Classic Champagne Tours

Our Classic Champagne Tours are probably our most popular Champagne weekends combining a selection of both larger prestigious estates as well as smaller quality growers in the villages. This is the ideal package for a short romantic escape, or can be combined as part of a longer wine tour in France.

The Classic Champagne Tour can include:

  • Return ferry crossing or Eurostar travel options (please ask for details)
  • Bespoke Champagne Weekend travel itinerary and suggested restaurant list
  • 3 star hotel or newly renovated 2 star hotel located in the heart of the city of Reims
  • Breakfasts in the hotel
  • Half day chauffeured Champagne tour with English speaking guide
  • Visit to a world famous Champagne House
  • Visit to one of the oldest wineries in the region

Prices from £324.00 per person

Proposed Itinerary

Day 1

Travel – Return travel by ferry or Eurotunnel

Arrive – In Reims

Accomm – In a 3* hotel in the centre of Reims, upgrade available to a 3* hotel with indoor heated swimming pool & jacuzzi

Visit – 5 minute walk to one of the oldest wineries in the region. The family owning the brand has been making the award-winning wines and champagnes for generations. Enjoy a tour of the cellars and winery before a champagne tasting at the estate

Evening – You will receive Champagne Weekends suggested restaurant list

Day 2

Travel – You will be welcomed for breakfast in the dining room

Tour – A morning chauffeured Champagne tour of the beautiful Montagne de Reims with an English speaking driver/guide. Enjoy a visit and tasting at a small family estate. Take a tour across one of the most prestigious vineyards in the world where the grapes are still harvested by hand. You will find out the steps of vine elaboration and the champagne making process while visiting the family champagne house and the vineyards around

Lunch – Explore the many brasseries and restaurants that Reims offers

Visit – Enjoy a visit and tasting at a world famous Champagne house within walking distance of your hotel

Evening – You will receive Champagne Weekends suggested restaurant list

Day 3

Morning – Breakfast in the dining room

Visit – We suggest a visit to the Notre Dame Cathedral, a magnificent example of Gothic architecture which is steeped in history. There are also many museums and places of cultural interest to visit in Reims

Lunch – Enjoy a final lunch, perhaps with a few glasses of Champagne (lunch not included)

Visit – Enjoy a visit and tasting at a world famous Champagne house within walking distance of your hotel

Evening – Reims

To find out more about our Champagne tasting tours please call us on 020 8877 4940 or email sales@champagneweekend.com.

All our packages can be tailor-made to suit your individual requirements

About Champagne

Reaching Champagne

By Air

Châlons Vatry Airport:

  • Jetairfly flights arrive from Ajaccio, Malaga and Nice
  • Ryanair flights arrive from Marrakesh and Porto

By Train

Gare de Châlons-en-Champagne:

  • Trains depart from Paris Gare de l’Est (TGV and TER Picardie)

Gare de Reims:

  • Trains depart from Paris Gare de l’Est (TGV and TER Picardie)

Gare de Troyes:

  • Trains depart from Paris Gare de l’Est (Intercités)

Champagne

Across Champagne, 76,000 acres of vineyards produce an average of 500,000 bottles of its eponymous wine every day. Champagne is perhaps the world’s most famous and esteemed libation, and has enjoyed a sterling reputation since Dom Pérignon perfected the cultivation of it in the 17th century.

Gosset, Ruinart, Tattinger, Chanoine Frère, Veuve Clicquot and Moët et Chandon were all founded in the region, though Champagne’s 300 estates include smaller, family-owned establishments as well as the more widely recognised producers.

Most Champagne is blended wine, and made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Blanc de Blanc Champagnes are made only from Chardonnay, whilst Blanc de Noirs are made from the latter grapes.

Please note that Moët and Chandon will be closing from 1st October 2014 for a duration of approximately one year for extensive renovation works.

Culture

Beyond the vineyards and estates of Epernay, the towns and cities of Champagne are renowned for their cultural and historical value. Reims’ two thousand years of history has seen the city invaded by the Romans, turned into a medieval centre of intellectualism and suffer destruction in two World Wars. Today, the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, the Palace of Tau and the ancient Basilica of Saint-Remi are counted as the city’s grandest sights.

Châlons’ many rivers and parks make it an ideal romantic getaway, and the city becomes particularly striking at the height of summer. Amongst its most notable sights are Saint Etienne’s Cathedral and the Notre-Dame-en-Vaux.

Troyes, the third and smallest city in Champagne, is instantly recognisable for its wealth of 16th Century half-timbered architecture, its lavish Hôtels Particuliers which dot the city, and its unique town square, which is shaped like a champagne cork.

Outside of the cities, picturesque, rolling hills and ancient, vine-covered valleys spread across the countryside as far as the eye can see. Champagne is one of France’s most beloved regions, and it’s not just because of the wine.

Food

Champenoise cuisine is rich, hearty and undeniably French. Just a few of the regional dishes you might find in the region include:

  • Andouillette de Troyes Sausage (chitterlings sausage seasoned with onions, herbs, salt and black pepper)
  • Joute vegetable stew/potee Champenoise (fresh vegetables, including carrots, turnips, potatoes and herbs as well as ham, bacon, sausages and chicken)
  • Brie de Meaux Cheese
  • Biscuits Roses de Reims (sweet biscuits known for their pink colouring and made to accompany the drinking of Champagne)

What’s On

The region of Champagne has no shortage of events to get involved with all year round. These include:

Reims:

  • The Johan Festival (31st May-1st June)
  • “Reims à toutes jambes!” Marathon (October)
  • Reims Jazz Festival (November)
  • The Independent Wine Makers Show (November)
  • Noëls de Champagne (November-December)

Châlons-en-Champagne:

  • Festival Furies (June)
  • Festival of Music From Here and Elsewhere (July-August)
  • Fair of Châlons (August-September)

Troyes:

  • Festival Nuits de Champagne (October)

 

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