|Type of Tour:||Hidden Gems|
|Guide Price:||from £556 to £943 per person|
|Number of Meals:||2 breakfasts and 1 lunch (3 days)
3 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner (4 days)
|Number of Winery Visits:||3 Champagne Houses (3 days)
5 Champagne Houses (4 days)
|Number of Wines Tasted:||Approximately 14 Champagnes (3 days)
Approximately 21 Champagnes (4 days)
|Tour Transport:||Full day transported tour (3 days)
1 Full day transported tour, return taxi transfers to Reims and 1 visit on foot in the village (4 days)
|Dates / Availability:||Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year. Please note that the Château’s restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays (as well as Tuesdays from November to the end of March).
Whether you are looking for romance, rest or relaxation, enjoy a serene stay in a traditional, Premier Cru Champagne-making village at the 4* Château de Rilly. Due to the remote location of the Château, having acess to your own vehicle is strongly recommended and we have included return Eurotunnel crossings as part of the package. Having access to your own vehicle is particularly important if you are staying across a Sunday or Monday, when the Château’s restaurant will be closed. The nearest restaurant are located in Reims and Epernay, which are a twenty minute drive or approximately 70 Euros per way in a taxi in the evening.
On the morning of day two, you will be met at the Château by an English-speaking specialist driver/guide, who will accompany you on a full day transported Champagne tour, visiting two small, family-run Champagne Houses. During the course of the day, your guide will regale you with tales and anecdotes of the history of Champagne and its vineyards, introducing you to the particularities of the region. You will also stop in a vineyard to learn about the work undertaken here and the tour is designed to be as hands-on as possible. A lunch with a glass of wine, water and coffee will be served in a local restaurant. Ending the day in style, you will then visit Champagne Mercier or Champagne De Castellane in Epernay, for a tour of their cellars followed by a flute of their Champagne. Your guide will take you back to your hotel following the tour.
For those staying an additional night, day three offers you the chance to visit your favourite Champagne House in Reims and we will arrange for return transfers from the Château to the city centre. Subject to your dates of travel / availability, options include Taittinger, where two Champagnes will be served, GH Mumm to taste their Blanc de Blancs and Blancs de Noirs Champagnes, Pommery to sample two Champagnes, Ruinart to taste Ruinart Blanc de Blancs or Ruinart rosé followed by their flagship Prestige Cuvée Dom Ruinart, white or rosé and Veuve Clicquot, to enjoy a flute of their celebrated La Grande Dame. Please note that some of these Houses (particularly Veuve Clicquot and Ruinart) are very popular and offer very few tours, therefore early booking is essential.
After returning to the village in the afternoon, you will be welcomed at the estate of a boutique Champagne maker. As well as having a tour of the property, you will learn the Napoleonic art of Sabrage (the art of opening the Champagne bottle with a sword). Since you will open your own bottles, you will then need to drink at least some of the Champagnes that have been opened. Learning Sabrage is a tremendously fun and festive activity and not only is it a fantastic photo opportunity, you will also have acquired a new party trick to entertain your friends and family at home with! You can see Sabrage in action on our You Tube channel.
In the evening, a four course dinner (excluding drinks) will be served in the Château’s gourmet restaurant.
(ii) The outline itinerary is indicative and is subject to minor changes depending on supplier availability. Availability cannot beguaranteed until we have received a confirmed booking, together with the deposit payment (or payment in full where the dates of travel are in less than 60 days). If the named accommodation / visits are not available, we will endeavour to find suitable alternatives of a similar grade; this may be subject to a supplement or a rebate depending on the price available.
The owner was very attentive and chatty which was nice.
Karen- Newcastle, UK
These prices are per person excluding any discounts and include all of the package elements detailed.
Due to market volatility following the UK’s decision to exit the EU, these guide prices are subject to confirmation at the time of booking.
Please contact us to request further details and a full list of tour upgrades.
If you would like to make your Grape Escapes holiday even more special, there are a number of additional activities that we can arrange for you. To complement the experience, these could be arranged to fit in/around your current itinerary or we can arrange additional nights and room upgrades at your hotel, as well as your travel arrangements, a stop-over en route and even a visit to another part of France! See below for some of the most popular upgrades.
The price of this package includes Folkestone to Calais Eurotunnel crossings. Please see our travel page for other travel options and further information about travelling to your Champagne wine tour.
For more information on our Hidden Gem breaks please see our Hidden Gems page.
To secure your booking, a deposit of £100 per person is required (or 20% if the price of your trip exceeds £500 per person). Your remaining balance will then be due 60 days before travel. Please call us on +44 (0) 1920 46 86 66 or email email@example.com to request a booking form.
"Very organised & enjoyable - love it! Can't wait to go again!"
Nadia- London, UK