Essential Epernay

Epernay Champagne trips for individuals and small groups

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At a glance

Region: Champagne
Type of Tour:
Duration: 3/4 Days
Guide Price: from £441 to £1003 per person
Number of Meals: 2 breakfasts + 1 lunch (3 days)
3 breakfasts, 1 lunch + 1 dinner (4 days)
Number of Winery Visits: 2 Champagne Houses + 1 tasting session (3 days)
4 Champagne Houses + 1 tasting session (4 days)
Number of Wines Tasted: Approximately 15 (3 days)
Approximately 20 (4 days)
Tour Transport: Full day transported tour + 1 tasting on foot in Epernay (3 days)
1 full day transported tour, rail travel to Reims, 2 visits on foot in Reims + 1 tasting and dinner on foot in Epernay (4 days)
Dates / Availability: Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year. Please note that the full day tour is not available on Sundays.

Trip Summary

Epernay Champagne Trip

Based in the wine capital of Champagne, Essential Epernay is one of our most popular breaks. After settling in on day one, an introductory tasting session of six Champagnes will take place in a cosy wine bar in the historic centre of town.

On the morning of day two, meet your English-speaking specialist driver/guide at a central departure point in Epernay, who will accompany you on a full day transported Champagne tour. 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 start the day in style with a tour and tasting at the world-famous Moët and Chandon estate. You will also stop at the famous hilltop village of Hautvillers, the “cradle of Champagne.” As well as admiring the spectacular views across the vineyards, your guide will take you on a tour of the village, visiting places such as the Church where Dom Perignon is buried. After such an enlightening morning, you will then be taken to a beautiful private mansion for a unique Champagne tasting masterclass. As well as having the opportunity to taste the three principal grape varieties, a light lunch will also be served. In the afternoon, you will visit a small family-run Champagne House and after a tasting session of their Champagnes, you will enjoy a traditional French aperitif. You will be taken back to Epernay at the end of the day.

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For those staying an additional night, day three offers you the chance to visit two of your favourite Champagne Houses in Reims by taking a short train journey through the vineyards. Subject to your dates of travel / availability, options include Taittinger, GH Mumm, Pommery, Ruinart and Veuve Clicquot. Walking distances to the Champagne Houses can be up to 25 minutes, therefore you may prefer to take a taxi from Reims train station on the day. 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. In the evening, a three course Champagne tasting dinner will be served in a highly-regarded restaurant in the centre of Epernay. Each course will be accompanied by a different glass of Champagne.

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Outline Itinerary

Epernay Champagne Trip

Day one of your  Champagne trip

  • Upon arrival in Epernay, check into your chosen hotel.
  • After settling in, an introductory tasting session of six Champagnes will take place in a cosy wine bar in the town centre.

Day two of your Champagne trip

  • After breakfast, meet your English-speaking guide at a central departure point in Epernay, who will accompany you throughout the day. Your tour day will comprise of:
  • Tour and tasting at Moët and Chandon.
  • A stop in Hautvillers for a tour of the village including the Church where Dom Pérignon is buried.
  • A light lunch with local delicacies and Champagne.
  •  An entertaining Champagne masterclass.
  •  A tour and tastings at a small family run Champagne House.
  • You will be taken back to Epernay at the end of the day.
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Luxury Spa Break in Champagne

Day three (optional) of your Champagne trip

  • After breakfast, take a short, scenic train ride through the vineyards to Reims.
  • Here, walk to your two favourite prestigious Champagne Houses for a full tour of the estate and cellars and a flute or two of Champagne. Options include Ruinart, Veuve Clicquot, Taittinger, GH Mumm and Pommery.
  • Take the train back to Epernay at your convenience.
  • In the evening, a three course dinner with three different Champagnes will be served in a highly-regarded restaurant in the city centre.

The final day of your Champagne trip

  • After a leisurely breakfast, check out of the hotel.

(ii) For all of our Champagne trips, 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.

  • The below prices are per person and based on two people travelling together and sharing a twin or double room.
  • These prices are realistic guide prices, based on travel in standard season (usually April to the end of October). Discounts often apply for travel out of season (usually November to the end of March)
  • Please let us know your preferred travel dates for a definitive price.
  • Although we propose specific hotels as part of our standard packages, we enjoy excellent relationships and preferential rates at the majority of the hotels in each of our featured destinations. Therefore if you would prefer to stay in a different hotel, this can be arranged. Please contact us for the relevant supplements/discounts.
  • Other room grades are available at most of the hotels that we work with. Just let us know which hotel you prefer and we will send you the relevant supplements for the various room grades.
  • 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.
Hotel Name Room Grade Star Rating Duration Price Per Person
Hotel Jean Moët - Épernay Superior 4* 3 days £514 Book Now
Hotel Jean Moët - Épernay Superior 4* 4 days £834 Book Now
La Villa Eugène - Épernay Premier 5* 3 days £627 Book Now
La Villa Eugène - Épernay Premier 5* 4 days £1003 Book Now
Luxury Spa Break in Champagne ©JK.Graeber

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! Just let us know which of the hotels you prefer and we would be delighted to arrange an additional night’s stay.
  • Experience the region’s gastronomy. Epernay 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.
  • Stay in the vineyards. Why not stay a little longer in Champagne and indulge yourself in a stay in one of our unique rural hotels?
  • 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.
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Further Information

Travel to your Champagne trip

Given the wide range of travel options, the package price does not include travel. Please see our travel page for other travel options and further information about travelling to our Champagne trips.

Essential Tours

For more information on our essential tours please see our Essential tours page.

Further Information / To Book

To book our Champagne trips, a deposit of £100 per person is required (or 20% if the total 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 e-mail info@grapeescapes.net to request a booking form.

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"We were all very happy with the tour you provided, and mostly your very very in depth expertise and knowledge about the place. I will definitely use you again if the opportunity arises and highly recommend you to anyone I can. Many thanks for organizing a wonderful trip. The tour bus was luxurious and nice, the hotel was very comfortable, and the tour in the place you recommended was fabulous and the meals and restaurants were so great! The only 'bad' tour was the one that you advised against anyway, so you know exactly what you're talking about!"

Tina- London, UK

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