Discovering Champagne: Vintage Tour and Sabering Adventure
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Day by Day
Day 1: Reims
Private Transfer from Reims to Epernay
A chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer between Reims and Epernay.
Welcome to Epernay!
Epernay is well known as the capital of the Champagne producing region of France: it is a wealthy-looking town because of the expensive 19th-century townhouses and other mansions constructed with the wealth derived from the Champagne trade. The town sits below the vine-covered hills typical of the region. It is the perfect location to discover various well-known Champagne producers.
Start your tour of the grand Champagne houses on Avenue de Champagne. Some of these have the most remarkable and extensive caves below the buildings. Along this avenue stand many of the most impressive Champagne houses and châteaux in Epernay. Moët-et-Chandon and Mercier are the most renowned Champagne houses. They will introduce you to the Champagne tasting experience (called a dégustation in French). But there are also many smaller producers open for visits in the town. The garden at the Château Moët-et-Chandon will be the highlight of your day.
Epernay is best known as a mecca for those with an interest in Champagne. But the town and the surrounding region also contain places of interest. Because of its geographical location near the French border, Epernay has been attacked and almost destroyed numerous times during its long history. As a result, there is little remaining here from the medieval period: most architecture in the town dates from the 19th and 20th centuries. The Portail Saint Martin is the oldest monument in Epernay. It is an impressive stone doorway and all that remains of the 16th century Church of Notre Dame.
Restaurant Suggestion for Lunch or Dinner – La Table Kobus
Enjoy stunning classic upscale french cuisine in a charming venue with decorative screens, fine art and moldings at La Table Kobus. It offers a peaceful ambiance. You will appreciate the delicious wine and champagne served with innovative, authentic meals and terrific, and competent staff
Day 2: Epernay - Hautvillers
Private Vintage Wine Tour in Champagne
Your local guide oenological expert will pick up you in your hotel with a vintage van (Estafette Alouette Renault from 1980). The day starts with a visit to a medium-size Champagne house where you will discover the process of making Champagne and have a tasting of 3 different wines.
For lunch, you’ll stop in a small village next to Reims, where you will have lunch either in a local restaurant or, during the summer, a picnic in the middle of the vineyards. You will also see the Abbaye d’Hauvilliers, the native village of Dom Pérignon.
In the afternoon, you’ll visit a second cellar, one from a family winegrower. You will enjoy a tasting of 3 od his products. Later this day, on the way back to your hotel, the last stop, in the middle of the vienyards, will be the occasion to learn how to slash (“sabrer”) a bottle of Champagne.
Day 3: Épernay
Driver at Disposal for the Day
A private driver will pick you up at your accommodation to drive you safely to your various appointments of the day. At the end of your activities, he will drive you back to your hotel.
Half-Day Small Shared Group E-Bike Tour of the Champagne Region
After a deep drive in to Champagne country to a traditional Champagne House, your bikes will be waiting for you. Your e-bike will allow you to explore some of Champagne’s most remote locations. You’ll earn your glasses of Champagne after cycling through the picturesque villages of Hautvillers.
Immerse yourself into the French lifestyle with a traditional lunch that consists of homemade regional specialties paired with a variety of Champagnes.
Enjoy breathtaking views of the UNESCO World Heritage vineyards. Discover the village of Hautvillers, the cradle of Champagne. Taste different Champagnes from a family boutique grower where you will tour and learn about the pressing facilities, vats, and cellars.
Private Walking Tour in Epernay
Walk through the streets of Epernay, discovering the scenery. Epernay and its beautifully preserved 19th-century heritage are inseparable from the history of Champagne. Your guide will lead you through the city to meet the most important monuments including the town hall, the Gabriel Dorziat Theater, the Notre Dame Church, and Champagne Avenue.
Small Group Shared Guided Tour of the Moët & Chandon Cellars
The legendary Moët & Chandon is arguably the worlds most loved champagne. Since 1743, the renowned French winemaker has been sharing the magic of champagne across the globe. Every glass overflows with the House hallmark values of history, generosity, savoir-faire, success, boldness, and elegance—values still at the heart of its global appeal.
Toward the end of the eighteenth century, Jean-Remy Moët, grandson of founder Claude Moët, became famous as the man who introduced champagne to the world. Moët & Chandon was soon the icon of success and elegance that it remains to this day.
Enter the heart of the Champagne House and embark on a journey in the myriad of underground galleries where the bubbles come to life. Be it your first experience or rediscovering, the Moët Impérial, created in 1869, will lead you into the world of Moët & Chandon’s unique style. Visit the cellars and partake in a glass of Moët Impérial.
Day 4: Reims
Private Transfer from Epernay to Reims
A chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer between Epernay and Reims.
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