Discover the city of Reims and the"Grands Crus" wine villages, explore the vineyards, meet the producers, learn about the fermentation process, taste the best Champagne wines, and enjoy the gourmet French cuisine… The beauty of the hillsides, the hospitality of the wine growers, and the taste of the wines are ready to give up their secrets in Champagne!
Only two hours distance from Paris, Champagne is a French region where the elegance and the lifestyle are closely linked. Here – and only – the famous Champagne sparkling wine is produced, regulated by very strict charts. Between hills, plains, and forests, you will discover the vineyard which spreads over six territories including La Montagne de Reims. It's this destination you will explore through the Lifestyle Vacations unique full-day tour departing from Paris.
Start your Champagne adventure by a visit to Pommery, Veuve Clicquot, Ruinart, or Taittinger prestigious Houses of Champagne. You will enter into spectacular maze chalk cellars where millions of bottles age quietly between 8 and 12°C (46-54°F). You will learn about the history of the house, get a first teaching about the double fermentation process, to finish with an introduction to tasting, flavors, and food and wine harmony.
Just before enjoying your gourmet 4-courses lunch in a Michelin-star restaurant, you will visit the cathedral of Rheims, a masterpiece of Gothic art, the cradle of Christianity where almost all the kings of France were crowned from the baptism of Clovis in 496. The city of Reims which was destroyed by the bombing in World War I, was rebuilt and some historic buildings were saved, including the cathedral and the adjoining Palais du Tau.
The afternoon expert-led tour features the picturesque villages of La Montagne de Reims, including, Hautvillers, Epernay and Bouzy. You will be welcome to a family owned winery in Bouzy, which is one the 17 “grands crus" wine villages in Champagne. You will personally meet the wine grower and maker. You will learn about the grape varieties, the wine history and the french terroir. You will enjoy a tasting of at least 6 different Champagne wines including the the 2008 vintage.
Lifestyle Vacations Champagne tour is limited to 6 participants. The tour is guided in English by Corinne A. Preteur personally.
PROGRAM PRICE : $480 per person (tour limited to 6 people). $690 private tour for one person
This price includes: round-trip transportation by private car or van from Paris, expert-led guided visit to a prestigious Maison de Champagne and to a family-run winery, tastings at the wineries, guided tour of Reims and its cathedral, Michelin-star 3-course gourmet lunch (wine at extra cost), full-day guided tour in English.
AVAILABILITY: Tuesday to Friday, April-July, September and October.