Essential Cognac

Essential Cognac tour

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At a glance

Type of Tour:
Duration:3/4 Days
Guide Price:From £484 to £945 per person
Number of Meals:2 breakfasts + 1 lunch (3 Days)
3 breakfasts + 2 lunches (4 Days)
Number of Winery Visits:2 Maisons de Cognac (3 Days)
4 Maisons de Cognac (4 Days)
Number of Wines Tasted:Approximately 5 (3 Days)
Approximately 12 (4 Days)
Tour Transport:Activities on foot (3 Days)
Activities on foot and taxi transfers as specified below on day 3 (4 Days)
Dates / Availability:Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year. Please note that the tour of the barrel making facilities on day 3 is not possible at the weekend.

Trip Summary

This break has been designed to give guests a great introduction to the Cognac making process as well as try some of the most prestigious names. Cognac is a charming town with a rich history located on the river Charente. Make the most of the relaxed rhythm of life and discover the secrets of the Liqueur of the Gods on this 3 or 4 day break.

Upon arrival in Cognac, check into your preferred room grade at the 4* Hotel François Premier. In the afternoon, take a short walk to a Maison de Cognac in the city centre You will be taken on a guided tour followed by a tasting session of two of their Cognacs. The evening will be free for you to do as you please.

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On the morning of day two, walk five minutes to the prestigious Maison Meukow. Here, you will enjoy a full tour of the Maison, learning all about the Cognac making process and the history of the estate. Following your tour, a three course lunch will be served at the Maison. Michel Coste and the architect Pascale de Redon completely refurbished the estate three years ago and in this impressive setting, lunch will be served alongside a selection of Meukow Cognacs. You will then walk ten minutes to the riverside, where you will be welcomed as the VIP guests of Cognac Hennessy.

You will be taken across the river by boat and en route, your guide will introduce you to Hennessy’s history, savoir-faire and international standing. In the traditional ageing cellars, you will learn about the Cognac-making process from vine to bottle by way of an immersive 360o experience, which will conclude with a visit to the legendary Paradis cellar. After taking the boat back across the river, a technical tasting session of Hennessy X.O and Paradis will take place in a special room, laid out in a lecture theatre style with individual professional tasting tables.

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On day three, following your breakfast, you will be met at your hotel by a pre-booked and pre-paid taxi. You will be taken to a local Tonnellerie, where you will learn all about the fascinating barrel making process. As you learn the different steps required to make a barrel, you will see the coopers at work and immerse in a traditional craft which can be traced back to the Roman. After the tour, your taxi will return to take you to the Michelin-starred restaurant in La Ribaudière. Here, a three course lunch with aperitif, wine, water and coffee will be served. You will be taken back to Cognac after lunch. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a visit to the prestigious Rémy Martin Maison. Here, you will be taken on a tour of this world-famous House, learning about the secrets of the Rémy Martin heritage and expertise. Your visit will conclude with a tasting session and gourmet appetisers. The evening will be free for you to do as you please.

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Outline Itinerary

Day One

  • Upon arrival in Cognac, check into your preferred room grade at the 4* Hotel François Premier, ideally located in Cognac city centre.
  • In the afternoon, enjoy a tour and tasting a Cognac House in the city centre.
  • The evening will be free for you to do as you please.
  • In your travel pack there will be a comprehensive list of recommended restaurants. We would be pleased to reserve you a table at any of these for dinner.

Day Two

  • After breakfast, make your way to your first visit (approximately 5 minutes’ walk).
  • Starting the day in style, you will be taken on a full tour of Maison Meukow.
  • Following your tour, you will enjoy a three course lunch served at the Maison alongside a selection of Meukow Cognacs.
  • After lunch, make your way to your second visit (approximately 10 minutes’walk).
  • In the afternoon, you will visit the Maison Hennessy. The unique visit includes a boat crossing, a tour of the cellars and ageing cellars as well as a tasting session of several Hennessy’s Cognac.
  • After such an enlightening day, the evening will be free for you to do as you please.
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Day Three (Optional)

  • After breakfast, you will be taken out of town to a local barrel making factory by a pre-booked and pre-paid taxi.
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the facilities and learn all about the barrel making process.
  • Your taxi will return after the tour.
  • You will be taken to a local Michelin starred restaurant where a three course lunch with aperitif, wine, water and coffee will be served. You will be taken back to Cognac after lunch.
  • In the afternoon you will be taken on guided tour of the Rémy Martin Cognac House. A tasting session with gourmet appetisers will ensue.
  • You will enjoy a free evening in Cognac.

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.


I would like to record my appreciation at the perfect arrangements that we experienced on the recent trip to France.

Ken- Hertfordshire, 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 from Monday to Thursday. Discounts often apply for travel at weekends. 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
Hôtel François Premier - CognacStandard room4*3 Days£523Book Now
Hôtel François Premier - CognacStandard room4*4 Days£945Book Now
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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.
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Further Information


Given the wide range of travel options to Cognac, the package price does not include travel. Please contact us for detailed information about how best to travel to the region.

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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 £500 per 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 to request a booking form.

Many thanks for all of your help on the tour, it was well enjoyed by all!

Matthew - Cardiff, UK

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