Day 1: Friday 17th July
Around 7am, meet our coach outside the Hilton Doubletree Hotel, Victoria and set off towards Folkestone and the Eurotunnel Terminal, making a brief stop at Stop 24 service station to collect some additional passengers. With a short break in the terminal for a refreshment/comfort break we’ll rejoin our coach and board the train. The crossing takes around 45 minutes. Once in France we join the motorway and drive across the gently undulating plains of northern France to the Champagne region, stopping for lunch en-route at a motorway service station.
Arriving in Reims late afternoon we’ll go straight to one of the Grande Marque Champagne Houses for a tour of their extensive cellars and a glass of their non-vintage champagne.
The evening is free to try one of the many restaurants in Reims. There may be an optional group dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 2: Saturday 18th July
After breakfast we head towards Épernay and the Montagne de Reims. We will visit one family champagne producer in the morning and one in the afternoon. 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!). At lunchtime there will be free time to wander around the town of Épernay, home to several Grande Marques.
Late afternoon, we return to our hotel in Reims and the evening is free to try more of the many restaurants and bars.
Day 3: Sunday 19th July
After breakfast we check out of our hotel and head back towards the vineyards to visit another family producer for a final tour and tasting. Late morning we return to Reims where there will be some free time to enjoy lunch or to explore the town – maybe a visit to the majestic cathedral.
Early afternoon we drive back to Calais and the Eurotunnel Terminal. After our crossing we expect to arrive at Stop 24 at around 7.30pm and at London Victoria at around 9pm.