take your luggage with you today). On the way, stop at a local Champagne House in the Côte de Sézanne where you will enjoy a full tour of the estate and an extensive tasting session of the estate’s Champagnes. The Côte de Sézanne is largely dominated by Chardonnay, the area produces less acidic and more aromatic Champagnes, this is due to the soil which has significant amount of clay as opposed to the chalky soils found in the Côte des Blancs. Upon arrival in the picturesque medieval city of Troyes, check into your Superior room at the 4* Hotel le Champ des Oiseaux. The remainder of the afternoon and evening will be free for you to do as you please. We would be more than happy to suggest a restaurant and reserve you a table for dinner if required.

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

After breakfast on day six, your chauffeur will return and accompany you throughout the day on a private basis. Today you will visit the Côtes des Bar and learn all about the Champagne made in the Aube region. Aube producers are famous for thinking outside the box and breaking the mould when it comes to traditionally accepted Champagne making methods.  For example, although Champagne in the Marne is made from three grape varieties, there are more than three varieties permitted in Champagne and the Aube producers like to experiment with this. You will firstly be taken to a local Champagne House, where you will enjoy a full tour of the estate, followed by a tasting session of their Champagnes and a light lunch. In the afternoon, you will be taken to a second estate for a tour and extensive tastings. In the evening, a delicious three course dinner paired with Champagne will be served in a restaurant in the city centre.

After a leisurely breakfast on day seven, check out of the hotel.

Dom Perignon visit

Region Map

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Outline Itinerary

Visit Champagne and its appellations

Day One

  • Upon arrival in Reims, check into your Tradition room at the 4* Hotel de la Paix.
  • After settling in, enjoy an introductory tasting session of three Champagnes with a platter of cheese or charcuterie at a tasting bar owned by a local Champagne House.
  • We would be pleased to recommend a restaurant and reserve you a table for dinner if required.

Day Two

  • After breakfast, walk to your two favourite prestigious Champagne Houses in Reims for a full tour of the estate and cellars and a flute or two of their Champagne. Options include Ruinart, Veuve Clicquot, Taittinger, Lanson, GH Mumm and Pommery.
  • In the evening, a three course dinner with three different Champagnes will be served in a cosy restaurant in the city centre.
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Day Three

  • After breakfast, check out of the hotel and make your way to Reims train station.
  • Take a short, scenic train journey through the vineyards to Epernay.
  • Upon arrival, check into your Superior room at the 4* Hotel Jean Moet.
  • Around midday, you will be met at your hotel by a taxi who will take you to the village of Cramant. Here, a tasting session of three Champagnes with a light lunch will be arranged.
  • You will then be taken to a small family-run Champagne House, where you will enjoy a tour of the estate followed by a tasting session of their Champagnes.
  • You will be taken back to your hotel at the end of the day.
  • A tasting session of six Champagnes will then be arranged in a cosy tasting boutique in the town centre.
  • We would be pleased to reserve you a table for dinner if required.
Bollinger tour ©C.-Manquillet
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Day Four

  • After breakfast, meet your English-speaking guide at a central departure point in Epernay, who will accompany you throughout the day as part of a small group. Your tour day will comprise of:
  • Tour and tasting at Moët and Chandon.
  • A stop in the hilltop village of 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.
  • A tour and tastings at a small family run Champagne House.
  • In the evening, a three course dinner with three different Champagnes will be served in a highly-regarded restaurant in the city centre.
Visit Champagne - Credits-Dom-Caudron

Day Five

  • After breakfast, check out of the hotel.
  • You will be met by a private chauffeured vehicle, which will accompany you to Troyes.
  • On the way, stop at a local Champagne House in the Côte de Sézanne for a tour and tastings.
  • Upon arrival in Troyes, check into your Superior room at the 4* Hotel le Champ des Oiseaux.
  • The remainder of the day and evening will be free to do as you please.
  • We would be more than happy to suggest a restaurant and reserve you a table for dinner if required.
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Bollinger tour ©CDT-Aube

Day Six

  • After breakfast, your chauffeur will return and accompany you throughout the day. Today, you will be taken to the Côtes des Bar appellation. Your tour day will comprise of:
  • A tour, tasting and light lunch at a local Champagne House.
  • A tour and tasting at a second estate in the Côtes des Bar.
  • In the evening, a three course dinner paired with Champagne will be served in a local restaurant in Troyes.
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Final Day

  • After a leisurely breakfast, check out of the hotel.

(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.

Bollinger tour
Bollinger tour ©Olivier-Douard

Accommodation

The hotel was exceptional, great breakfast and clean room with fresh towels every day.

Sue - Essex, 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
Extensive Champagne HotelsSuperior4*7 Days£2144Book Now

Special Offers

BRING FRIENDS AND SPEND LESS!

A discount of £250 per person applies to groups of four people who are travelling together on this break.

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Wine Escape

Enhance your Experience/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 the country! See below for some of the most popular upgrades.

  • Stay longer! Just let us know your preferred hotel and room grade, and we will provide you with the relevant supplement for extra nights with breakfast.
  • Additional tours and activities! We would be delighted to provide inspiration for more wine tours and cultural activities. The possibilities are endless!
  • Experience the region’s gastronomy. The wine regions are brimming with unique gastronomic dining opportunities and what better way to enjoy a glass than with a mouth-watering meal? We offer a variety of menus to suit every budget. Contact us for prices.
  • Tailor-made tour extensions. The team at Grape Escapes have travelled extensively in Europe, not just in the wine regions and can therefore recommend and arrange tailor-made tour extensions to other regions and cities, for example Paris in France or Bilbao in Spain.
Michelin tour
Michelin tour - Credits-Veuve-Clicquot

Further Information

Travel to Champagne

The price of this package does not include travel to visit Champagne. Please see our Champagne Travel page for detailed information.

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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 £500per person). Your remaining balance will then be due 60 days before you travel. Please call us on +44(0) 1920 46 86 66 or e-mail info@grapeescapes.net to request a booking form.

A great experience. Brilliant venues and tastings.

Gordon - Kent, UK

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