Pop to Champagne – Short Trip by Eurostar NEW TOUR
During this tour, you can delight in the fizz and bubbles of champagne. Hop on the Eurostar for leisurely travel across the France and then continue to Reims in the beautiful Champagne region. Some of the most extravagant champagne houses are here. Enjoy tours of the caves beneath, notable for their vaulted ceilings and vast amount of bottles. Visit some of the most famous champagne houses and sample this delicious beverage. Perhaps visit Lanson, Mumm or Moët & Chandon. Which is your preferred tipple?
In addition to the region’s bubbly nectar, this area has plenty more to offer. The historic city of Reims is in the heart of France’s Champagne region. It’s cathedral is simply majestic. Rising high above the city, this imperious golden building has seen dozens of rulers commence their reigns. Additionally, this is a beautiful town boasting handsome pedestrian boulevards. Wander along them to discover Roman remains, art-deco cafes and a flourishing fine-dining scene. Perhaps take a tour to illuminate the many fascinating facets of this town and hear all about its UNESCO heritage cathedral. You can also travel south through the picturesque countryside. Pass through expanses of vineyards on the way to Épernay, a bustling, leafy town.
Dates throughout 2021
Suggested itinerary by Eurostar
Arrive in Reims
Travel by Eurostar to Marne-la-Vallée (Disneyland® Paris) then transfer by coach to Reims. Arrive mid afternoon and get acquainted with the stories and secrets of this town on a sightseeing tour. The undoubted highlight is the imposing and altogether magnificent Gothic Cathédrale Notre Dame, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the place where the kings of France were crowned from the 11th Century. In the evening, visit one of the major champagne houses for a tour of the cellars and a tasting.
Épernay and more Champagne
Today we drive the 25km or so south through the picturesque countryside to visit Épernay, a bustling, leafy town often described as
the ‘Capital’ of Champagne. The ‘Avenue de Champagne’ home to champagne houses including Moët & Chandon, is said to be the most expensive avenue in the world, more so than the Champs-Élysées in Paris, because of the millions of bottles of champagne stored in the kilometres of chalk cellars beneath it. Leaving Épernay we drive along the Champagne Route through vineyards and gently rolling hills to see the village of Hauvillers where the monk Dom Perignon is said to have created the first champagne bubbles around 1681. Visits can be arranged to vineyards and champagne houses.
Shopping and Departure
Today you can enjoy some outlet shopping before it’s time to leave this beautiful part of France behind and return to the UK.
ibis Reims Centre ***
This hotel is located in the heart of Reims, just 400 yards from Reims Train Station and 0.6 miles from Reims Cathedral. The hotel has a bar and offers free Wi-Fi internet access. The air-conditioned bedrooms include a flat-screen TV, cable and satellite channels and a telephone. They each have a private bathroom with a hairdryer and free toiletries.
Mercure Reims Parc des Expositions ***
The Mercure Reims Parc des Expositions is located 2.5 miles from the centre of Reims and a 10-minute drive from the Reims Champagne TGV Station. The rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screens with satellite channels and garden or pool views. The property has a seasonal outdoor pool, a restaurant serving French cuisine, a bar and a business centre.
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