AMAZING CHAMPAGNE SHARED PACKAGE

Highlights

Get to Know Champagne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

See Famous Gothic Architecture in Reims

Tour Famous Champagne Vineyards such as Moët & Chandon or Perrier-Jouët

Visit the Champagne Capital of the World, Epernay

Learn the Storied History of the Region and Famous Sparkling Wine

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Trip Details

Prices:

Options for 2019:

3-Star Hotel: €930.00 per person

Single Supplement: €150.00

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4-Star Hotel: €1,120.00 per person

Single Supplement: €515.00

 

 

Options for 2020:

4-Star Hotel: €930.00 per person

Single Supplement: €250.00

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5-Star Hotel: €1,940.00 per person

Single Supplement: €1125.00


Duration:

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS


When:

From March to December 2019

The package can start on any day from Sunday to Thursday
Not possible to start on Friday and Saturday


Trip Style:

Shared Multi Day Sightseeing Tour
Minimum 2, Maximum 8. Larger groups please contact us


Meeting Point:

Reims train station


Inclusions:

1. Arrival/departure transfer in Reims
2. 3-night accommodation in 3* or 4* Hotel Double room sharing
3. Breakfast from day 2 to 4
4. The services of an expert semi-private English-speaking driver/wine guide
5. 2 full day shared tours around Reims and Epernay
6. All tasting fees in the wineries
7. 2 Champagne & Food pairing lunch
8. Travel in recent, comfortable & fully equipped Mercedes Minivans
9. Shared tours from 2 to 8 passengers


Exclusions:

1. Meals, drinks unless specified
2. Personal insurance and expenses
3. Entrance fees to monuments, museums, attractions other than mentioned in the program
4. Eventual gratuities

* Depending on availability, Veuve Clicquot could be replaced by Mumm or Pommery
** Depending on availability, Moët Winery visit could be replaced by Mercier or De Castellane

DAY 1 > ARRIVAL TRANSFER IN REIMS

Pick up in Reims Train Station. Transfer to your centrally located hotel and check-in.

Arrive in the City of Kings and Explore the Historic Quarters

Reims is one of France’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities. It offers visitors an amazing choice of fine restaurants, brasseries and shops, lively nightlife, concerts, festivals and cultural events, and of course, world-famous Champagne houses to visit and sample the local nectar. With tree-lined avenues, elegant squares and a magnificent gothic style cathedral that played host to the coronation of several kings of France, Reims is a city for all occasions. Night at your hotel.


DAY 2 > A FULL DAY TOUR AROUND THE CITY OF REIMS

Breakfast at your hotel.

Reims – City of Champagne

Begin your day with a sightseeing tour of Reims. Departing from the Reims Train Station, let your professional driver/guide introduce you to the City of Coronations. The main highlights of this sightseeing tour include the Saint Rémi Abbey, a Unesco World Heritage Site, that combines Romanesque elements from the mid-11th century with early Gothic features from the latter half of the 12th century. Other attractions include the the vaulted ‘Halles du Boulingrin’ that today shelters a food market, the statue of Joan of Arc, the Porte de Mars, a three-arched triumphal gate built in the 2nd century AD and the famous Palais du Tau, former archbishop’s residence, redesigned in neoclassical style between 1671 and 1710, where French princes stayed before their coronations – and where they threw sumptuous banquets afterwards. Your sightseeing tour will end at the Cathedral.

Visit One Of France’s Most Important Gothic Structures

As Lonely Planet puts it: “No matter what you have read, nothing can prepare you for that first skyward glimpse of Reims’ gargantuan Gothic cathedral.” Erected between 1211 and 1516, in accordance with an architectural program of immense artistic richness, the Cathedral of Reims is without any doubt, one of the most beautiful examples of Gothic Art. Follow your guide as you admire spectacular Medieval Stained-Glass Windows or the richness of the sculptural ensemble, bringing stone to life of which the celebrated “Ange au Sourire” is the best example.

Enjoy an Array of Tantalizing Champagne

Arrive at the famous Veuve Clicquot Champagne Maison. Here, learn about the History of this Great Maison and how a Widow (Veuve in French) created the first truly “modern” Champagne in 1811 thanks to a brand-new technique called riddling and developed by Veuve Clicquot! Your guide will also explain the origins of the famous Yellow Label as your tour takes you to the heart of this House evoking both heritage and savoir-faire. This tour will also be enriching as you will better understand how a ‘Cuvée’ of Champagne is created. Participate in a commented tasting of the Yellow Label Brut!

Depart for the Marne Valley and experience a Champagne Tasting Lunch

The landscape of the Marne Valley has been almost entirely shaped by man, who for centuries has engaged in activities here which are determined by the nature of the soil and subsoil, the terrain and the water. The vineyards, planted mainly with pinot Meunier, owe their rapid expansion to the River Marne, which was the main trading route at the time and offered good conditions for transporting the wine. Today, this vast expanse of vineyards forms a geometric patchwork, in subtle shades that change with the seasons. This undulating landscape is dotted with villages, whose winding, narrow streets and preserved heritage are there waiting to be explored.

Experience a unique Food & Champagne pairing lunch

Upon arrival, Visit of the Champagne Winery and then participate in a unique food & Champagne pairing lunch. You will be served 4 very different local dishes that will be combined with 4 types of Champagne giving you the opportunity to understand some of the basics when it comes to food & wine pairing. After lunch, depart along the scenic Route du Champagne that winds its way between plains, vineyards, forests and picturesque villages such as Chaumuzy or Passy Grigny.

End the day with a tasting session in a small family owned winery

More than 4 000 estates contribute to the prestige of Champagne and maintain the Tradition from generation to generation to create the true expression of Champagne. Your day will end with a visit and Champagne tasting session in a Family Owned property. Since 8 generations, the family have been elaborating top class Champagne – their terroir is classified as a ‘Premier Cru’ – Defining themselves as Artisans, the vineyards and beautiful wine cellar are pristinely maintained by the owners and their continuing success is a result of monumental hard work, both in the vineyard and at the winery.

5.00pm return to Reims and night at your hotel.


DAY 3 > A FULL DAY TOUR AROUND THE TOWN OF EPERNAY

Breakfast at your hotel.
9.00am Pick up at the Tourist Office or Reims train station

Meet one of Champagne’s most prestigious figure

This morning, on the way to Epernay, we take you to the Marne Valley on a journey through the vineyard to meet with a prestigious figure: Dom Pérignon. If there is to be one place where the word Champagne makes really any sense then it must be at Hautvillers, a typical village of the area where the Monk Pérignon finalized the Champagne Method making this wine become the King of all wines! As you stroll through the narrow streets discover the facades, the old ensigns as well as the Abbey (cannot be visited) where Dom Pérignon is buried.

Reach Epernay the Champagne Capital of the World

Epernay is without any doubt the Capital of Champagne. Within the town, the astonishing ‘Avenue de Champagne’ is literally dotted with 18th century Mansions, small Castles or more contemporary looking buildings.

These stunning buildings are no other than the headquarters of prestigious Champagne Houses such as Moet & Chandon, Pol Roger, Mercier or Vranken to name just a few. Beneath the town, underground tunnels and galleries cover more than 110 kilometers and are home to several million bottles of the precious wine

Sample World Class Champagne at Moët & Chandon Grande Maison

The Moet & Chandon cellars are an exceptional heritage of the House, the unique testimony of several centuries of winemaking. Guardians of a real treasure, they represent the talent and the work of several generations of men and women. Led by professional guides, this tour will invite you to discover the expertise of the oenologists and the legacy of a know-how developed over time and passed on through several generations of cellar masters. The tour ends with a commented tasting and a glass of Moet Impérial.

Take part in a unique Champagne Tasting and lunch in a boutique Winery 

This family owned winery was founded in 1947 in the village of Monthelon, 6 km away from the capital of Champagne, Epernay. Their vineyard is located on the southern slopes of Epernay for our red grapes pinot meunier and pinot noir and in the Cote des Blancs for the Chardonnay. The vines are grown in the respect of tradition combined with a use of modern equipment. Here, your tasting will be paired with different local dishes so you can experience the subtleties of Champagne & Food pairing.

End the day with a distinctive Champagne Tour & Tasting in a family estate

The final experience of the day takes place in a small family-owned champagne house, located in the renowned Grand Cru village of Aÿ. Here, the quality is a result of the careful selection of the best vines, based on their genetic features and on the specificities of each plot. After pressing the grapes slowly and adapting the vinification in stainless steel vats to each plot’s particular features, the blend is followed by a second fermentation in the bottles. The Champagnes are aged on lees in the bottles for at least three years in the historic cellars. After the visit of the property enjoy a Champagne tasting session.

5.00pm return to Reims and night at your hotel.


DAY 4 > REIMS

Breakfast at your hotel and return transfer to the train station of Reims. End of our services.

Good to Know

  • English speaking tour, other languages on request
  • Minimum number of 2 participants applies
  • Children under 4 years old are not allowed on the tour
  • Prices are per person
  • Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour – Read More Here.

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