This short tour by luxury coach is designed to lift your spirits, as autumn turns to winter, and give you an opportunity to buy great Champagne at advantageous prices to bring home in the lead-up to the festive season.
And if you ever wanted to discover the secret of the bubbles and find out what makes Champagne the celebratory drink par excellence, this is definitely the weekend for you. You will learn how Champagne is made, visit ancient cellars, dug out of chalk, where millions of bottles age gracefully and enjoy tasting the variety of styles produced.
Friday 23rd October
Meet our coach at 07.15 am outside the Hilton Doubletree Hotel, 2 Bridge Place, Victoria, London SWIV 1QA.
As soon as everybody is on board, we set off for Folkestone and the EuroTunnel to Calais. We 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 there for approx. £6 per day. If you want to join the coach there, please let us know at the time of booking.
From Stop 24, we continue to the Eurotunnel Terminal for a refreshment/comfort break before going 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, stopping for lunch en route.
We arrive in the Champagne region in the late afternoon and go straight to one of the ‘grand cru’ villages on the Montagne de Reims to visit a small family producer who makes top-quality Champagne. After checking in to our hotel, we have dinner together at a nearby restaurant (included).
Saturday 24rd October
After breakfast, we drive to the Vallée de la Marne to visit another small family producer. Then into the town of Epernay where you can find a bite to eat in one of the bustling cafes around the Place de la République. In the afternoon, we drive a short distance to the south to visit a small family producer on the Côte de Blancs, where Chardonnay is the key grape. We then return to our hotel in Reims. You evening is free. There are restaurants to suit all tastes in the city centre. Your tour guide will help you choose)
Sunday 25th October
After breakfast, we will visit one of the top Champagne houses in Reims for a cellar tour and tasting. We will then have lunch together in the city centre (included). There should be time to visit the city’s magnificent gothic cathedral great before setting off on the road for home. We will be back in central London by around 8 p.m.
Each of the small family producers we visit will have great Champagne for sale at advantageous prices. You will be under no pressure to buy but should you decide to stock up for the festive season, there will be room on the coach for everybody to take home up to 3 cases of 12 bottles.
Changes to the itinerary: Please note that, on rare occasions, we may have to make changes to the itinerary for reasons beyond our control.
Guide price:£475 per person sharing a double room
A supplement of £125 is 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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