|Type of Tour:||Essential|
|Guide Price:||From £2059 to £2407 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.|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Visit Champagne and its appellations
(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.
The hotel was exceptional, great breakfast and clean room with fresh towels every day.
Sue - Essex, UK
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.
The price of this package does not include travel to visit Champagne. Please see our Champagne Travel page for detailed information.
For more information on our essential tours please see our Essential tours page.
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A great experience. Brilliant venues and tastings.
Gordon - Kent, UK
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