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4 Day Intimate Champagne Tour in Reims, France

Reims, Marne, Grand Est, France

Exciting Champagne Tour in France

Best known for the eponymous sparkling white wine which originates here, Champagne is a UNESCO World Heritage Site characterized by lush landscapes and vineyards climbing up gently undulating hills. Delve into “champagne country” and explore Epernay, home to some of the most celebrated champagne producers, such as Moët & Chandon or Perrier-Jouët, and when you’ve had your fill of champagne why not wander the streets of the Gothic villages dotted around the otherwise pristine countryside?

Highlights

  • Champagne tasting sessions
  • A full day around Reims and Epernay
  • Visit spectacular Medieval stained-glass windows
  • Saint Rémi Abbey, a Unesco World Heritage Site exploration
  • The services of an expert private English speaking driver / wine guide
  • Arrival / departure transfer in Reims
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 3 breakfasts

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3 days with instruction
Group size: 2-8 participants
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Accommodation

During this holiday, you will be staying at a four-star or five-star hotel in Reims, France.

Program

Champagne is a region that should be on every wine lover’s itinerary. Join Ophorus Excursion & Tours in France on one of their tours to explore this rural idyll with cellar visits and taste the bubbly wine that gave this region its fame.

This private package includes accommodation in carefully selected hotels, the services of professional English-speaking driver guides, two full days of touring that cover the essentials to see and visit while in Champagne as well as all the tasting fees in the wineries.

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.
  • 9:30 a.m. Pick up 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 second 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 afterward. 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 stones to a 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 Montagne de Reims region

The Montagne de Reims lies between the Marne and the Vesle Rivers, forming a broad, undulating headland of forests and thickets that stretches east-west for about 30 kilometers and north-south for 6-10 kilometers.

The region produces robust wines with a crisp palate and a fragrant nose — qualities that give Champagne wines their backbone. The average annual yield, from an area of some 2,000 hectares, ranges from 15-35hl/hectare depending on the year.

Optional champagne tasting lunch

Arrive at a local winery in the Ambonnay Grand Cru area where the Foureur family has been making wine since the 16th century and producing Champagne under their own brand since 1875. They own four hectares of Grands Crus vines and are especially renowned for their Pinot Noir. This allows them to produce 20 000 bottles per year that are mainly sold in France.

Far from the commercial aspect of the “Grandes Maisons” here its more about ancestral methods used for the wine-making process. Lunch is served at the domain paired with Grand Cru Champagne (optional).

Or enjoy lunch at leisure. There are other possibilities for lunch and your guide will make suggestions accordingly.

End the day with a tasting session in the Marne Valley producing region

More than 4000 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.

The house was built in 1875 in the little village of Damery. Laure and David are proud to be today the fifth generation of winemakers. They are focused on the respect of both tradition and ancestral methods. Their champagne, ‘Plaisir d’Antan’ is, for instance, a good example of this philosophy.

Made of a 100 percent Chardonnay, this Cuvée is aged in oak casks as it was before the creation of stainless steel vats giving a unique taste to the Champagne. They work as independent winemakers with 12 hectares of vineyards and produce 80,000 bottles.

At 5:30 p.m. you will return to Reims and spend the night at your hotel.

Day 3: A full-day tour around the town of Epernay

  • Breakfast at your hotel.
  • 9:30 a.m. Pick up at your hotel

Reach Epernay, the Champagne capital of the world

Begin your day with the scenic "Route du Champagne". It meanders among the vineyards and picturesque villages, offering a charming bucolic landscape. The guide will then take you to the Côte des Blancs producing area where some of the most famous ‘Grandes Maisons’ de Champagne are located, before reaching Epernay.

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 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 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.

Optional champagne tasting lunch in a boutique winery

The estate was established at the time of the French revolution. Pierre developed the family vineyard just after WWI transforming the domain and combining the trades of a grape broker with that of Champagne wine merchant.

In 1929 Pierre purchased his own press and started to buy grapes and create his own Champagne. In 1947, with his two sons Jacques and Jean-Guy, he created the Champagne brand Jacquinot & Sons. Jacques looked after sales and Jean-Guy developed the vineyard which today covers 17 ha and makes wines of the highest quality.

Jean-Manuel, Jean-Guy’s son, Oenologist in charge of production since 1998 is now running the Estate with the help of François Nicolet, Jacques’s son-in-law. Here you will visit the estate and taste the local champagne paired with the lunch.

Or enjoy lunch at leisure. There are other possibilities for lunch and your guide will make suggestions accordingly.

Meet one of Champagne’s most prestigious figure

After lunch, meet a prestigious figure of Champagne, 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.

End the day with another champagne tasting in a traditional Champagne house

Established since 1912 in the small village of Damery located close to Epernay, the Champagne House J. de Telmont is one of the last family-owned champagne houses.

Historically a winegrowers’ family, the House J. de Telmont today owns 36 hectares of vineyard located in prestigious villages, where the three major grape varieties of Champagne are grown: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay. Here, you will participate in a small visit & tasting of the Champagnes produced on-site and acquire more facts and figures about this elegant drink.

At 5:30 p.m., return to Reims and stay for the night at your hotel.

Day 4: Reims

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

Note

While Ophorus Excursion & Tours in France believes the itinerary constitutes a perfect introduction to the region, their travel experts will be happy to customize the tour if needed.

Location

Champagne

Best known for the eponymous sparkling white wine which originates here, Champagne is a UNESCO World Heritage Site characterized by lush landscapes and vineyards climbing up gently undulating hills. Delve into “champagne country” and explore Epernay, home to some of the most celebrated champagne producers, such as Moët & Chandon or Perrier-Jouët, and when you’ve had your fill of champagne why not wander the streets of the gothic villages dotted around the otherwise pristine countryside. Champagne is a region that should be on every wine lover’s itinerary.

Epernay

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.

Reims

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.

The Cathedral of Reims

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.

Food

During this holiday, you will get three breakfasts. After the tour and tasting, it will be possible for you to enjoy a lunch at the domain paired with Grand Cru Champagne or lunch in a boutique winery. Both are optional.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Arrival / departure transfer in Reims
  • 3 nights accommodation in four-star or five-star hotel in double room sharing
  • Breakfast from day 2 to 4
  • The services of an expert private English speaking driver/wine guide
  • Full day around Reims and around Epernay
  • All tasting fees in the wineries
  • Travel in recent, comfortable and fully equipped Mercedes minivans

What's not included

  • Lunches and drinks
  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Entrance fees to monuments, museums, attractions other than mentioned in the program
  • Eventual gratuities

How to get there

Arrival by train

Please book your train to arrive at Reims train station. Ophorus Excursion & Tours in France will pick you up at the train station.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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