Hidden Gem – Champagne Roger Coulon

Picturesque Stay in Champagne House Accommodation

Champagne house accommodation

At a glance

Region: Champagne
Type of Tour:
Duration: 3/4 Days
Guide Price: from £568 to £1316 per person
Number of Meals: 2 breakfasts + 1 lunch + 1 light dinner (3 Days)
3 breakfasts + 2 lunches + 1 light dinner (4 Days)

Number of Winery Visits: 4 Champagne Houses (3 Days)
6 Champagne Houses (4 Days)
Number of Wines Tasted: Approximately 13 Champagnes (3 Days)
Approximately 18 Champagnes (4 Days)
Tour Transport: 1 full day guided and transported tour (3 Days)
1 full day guided and transported tour and taxi transfers to your visits on day 3 (4 Days)
Dates / Availability: Available mid-week and weekends from April to the end of October

Trip Summary

For a truly immersive and unique Champagne experience, enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime stay in a traditional, Premier Cru Champagne-making village at the luxurious guesthouse of the boutique Champagne House, Roger Coulon. There is always Champagne available, as well as a cosy lounge and pretty garden from which the picturesque views across the vineyards can be admired. Due to the remote location of the Champagne House, having access to your own vehicle is strongly recommended and we have included return Eurotunnel crossings as part of the package. The village is located twenty minutes away from Reims city centre and there are no restaurants within walking distance.

After settling in on day one, you will be taken on a full tour of the estate. Here, you will see first-hand the fascinating Champagne-making process from press to bottle and your tour will conclude with tastings of some of Roger Coulon’s Premier Cru Champagnes.

Champagne house accommodation - credits Roger Coulon

On the morning of day two, you will be met at the guesthouse by an English-speaking specialist driver/guide, who will accompany you on a full day transported Champagne tour. En route to the Champagne vineyards, 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 stop in a vineyard to learn about the work undertaken here and the tour is designed to be as hands-on as possible. Here, your guide will explain the grape varieties permitted in Champagne and the yearly cycle of the work carried out in the vineyards.

You will then visit a small, family-run producer of Champagnes for a full tour and at least three tastings. A lunch with a glass of wine, water and coffee will then be served in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, your guide will take you to another family-run estate, situated in another of the principle regions of Champagne. After a tour of the House, you will taste Champagnes in contrasting style to those tasted during the morning. Ending the day in style, you will then visit Champagne Moët and Chandon, 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.

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For those staying a third night and booking the four day break, day three offers you the chance to visit your favourite Champagne Houses in Reims and we will arrange for return transfers from the guesthouse 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. For lunch, a three course Champagne tasting meal will be served in a cosy, traditional restaurant in Reims. Each course will be accompanied by a different glass of Champagne.

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Outline Itinerary

Day One

  • Drive to Vrigny from the UK, taking the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais. You are free to choose your crossing time.
  • Upon arrival in Vrigny, a quaint little village just 20 minutes from Reims, check into your preferred room grade at the charming Clos des Terres Soudées, the guesthouse owned by the boutique Champagne House Roger Coulon.
  • Once settled in, a representative from the estate will introduce you to the fascinating history of Champagne Roger Coulon and will take you on a tour of the estate and cellars, followed by tastings of their Premier Cru Champagnes.
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  • The remainder of the afternoon and evening will be free for you to do as you please.
  • In your travel pack will be a comprehensive list of recommended restaurants in Reims. We would be pleased to recommend a restaurant and reserve you a table for dinner if required. Please note that there is no on-site restaurant and no dining possibilities within walking distance.
Champagne house accommodation - credits Moet

Day Two

  • After breakfast, you will be met at the guest house by an English-speaking guide, who will accompany you throughout the day. There will be a maximum of six guests on the tour, and the day will comprise of:
  • Tours and tastings at two small, family-run Champagne Houses.
  • A lunch with two glasses of wine, water and coffee in a local restaurant.
  • A tour and tasting at Moët and Chandon, Mercier or De Castellane in Epernay.
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  • You will be taken back to the guest house at the end of the day.
  • A gourmet picnic basket full of delicious local delicacies and a bottle of Champagne will be provided for dinner. Enjoy your charming surroundings with a picnic in the garden or in the vineyards. Alternatively you may prefer to dine in one of the opulent lounges.

Day Three (Optional)

  • After breakfast, a pre-booked, pre-paid taxi will meet you at your hotel.
  • You will be taken to your two favourite prestigious Champagne Houses in Reims for a full tour of the estate and cellars and a flute or two of their Champagne. Options include Ruinart, Veuve Clicquot, Taittinger, GH Mumm and Pommery.
  • For lunch, a three course meal with three different Champagnes will be served in a cosy restaurant in the city centre.
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Champagne house accommodation

Final Day

  • After a leisurely breakfast, check out of the hotel and make your way back to the UK, taking the Eurotunnel from Calais to Folkestone.

(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.

Accommodation

Package Prices

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.

  • All prices are per person and based on two people travelling together and sharing a twin or double room.
  • A £35 per person early bird discount applies to bookings confirmed and paid over 60 days before travel.
  • Single supplements and extra night prices are available upon request.
  • The price of this package includes Folkestone to Calais Eurotunnel crossings. There is a peak season travel supplement of up to £20 per person applicable for weekend travel on some weekends (usually during school holiday periods).
  • If you would prefer to make your own travel arrangements to Champagne, please deduct £50 per person from the package prices.
Hotel Name Room Grade Star Rating Duration Price Per Person
Le Clos des Terres Soudées - Vrigny Standard Room N/A 3 Days £688 Book Now
Le Clos des Terres Soudées - Vrigny Standard Room N/A 4 Days £1087 Book Now
Le Clos des Terres Soudées - Vrigny Suite N/A 3 Days £841 Book Now
Le Clos des Terres Soudées - Vrigny Suite N/A 4 Days £1316 Book Now

Special Offers

Bring friends and spend less! A discount of £35 per person applies for groups of 3 or 4 people travelling together on the three day break. This discount increases to £70 per person for groups of 5 and up to 8 people.

For those who would prefer to book the four day break, we are pleased to offer a discount of £75 per person for groups of 3 or 4 people and of £100 for groups of 5 and up to 8 people travelling together.

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Enhance your Experience/Tour Upgrades

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.

  • Stay longer! An extra night’s bed and breakfast costs £110 per person in a Standard room and £177 per person in a Suite.
  • Explore Epernay and the vineyards. If you are staying an additional night in the region, you may wish to spend the day in Epernay and the surrounding vineyards, enjoying some of our recommended tours and activities.
  • Experience the region’s gastronomy. Reims is only a few kilometres away from your hotel and the city is brimming with unique gastronomic dining opportunities and what better way to enjoy a glass or two of Champagne than with a mouth-watering meal in the city. We offer a variety of menus to suit every budget.
  • Spend a night in Reims. We work with a wide range of partners in Reims and we would be delighted to recommend a few hotels if required.
  • Spend a night in Northern France. The drive from Calais to Champagne is only 2 ½ hours, however a large number of our guests enjoy spending a night or two en route to explore Northern France and in particular, the WW1 Battlefields.
  • Fall in love with Paris. Let us put together an itinerary for you in the city of love!
  • Discover more French wine regions. As well as trips to Champagne, we also arrange holidays to Burgundy, the Loire Valley, Bordeaux, the Rhône Valley, Alsace, Provence, Cognac and the Languedoc-Roussillon.

I just wanted to thank you and the team for providing a great experience on our trip to France last week. The accommodation and food were first class and our guide, Sebastien was brilliant, choosing 3 very different Houses to visit.

Robert- Buckinghamshire, UK

Champagne House accommodation credits - Maureen Adelsperger

Further Information

Travel to your Champagne House accommodation

The price of this package includes return Eurotunnel crossings between Folkestone and Calais, leaving you the flexibility of selecting a crossing time. However, please note there is a peak season travel supplement of up to £20 per person applicable for weekend travel on some weekends (usually during school holiday periods).

If you would prefer to make your own travel arrangements, please deduct £50 per person from the package prices. There is a wide range of travel options to Champagne available – please see our travel page for further information.

Hidden Gem Breaks

For more information on our Hidden Gem breaks please see our Hidden Gems page.

Further Information / To Book

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 info@grapeescapes.net to request a booking form.

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