Food, Wine and Historical Discovery of the Champagne region
A 5-night Regional Food and Wine Program
September 19-24, 2017
Elan Travel and Chef Eric Arrouzé are pleased to offer a unique 5-night cultural, food and wine program in Champagne, France. Chef Eric will take you on an amazing and unique cultural and gastronomic journey through the world-famous vineyards and cellars of Champagne. Lots of bubbles ahead!
Beginning in Reims, the former city of the crowning of the kings of France. You will discover along the Routes du Champagne both large and small champagne crafters and visits amazing cellars from Reims to the charming city of Epernay and along the beautiful Marne River.
This is a rare opportunity to discover an amazing world renown region just before the harvest. Extremely rich in food, wines, history and culture, you will sample elite Champagne, French gastronomy at its best and meet passionate food producers, farmers, vintners, wine producers and local sommeliers. Located northeast of Paris, you might consider adding on our optional 3-night Paris extension.
It was during the 17th century that the monk Dom Pérignon, the famous cellar master of the Abbey of Hautvilliers, taught the wine growers the secrets of Champagne. He did not create, but perfected, the method with his choice of grape varieties and blending vintages from various vineyards. Chef Eric will help you follow in his footsteps.
Day 1: Arrive in Reims. Guests check in at the hotel in downtown Reims, France after 2 pm. Chef Eric will greet the participants at the hotel in the afternoon with a flute of Champagne. Guided visit of a prestigious Champagne house founded in 1858 and cellar with tasting. Private guided visit of the cellars and Gallo-Roman chalk quarries and bas-relief art. Learn about the history of the House, the techniques used to craft Champagne wines. Overnight in Reims.
Day 2: Self-guided visit of the towers of Reims Cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Departure for the Route de Champagne Massif Saint-Thierry. Champagne tasting of a small producer. Village lunch. Guided visit of the historic premier Champagne house Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin founded in 1772 and explore the unique chalk caves. Welcome dinner in Reims. Overnight in Reims.
Day 3: Visit the Museum of the Surrender, where General Eisenhower accepted the unconditional surrender of Germany in 1945. Visit of the Route du Champagne: Montagne de Reims. Departure for Verzenay and lunch in a village. Bucolic visit of the Phare de Verzenay vineyards. Overnight in Reims.
Day 4: Departure for Route du Champagne: Vallée de la Marne. Follow the Marne River. Visit of a small Champagne producer, staple on Michelin Star Restaurant tables. Lunch along the Marne River. Guided tour of the amazing Moët et Chandon Champagne chalk-rock-underground cellars with tasting. Visit and tasting of the historic premium Champagne house Champagne de Castellane, a notable Champagne house founded in 1895. Overnight in Epernay.
Day 5: Guided tour of a historic Champagne house founded in 1849 and notably Sir Winston Churchill’s favorite champagne. Lunch in Epernay. Departure for Côte des Blancs and bucolic tour in the vineyards. The search for lightness and delicacy will inevitably lead us to the Côte de Blancs. The Côte des Blancs’ grand cru villages are highly regarded for their quality of fruit and many the best known and prestigious cuvees of the big Champagne houses source their fruit from here. Visit to a small producer. Overnight in Epernay.
Day 6: Hotel check out by 11 am and end of the program.
The fee is CAD$3950 for single or double occupancy and includes:
- 5 breakfasts in minimum 3*hotels or equivalent.
- 4 light lunches (plat du jour) in restaurants.
- Workshops and multiple wine tastings.
- 1 dinner in Reims
- Transportation during the program, starting in Reims and ending in Epernay.
(Participants will travel in a rented van).
- Daily cultural visits and tastings of local food delicacies.
- Visits to vineyards with wine tastings.
- Visits to numerous national, cultural heritage and UNESCO sites.
- Airfare is not included and may be purchased through our partner Elan travel.
- Note: This tour may be booked privately all year and customized as desired. Contact me for a detailed quote.
Deposit and Payment of Fees
50% deposit with a non-refundable deposit of $1500 is required with your preliminary application. The remaining balance is due by June 19, 2017. Booking after that date, is 100% of cost upfront.
No refunds will be issued after June 19, 2017.
*Fees for this program are subject to change without notice based on the currency exchange rate or other reasons beyond Chef Eric's control. Some restrictions may apply. We reserve the right to change dates, itineraries, carriers, institutions and tour guides for this program. A standard release form must be signed by all participants.
Applicants must be at least 19 years of age. Applicants will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis, provided that the $1500 deposit is submitted with the registration form. Final acceptance is conditional upon receipt of the remaining balance and written agreement to program conditions. Please do not make travel arrangements until the program has been confirmed by Chef Eric Arrouzé.