Champagne Tour Oct 2020
If you have ever wanted to visit this fascinating area, discover the secret of the bubble, 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 bottle age gracefully, learn how champagne is made, and discover what makes it so special. You will visit one Grande Marque producer and, the highlight of the weekend…three hand-picked family producers who offer unbeatable quality and value as well as a very personal experience. There will also be time to explore the beautiful city of Reims from our centrally located hotel and sample its fine restaurants.
Day 1: Friday 30th October
Around 7am, meet our coach outside the Hilton Doubletree Hotel, Victoria and set off to Folkestone and the Eurotunnel Terminal, making a brief stop at Stop 24 service station to collect some additional passengers. With a short break in the terminal for refreshments, we’ll re-join our coach and board the train. The crossing takes around 45 minutes. Once in France we’ll travel through the gently undulating plains of northern France to the Champagne region, stopping for lunch en-route at a motorway service station.
Arriving in Reims late afternoon we’ll go straight to one of the Grande Marque Champagne Houses for a tour of their extensive cellars and a glass of their non-vintage champagne.
The evening is free to try one of the many restaurants in Reims. There may be an optional group dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 2: Saturday 31st October
After breakfast we head towards Épernay and the Montagne de Reims. We will visit one family champagne producer in the morning and one in the afternoon. These producers are all situated in the best villages and are handpicked for the quality and value they offer. At each one we will taste various champagnes from their range, and you will be able to buy supplies at very attractive prices (the coach has plenty of luggage space!). At lunchtime there will be free time to wander around the town of Épernay, home to several Grande Marques.
Late afternoon, we return to our hotel in Reims and the evening is free to try more of the many restaurants and bars.
Day 3: Sunday 1st November
After breakfast we check out of our hotel and head back towards the vineyards to visit another family producer for a final tour and tasting. Late morning, we return to Reims where there will be some free time to enjoy lunch or to explore the town – maybe a visit to the majestic cathedral.
Early afternoon we drive back to Calais and the Eurotunnel Terminal. After our crossing we expect to arrive at Stop 24 at around 7.30pm and at London Victoria at around 9pm.
Hotel de la Paix in Reims is a 4-star rated hotel, very centrally located just a stone’s throw from numerous restaurants and bars. The air-conditioned, modern rooms are all en-suite, with TV and minibar. There is a trendy bar, restaurant (Café de la Paix) and a small swimming pool.
A limited number of upgraded ‘Privilege’ rooms, which are more spacious, are available for a supplement (see Pricing Information).
We leave from London Victoria at around 7am on Friday in a comfortable, air-conditioned coach. The coach has 53 seats, but the maximum group size is 35 people, so there’ll be plenty of room for your champagne purchases!
Alternatively, at around 9am you may join the coach at Stop 24 service station at Junction 11 on the M20, one junction before the Eurotunnel terminal. Parking is available here for around £6 per day: http://www.stop24.co.uk/
Return journey to the UK: leaving after lunch on Sunday, we will arrive at STOP 24 around 7.30pm and London Victoria around 9pm.
- £390 per person sharing a double or twin room
- £70 single supplement for sole occupancy of a double/twin room
- £50 supplement for room upgrade to ‘Privilege’ room (double or twin share only, not available for single rooms). Limited number of upgraded rooms available
- Air-conditioned, executive coach for travel between the UK and the Champagne region, and throughout the tour
- Crossing between Folkestone and Calais by Eurotunnel
- 2 nights bed and buffet breakfast at the 4-star Hotel de la Paix in Reims
- Tastings at four Champagne houses (one Grande Marque and three family producers)
- Services of a tour leader/wine guide from Criterion Wine Tours
A non-refundable deposit of £97.50 per person is payable when booking. The remaining balance is due 8 weeks before the start of the tour. Your money will be held in a secure Client Deposit Account and is fully protected. Places are limited so please e-mail us to register your interest in this tour and request a booking form.
Please Note: East London Wine School is acting as an Agent for Criterion Wine Limited. The contract for the tour is between you and Criterion Wine Limited. For Terms & Conditions - please see the Booking Form.
Payment will be made to Criterion Wine Limited in accordance with the conditions on their Booking Form.