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Weekend Trip to Champagne 15th-17th July

Following the hugely successful two sell-out trips last year I am organising another Champagne trip, which is going to be a really fun weekend. I have organised several of these trips in the last 5 years and have excellent contacts with many small producers - the visits to them are always the highlight of the weekend. The last trip in November was fully booked with a further 10 people on the waiting list so if you would like to come on this one don't delay! You can see the feedback about the last trip in this link:

These trips are open to anyone so feel free to pass on the details to any friends, colleagues or family who might be interested.

If you have ever wanted to visit this fascinating area, discover the secret of the bubble, and find out what makes champagne the celebratory drink par excellence, then this is the weekend for you. You will see the miles of cellars dug out of chalk where millions of bottle age gracefully, learn how champagne is made, and discover what makes it so special. The town of Reims where we will be based has many other attractions including a stunning cathedral, as well as lots of lively bars and nightlife.

We will leave from Bressenden Place, Victoria, London early on Friday morning in a comfortable, air-conditioned coach. There will be an option to be collected from Stop 24 service station at Junction 11 on the M20, one junction before the Eurotunnel terminal, where you can park for approx. £5 per day. We will arrive in Reims late afternoon and go straight to visit one of the major Champagne houses for a tour and tasting in their extensive cellars. There will be the option to join a group dinner that evening in a Michelin listed local restaurant. Or if you prefer you can choose one of the many other lively bars and restaurants.

During the next two days we will head towards Epernay and the Montagne de Reims to visit three family producers, two on Saturday and one on Sunday morning. These producers are all situated in the best villages and are hand-picked for the quality and value which they offer. At each one we will taste various champagnes from their range and you will be able to buy supplies at attractive prices (the coach has plenty of luggage space!). On Saturday lunchtime there will be free time to wander round the town of Epernay.

We will head back to the UK after lunch on Sunday, arriving back at London Victoria around 9 pm.

The tour includes:-

- travel throughout by full size 50 seat executive coach, crossing by Eurotunnel

- two nights bed and buffet breakfast on a twin share basis (some single rooms and Upgraded 'Privilege' rooms are available at a supplement) in the Hotel de la Paix in Reims. The hotel is very centrally located, and is a good quality 3 star with ensuite facilities, air conditioned rooms, and a small swimming pool. (See

- visits and tastings at 4 different champagne producers, which will be a mixture of big names and smaller family concerns

- the services of Christos Ioannou as wine expert and tour guide

The cost is £275 per person sharing a double or twin room, with a £50 supplement for single rooms of which there are a limited number. There are also a few upgraded twin/double ‘Privilege’ rooms available for an additional cost of £40 per person (not available for single rooms). If you are prepared to share a twin room with a person of the same sex but do not have anyone to share with, I will try and match you up, but if there is no-one suitable you will have to pay the single supplement. A deposit of £75 is payable when booking, and the balance is due two months before departure.

Places will be limited to 35 people and numbers must be finalised by the middle of May, but the tour is likely to see out well before then so please let Christos know as soon as possible if you would like to join the tour. To register your interest in this tour RSVP ‘Yes’ and send an e-mail to [masked] to request a booking form. I will be sending out the booking forms after I return from South Africa on 8th March.

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  • Rupi

    It was a wonderful trip. Thanks Christos for the great organisation. The last time I did this trip it was later in the year, the sun and warm weather made an excellent change! Will certainly do it again sometime.

    July 24, 2011

  • Vesna

    Ansolutely brilliant, will definitely go back for more! Great experience going around cellars, being explained the process and of course drinking very good champagne.

    July 23, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really enjoyed the trip with very friendly group. Very well organised and varied tour. Great to visit some small producers and excellent value for purchases. Will definitely be booking on another trip

    July 20, 2011

  • Pamela

    This was a great trip, I learnt so much about Champagne in the company of a lovely group of people. The whole trip was organised seamlessly, a lot of thought had gone into the organisation with a great result. The hotel was very modern and chic, a very nice experience to stay in, so well done Christos for putting it all together.

    July 19, 2011

  • Los

    Excellent trip everything well organised by Christos. We visited one Grande Marque and 3 smaller producers so a good range.

    July 19, 2011

  • Chris

    Great trip - good to contrast a Grande Marque with three small producers. Excellent quality and value from the small producers. Pleasant group and great guiding from Christos.

    July 19, 2011

  • Charlotte

    A very good champagne experience and we visited interesting producers of different sizes plus one Grande Marque. I would certainly recommend Christo's tours to other foodies. Broad age range of participants which is good.

    July 18, 2011

  • Paula F.

    A decadent weekend, ideal for foodies and champagne lovers, that was thoroughly enjoyable. Thanks Christos!

    July 18, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you so much for a brilliant and well organised weekend... The hotel was great and so were the Champagne houses we visited...cannot wait for the next one....

    July 17, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Christos for organising a fantastic weekend.

    July 17, 2011

  • Caroline W.

    Unfortunately I can't make the dates for this one as I'm on a course that weekend, otherwise I would have put my name down, but if it's a good a trip as the last one all those going should have a great time! :-)

    February 22, 2011

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