If you have ever wanted to visit this fascinating area, discover the secret of the bubbles and find out what makes champagne the celebratory drink par excellence, then this is the weekend for you. You will see the miles of cellars dug out of chalk where millions of bottles age gracefully, learn how champagne is made and discover what makes it so special.
- Vineyard on the Montagne De Reims
- Expertly poured at Champagne Pommery.
Friday 10th November
07.15 am Meet our coach outside the Hilton Doubletree Hotel, 2 Bridge Place, Victoria, London SWIV 1QA. The coach will leave at 07.30 sharp.
As soon as everybody is on board, we will set off for Folkestone and the EuroTunnel to Calais. We will make a brief stop at Stop 24 service station at Junction 11 on the M20 at around 9.00. Stop 24 is one junction before the Eurotunnel terminal, and you can park here for approx. £6 per day. If you wish to be collected from here but have not already advised us, please let us know by the day before latest.
From Stop 24 we continue to the Eurotunnel Terminal for a refreshment/comfort stop before proceeding through Passport Control and on to our awaiting train.
Once in France we join the motorway and drive across the gently undulating plains of northern France to the Champagne region, stopping for lunch en route.
We will arrive in Reims late afternoon and go straight to one of the top Champagne houses – just to get us off to a flying start! After checking in to our hotel, we have dinner together at a nearby restaurant.
Saturday 11th November
After breakfast we drive to one of the ‘grand cru’ villages on the Montagne de Reims to visit a small family producer who makes top-quality Champagne. Then into the town of Epernay where you will be able to find a bite to eat in one of the bustling cafes around the Place de la République. After a visit to one of the big Champagne houses nearby, we return to Reims, pausing for a tasting in one of the ‘grand cru’ villages on the way. There should be time to squeeze in a visit to the magnificent Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame, before gathering for dinner at a restaurant just a short walk from the hotel.
Sunday 12th November
After breakfast, we return to the Montagne de Reims to visit a further small family producer before setting off on the road for home. We will stop for lunch en route and arrive back in central London mid-evening.
£395 per person sharing a double room
A supplement of £125 will be payable for single occupancy of a double room, but there are normally plenty of congenial people looking for someone to share with, if you should so wish.
Telephone calls, drinks and other items of personal expenditure charged to your hotel account.
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