|Type of Tour:||Essential|
|Guide Price:||From £411 to £802 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.|
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.
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.
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.
Day Three (Optional)
(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
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.
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.
For more information on our essential tours please see our Essential tours 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 you travel. Please call us on +44(0) 1920 46 86 66 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org 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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