Upon arrival, collect your bags and head through security at the airport, after which you'll go to the train station, where you'll board the train from Paris (one-and-a-half hours), and arrive in Chalons-en-Champagne in time to enjoy the day. Pick up your rental car at the train station and head to your accommodation, a charming and elegant hotel located at the heart of Chalons. Drop your bags off before continuing on for 40 additional minutes to Epernay, a town of champagne wealth which is located among rolling hills and vineyards, and where you'll experience a tour of two local wine cellars.
Next, drive across the Marne Valley to the village of Hautvillers. This small town, the former home of Dom Perignon, is considered the birthplace of champagne. After lunch at the Cafe D'Hautvillers, explore the town and Abbey, while taking in the gorgeous views of the valley and the Marne River.
Return to your hotel to relax before dinner. This evening we suggest the hotel's restaurant, which offers creative cuisine comprised of seasonal and regional ingredients.
Overnight at Hotel d'Angleterre
This morning, drive to the nearby town of Mancy, where you will meet two local champagne producers. Following your arrival at the vineyard, you’ll take a map-guided bicycle tour of the surrounding region. Bring a picnic lunch on your ride, or stop at a small restaurant en route in the town of Grauves. After lunch, return to the vineyard, where your hosts will show you the traditional method of champagne production, ending your visit with a tasting.
In the afternoon, make your way along the wine trail, winding through the vineyards on the slopes of the Montagne de Reims. Arrive in Reims and check into your hotel, a 19th century neo-Gothic residence which is tucked away on the back streets of this enchanting city.
After check in, you’ll have plenty of time during which to relax before a suggested dinner at an intimate restaurant in the center of town, which serves colorful international food with a French touch. If you’ve had enough champagne for the day, be sure to sample the local red wine, Coteaux Champenois.
Overnight Grand Hotel Des Templiers
This morning, visit the Cathedral Notre-Dame with its impressive stained glass windows by Marc Chagall. Next, explore the underground gallery in the Gallo-Roman Cryptoportique, a space constructed in the third century below what was once the Roman city of Durocortorum.
You may wish to stop for lunch at a creperie (L'atelier des Crepes is a favorite), or treat yourself to the prix fixe lunch menu at the celebrated Jardin Les Crayeres.
In the afternoon, tour the cellars of Veuve Cliquot. The remainder of the day will be spent at your leisure; you may want to search the city for some of the Champagne region's lesser-known specialties: gingerbread, hydromel mead, mustard, and ratafia (grape apertif).
For dinner this evening we recommend a family-run restaurant with a cozy atmosphere, which offers beautifully-presented traditional French food.
Overnight Grand Hotel Des Templiers
Return your car in Reims this morning, and board the high-speed train that runs between Reims and Paris. Your departure time will depend on your flight. Alternatively, you may wish to continue on to our Amiens extension, in the Picardy region bordering Champagne.
*Price is subject to change due to date and time of year of booking as well as to currency fluctuation. The price is only an estimate at this time and an accurate costing will be provided when itineraries are chosen and submitted. Prices are based on double occupancy.
- Rental car – Economy model, 3 days
- Vineyard visit & tasting
- Bicycle rentals
- Veuve Clicot Cellars entry fee
- Train Reims to Paris
- International or Domestic Airfare
- Passport, visa, immigration fees
- Personal items, such as alcoholic beverages and laundry
- Baggage/accident/travel insurance
- Entry fees not listed above
- We recommend that our clients consult their General Practitioner or Travel Clinic for advice on necessary vaccinations or medicines depending on the region to which they are traveling.
- All guests are strongly advised to take out comprehensive travel insurance covering them for all personal effects, personal accident, medical and emergency travel expenses, cancellation, and curtailment.
- Self-drive passengers renting a car are required to carry a valid international driver's license.