CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE: Tour Cellars and Pop Open the Bubbly!
Experience the art de vivre in France’s celebrated Champagne region, the land of the most fabled wines, prestigious vineyards, family-run cellars, Gothic grandeur, a rich unrivaled heritage, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can discover the champagne wines by following the tourist route of the champagne wine region; visit the lighthouse Phare de Verzenay, watching over an ocean of vineyards and housing the Wine museum; stroll around the “wealthiest avenue of the world” in Epernay, where you’ll find the most prestigious champagne houses; or taste a glass of champagne at the Perching Bar, set six meters up in the trees! Visit Reims and its famous cathedral, the Palais de Tau, the Saint Rémi Basilica; go for a hike at the Parc Naturel Régional de la Montagne de Reims; visit Fossier, the famous biscuit factory; and choose between the spa or cycling!
At the gates of Reims, in the heart of the Champagne vineyards, Le Chateau de Rilly is an exceptional place that cultivates a certain art of living well and welcomes you to an old Champagne house dating back to the late eighteenth century. Ideally located between Reims and Epernay, in the heart of the Champagne vineyards, Chateau de Rilly invites you to enter a magical place where the magic of yesteryear is combined with modern comfort. You’ll be enchanted by the chateau’s charm, authenticity and exceptional natural setting overlooking the rolling vineyards, making it the ideal atmosphere in which to enjoy tranquility, comfort and refinement. This former champagne house has retained its character, story and soul from its beginnings in the 18th century, and immerses you in old-world refinement and contemporary comfort. Enjoy a tranquil stroll through the French garden, and view the water basin, boxwood wreaths and grassy flower beds.
The best way to experience the Champagne region of France is to tour the wineries and taste – what else? – the champagne! Your full-day small-group wine tours will take you from the countryside to the cities of Epernay and Reims, two of the most prominent places where champagne is produced – in fact, Epernay is internationally known as the “Capital of Champagne!” Epernay’s stunning main street showcases opulent mansions housing the most distinguished champagne houses, and underground in nearly 70 miles of subterranean cellars there are more than 200 million bottles of champagne being aged! Reims shares the honor of being one of the most important centers of champagne production with Epernay, but it also boasts Gothic grandeur and Roman remains, along with several Michelin-starred restaurants.
The three-hour guided vintage bicycle tour, if you choose to take it, is the perfect way to discover all the secrets of Reims, while cycling over rolling country roads past Champagne houses that date back to the 18th century and through almost endless vineyards in this spectacular region. After your hotel pick-up, you’ll meet your guide in a lovely wine-growing village located in the middle of the Montagne de Reims, 20 minutes away from the city of Reims. Cycle through the vineyard and discover places you wouldn’t have been able to reach by car: hidden countrysides, a World War One bunker, steep vineyards and unforgettable outlooks! You’ll learn everything about the Champagne Region as you cycle and sip (though not simultaneously!) two flutes of champagne at the end of the ride.
If you’d prefer a more pampering Champagne experience, then you can enjoy relaxation and wellness at the spa during your stay at the Château Hôtel de Rilly. Refresh and rejuvenate, offer yourself a moment of peace, discover the benefits of the sauna, and delight in the healing therapy of a massage.
Your trip for two includes:
- 6 days/5 nights accommodation at Le Chateau De Rilly in a Traditional Room
- Daily breakfast
- Full-day small group Reims Scenic Tour
- Full-day small group Epernay Picturesque Tour
- Your choice of a 3-hour vintage Reims bicycle tour or a private 90-minute spa treatment
- All room-related taxes (including VAT)
- Free concierge reservation service