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Classic Champagne Tour Itinerary
Please Note: The 'Champagne tour and tasting at the Mercier Champagne Estate' is included in 2019 tours only. For our 2020 tours we have included (instead) a 'Reims Champagne 2 Day City Pass' - Explore the wine-growing region at your own leisure and benefit from a free guided tour of your choice plus many other offers including; Free access to Reims must-see museums and monuments, Unlimited travel on the public transport system, Discover Reims on a free guided tour, Great discounts at Champagne house cellars, Discounts on services including parking.
Click Here to download a 'Reims Champagne 2 Day City Pass' PDF information sheet.
DAY 1 (HB) - Morning P&O Ferry Crossing from Dover to Calais (other crossings available on request). Your routing today takes you via Arras and Saint Quentin with optional opportunities to visit other attractions en route such as; La Coupole, Vimy Ridge and La Carriere Wellington War Tunnels. Arrival at the Best Western Plus Hotel de la Paix should be mid/late afternoon and after check-in and some free time to freshen up a welcome dinner is arranged where you will have the opportunity to meet your fellow travellers.
DAY 3 (BB) - Morning at leisure to enjoy the city of Reims before an afternoon tour to Epernay where you'll enjoy some free time in the town before enjoying Champagne tour at the Mercier Champagne Estate including a tasting, all included in your tour price. Again for those who would prefer to make their own arrangements, the day is at leisure.
DAY 2 (BB) - After breakfast the day is at leisure in Reims
OR - Enjoy a tour of the Champagne Region with an afternoon tour and tasting at Mercier Champagne Estate.
The Champagne Route begins 75 miles east of Paris, and stretches along the Marne Valley to the cities of Epernay and Reims and south towards Sezanne and the Côte des Bar. There are actually five routes covering around 360 miles that take you to charming villages, ancient monasteries and imposing churches and châteaux. During our tour you'll enjoy panoramic views of the vineyards and explore small, unspoiled villages with such delightful names as Bouzy (famous for its red wine) and Dizy. Our vineyard route passes through Oger, classified as one of the “most beautiful villages of France” and ‘not to be missed’ is Hautvillers, famous for its abbey where Dom Pérignon is said to have been discovered the secret of champagne making in the 17th century. A list of champagne houses will be published in our road book.
DAY 4 (BB) - Breakfast followed by departure from the hotel and Reims. Before heading back to Calais, why not visit the former Reims-Gueux Grand Prix Circuit. Situated on the western edge of Reims on the D27 between the towns of Thillois and Gueux. It is 7.8 km in length and is made up of secondary roads and a section of the N 31. A large part of the stands and a portion of the course can still be seen today, and there a some great photo opportunities here. Depart Reims for the journey back to Calais for a late afternoon ferry crossing back to the UK, with the opportunity to visit some of the attractions you missed on the outward journey.