How to GoTake the Champagne Train Eurostar to Champagne from London via Paris is now 4 hours. Your group could meet with our guide in the Champagne Bar, St Pancras Station and travel by private rail coach with a champagne breakfast. From Paris, after a quick change, the new TGV service will whisk you into Reims in 45 minutes. If you are arriving by air, we will meet you with private chauffered minibuses at Paris (CDG) Charles de Gaulle airport and take you swiftly in 75 minutes into Reims. Reims has its own Betheny airport if you want to charter a plane and fly right in. It is quite possible now to go from London by Eurostar, check into your hotel, lunch in a Reims restaurant and arrive to be greeted at a Champagne house for a tour by 2pm.
Where To StayVa Va Room The Hotel De La Paix, (above) truly central in Reims, is a good 3* option, well-refurbished in the last few years. There's true swank at the Chateau Les Crayeres for small groups (below). Out of town, the rooms and food are gorgeous at the 4* Hostellerie La Briqueterie (below) in Vinay. Chateau d'Etoges to the south of the Cote des Blancs is one of our favourites, especially if you want business meetings on your tour. (below)
RestaurantsBubbles and Squeak
You will surely squeak with delight to sample Champagne's food. Illustrated here are dishes from chef magician Didier Elena at the 2* Chateau de Crayeres in Reims.
And no one should miss a trip to the art deco classic Brasserie Boulingrin (below) in Reims either, proof that good champagne and robust food are as matched as fine dining.
'We so enjoyed the weekend in Reims. The organisation was superb and we congratulate you.'
'Thank you for all the effort you put into the trip to Champagne...Alex and I had a wonderful time and felt incredibly privileged to visit such magnificent properties, while your insight and commentary helped put it all into context. The work you put into the organisation showed in the incredibly smooth operation of a fairly packed itinerary for a large party with a highly diverse perception of speed and timeliness. Well done, and thank you.
'Many thanks for arranging a most splendid tour of Champagne. You certainly opened many doors which would otherwise have remained locked to us.'