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Champagne & Chateaux 6 days, 5 nights in Hotel**** in Reims & Tours

 
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Champagne & Loire Valley package, 2 small groups shared day tours in Champagne & 3 in Loire Valley with expert guides, Transportation in a minivan, Tour of Reims Cathedral, Sightseeing of Reims Grandes Maisons de Champagne, Entry fees and tastings at Veuve Clicquot and at a Family Estate, 1 Champagne tasting lunch with drinks included, Entry fees and tastings at Moët & Chandon and at Taittinger, Avenue de Champagne tour, Dom Perignon with a Hautvillers stop, TGV (high-speed train) from Reims to the city of Tours, 2 local private transports, All entry fees and guided tours for the Chateaux of Chenonceau, Amboise, Clos Lucé, Blois, Chambord, Cheverny, Azay Le Rideau, Langeais and Villandry gardens, 3 visits and tastings at cellar caves in Loire Valley, 2 nights in 4* hotel in Reims & 3 nights in 4* hotel in Tours - with breakfasts included.


Itinerary 

Day 1 : Taittinger, Moët & Chandon


Pick-up is at 09:30 AM at the Reims Centre Train Station forecourt.


Tour and Champagne tasting at Taittinger* (Visit includes: L’Instant Premier with one glass of Champagne).

Taittinger is one of the last Grandes Maisons de Champagne to be independently owned by the grandson of the founder, Pierre Taittinger. Taittinger's style is characterised by a high proportion of Chardonnay, synonymous with finesse and elegance in the Champagne region.

Taittinger vineyards cover 288 hectares (712 acres) which include some of the appellation's finest slopes. This Grande Maison's treasure is not only the millions of bottles in the cellars below but the remains from the old benedictine abbey of St Nicaise dating back to the 13th Century and the old Roman-era chalk quarries dating further back to the 4th Century AD. The location is listed and protected as a Unesco World Heritage Site. (You'll soon see why!)

The tour is followed by a lively tasting of a glass of their delicious Brut Réserve.

An option exists to taste their other great Champagnes; you simply pay for extra tastings directly on our website or at their Welcome Desk upon arrival. Your Guide will assist if needed.

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Sightseeing of the city of Reims: Grandes Maisons de Champagne, Cathedral...

We'll drive through the bustling streets of Reims to show you some famous Champagne Houses, the beautiful City Center and its imposing Cathedral, and point out places like the Royal Square, the majestic City Hall, Roman Oratory Ruins and THE widest standing Roman Arch in the world! On the Unesco World Heritage List, the 13th-Century Notre-Dame de Reims is one of Europe's most important Gothic structures - and is where most of the Kings of France were coronated through the ages.

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Hautvillers sightseeing.

On the way to Epernay, we take you to the Marne River Valley, we'll pause in picture-perfect vineyards then go meet a prestigious personality of the area: Dom Pérignon, Champagne Wine's Spiritual Father. He contributed heavily to the fame of Champagne and is now buried in the church of the former Benedictine Abbey, in the charming hillside village of Hautvillers. We'll pay our respects there before heading down the meticulously manicured slopes into Epernay for lunch.

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Lunch at your leisure in Epernay.


Or the optional Champagne Tasting and Lunch, (which will include a glass of Dom Pérignon...+70 €, all inclusive).

We will introduce you to local specialties which will be paired with different types of Champagne.
You will taste 3 glasses, as follows:

  • 1 glass of the world famous Dom Pérignon Champagne
  • 1 glass of Blanc de Blancs or 1 glass of Blanc de Noirs
  • 1 glass of Champagne Rosé or 1 glass of Riceys rosé wine (an exceptional product as it is produced in very small quantities)

During this special Champagne tasting you'll be treated to some authentic regional products such as the Chaource Cheese and Jambon de Reims (a local ham delicacy you must come to know), as well as some Foie Gras and Smoked Salmon. Get a deeper taste of the French terroir and appreciate the legendary Dom Pérignon Champagne !

Sightseeing of Avenue de Champagne in Epernay.

Located in the beating heart of Epernay, the town internationally known as the "Capital of Champagne", its stunning main street features a half-mile long exhibition of opulent mansions housing some of the most illustrious "Maisons de Champagne": Moët & Chandon, Perrier-Jouet, Pol Roger, Mercier, etc. Not to mention the miles and miles of naturally climate-controlled champagne production and storage tunnels deep below the pavement!

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Guided tour and tasting at world famous Grande Maison de Champagne Moët & Chandon* (Visit includes: the Imperial Tour with 2 glasses of Champagne).

Founded in 1743 by Claude Moët, within fourty years it became the first international brand in the world. Its history is linked with famous figures as The Marquise de Pompadour and Napoleon the 1st, as well as many historical events such as King Edwards the 7th’s coronation, the Cannes Film Festival, the Golden Globes, the 120th Anniversary of the Statue of Liberty and more!

Here you will be in the largest champagne cellar in existence. The House will open its secrets to you and as the Tour ends you'll be invited to taste a glass of Moët's Impérial and a glass of Moët Impérial Rosé in a refined Tasting Room.  Happy and full of heady knowledge, you'll be gently whisked back to Reims for your next destination.

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Drop-off is approximately at 5:30 PM at your hotel (the time may change according to local traffic). Dinner at your leisure.

Check-in at your hotel de la Paix****.

*All subject to availability, the Taittinger Tour may be substituted by a House Tour at Mumm or Pommery, Moët & Chandon by Mercier, Feuillatte or De Castellane. In this unlikely event, a sensorially pleasing, informative adventure is guaranteed as each house takes great pride in their unique history and fine champagnes. 

English being the most common language of our customers, tours in the Grandes Maisons de Champagne follow suit.

Day 2 : Veuve Clicquot & Champagne Grower's family domain


Pick-up is at 8:45 AM at your hotel.

Guided tour of Reims, city of coronations.


Your day will start by sightseeing the vibrant City Centre, a place full of charm, layers of unique history and regional culinary delights.


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Guided tour and tasting at world famous Grande Maison de Champagne Veuve Clicquot* (Visit included: Discovery tour with 1 glass of Champagne).


Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin is a Champagne House founded in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot and grew to fame thanks to Madame Barbe Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin. You will learn about this young widow who pursued a vision, built an empire and not only became a legend in her own time but still helps women entrepreneurs to this day - “the Grande Dame of Champagne". Take a journey into the heart of this House, its heritage, its savoir-faire. And discover its unique Roman chalk-cellars and their process of making Champagne.
At the end of the tour, enjoy a tasting of one glass of Brut Yellow Label cuvée.

*English being the most common language for our customers, the tours in the Grandes Maisons de Champagne folllows suit.

*If an unforeseen circumstance arises affecting the Veuve Clicquot tour, it may be replaced by one at the House of Mumm, Pommery or Taittinger.

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Guided tour of the Cathedral of Reims.

A Unesco World Heritage Site, the 13th century Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral is one of Europe's most important Gothic structures. You will be captivated by the enormity, the hypnotizing stained glass windows and the exceptionally rich statuary (there are over 2300 figures - and among them the famous Smiling Angel). Here King Clovis was baptized late in the Fifth Century AD, giving birth to the Kingdom of the Franks and started a lasting tradition: between 1027 and 1825 all but two Kings of France were coronated here!

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Reims Mountain Grand Cru Vineyards.

Then we'll leave the city and drive through the Grand Cru vineyards on the Mountain of Reims, where the Scenic Route of Champagne winds its way between fields of barley, vinyards, forests and picturesque villages such as Verzy, Verzenay and Mailly. Realm of the Pinot Noir varietal, the Mountain of Reims is known for its special "terroir" that gives Champagne much of its power and character. We'll take a tranquil, picturesque pause in such a vineyard to take it all in with our own five senses.

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Champagne Tasting Lunch* & Cellar Tours at a Champagne Grower's Family Domain.

In the heart of the Champagne’s Vineyards, you will be welcomed at a beautiful Champagne Grower's Family Estate. More that 4000 family winemakers contribute to the prestige of Champagne, keeping the Tradition alive from generation to generation with a common goal: the true expression of Champagne.

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First you will experience a refined meal with authentic French ingredients which will be paired with different glasses of Champagne (Brut non vintage, Blanc de Noirs, Rosé). This Family of Growers is a Champagne Expert in assembling Pinot Noir with Chardonnay and Meunier grapes from Grand Cru and Premier Cru vines in the Mountain of Reims.

*According to their availability, lunch at the winery is subject to change and may be replaced by a comparable meal at a local restaurant.


Visit of the Production Site and Second Champagne Tasting

After Lunch we'll stroll to the production site to see how Champagne is made: the press, the winery's vats and barrels, the chalk cellar, the labelling machine. The lovely afternoon will finish with another tasting of 2 glasses of different Champagne wines from the same Family Grower, and a glass of their Ratafia (a sweet liquor made with Champagne brandy mixed with grape juice and aged in barrel). After heartfelt thank-yous and goodbyes we'll gently return you to the city of Reims.


Drop off is approximately at 5:00 PM at your hotel.


English being the most common language for our customers, the tours in the Grandes Maisons de Champagne folllows suit.

Day 3 : Transfer from Champagne to Loire Valley


Check-out after breakfast. 

Taxi transfer from your hotel to Reims Champagne-Ardenne train station.

TGV transfer from Reims Champagne-Ardenne TGV train station to Saint-Pierre-des-Corps train station.

Taxi Transfer from Saint-Pierre-des-Corps train station to your hotel****.

Check-in at your hotel l'Univers****.


Day 4 : Blois, Cheverny, Chambord


Pick-up is at 08:45 AM at your hotel.

Guided tour of the Chateau of Blois.

The chateau of Blois is unique in its combination of four styles: Medieval, Gothic, Renaissance and Classical. Home of Kings Louis XII and François I, it stands for the memories of a tragic event in history.


Tour and Tasting at an organic local winery.

Enjoy an exclusive and convivial tasting of Cheverny and Cour-Cheverny wines, King François the 1st 's favourite wines, at a local winery. Then wines of the domain and terroir specialities.

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Lunch at your leisure.


Guided tour of the Chateau of Cheverny.

It has been owned by the same family since the 13th Century. Thanks to some of the most beautiful furniture in the Loire Valley, The Marquis Hurault de Vibraye succeeded in giving warmth and life to his chateau. The chateau, which led to the creation of Moulinsart in the famous comic book Tintin, is also famous for the tradition of the horse-back hunt and its impressive pack of 100 dogs. You may have a chance to witness the spectacular daily event of “the dogs’ soup”.


Guided tour of the Chateau of Chambord.

Drive to the Estate of Chambord, whose national game reserve as large as the city of Paris! The Chateau de Chambord (guided tour) is a unique monument as defined by its architecture and proportions. Leonardo da Vinci likely took part in its conception. With more than 400 rooms and the double spiral staircase, Chambord is a highlight of the Loire Valley.

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Drop-off is approximately at 05:30 PM at your hotel.

Day 5 : Chenonceau, Caves Ambacia, Amboise, Clos Lucé


Pick-up is at 08:45 AM at your hotel.


Guided tour of the Chateau of Chenonceau.

Arriving in the Loire Valley, you’ll start your day tour touring the Château de Chenonceau.
The “Chateau des Dames”, bridge built across the Cher is famous for the prominent women who lived in it (Diane de Poitiers, Catherine de Medicis…) and for the beauty of its Renaissance Gardens.


Tour and wine tasting with a Specialist in matured Loire Valley vintages at Caves Ambacia.

Pascal and his team welcome you to his caves, the ancient tuff-stone quarries, for a tour followed by a tasting of 3 local wines.


Lunch at your leisure.


Guided tour of the Royal Chateau of Amboise

After lunch, you will tour the Royal Castle of Amboise, residence of Charles the 8th and young François d’Angoulème, (the future Francois the 1st). Here you will discover perfect examples of the transition from Gothic to Renaissance styling, as well as the Saint Hubert Chapel which shelters the final resting place of Leonardo da Vinci.


Guided tour of the Chateau of the Clos Lucé

The tour would not be complete without taking you to meet The Genius in his Chateau du Clos Lucé, only a few short steps away from the Royal Castle.
This is where da Vinci spent the last three years of his life and passed there in 1519. After touring his bedroom, office, reception room and kitchen, stand in awe at the Invention Room, where models of Leonardo's most spectacular machines are on display.


Drop-off is approximately at 5:30 PM at your hotel.


Day 6 : Azay le Rideau, Langeais, Villandry

Check-out after breakfast.

Pick-up is at 09:40 AM at your hotel.

Guided tour of the chateau of Azay le Rideau.

This is one of the purest gems of Renaissance Architecture in the Loire Valley. Financer Gilles Berthelot’s Chateau, delicately placed on an island on the Indre river, still shines today thanks to the lightness and balance of its mullions, pepper pots, dormers and above all its graceful staircase.

We will be sure to let you admire the Chateau under every angle with a stroll around the English-style garden, a jewel-case of greenness for what is now considered one of the most beautiful stone diamonds in the Touraine.



Wine tasting at an organic local domain.

The vines of this estate are ideally spread out over the entire "terroir" covered by the appellation, from the gravel shores along the Loire River to the clay, limestone and sandy soils of the hills overlooking the valley. The red and rosé wines produced in the domain are presented under the appellation "Bourgueil" AOC. They stem 100% from the " Cabernet Franc" grape introduced by the monks of the Abbey in the 11th century.



Lunch at your leisure.

Guided tour of Chateau of Langeais.

As best representation of everyday life in the Middle Ages, the Royal Castle of Langeais, built under King Louis the 11th, was the scene of the marrige of King Charles the 8th and Ann of Brittany. Discover amazing original sets of furniture and tapestries here in the spectacular Banquet and Wedding Halls.

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Guided tour of one of the most spectacular gardens of Touraine: Villandry.

By its diversity and originality (Love Garden, Kitchen Garden, Aromatic and Medicine Plant Garden, Water Garden and the brand new Sun Garden) and by its sheer size (15 acres, 1150 linden trees), Villandry is the Loire Valley garden not to be missed. Your guide will soon have you speaking the language of the Medieval and Renaissance garden, deepening you understanding of the healing powers of thyme and basil.


Drop-off is approximately at 5:30 PM at the Tours Tourist Office.



Accommodations 

Champagne: (Four-Star) Hotel de la Paix**** in Reims for two nights.

In the heart of Reims, the delightful capital of the Champagne region, you’ll find Best Western's pride, the Hôtel de la Paix. This island of calm is a stone’s throw from the Cathedral and a host of charming shops. Between old masonry & and new design, the Hotel de la Paix welcomes you with 169 well-appointed, air-conditioned modern rooms.





Hotel may change according to their availability. Should a provider be unavailable we will offer alternatives of the same standard.


Loire Valley: The (Four-Star) 
Hotel l'Univers in Tours for three nights.

The Hotel l'Univers**** is set in a fashionable shopping area one kilometre (.5 mi.) from the Old Town. This hotel has been the most prestigious address in Tours since 1846 and many notables of Europe and the New World have stayed here. The celebrated portrait gallery only underlines its rich and historic past, while continuing to offer all the comfort of a grand hotel established in the best traditions of hospitality and elegance “à la Française”.





Hotel may change according to their availability. Should a provider be unavailable we will offer alternatives of the same standard.


This tour includes

  • Transportation in a comfortable full options minivan
  • Semi-private English speaking escort guide
  • 2 nights in a hotel**** in Reims and 2 breakfasts
  • Entrance fees and tastings at Moët & Chandon and at Taittinger
  • Avenue des Champagne tour, Dom Perignon with Hauvillers stop
  • Tour of Reims Cathedral
  • Sightseeing of Reims Grandes Maisons de Champagne
  • Entrance fees and tastings at Veuve Clicquot and at a family a estate
  • 1 Champagne tasting lunch with drinks included lunch
  • 3 nights in a hotel**** in Tours and 3 breakfasts
  • Entrance tickets and guided tour of the Chateaux of Amboise, Clos Lucé, Chenonceau, Chambord, Blois, Cheverny, Azay le Rideau, Langeais and Gardens of Villandry
  • 3 tours and wine tastings at a cellar cave
  • TGV transfer from Champagne to Loire Valley
  • Two local private transfers by taxi


This tour does not include

  • Personal expenses
  • Extras
  • Other meals and drinks
  • 4 lunches


Additional information

  • Day Tours available from Monday to Saturday
  • No Day Tours on Sundays. 
 
Features
Duration of the tour6 days
LanguageWe authorize a maximum of 2 different languages per minivan. In that case, your guide will lead the tour in 2 languages.
MinivanSemi private or private tour. The transportation of this excursion is operated in a comfortable full options minibus. Maximum 8 passengers per minibus.
GuideSemi private or private tour. This tour is escorted by an official Guide Interpreter. The guide gives you a tour of the monuments and presents you the history and architecture of the visited sites and towns.
ChateauThe tour includes the tickets to the Chateaux mentioned in the tour. You avoid all queues and have direct access to the monuments with your guide.
Types of travelSmall group packages
DestinationsLoire Valley, Champagne
Number of destinations2
Duration6 days
 
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