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Uncork France's Champagne Region

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Itinerary

Destination

Start

Épernay France

Finish

Épernay France

Early 2023

Duration

4 Days

Format

Guided

Group Size

Small Group

Overview

Champagne tastings ⋅ Private cellar visit ⋅ Vineyard e-bike tour ⋅ Local gastronomy

Champagne – the most evocative and iconic of drinks. But what really goes into your favorite glass of bubbles? Uncork the secrets of the world’s most celebrated vintages, sample the region’s gourmet produce, enjoy legendary hospitality, and get to know the distinct natural environments that make it all possible on this exclusive journey of discovery to the heart of Champagne country.

Highlights

Uncork the secrets of your favorite fizz and get down and dirty on all things terroir on this exclusive journey to the heart of Champagne country.

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01 | PEDALING PRODUCERS

Board e-bikes for a day out and about exploring this fascinating terroir with visits to small batch producers and the local characters whose lives and livelihood are defined by the grape

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02 | MARKET EXPERTISE

Accompany Maison Belle Époque’s Chef de Cuisine on their daily market visit, gathering the essential ingredients for an apéritif and decadent dinner made just for us

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02 | PAR EXCELLENCE

An invitation to dine at the exclusive Maison Belle-Époque is not to be missed. Marvel at the exceptional Art Nouveau collection with a glass of Champagne Perrier-Jouët before a stunning seasonal meal

Itinerary

Day 01

BUBBLES AU-GO-GO

Reims city tour ⋅ Sommelier-led tasting ⋅ Champagne dinner

Our journey of taste begins in Reims, France’s Champagne capital, a place of rich medieval history, culinary excellence, and oh so many bubbles. Together with new friends and the local Tastemaker who brings this extraordinary trip to life, we take a Champagne-centric tour of the buzzy center and its elegant architecture.

Later, it’s time for a talk and tasting with a personable sommelier who gives us the lowdown on the local terroir and provides the background knowledge we need to make the most of our next few days of discovery. Dinner this evening is a festive family-style bistro affair accompanied by our favorite fizz.

Day 02

FIELDS OF FORTUNE

Vineyard cycle tour ⋅ Meet the makers ⋅ Chic Épernay apéritif

After a late breakfast we take the road south into Champagne country, where forest gives way to open sky and charming rural villages stretch as far as the eye can see. We board e-bikes for a gentle pedal through vineyards to meet some locals whose lives are defined by the grape, including small-batch Champagne producers and a celebrated organic farmer.

At a casual lunch among the vines our host tells us what goes into a bottle of the world’s most sought-after fizz. We spend the evening in the chic town of Épernay, starting with an apéritif at Cellier Belle-Époque, Perrier-Jouët’s ultra-atmospheric Champagne bar on the famous Avenue du Champagne. We share two very special cuvées from the Perrier-Jouët cellar served with seasonal snacks.

For dinner tonight, choose your own adventure. Options in Épernay range from Franco-Thai fusion to the most traditional of French fine-dining – your in-the-know Tastemaker will make reservations for you at their favorite spot.

Day 03

FROM MARKET TO TABLE

Chef-guided market tour ⋅ Champagne cellar visit ⋅ Decadent dinner

This morning we head into Épernay to visit local food market Halle Saint Thibault, guided by celebrated chef Sébastien Morellon from Perrier-Jouët’s Maison Belle-Époque, who’ll share his secrets for sourcing the best local ingredients.

The afternoon is yours to spend exploring Épernay. We highly recommend the fabulous museums dedicated to Champagne and the region – Pressoria, Musée de Champagne or quirky Cave aux Coquillages.

This evening, we gather at Maison Belle-Époque for an exclusive evening just for us in the historic home of Perrier-Jouët. We visit the historic cellar before enjoying an apéritif in the sublime Art Nouveau setting. Our final dinner, in the formal dining room, is a decadent three-course affair expertly paired with Perrier-Jouët Champagne. For those who want to explore Épernay after dark, your Tastemaker will lead the way for a marc de champagne, the local digestif of choice.

Day 04

UNTIL NEXT TIME

This morning we will head back to Reims to catch the train into Paris or for onward travel. Au revoir!

Accommodation

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Accommodations are hand-selected for each and every trip from a portfolio of rigorously-vetted hotels. Our Trip Design team prioritizes location, comfort, and design to ensure your stay is a winning mix, every time. In Champagne, we often stay in hotels such as Hostellerie La Briqueterie.

Hostellerie La Briqueterie

The recently-refurbished Hostellerie La Briqueterie sits surrounded by the gentle slopes of the Champagne-Ardenne region where all the grapes for the iconic wines are grown. Rooms are brightly and comfortably furnished and the hotel features a spa and indoor pool.

What's Included

Almost everything.

Curated activities, local cuisine and libations, new knowledge, delightful travel companions – and so much more.

  • Three nights hotel accommodation

  • Daily breakfast

  • Meals per the itinerary

  • Nightly round of drinks

  • Activities mentioned in the itinerary

    • Apéritif and dinner at Cellier Belle Époque
    • E-bike tour and visits to local artisanal producers
    • Food market visit accompanied by the chef from Maison Belle Époque
    • Cooking class at Maison Belle Époque
    • Art collection visit at Maison Belle Époque
    • Farewell dinner at Maison Belle Époque
  • Return transportation to from all scheduled activities when required

  • Return transportation from Champagne-Ardenne TGV station to the Hotel

  • Services of a brilliant local Tastemaker (=Trip Leader)

  • Tips and gratuities at hotels and at group meals

  • All local taxes

What's Not Included

  • Flights are not included

  • Tours, events, and activities outside those noted in the itinerary

  • Airport transfers

  • Any food or drinks outside except where specified/detailed

  • Personal items and expenses

  • Any additional services at the hotel (room service, phone calls etc)

  • Travel insurance

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