Champagne Xmas Wine Weekend
22-24 November 2019

From: £380.00

Back by popular demand for 2019! Join us for a weekend exploring the world of Champagne and a spot of shopping at the Reims Christmas Market. With connections to many small, boutique champagne producers – a Criterion Wine Tour to this world-famous region provides a wine holiday experience like no other.

Staying in the centre of Reims with the cathedral on your doorstep, you can soak up the culture and indulge in the lively nightlife, or simply sip champagne with friends and watch the world go by. We’ll be visiting four champagne houses over the weekend, where you can buy champagne from them at amazingly reasonable prices. Start the festivities early and stock up on your bubbles for Christmas too!

Itinerary

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.

The town of Reims where we will be based has many other attractions including a stunning cathedral, and lots of lively bars and nightlife. Our hotel, the Hôtel De La Paix, is perfectly situated right on the main pedestrian thoroughfare where there are lots of restaurants and bars. The Christmas Village is just a few minutes’ walk from our hotel near the majestic Cathedral. There will be plenty of free time to visit and enjoy street entertainment, carol singers and more than 100 colourful chalets who will welcome visitors with their gifts, decorations and delicious festive fare. So start celebrating Christmas early with this wonderful Champagne Trip!

We will arrive in Reims late afternoon and go straight to visit one of the major Champagne houses for a tour and tasting in their extensive cellars. After checking into our hotel the evening will be free to explore the Xmas Market, restaurants and bars of the town. There may be the option to join a group dinner in a local restaurant.

During the next two days we will head towards Epernay and the Montagne de Reims to visit three family producers, two on Saturday and one on Sunday morning. These producers are all situated in the best villages and are hand-picked for the quality and value which 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!). On Saturday lunchtime there will be free time to wander round the town of Epernay.

We will head back to the UK after lunch on Sunday, arriving back at STOP 24 at around 7.30pm and at London Victoria around 9pm.

TRAVEL

  • Leaving from London Victoria at around 7.00am on Friday 22nd November in a comfortable, air-conditioned coach.
  • Alternative option to be collected from Stop 24 service station at Junction 11 on the M20, one junction before the Eurotunnel terminal. Parking available for c.£6 per day.
  • Return journey to the UK: leaving after lunch on Sunday 24th November, arriving at STOP 24 around 7.30pm and London Victoria around 9pm.

ACCOMMODATION

We will be staying at the Hôtel De La Paix in Reims for the duration of the tour. The tour price includes buffet breakfast.

Best Western Hôtel De La Paix is a design hotel set in the heart of Reims. It is just a few minute’s walk from the shops and offers an indoor pool and a hammam.

Decorated in a contemporary style, the guest rooms at Hôtel De La Paix are air conditioned and feature complementing tones. Each is equipped with a mini-bar and a TV with satellite channels.

As well as being eco-friendly, the hotel also has a bar with a private terrace.

Rooms are on a twin-share basis, with some single rooms and upgraded Privilege rooms available for a supplement – see Pricing Information for further details.

PRICING INFORMATION

Price Includes:

  • £380 per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room*
  • Travel throughout by full size 53-seat executive coach, crossing by Eurotunnel.
  • Two nights’ bed and buffet breakfast on a twin-share basis (some single rooms and upgraded ‘Privilege’ rooms are available at a supplement) at the Hotel de la Paix in Reims.
  • Visits and tastings at 4 different champagne producers, which will be a mixture of big names and smaller family concerns.
  • Services of Christos Ioannou as wine expert and tour guide.

Supplements (optional)

  • Single occupancy supplement (limited availability): £70
  • Room upgrade to a twin/double ‘Privilege’ room (limited availability) Not available for single rooms. £45 per person.

If you are prepared to share a twin room with a person of the same sex but do not have anyone to share with, we will try and match you up. If there is no-one suitable, you will have to pay the single supplement.

*Non-refundable deposit of £95 payable when booking.  Balance due two months before departure. Your money will be held in a secure Client Deposit Account and so is fully protected.

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A deposit of £95.00 per person is required to secure your booking.