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Champagne Daytrip

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Sat 28 October 2017
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Champagne Daytrip
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Sat 28 October 2017 07:00 - Sat 28 October 2017 23:30
Champagne Region, Épernay, Champagne-Ardenne Region, France
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO AND TO BOOK YOUR SPOT >> https://expatclub.org/event/champagne-daytrip-3-2/

Who doesn’t love Champagne? Any occasion instantly becomes a party whenever a nice bottle of bubbly is opened. The entire world simply adores this exclusive wine. And if you like it too, then this daytrip is definitely something you do not want to miss! Expat Club traveled to Norther France already 10 times the past years. Today we visit De Castellane in Épernay, various houses in the #1 Champagne village of Hautvillers and we spend some time in in Reims.

We’ll be visiting the beating heart of the Champagne region and industry, go underground into two magnificent champagne cellars, have a nice lunch together. Needless to say that we taste a range of delicious glasses and discover the beautiful landscape filled with vineyards. Oh, and as cherry on top we also visit Reims city center, with one of Europe’s most historic cathedrals.

This is our 12th Champagne trip after 11 successful editions in 2014 – 2017. Several dozens of people loved this trip so much that they joined a second or even third time! In fact, if you have joined before or if you couldn’t make it last-minute, we would love to invite you again with a 25% discount! Please contact us if you want to join again.

Our first stop is Épernay, the epi-centre of the Champagne industry in the middle of the Marne valley. Some of the most famous brands can be found in this little town, most of them along the prestigious Avenue de Champagne: Moët & Chandon, Esterlin and Perrier-Jouët.

As a group we will visit the De Castellane Champagne, where we have a private guided tour through the (6km long) cellars, learn all about the production process, stroll through their historical museum, and for those with strong legs can go up the 66-meter high tower to enjoy a splendid view over the city of Épernay and surrounding vineyards. Of course a flute of delicious Brut champagne is included in our visit.

If you would like you can alternatively visit Mercier Champagne instead, France’s most popular champagne. This house can be reached in just 2 minutes by foot. Walking above the ground, you may not realise that the Mercier Champagne has 18 kilometers of cellars carved out in Épernay’s chalky soil. After watching a short movie and descending to the cellars during an entertaining elevator ride, you will board a cool little laser-guided train that takes us through these cellars. We discover the exceptional history of the brand, which is now part of the luxury LVMH Group. At the end of the tour we’ll be invited for a flute of Brut Mercier. There is a €7,50 surcharge for this tour. If you like you may also taste the Brut Rosé and the Réserve for an extra surcharge. These are exclusive wines that you almost never can buy per glass in bars and restaurants, so you might as well enjoy it while you can!

In Hautvillers we have reserved a private room in Restaurant de l’Abbaye for our group. You can join us for lunch, which includes a main dish (Sauté de poulet en crème de ratafia OR Poisson du jour) bread one glass of wine/beer/soft water Café Gourmand (delicious small deserts!). Please select during checkout whether you would like to have the chicken, fish, vegetarian or vegan during the check-out process. This restaurant knows how to prepare a good meal as it is part of the Association Française des Maîtres Restaurateurs. Please note there are just two restaurants in Hautvillers and the second one may be full as many locals and other groups go there (like ours). There is no supermarket and only one small bakery (not open during lunch time). It’s therefore advisable to join us or take your own lunch with you. The food is excellent and the company even better… You won’t regret it.
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https://expatclub.org/event/champagne-daytrip-3-2/
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