|Type of Tour:||Hidden Gems|
|Guide Price:||From £724 to £1406 per person|
|Number of Meals:||2 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 light lunch (3 Days)
3 breakfasts, 1 dinner and 2 light lunches (4 Days)
|Number of Winery Visits:||2 Champagne Houses (3 Days)
4 Champagne Houses and 1 tasting boutique (4 Days)
|Number of Wines Tasted:||Approximately 8 Champagnes (3 Days)
Approximately 18 Champagnes (4 Days)
|Tour Transport:||Full day guided and transported tour as part of a small group (3 Days)
Full day guided and transported tour as part of a small group and chauffeured vehicle for a full day (4 Days)
|Dates / Availability:||Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year.|
Whether you are looking for romance, rest or relaxation, enjoy a serene weekend in Champagne, in the middle of the vines, at the beautiful, 4* Château de Sacy. Due to the remote location of the Château, having access to your own vehicle is strongly recommended and we have included return Eurotunnel crossings as part of the package.
On arrival at the 4* Château de Sacy check into your room and then the rest of the day is free for you to relax in your peaceful surroundings, perhaps relax in the fantastic barrel-shaped hot tubs before enjoying a three course dinner in the gastronomic restaurant. Drinks have not been included as part of the package and can be ordered and paid for locally.
On the morning of day two, you will be met at the Château by an English-speaking specialist driver/guide for a full day tour as part of a small group. En route to your first visit, you will be driven through Reims city centre, where you will have the opportunity to see the amazing Cathedral. Reims Cathedral is one of the finest Gothic Cathedrals in northern Europe, where 25 Kings of France were crowned. You will start the day in style with a group tour and tasting at the world-famous Veuve Clicquot 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 interesting 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 apéritif. Your guide will take you back to the Château at the end of the day
For those who would like the four day break, you will be met by a private driver on the morning of day three and accompanied throughout the day on a private basis. European drivers do not necessarily speak much English and are, therefore, not able to provide a full commentary en route to your activities. However, please rest assured that all winery tours are conducted in English. If you would instead like to be driven by a specialist, English-speaking guide, we can provide the relevant supplements upon request.
Your first stop will be the largest and grandest Champagne House Moët and Chandon, for a private Dom Pérignon tour with a VIP guide. Your guide will accompany you around the estate and through the extensive cellars. You will hear about the famous Dom Pérignon, monk and cellar master at the Benedictine abbey in Hautvillers who perfected techniques that enabled the bubble to be captured in the bottle, the very beginnings of what eventually became Champagne as we know and love it! Your visit will conclude with a tasting of latest white Dom Pérignon. Your next stop will be at a quaint tasting boutique for a comparative tasting session of three single varietal Champagnes (100% Chardonnay, 100% Pinot Noir and 100% Meunier). Platters of cheese and charcuterie will also be served.
In the afternoon, you will be welcomed at the estate of a boutique Champagne House. 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! At the end of such an enlightening day, your chauffeur will take you back to the Château, where the evening is at leisure.
Day Three (Optional)
Great experience, the Château lived up to expectations.
Chris - Gloucester, 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 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.
For more information on our Hidden Gem breaks please see our Hidden Gems 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 66 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a booking form.
Brilliant experience. The tours, tastings and guides were very well put together and delivered.
Adam - London, UK