We travel to Champagne by both coach and Eurotunnel, staying in a central 4-star hotel in Reims. This stunning city is home to many of the great names in Champagne: Krug, Roederer, Cattier, Veuve Clicquot, Pommery, Taittinger and Charles Heidsieck all have their cellars here.
The city has a long and interesting history, and was very important in the Latter Roman Empire. There are several monuments still in evidence dating back to that era, including a Triumphal Arch, the Forum and the stone quarries or crayeres, which are still used as cellars by many of the regional Champagne houses. The 13th century cathedral has wonderful gargoyles and statues, such as ‘The Smiling Angel’; and fine stained glass, including windows by Marc Chagall. The early Frankish Kings were all crowned here and the Kings of France continued this tradition. During the First World War, Reims was besieged and partially destroyed. Thankfully, some of the most beautiful and impressive buildings, such as the Cathedral and the Palais de Vergeur, remain.
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Today, Reims is a lively commercial centre and university city. Our hotel is in the city centre, which has a very good selection of shops, delicatessens, wine stores, cafés, brasseries and restaurants that are bound to suit all tastes and budgets.
We select a good range of Champagne houses to visit from Arblaster & Clarke’s years of experience, so that you have a great choice of champagnes to buy, and we will taste around 20 different champagnes over the weekend! The vintages and special cuvées from the top houses can be much better value when bought on location, and the top quality, smaller producers that we visit have excellent quality and great value champagnes. You can bring back up to 36 bottles per person, plenty to keep you going over the following months or for a special occasion – or simply so that you can continue your champagne education at home!
We travel by coach as it is a comfortable, hassle free and convenient way to get to the region, and means that it is easy for you to bring back lots of champagne! We do everything possible to ensure that you have a very comfortable journey and are able to put your feet up, read a book, catch up the week’s news, sleep or just enjoy the scenery. Our Tour Manager will serve complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits a couple of times throughout the journey, and there will be no distracting background music or videos to watch. Pure bliss.