Champagne and Alsace

Champagne and Alsace Wine Escape

Champagne and Alsace Wine Escape Credits Tourisme Colmar

At a glance

Region: Multi Region
Type of Tour:
Duration: 5 Days
Guide Price: from £1042 to £1092 per person
Number of Meals: 4 breakfasts + 1 lunch + 2 dinners
Number of Winery Visits: 7 wineries
Number of Wines Tasted: Approximately 19
Tour Transport: Two full day guided and transported tours, taxi transfer to Champagne-Ardenne station, dinners and visit to the large estate in Reims on foot
Dates / Availability: Available mid-week and weekends from April until the end of October

Trip Summary

Our multi-region Champagne and Alsace package gives you the opportunity to explore two charming French regions as well as to try their great wines and delicious traditional food.

Upon arrival in Reims, check into your Privilège room at the 4* Hotel de la Paix, perfectly located in the heart of the city centre just off the main square. In the evening, a three course Champagne tasting dinner will be served in a cosy restaurant located ten minutes’ walk from the main square. Each course will be accompanied by a different glass of Champagne.

On the morning of day two, meet your English-speaking driver/guide at a central departure point in Reims. Today you will enjoy a full day transported Champagne tour, visiting two small, family-run Champagne Houses, as well as a large, prestigious estate. During your tour, your guide will present to you the entire process of creating the magic that is Champagne and the legends, traditions and culture behind it. Your visits to two small producers will offer a diverse range of tastings to compare Champagnes from different regions. The tour will pause at lunchtime for a three course meal in a local restaurant, with a glass of wine, water and coffee. The tour day will end in style at a large, prestigious Champagne House in Epernay. This will usually be Champagne Mercier or Champagne De Castellane, and after a full tour of the estate and cellars, a flute of Champagne will conclude your visit.

After breakfast, check out of the hotel. Day three offers you the chance to visit your favourite Champagne Houses in Reims. 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 Blanc 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. Walking distances to the Champagne Houses can be up to 25 minutes, therefore you may prefer to ask your hotel to arrange a taxi for you 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.

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You will have some free time for lunch in Reims. After lunch, a pre-booked and pre-paid taxi will pick you up from the hotel and take you to Champagne-Ardenne station, on time for your train to Colmar via Strasbourg. The journey time is approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes.

Upon arrival in Colmar, make your way to the 4* Hostellerie le Maréchal, ideally located in the picturesque Little Venice quarter, and check into your Standard room. In the evening, a three course dinner will be served in the traditional French restaurant of the hotel. Your dinner will be accompanied by an apéritif and two glasses of local wines.

On the morning of day four, meet your English-speaking driver/guide at a central departure point for a full day transported wine tour in the Alsatian vineyards. There will be a maximum of eight people on the tour. You will be taken to four different wineries located in various areas and will learn about the unique wines of the region as well as gaining an insight into the local wine making process. At each estate, you will be welcomed by the cellar master or a member of the family, and you will enjoy a guided tasting session of the estate’s wines. You will also be taken to a picturesque village where you will be given some free time for lunch and to explore your lovely surroundings independently. At the end of such an enlightening day, you will be transported back to Colmar. You will have a free evening to do as you please.

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Outline Itinerary

Day One

  • Upon arrival in Reims, check into your Privilège room at the Hotel de la Paix.
  • The remainder of the afternoon will be free for you to settle in and explore Reims independently.
  • In the evening, a three course dinner with three different Champagnes will be served in a cosy restaurant in the city centre.

Day Two

  • After breakfast, meet your guide at a central departure point a short walk from the hotel. Your tour day will comprise of:
  • Tours and tastings at two small, family-run Champagne Houses.
  • A three course lunch with drinks in a local restaurant.
  • A tour and a flute of Champagne at a large, prestigious Champagne House.
  • You will be taken back to Reims at the end of the day.
  • You will have a free evening to do as you please.

Day Three

  • After breakfast, check out of the hotel.
  • Walk to your favourite prestigious Champagne House 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.
  • You will have some free time for lunch in Reims.
  • In the afternoon, you will be transferred by pre-booked and pre-paid taxi to Champagne-Ardennes station, on time to board the 15.35 train, arriving in Colmar at 17.51 (via Strasbourg).
  • Upon arrival in Colmar, check into your Standard room at the Hostellerie le Maréchal.
  • In the evening, a three course traditional French dinner including drinks will be served in the hotel’s gourmet restaurant.
Alsace Vineyard 3- Credits Meyer and ADT Alsace
Alsace Strasbourg wine cellar (1395) of the Hospices civils © C.Fleith (2)

Day Four

  • After breakfast, meet your English-speaking guide at a central departure point in the city centre.
  • Your tour day will consist of a full day tour in the Alsatian vineyards, with tours and tastings at four different wineries where you will witness the century-old wine making process. The tastings will be commented by the cellar master or by members of the family.
  • You will be given some free time for lunch in a quaint little village where you will also be able to enjoy the small boutiques and the lovely atmosphere of the Alsatian countryside.
  • You will be taken back to Colmar at the end of the day.
  • As always, we would be pleased to reserve you a table for dinner if required.

Final Day

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

 

(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 completed booking form, 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 £50 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
Champagne and Alsace Hotels Elegant 4* 5 Days £1092 Book Now

Special Offers

Spend an extra night free in Champagne! If you travel between mid-July and the end of August, a complimentary third night is offered at the Hotel de la Paix.

 

Epernay day tour- Credits Penet Chardonnet

Enhance your Experience/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 the country! See below for some of the most popular upgrades.

  • Stay longer! Just let us know your preferred hotel and room grade, and we will provide you with the relevant supplement for extra nights with breakfast.
  • Additional tours and activities! We would be delighted to provide inspiration for more wine tours and cultural activities. The possibilities are endless!
  • Experience the region’s gastronomy. The wine regions are brimming with unique gastronomic dining opportunities and what better way to enjoy a glass than with a mouth-watering meal? We offer a variety of menus to suit every budget. Contact us for prices.
  • Tailor-made tour extensions. The team at Grape Escapes have travelled extensively in Europe, not just in the wine regions and can therefore recommend and arrange tailor-made tour extensions to other regions and cities, for example Paris in France or Bilbao in Spain.
Wine Escape © H. Guillaume - Hautvillers
Alsace Kougelhopf © C. Fleith

Further Information

Travel to your Champagne and Alsace Wine Escape

Given the wide range of travel options, the package prices do not include travel to Champagne and from Alsace. Please contact us for further information.

About Multi Region Breaks

For more information about our Multi Region breaks please see our Multi Region Breaks page.

Further Information / To Book

To secure your booking, a 20% per person deposit is required. Your remaining balance will then be due 60 days before you travel. Please call us on +44 (0) 1920 46 86 66 or e-mail info@grapeescapes.net to request a booking form.

Wine Escape ©JK.Graeber

Absolutely brilliant, nothing went wrong, the whole trip was smooth and effortless for me as the coordinator at our side. We all had such a fantastic holiday because there was no stress or nasty surprises!

Katie- London, UK

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