Discover the world capital of sparkling wine in the utmost style at the 5* luxury accommodation at Les Crayères in Reims! Enjoy a tour of the vineyards tasting over 15 Champagne’s during your 3 day experience!
Highlights of this Wine Tour3 days from £747pp
- Relax at the luxurious two nights in the 5* Les Crayères – a beautifully renovated chateau-style accommodation set in a serene seven hectare park
- Enjoy a VIP welcome and glass of bubbles at the hotel
- On your Champagne chauffeured wine tour, sip your way along the vineyards and villages of the Route du Champagne and see some of the world famous estates
- Visit the tomb of Dom Perignon, a French Benedictine monk, in an abbey where Champagne was born
- Relax and refuel with a leisurely Champagne tasting lunch
- Explore the historic UNESCO listed sites of Reims and the stunning Christmas market
A Sample Itinerary
5* luxury stay at Les Crayères with VIP welcome, and visit Maison Veuve Clicquot
Enjoy a VIP welcome and a glass of bubbles on arrival at the luxurious 5* Les Crayères for your 3 day Champagne tasting experience! This hotel is a serene chateau-styled accommodation built in 1901, beautifully maintained and surrounded by a seven hectare park with many varieties of hundred years old trees. This is a truly tranquil setting but only five minutes from the historic city centre of Reims therefore the perfect base for a Champagne tasting tour. In the evening, choose from the many fantastic restaurants in Reims or enjoy one of the restaurants in the comfort of your accommodation (dinner not included)
Full day in the vineyards visiting Moët & Chandon, and a Champagne tasting lunch
The following day your friendly English speaking wine guide will take you on a full days wine tour to the nearby Côtes des Blancs and Grand Cru Village vineyards. Enjoy the scenery of the grandeur of the famous Avenue du Champagne in Epernay. Today you will visit two estates including the sparkling and glamorous Moët & Chandon, this legendary brand is now one of the most expensive estates in the region . You will also visit a family run estate where you’ll meet the maker and be invited to explore their cellars, taste their wines and share their passion whilst you learn a few things about the production process. You’ll sample at least seven Champagnes throughout the day and stop for a leisurely champagne tasting lunch in a nearby restaurant or another wine estate. This day tour includes a visit to the village of Hautvillers and a chance to see the tomb of Dom Perignon – the monk to which we owe thanks for all these bubbles.
Relax and explore the Reims Christmas market
The final day in the Capital of Champagne is yours to explore. Perhaps a visit to the gothic splendour of Notre Dame Cathedral, a final wander among the winding streets of Reims markets or simply relax while in the tranquil grounds of your hotel before returning to the train station with private transfers
Need to know: Please note that the full day wine tour is semi-private which means you might be sharing your visits with seven other wine enthusiasts – still allowing for an intimate and informed experience. This package is valid Sunday to Thursday night from November 20th to December 14th 2016.
Getting Here: Reims, the capital of Champagne is easily accessible from London, by taking the Eurostar/TGV via Paris. It’s also a pleasant drive from Calais which makes it perfect for a self-drive mini break. Many airlines also offer flights into Paris Charles de Gaulle airport which is a 90 minute transfer away. We are ABTA and ATOL bonded and will happily make travel arrangements for you.
Nearby Wine Regions: Did you know that Champagne is only a 3.5 hour drive from Alsace, Burgundy and Loire – three more of France’s most outstanding wine regions. If you’ve got a few extra days why not combine your trip with one of these other destinations?
Upgrades: All our suggested packages are completely flexible and designed to give you some ideas and inspiration of what we can offer. This package is based on 5* hotel accommodation and we have some lovely alternative 4* and 5* hotels available. We can also arrange for a visits to specific Champagne houses which might be on your wish list.
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