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Pre-Christmas Champagne

Say hello to the holiday season with a glass (or two) of Champagne…

1st - 3rd December 2018

This is a 3 day tour


Sgl Supp: £100
Deposit pp: £150
Please call 01730 263111 (UK)


Sgl Supp: $150
Deposit pp: $750
Please call 888-479-6040 (US)

Nothing evokes the spirit of the festive season like uncorking a bottle of your favourite bubbly – why not celebrate the holidays with a whirlwind weekend of indulgence in the Champagne region?

From a visit to Taittinger’s stunning Château de le Marquetterie, which sits among glorious vineyards, to tastings led by our excellent guide – Master of Wine Conal Gregory – this tour is the perfect balance of enlightening and decadent.


Embrace the festive spirit in Reims, which is particularly stunning around the Christmas season. Add to this some terrific champagne and you’ve found the perfect way to ring in the holidays.


Day 1

We welcome in the first day of our very special festive tour as soon as we arrive in beautiful, historic Reims. We stop at a local supermarket for sandwhiches and cheeses before arriving at our hotel where we will enjoy a sumptuous champagne tasting. We have an independent dinner this evening.

Day 2

After starting our day with a champagne breakfast at the hotel, our first stop is at the superb Champagne Jean Milan, where we can sip the finest offerings of the famous Côte des Blancs region. Located in Oger and classified Grand Cru, this prestigious estate has been home to five generations of vine growers and is known for its elegant, delicate champagnes.

We then have an independent lunch before continuing to an afternoon tasting at Taittinger. There will be free time this evening to explore the local area, do a little shopping or perhaps continue the theme of the weekend and sample more wines at local bars or bistros.

Day 3

Our fabulous weekend tour ends with another delicious champagne breakfast. We then continue to one of our favourite growers is Champagne Vilmart, in Rilly-La-Montagne. Established in the 1890s Vilmart is still a family run house. They are one of the few remaining traditional producers who both ferment the wines and mature the champagnes in oak barrels and tonneaux. The Vilmart champagnes are full of richness, finesse and complexity. Next we move on to Edmond Barnaut’s regional house. Pinot Noir makes up a solid 80% of Barnaut’s production, with Chardonnay accounting for the rest. After a tour and a tasting session, we stop for lunch at La Marquetterie with Taittinger.

From here, we take a coach back to Calais and make our Eurotunnel crossing back to Folkestone, where we say goodbye to the group and travel home.


Formerly a presenter of ITV’s ‘The Food Programme’, Conal is a Master of Wine and has written a number of fascinating books.

Conal Gregory MW

Wine Guide


Return Eurotunnel crossing and executive coach travel*

*For UK bookings only


2 nights in a 4* hotel in Reims


Breakfasts and one lunch with wine as described in the itinerary


Visits and tastings as per the itinerary


Wine Guide & Tour Manager

Based in the beautiful historic city of Reims, considered the capital of the Champagne wine-growing region, we will enjoy two nights in a 4* hotel – the perfect base for each day’s visits.

Start each day of this tour with a delicious champagne breakfast before taking advantage of the opportunities to indulge in the area’s regional cuisine as we make our way from vineyards to wineries.

The theme of this weekend is luxury. We are invited to the region’s most revered champagne houses, including the renowned Edmond Barnaut and Taittinger, where we will get to sample some of the very best champagnes produced in this area.


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Contact Details

The Clock Tower,
Unit 4
Oakridge Office Park,
Southampton Road, Whaddon,
Salisbury, England, UK
01730 263111 (UK)
888-479-6040 (US)

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