The French Rail Collection - Champagne, Alsace and Burgundy

7 days

Sit back and relax with private transfers and rail travel throughout France, combining Champagne, Alsace and Burgundy. Over the seven days you will taste over 35 wines!

Trip Highlights

  • Rail travel from London and private station transfers throughout the trip

  • Six nights stay in 4 and 5 star hotels in Reims, Strasbourg and Beaune, with breakfasts included

  • Spend a full day with an expert wine guide who will escort you to two estates including the famous Moët & Chandon estate Champagne House and refuel with a champagne tasting lunch in a boutique winery

  • Explore in style with a chauffeured wine tour to 4 wineries, sampling Pinot Blanc, Sylvaner, Riesling, Muscat and Pinot Gris grape varieties

  • Cote de Nuits: A full day chauffeured wine tour with an English speaking driver/guide. You will experience visits at two local domains including numerous tastings. Lunch with accompanying wine in a local wine domaine

from $2,586 per person

This is a guide price based on 2 people travelling together and sharing a room. Rail travel and private transfers have been included with this package.


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Trip details

Day 1

Travel from London St Pancras by Eurostar (via Paris) to Champagne. You will be met at the station by private transfers and taken to your 4 star hotel in the capital of Champagne. After settling into your hotel in the heart of historic Reims, relax with a glass of bubbles in the comfort of your accommodation’s trendy Champagne bar (not included).

Day 2

The following day your friendly English speaking wine guide will take you on a full wine tour to the nearby Côtes des Blancs and Grand Cru Village vineyards. Enjoy the scenery of the grandeur of the famous Avenue du Champagne in Epernay. Today you will visit two estates including the sparkling and glamorous Moët & Chandon, this legendary brand is now one of the most expensive estates in the region . You will also visit a family run estate where you’ll meet the maker and be invited to explore their cellars, taste their wines and share their passion whilst you learn a few things about the production process.   You’ll sample at least seven Champagnes throughout the day and stop for a leisurely champagne tasting lunch in a nearby restaurant or another wine estate.  This day tour includes a visit to the village of Hautvillers and a chance to see the tomb of Dom Perignon – the monk to which we owe thanks for all these bubbles.

Day 3

The final day in the Capital of Champagne is yours to explore. Perhaps a visit to the gothic splendour of Notre Dame Cathedral, a final wander among the winding streets of Reims or simply relax in your hotel’s pool before your next destination, Alsace. Relax with private transfers to the station for your train to Strasbourg. Settle into your 4* hotel in the heart of Strasbourg with breakfasts included.

Day 4

Your full day tour begins with a visit to the Mittelbergheim region, famous for the Zotzenberg, Katelberg and Wiebelsberg Grand Crus. Here you will sample a variety of different grape varieties including Pinot Blanc, Sylvaner and Riesling. This is followed by a visit to Dambach la ville which is considered to be the heart of the Alsace wine region and home of the Grand Cru ‘Frankenstein’ as well as the world famous Riesling and Gewurztraminer. This includes a wine tasting in a ‘caveau’ – the name given to local wineries. You’ll be able to enjoy free time for lunch and to explore at your leisure before moving on to the medieval town of Riquewihr region where Riesling is the dominant grape variety in addition to Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer and Muscat.

Le Cedre Beaune , Beaune - 5 Star Hotel in Burgundy
Day 5

A free morning to enjoy Strasbourg, the city is chiefly known for its sandstone Gothic Cathedral with its famous astronomical clock, and for its medieval cityscape of Rhineland black and white timber-framed buildings. In the afternoon, relax with private transfers to the station for your train to Beaune, in Burgundy. On arrival in Beaune, settle into your 5 star hotel in Beaune before exploring the cobbled streets of this chocolate box town.

Day 6

Start the day with a trip to the Côte de Nuits – the northern half of the Côte d’Or wine region in Burgundy. It specialises in red wines made predominantly from Pinot Noir, the most famous and expensive of which come from the Grand Cru vineyards of Vosne-Romanee and Chambolle-Musigny. With your appetite well and truly stoked, it’s time for your traditional Bourgogne lunch with  five accompanying wines.

Day 7

After breakfast stroll to one of the region’s longest family cellars where you’ll enjoy your last Burgundy wine tasting! There’s just enough time to explore Beaune’s labyrinthine backstreets and alleyways, before bidding farewell to the capital of Burgundy wines. Relax with private transfers to the station, followed by rail travel back London.

 

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Hotel de La Paix

Description The Best Western Premier Hotel de La Paix 4-star is located in the heart of Reims, the Champagne capital, in an exceptional setting. Just a stone’s throw…

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Le Cedre Beaune , Beaune - 5 Star Hotel in Burgundy
Le Cedre

Description Le Cedre offers 40 rooms conducive to relaxation and reverie. Each one is different with its own touch; they are divided into 5 categories…

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