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Previously the domain of self-drive holidaymakers, the recent arrival of the TGV Est high speed line connecting the Champagne region with the French capital in under an hour makes it an excellent short break destination. Whether you wish to base yourself in the fortified town of Epernay or the ancient city of Reims, in a fine country house hotel amongst the vineyards, it is the perfect place for a special occasion and a glass or two of bubbly!



Although founded in the 5th century, the town of Epernay has really flourished since the techniques of champagne production were mastered in the 18th century. Beneath the elegant streets are 100 kilometres of subterranean cellars and walkways; guided tours including tastings are a must for anyone staying in the region, speak to the Kirker Concierge for more information. Epernay is 30 minutes by train from Reims and one hour 15 minutes from Paris.



Now just 45 minutes by train from Paris, Reims is the gateway to the Champagne region. A fascinating and historic city, visitors can explore the magnificent cathedral (which has held over 30 coronations), the Musée des Beaux Arts, the Palace of Tau and les grand marques and the elegant champagne-producing houses that line the main streets.


Excursions in Champagne

Prices include English-speaking driver/guide, entrance fees, wine tasting sessions and lunch. Group tours, starting and finishing in Reims, only run on certain days of the week so please ask a Kirker expert for schedules and local transport suggestions. Small group tours from £198 per person, private tours from £475 per person.


Épernay and Champagne (Full Day Tour)

The Route du Champagne meanders through the Marne valley passing the vines in famous towns and estates such as Cumières and Hautvillers, where you will visit the tomb of Dom Pérignon, the father of the world’s most famous sparkling wine. Épernay has become the region’s heartland, with the Avenue du Champagne showcasing many of the famous houses, such as Moët & Chandon, Perrier-Jouet and Mercier, one of which you will visit to sample the latest production. Leaving Épernay you will taste a range of local champagnes and culinary delicacies in a boutique winery and a family estate.


Reims and Champagne (Full Day Tour)

The former regional capital and best known city in the Champagne region, Reims was known as the city of coronation as all but two of the kings of France were crowned over a 1300 year period in the Notre Dame cathedral, your first visit. Now better known for its effervescent drink, a visit to Reims must include one of the great champagne houses: Veuve-Cliquot, Pommery or Mumm, where you will learn about the unique methods of production and enjoy a glass.Heading into the Marne Valley you will visit a vineyard and local estate for a delicious lunch and further tasting sessions to while away the afternoon.

Reims and Champagne (Kirker Wine Tour)


Our Cultural Tours programme is designed to appeal to clients who enjoy travelling with like-minded companions. Our new tour offers an insider’s view of Champagne in the company of wine expert Tim Clarke and includes private tastings and exclusive meals at the leading cellars. The tour departs on 22 November 2020 and costs £2,168 per person.
For further details or to request a copy of our Cultural Tours & Music Holidays brochure, call 020 7593 2284.


3 nights from £1,138

including Transfers, Eurostar

Highly Recommended
Champagne, France
Originating from the 19th century, Villa Eugene was formerly owned by the Mercier family and is located in a leafy residential area of Epernay, a 15 minute walk from the town centre.


Royal Champagne

3 nights from £1,398

including Transfers, Eurostar

Champagne, France
Located on a hill overlooking Epernay’s valley and the vineyard below, Royal Champagne is only five kilometres from Dom Perignon’s village of Hautvillers and 25 minutes’ drive from Reims.   

3 nights from £798

including Eurostar

Champagne, France
In the heart of Reims, just a few minutes’ walk from the Cathedral, and walking distance from the TGV station, Hotel de la Paix has 163 comfortable, modern rooms.

3 nights from £819

including Transfers, Eurostar

Champagne, France
Once a 19th Century residence, the Grand Hotel des Templiers is now a charming little hotel located in the centre of Rheims, just a short walk from the Cathedral. It is tastefully decorated throughout with antiques, ornate ceilings, and hand-carved woodwork which all help to create a homely atmosphere.


Jean Moet

Prices on request

including Flights, Transfers

Champagne, France
This charming hotel is located in the heart of the champagne producing capital of Epernay and dates back to the 18th Century. Behind the protected original façade is a striking glass-roofed winter garden where afternoon tea is served.

Featured Tours

Cultural Tours & Music Holidays

Reims and Champagne

3 nights from £2,425

Champagne, France
This tour offers an insider’s view of Champagne in the company of wine expert Tim Clarke. The heart of the Champagne region is a relatively compact area to the east of Paris around Reims and Epernay.

Accommodation options in Champagne

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