Pop, pour, and explore Champagne’s wine region with Six Twists

A Champagne tasting room in Fredericksburg, Texas – the heart of Texas wine county!

Date

Oct 13 - 20

Year

2024

Group Size

16 - 18

Tour Escort

Day 1 to Day 8

Pop, pour, and explore Champagne’s wine region with Six Twists, a Champagne tasting room in  Fredericksburg, Texas–the heart of Texas wine country!

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the heart of Champagne, France where luxury meets tradition. Delve into the rich history of the region with private tours of its oldest and most esteemed Champagne Houses, explore UNESCO-listed chalk cellars, marvel at the intricate craftsmanship of a stained-glass studio, and be captivated by the grandeur of Reims’ cathedral.

Our host will be Andre Boada, co-owner of Six Twists, who is also an Advanced Sommelier from The Court of Master Sommeliers.

Elevate your senses with exclusive gastronomic adventures, including a private cooking class and a decadent 5-course champagne-paired dinner. Immerse yourself in the artistry of barrel making at the last remaining barrel maker in Champagne, savoring the distinct flavors imparted by the carefully selected wood.

Plus, as an added bonus, you’ll go on a day trip to the fairytale-like region of Alsace and experience the charm, food and wine of this very unique part of France.

Don’t miss out on this extraordinary journey – it’s an experience that promises to be nothing short of sensational!

Trip Highlights

 – Embark on a guided scenic journey through Montagne de Reims, discovering Premier and Grand Cru villages.

– Private tour of Tresor de Champagne Domain, where you will be immersed in the Champagne-making process and indulge in a diverse cuvée tasting.

– Visit the seventeenth-century Simon-Marq glassmaking studio in Reims, observing skilled glassmakers at work.

– Attend a Private Cooking Class, learning the secrets of Gourmet French Cuisine.

– Explore the Gothic masterpiece, ‘Notre Dame de Reims’ Cathedral, steeped in the history of French monarch coronations.

– Take a guided walking tour through Strasbourg’s picturesque streets, discovering iconic sites like Notre Dame Cathedral, charming half-timbered houses, and the scenic Petite France district.

– Delve into the vaulted cellar of Strasbourg Hospices, exploring Alsace’s winegrowing heritage and enjoying a tasting of exquisite Alsace wines, housed in the cellar that holds the oldest wine in the world.

– Private tour and tasting at family-owned Champagne Dethune.

– Discover the grandeur of UNESCO-listed Avenue De Champagne in Epernay, home to prestigious Champagne Houses, with iconic buildings and villas known for their reputation as “the richest avenue in the world.”

– Learn about the UNESCO-listed “Crayères” chalk cellars of Taittinger and the glorious history of this iconic brand during a private tour, followed by a tasting in a private salon.

– Tour the magnificent cellars of Ruinart, the oldest Champagne House, and savor a Champagne Aperitif.

– Indulge in a Private Dinner at La Maison Ruinart, featuring a five-course menu by Chef Valérie Radou, paired with five Champagnes of the House.

– Visit the last barrel-maker in the region, La Tonnellerie de Champagne, and learn all about the ancient tradition.

Transfers from Paris to Reims & Return

Reims is less than an hour train trip from Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport, so we ask that all travelers use Paris CDG as their arrival and departure point for this trip.

Included in the price of the trip is a VIP transfer from the airport to the train platform and first class train ticket. Upon arrival in Reims, a driver will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel

Travelers should plan their arrival into CDG as follows:

Option 1:   Flight arrival by 9:30 am to take 1st train:

-11:22 AM departing from CDG Airport Paris Roissy

-11:52 AM arriving in Champagne-Ardenne train station

Option 2:   Flight arrival by 1:00pm to take 2nd train:

-3:01 PM departing from CDG Airport Paris Roissy

-3:58 PM arriving in Champagne-Ardenne train station

For travelers who plan to spend time in Paris (or elsewhere) before the start of this trip, we ask that you notify us in advance which train option you prefer and plan to arrive at CDG  (specific location to be provided) in time to join the group.

For the return from Reims at the conclusion of the trip, we will reverse this process.  We will provide transportation to get to the Champagne-Ardenne train station to CDG for your flight home.

When booking flights, allow at least 2-3 hours from arrival at CDG until your flight time.

Option 1:

-08:58 AM departing from Champagne-Ardenne

-09:28 AM arriving in CDG Airport Tgv Roissy

Option 2:

-11:30 AM departing from Champagne-Ardenne

-12:00 PM arriving in CDG Airport Tgv Roissy

We will be happy to discuss this in greater detail when you book the trip.

What is included in the price?

– Hotels with daily breakfast and taxes.

– Group airport transfers.

– Local transportation via Coach Bus or Train.

– French tour manager traveling with the group through the tour to provide support.

– Local guides.

– Whisper devices through to facilitate guided commentary.

Not included:

– Tips/Gratuities for guides, drivers, and tour managers (guidelines will be provided. Tips are appreciated but not mandatory.)

– International air.

– Travel/Cancellation Insurance (every traveler must either show proof of insurance or waive coverage.)

– Items of personal nature.

– Anything not included in the itinerary.

Day 1 – October 13
Arrival Day in Paris

Bonjour! Welcome, to France!

A VIP hostess will be waiting to escort you through immigration/passport control, baggage claim, and to your designated train platform. Here you will take the direct train from CDG Airport in Paris to Champagne. (See additional information under Trip Description.)

Upon arrival, your driver will pick you up from the train station and take you to your hotel. 5 Star Hotel La Caserne Chanzy, your home for the duration of the trip.

In the evening, a cocktail and light welcomedinner will be served at your hotel, where you will taste local champagne and wine.

*** Menu will be shared after you receive your booking confirmation. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options are available.***

Day 2 – October 14
Reims

Embark on a captivating journey through the heart of Champagne, starting with a scenic drive along the Champagne Scenic Road. Marvel at the UNESCO-listed hillside vineyards of Montagne de Reims, discovering Premier Cru and Grand Cru villages along the way. Immerse yourself in the winemaking process with a private visit to the domain of a Tresor de Champagne member, where you’ll taste various cuvées and appreciate the region’s viticultural treasure: the grapes.

Indulge in a delightful 3-course menu with drinks at a restaurant in Reims before delving into the secrets of Champagne Lanson during a cellar tour and tasting. Explore the enchanting Clos Lanson and the wooden cellar, gaining insights into the artistry behind this Major Champagne House. Conclude your day with a unique visit to Atelier Simon-Marq, a seventeenth-century stained-glass master studio in Reims. Uncover the rich history of stained glass and witness the craftsman at work, a perfect blend of culture and flavor in the heart of Champagne.

Day 3 – October 15
Reims

Dive into a culinary adventure with Chef Eric as he unveils the secrets of Gourmet French Cuisine in a private cooking workshop. After mastering the art in the kitchen, savor the fruits of your labor with a delectable 3-course lunch, perfectly paired with unique cuvées of Champagne.

Following this gastronomic delight, immerse yourself in the rich history of Reims with a guided walking tour of the renowned Notre Dame de Reims Cathedral. A symbol of Gothic art and a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1991, this cathedral has witnessed centuries of French monarchs’ coronation ceremonies, offering a cultural and culinary journey in the heart of Reims.

Day 4 – October 16
Strasbourg

Begin today’s captivating journey by boarding a direct train ride to Strasbourg from the Champagne Ardenne train station. Upon arrival you will meet with your exceptional English-speaking guide, awaiting to unveil the city’s rich history. Traverse the charming streets on a guided walking tour, exploring the Notre Dame Cathedral, the historical center, half-timbered houses, and the scenic Petite France district.

Following the tour, delve into the Historic Wine Cellar of Strasbourg Hospices, immersing yourself in the world’s oldest wines during a private guided tour and tasting. Indulge in a 3-course lunch with local specialties and drinks at a typical restaurant. The afternoon is yours to explore at leisure. In the evening, board the direct train back to Champagne. Your private driver will be ready to transfer you to your hotel, concluding a day filled with cultural exploration, exquisite cuisine, and the finest wines of Alsace.

Day 5 – October 17
Tour of Champagne Houses

Travel to the heart of Champagne, beginning with an exclusive private visit to Champagne Dethune. Immerse yourself in the art of Champagne-making as you explore the family-owned domain nestled in the vineyards. Engage your senses in a tasting of various cuvées, capturing the diverse essence of Champagne.

Continue your exploration with a stroll down the grandiose Avenue De Champagne in Epernay, a UNESCO-listed marvel that housed iconic Champagne Houses like Moet & Chandon and Laurent Perrier during the 19th century. Admire the opulent buildings and villas, while your guide shares captivating stories about the visionaries behind these renowned brands.

Savor a delightful 3-course menu with included drinks at a local restaurant in Epernay.

Delve into the history of this esteemed Champagne Taittinger, within the UNESCO-listed “Crayères” chalk cellars, where millions of Champagne bottles patiently age. Conclude the day with a private salon tasting of three distinct Champagnes, an exquisite finale to a day filled with Champagne sophistication and unparalleled flavors.

Day 6 – October 18
La Maison Ruinart

Indulge in an extraordinary journey at La Maison Ruinart, the oldest Champagne House. Take a private cellar tour, delving into the UNESCO-listed chalk cellars and unveiling the intricate secrets of winemaking with a brand ambassador. Following this enlightening experience, treat your senses to a Champagne Aperitif in the refined setting of the House.

The pinnacle of the day awaits with a Private Pairing Dinner in a secluded salon, where Chef Valérie Radou has crafted a five-course menu specifically designed to elevate the flavors of five exquisite Champagnes of the House. This exclusive Champagne pairing dinner promises an unforgettable evening, allowing you to savor the prestige cuvées, including vintage champagnes, and immerse yourself in the rich heritage of Ruinart. A truly unique and luxurious experience for Champagne enthusiasts.

Day 7 – October 19
La Tonnellerie de Champagne

Discover the timeless art of barrel making at La Tonnellerie de Champagne, the last cooperage in the region, known for crafting high-end barrels for prestigious wines and Champagnes. Learn about this ancestral tradition during a private visit, followed by a Champagne tasting that demonstrates the unique effects of oak aging compared to stainless steel. After this immersive experience, savor an authentic and delightful three-course lunch at a charming restaurant in Reims. After returning to your accommodation, the evening will be spent at your leisure.

Day 8 – October 20
Departure Day

Au revoir!

You will take your train from Champagne Ardenne train station to CDG Airport.