Hidden Gem- Château de Rilly

Champagne Tour in France, Château de Rilly.

Champagne tour in France

At a glance

Region: Champagne
Type of Tour:
Duration: 3/4 Days
Guide Price: from £483 to £953 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 restaurant of the Chateau is closed on Sundays for dinner, on Mondays all day as well as on Tuesdays for lunch. Between the 1st of November and the 31st of March the restaurant is also closed on Tuesdays for dinner.

Trip Summary

Château Champagne Tour in France

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.

Champagne tasting in Epernay ©JK.Graeber
Champagne tour in France ©Château de Rilly la Montagne

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.

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Outline Itinerary

Day one of your Champagne tour in France

  • Drive to Rilly-la-Montagne from the UK, taking the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais. You are free to choose your crossing time.
  • Upon arrival, check into a standard or balcony/terrace room at the Château de Rilly.
  • Free afternoon and evening to explore the grounds and relax.
  • We will provide you with a list of recommended restaurants in Reims and Epernay and we would be delighted to reserve you a table at any of these for dinner.

Day two of your Champagne tour in France

  • After breakfast, you will be met at the Château by an English-speaking guide, who will accompany you throughout the day. Your tour day will comprise of:
  • Tours and tastings at two small, family-run Champagne Houses.
  • A lunch with a glass of wine, water and coffee in a local restaurant.
  • A tour and a flute or two of Champagne at a large, prestigious Champagne House.
  • You will be taken back to the Château at the end of the day.
Champagne tour in France
Champagne tour in France

Day three (optional) of your Champagne tour in France

  • After breakfast, your tour day will comprise of:
  • Return pre-booked and pre-paid taxi transfers to Reims.
  • A tour and a flute or two of Champagne at your favourite prestigious Champagne House. Options include Ruinart, Veuve Clicquot, Taittinger, GH Mumm and Pommery.
  • A tour and tastings with Sabrage at a boutique Champagne House in the village.
  • In the evening, a four course dinner (excluding drinks) will be served in the Château’s gourmet restaurant.

The final day of your Champagne tour in France

  • 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 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.

Accommodation

The owner was very attentive and chatty which was nice.

Karen- Newcastle, UK

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.
  • 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 Château de Rilly - Rilly-la-Montagne Standard 4* 3 Days £568 Book Now
Le Château de Rilly - Rilly-la-Montagne Standard 4* 4 Days £917 Book Now
Le Château de Rilly - Rilly-la-Montagne Tradition 4* 3 Days £574 Book Now
Le Château de Rilly - Rilly-la-Montagne Tradition 4* 4 Days £925 Book Now
Le Château de Rilly - Rilly-la-Montagne Balcony/Terrace 4* 3 Days £593 Book Now
Le Château de Rilly - Rilly-la-Montagne Balcony/Terrace 4* 4 Days £953 Book Now

Special Offers

Bring friends and spend less! A discount £20 per person applies for groups of 3 or 4 people travelling together. This discount increases to £45 per person for groups of 5 and up to 8 people travelling together

Low season discount. Travel anytime between the 26th of January and the 31st of March as well as between the 1st of November and the 30th of December and enjoy a discount of £5 per person on the three day break or £10 per person on the four day break.

Champagne tasting in Epernay
Champagne tour in France ©J.K.Graeber__Moussy

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 additional night’s bed and breakfast costs £98 per person in a Standard room, £101 per person in a Tradition room or £109 per person in a Balcony/Terrace room.
  • Experience the region’s gastronomy. Reims 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 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.
Champagne tour in France
Champagne tour in France

Further Information

Travel to your Champagne Tour in France

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.

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 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 info@grapeescapes.net to request a booking form.

Champagne tasting in Epernay- Credits Stevens Fremont

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Nadia- London, UK

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