On this trip we will visit the region of Champagne the most northerly wine growing region in France, and the only area in the world that can legally produce and market bottles labelled ‘Champagne’.
It’s unique chalky soils and climate provide ideal growing conditions, although there are specific laws in place that govern where and how the grape is grown.
There are around 14,000 wine growers in Champagne, approximately 30,000 hectares of vineyards, and more than 320 million bottles are sold every year.
We will visit the top Champagne Houses, known worldwide for their wonderful champagnes, and we’ll also visit the lesser known small family run houses.
As we meet the winemakers you will notice their passion and dedication whether it is a large or small house.
After meeting you outside the arrivals hall at Charles de Gaulle airport our luxury air-conditioned coach will make it's way to the four star contemporary Hotel de la Paix located in the heart of Reims. It is perfectly located with a short walk to shops, bars and restaurants as well as the Notre Dame cathedral.
After time for a leisurely check-in we will meet in the hotel for a Champagne reception before going to dinner in a restaurant within walking distance from the hotel.
After breakfast we will travel to Tours-Sur-Marne in the prestigious ´Grand Cru´ area to visit the Champagne House of Laurent Perrier.
The House of Laurent Perrier was founded in 1812.
After a tour and tasting we will have lunch at a traditional local restaurant. This afternoon there is a visit to the little village of Bouzy for a tour and tasting at a small family run champagne house. Here we will soak up the passion and character of the winemaker.
On our return to Reims you will have the evening free.
Today you will have a free morning to relax or maybe take in some sightseeing, the Notre Dame cathedral for example where the kings of France were crowned, or to take a stroll around the grand array of shops in Reims.
Early afternoon we will meet at the hotel and will visit another prestigious Champagne House, Taittinger. Here we will have a tour of their chalk caves and a tasting, followed by dinner in a michelin starred restaurant in the centre of Reims.
After breakfast we will check out of the hotel and travel to Epernay for a visit to a small family run Champagne House for a tour and tasting.
You will then have some time to stroll along the Avenue de Champagne, the famous street lined with prestigious champagne houses, followed by lunch in a nearby château, before we board the coach for the journey back to the airport.