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

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:

4-Star Hotel: €890.00 per person

Based on a double occupancy

4-Star Hotel Single Supplement: €250.00

 

5-Star Hotel: €1895.00 per person

Based on a double occupancy

5-Star Hotel Single Supplement: €1125.00

 

 

 


Duration:

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS


When:

From March 1 to December 23, 2020.

Departure days: from Sunday to Thursday

 


Trip Style:

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


Meeting Point:

Reims train station


Inclusions:

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

Exclusions:

  • Meals, drinks unless specified
  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Entrance fees to monuments, museums, attractions other than mentioned in the program
  • 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 & THE MARNE VALLEY

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 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.

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!

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.

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 REIMS & THE TOWN OF EPERNAY

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

Tour and Champagne tasting at Taittinger* 

(Visit included: L’Instant Premier with one glass of Champagne)

Located in the great regions of wine-growing Champagne, the Champagne Taittinger vines cover 288 hectares evenly distributed over 34 different vineyards, which include some of the appellation’s finest. With varietals consisting of 50% Pinot Noir, 15% Pinot Meunier and 35% Chardonnay, the Taittinger vineyard is an unsurpassed example of that House’s own style of wine , in which Chardonnay plays such a significant role. The vineyard’s own production is supplemented by contractual acquisition of grapes from independent suppliers operating the finest vineyards in Champagne.

Your Champagne day experience will start at the Taittinger vineyard and winery in Reims. There, you will discover the centuries-old cellars where one of the finest French champagnes is matured for several years before being consumed. Millions of bottles are resting 18 meters below the ground surface where the perfect temperature of 12° Celsius is achieved, spread along 3km of tunnels. You will also be able to taste and purchase several champagne batches from different years.

However, a visit to the Taittinger estate is much more than just champagne. Indeed, the estate is also home to the remnants of the Saint Nicaise Abbey, which was built by monks in the 13th century. This takes us back to the religious history of the city of Reims and reminds us that wine making was mainly started by monks in the region. In addition, the Taittinger estate is also home to chalk quarries dating back from the 4th century and the Roman empire. The quarries are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage monument.

Sightseeing of the city of Reims: Grandes Maisons de Champagne, Royal Square, City Hall…

After the Taittinger champagne tasting, this small group Champagne tour will make a break from drinking and take you for a visit of the city of Reims. We will drive through the streets of Reims to show you famous Champagne Houses, the beautiful city center. We will show you places like the Royal Square, the City Hall, the Roman Ruins and the Porte Mars, an ancient Roman triumphal arch and the widest arch in the Roman world.

Optional lunch including cheeses and French charcuterie and 3  glasses of Champagne (to chooses as an extra), 70 euros per person.

Hautvillers sightseeing

The next place you will see on this champagne tour is the village of Hautvillers, where the Benedicitne monk Dom Pérignon is buried. In the Middle Ages, Dom Pérignon helped finalize the development of a new wine product that would later become champagne. As a tribute, one of the best champagnes in the world is now named after him.

 

Sightseeing of Avenue de Champagne in Epernay

You will then arrive in the small town of Epernay, also known as the “capital of champagne”. Famous champagne makers such as Möet & Chandon, Perrier-Jouet and Mercier are located here. Our Champagne tour will take you for a visit of the world-famous Möet & Chandon vineyards and cellars. Today, it is still one of the most important champagne brands in the world, and you will have the opportunity to find out why.

 

Guided tour and tasting at world famous Grande Maison de Champagne Moët & Chandon*

(Visit included: Imperial tour with 2 glasses of Champagne)

Finally, end your this Champagne tour with a stop at the world-famous Moët & Chandon winery, where you will be able to taste different kinds of champagnes. Stroll through the historic cellars where champagne has been ageing for centuries. Moët & Chandon is not new in the game, as it was already loved by Napoléon I and the Marquise de Pompadour, who was the official chief mistress of King Louis XV. Today, the brand is one of the most distributed in the world and is heavily consumed at international events such as the Cannes Film Festival.

* Subject to availability: Taittinger could be replaced by Mumm or Pommery. Moet & Chandon could be replaced by Mercier or De Castellane.

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, based on a double occupancy
  • Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour – Read More Here.

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Flexibility – ‘The guides really took an interest in what WE wanted to do’  Paul C. (UK)

Area Locals – ‘He was so much more than a driver. He really added local color and local flavor.’ Daniel W. (Georgia, US)

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