|Type of Tour:||Wine & Beyond|
|Guide Price:||£683 per person or £648 per person including the early bird discount|
|Number of Meals:||3 breakfasts + 1 dinner|
|Number of Winery Visits:||2 Champagne Houses|
|Number of Wines Tasted:||Approximately 9|
|Tour Transport:||Self-drive to the battlefields visits + taxi transfers to the vineyards + 1 visit and dinner on foot in Reims|
|Dates / Availability:||Available throughout the year (from October to the end of March, the trip cannot start on a Wednesday or Friday in low season unless an additional night in Arras is arranged). Please note that in 2018 the Cave du Dragon will be closed for renovation until the end of March.|
To mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War, we have put together a four day Champagne Battlefields tour that allows you to visit some of the most prominent battlefield sites and museums, and raise a glass (or two!) of Champagne to our fallen heroes.
After crossing the channel to Calais, begin your Champagne Battlefields tour by visiting the memorial park in Vimy ridge, the site of the huge tactical victory for the Canadian Corps on the opening day of the battle of Arras. After paying homage to these brave soldiers, check into the 4* Hotel de l’Univers, where you will be staying for the night.
On day two of your Champagne Battlefields tour, head for the Champagne region stopping en route at the famous Thiepval memorial. This memorial to the Missing of the Somme bears the names of more than 72,000 officers and men who lost their lives in the Somme region before March 1918 and have no known grave. You will then drive across the former battlefields of the Somme to the Museum of the Great War in Peronne. Here, you will learn about the First World War in a social context through the lives of the combatants and the civilians.
Once in Champagne, we will arrange for a two night Champagne break to include a tour and tastings at your favourite large prestigious Champagne House in Reims (options include Veuve Clicquot, GH Mumm, Pommery and Taittinger), and return transfers out to the vineyards for a tour as the guests of a small, family-run Champagne House. Here, you are likely to meet the Champagne-maker himself and see firsthand the fascinating Champagne-making process from vine to bottle. In the evening, a three course Champagne tasting dinner will be served in a cosy restaurant located ten minutes’ walk from the main square, where each course will be accompanied by a different Champagne.
After checking out on day four of your Champagne Battlefields tour, and before making your way back to the UK via Eurotunnel, stop off at the Caverne du Dragon for a guided tour. This 16th Century stone quarry cave became a strategic military location during the First World War and you will see for yourself the sombre reality of what war was like 15 metres underground. You will also have entry to the on site museum.
(ii) The outline itinerary is indicative and is subject to minor changes depending on supplier availability. Availability cannot be guaranteed 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.
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.
Hotel de la Paix: Travel anytime from the beginning of November to the end of February and from mid-July to the end of August, and enjoy a free extra night in Reims.
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.
For more information on our essential tours please see our Wine and Beyond Breaks
To secure your booking, a 20% deposit is required. Your remaining balance will then be due 60 days before travel. Please call us on +44 (0) 1920 468 666 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to request a booking form.
This was a wonderful experience and I would like to thank you and the team for all your help with the organisation. Every one of the 18 people attending thanked me for such an enjoyable weekend.
Steven - Swansea, UK