All inclusive Package.
2 Lunches & Champagne tastings.
Registered guide, entrance fees for 2 days.
2 nights in Grand Hotel Continental *** in Reims.
Every day, let you be guided on the picturesque
Route du Champagne among vineyards and grand crus villages,
have a tour and tasting at Grande Maison and at a family estate,
delight with a Champagne tasting lunch.
TUESDAY, THURSDAY, SATURDAY: EPERNAY, AVENUE DE CHAMPAGNE & SCENIC ROUTE
MONDAY, WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY: REIMS, HERITAGE & GRANDES MAISONS DE CHAMPAGNE
Our philosophy being to be serious without taking ourselves too seriously, our guides will not give you a lecture but will take you as a friend and in a relaxed way, reveal plenty of anecdotes about the Grandes Maisons de Champagne and will tell you about our daily life in this beautiful region.
All our guides are licensed and bilingual. Each of them will give you detailed historical and architectural visits of the highlights of the Champagne region. He or she is qualified and entitled to take you through any indoor and outdoor site such as the Grandes Maisons de Champagne, the vineyards, the family estates, Reims Cathedral, etc.
Train recommendation from Paris (TGV 2709 Direct):
Departure: Paris Gare de l’Est TGV 07.58 AM.
Arrival: Reims centre train station 08.44 AM.
Day 1 : Epernay: Avenue de Champagne & Scenic Route.
Vineyards of the Côtes des Blancs and Grand Cru Villages, tour and Champagne tasting at Moët & Chandon, Avenue de Champagne in Epernay, Champagne tasting lunch, tour and Champagne tasting at a family wine maker, and Dom Perignon’s tomb in Hautvillers.
Pick up: 09:00AM Reims Train Station forecourt
The tour begins with Scenic Route des Champagnes.
It meanders among the vineyards and picturesque villages, offering a charming bucolic landscape. We take you to the Côte des Blancs for a sightseeing of some of the most famous Grandes Maisons de Champagne such as: Bollinger, Gosset, Deutz, etc. En route the countryside is enamelled with beautiful Grand Cru villages like Ay, Hautvillers, Bouzy, Le Mesnil, Vernezay, etc.
Tour and tasting at world famous Grande Maison de Champagne Moët & Chandon.
Founded in 1743 by Claude Möet it becomes within 40 year the first international brand in the world. Its history is linked to some famous figures such as The Marquise de Pompadour and Napoleon 1st. This Champagne is also sold to many important historical events among which King Edwards VII’s coronation, Cannes Film Festival, the 120th anniversary of the Liberty Statue, etc…It is probably nowadays the most famous Champagne brand around the world.
Stroll along the Avenue de Champagne in Epernay.
Located in the heart of town, Epernay is internationally known as the "Capital of Champagne". Epernay’s stunning main street appears like an exhibition of opulent mansions housing the most illustrious Maisons de Champagne: Moët & Chandon, Perrier-Jouet, Mercier, etc. Not to mention the 100km of tunnels under the pavement!
Lunch and Champagne tasting at either a winery or a Champagne bar.
We will introduce you to local specialties which will be assorted with three sorts of Champagne (Blanc de blancs, Blanc de noirs and Rosé) of the main terroirs of the Champagne region like: Montagne de Reims, Vallée de la Marne and Côte des Blanc).
Drive to the Marne Valley on a journey through the vineyard to meet with another prestigious figure: Dom Pérignon who finalized the process to elaborate Champagne. He highly contributed to the fame of Champagne and is now buried in the church of the former Benedictine Abbey of Hautvillers.
On the way back to Epernay you will enjoy the discovery of another face of Champagne: tour and Champagne tasting at a family estate.
5:10 PM: your guide drives you to your hotel***.
Check in. Dinner at your leisure.
Day 2 : Reims: Heritage & Grandes Maisons de Champagne.
Sightseeing of the Grandes Maisons de Champagne in Reims, guided tour of Reims Cathedral, tour and Champagne tasting at Mumm, Champagne tasting lunch, tour and Champagne tasting at family estate in the Montagne de Reims vineyard.
Pick up: 09.00AM Reims Train Station forecourt
You start your day with a sightseeing of Reims.
City of coronation, Reims is also the city of Champagne, definitely the most celebrated and festive of wines! You will enjoy the sight of the Reims Grandes Maisons de Champagne: Veuve Cliquot, Taittinger, Pommery, etc., many names that will make you think of a great party or a romantic dinner with a glass of champagne… And you are going to have more than one!
Guided tour and tasting at world famous Grande Maison de Champagne Veuve Clicquot.
House founded in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot and his widow Barbe Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin. For a while, take a dip into the heart of this House, its heritage, its savoir-faire. And discover the making-process of its cuvées.
Tour and Champagne tasting of the Brut Yellow Label cuvée.
* Please be informed that on Mondays, Veuve Clicquot is replaced by Champagne G.H. Mumm.
Lunch & Champagne tasting.
Lunch and Champagne tasting at either a cellar or a Champagne bar. We will introduce you to local specialties which will be assorted with three sorts of Champagne (Blanc de blancs, Blanc de noirs and Rosé) of the main terroirs of the Champagne region like: Montagne de Reims, Vallée de la Marne and Côte des Blanc).
Guided tour of the Cathedral of Reims.
Listed in the Unesco World Heritage, 13th century Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral is one of Europe's most important Gothic structures. Let you be captivated by the unique stained glasses and the exceptionally rich statuary – over 2 300 statues among which the famous Smiling Angel. It is here that King Clovis was baptized around year 498 giving birth to the Kingdom of the Franks and starting a long lasting tradition: except two, all of the Kings of France would be crowned here!
The Montagne de Reims’ Vineyards.
After lunch, we take you to the Montagne de Reims vineyards. Here, the scenic Route du Champagne winds its way between plains, vineyards, forests and remarkable Grand Cru villages such as Verzy, Verzenay and Bouzy. Realm of Pinot Noir, 9 of the 17 grand cru villages in the whole of Champagne region lay on and around the Montagne de Reims. Here, the special “terroir” gives Champagne much of its character. Let’s stop in the vineyard to discover it together!
Tour and Champagne tasting at a family estate near Reims, dedicated to the true expression of Champagne.
5:10 PM: your guide drives you to your hotel***.
Dinner at your leisure.
End of the tour.
YOUR HOTEL IN THE HEART OF REIMS FOR 2 NIGHTS
Check in at your hotel*** Grand Hotel Continental privilege room - double occupancy.
For 130 years the Grand Hotel Continental*** offers the warm and sophisticated atmosphere of a cosy 19th century mansion. It is located on the pedestrian city centre, not far from the TGV railway station and just a few minutes walking from the Cathedral Notre-Dame of Reims, the Champagne Cellars and all major places of interest in Reims.
Hotel may change according to their availability. Should a provider be unavailable we will offer alternatives of the same standard.
This tour includes
2 nights at Grand hotel Continental*** in Reims on double occupany and with breakfasts, transportation in a comfortable full options minivan, semi-private English speaking escort guide, tour of Reims Cathedral, sightseeing of Reims Grandes Maisons de Champagne, entrance fees and tastings at Mumm and at a family estate, 2 Champagne tasting lunches with drinks included, entrance fees and tastings at Moët & Chandon and at a family Champagne estate, Avenue des Champagne tour, Dom Perignon with Hautvillers stop.
8 passengers maximum per vehicle.
Wineries and family estates may change according to their availability.
This tour doesn't include
Personal expenses, extras, gratuities. Single supplement.