A Luxurious Champagne Getaway from Paris
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Discover one of France's most exquisite treasures, the Champagne region, a realm where history, beauty and gastronomy converge in harmonious splendor. Here, nestled amidst this breathtaking landscape, the world's most iconic champagne houses invite you to uncover their stories, craftsmanship and legacy, ensuring your journey is both visually captivating and gastronomically indulgent.
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Area Les Crayères (Domaine Les Crayères)
Foodie paradise in a meticulously restored French chateau in Reims—the perfect daytrip or weekend escape from Paris.
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Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa
Upscale property surrounded by vineyards with classy rooms and suites.
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Day 1: Elegance takes flight
Begin your day at the luxurious Heliport of Paris, where you'll board a private helicopter. Enjoy breathtaking views of iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and Luxembourg Gardens as you soar towards the South of Paris. Traverse the scenic vineyards of Champagne, including Côte des Blancs, Epernay and Ay cities, as well as Coteaux Montagne de Reims and Moulin de Vernezay. Choose to land at the The Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa for a delightful stopover.
Note: You can opt to arrive in Champagne by a high-speed train from Paris.
Check in and head off for to the degustation at the Perching Bar, a suspended champagne haven nestled within the Montagne de Reims nature reserve. Have a masterclass, where the secrets of champagne come to life. Delight in the art of pairing champagne with cheeses, explore the impact of different glass shapes on the tasting experience and deepen your understanding of this effervescent elixir. Revel in the unique atmosphere and raise a glass to the majesty of the region.
Continue your day with a visit to the village of Hautvillers. Discover the historic Hautevilliers Abbey, nestled in the heart of Champagne, where the legendary Dom Pérignon once lived and crafted his iconic sparkling wine. Immerse yourself in the history and heritage of champagne-making as you stroll through charming streets and discover the Maison Champagne Tribault, a prestigious champagne family house, that has a rich heritage dating back several generations. They have honed their craftsmanship over the years, adhering to traditional winemaking techniques while embracing modern innovations. Don't forget to get couple of bottles of their exquisite champagnes that capture the essence of the region and the artistry of their creators.
End your day at the luxurious Michelin-starred Le Royal Champagne restaurant, where gastronomic excellence meets the art of pairing champagne with culinary delights created by chef Chef Paolo Boscaro.
Day 2: A symphony of architecture and elegance
Awake in luxury at the Royal Champagne Hotel, where an elegant veranda overlooks the sprawling vineyards. After breakfast, prepare to be transported into the world of architectural splendor - Villa Demoiselle.
The villa, an architectural symbol of this era, stands proudly as a testament to Paul-François Vranken's vision. Nestled on Rheims' Boulevard Henry Vasnier, this villa was meticulously designed by the gifted architect Louis Sorel. Step through the doors of this architectural treasure and discover its rich heritage. The interior is a symphony of carved wood, intricate metal casting and vibrant stained glass windows by the renowned Auguste Labouret. Admire the delicate floral motifs painted by Philippe Ober that adorn the hall and be enthralled by a staircase that stands as a monument to French culture itself.
To complete this remarkable visit, indulge in a champagne tasting at the nearby Domaine Pommery cellars, guided by a professional sommelier. Savor each sip of champagne as you soak in the atmosphere that embodies the essence of this artistic jewel.
After the visit, sit back in your comfortable car and enjoy a scenic ride to Epernay, where you can continue your exploration of the Belle Époque elegance at Maison Perrier-Jouët. With roots dating back to 1811, it stands as a testament to the opulent era, where Art Nouveau and the Champagne art de vivre intertwine in perfect harmony.
Step into this exquisite setting of Maison Belle Époque and traverse three uniquely imagined spaces around its historic Epernay site, where the gustatif, cultural and artistic heritage of Maison Perrier-Jouët flourishes. Be captivated by regular showcases of artistic collaborations and installations that weave creative tales. After indulging in a gastronomic lunch there, immerse yourself in one of Maison Perrier-Jouët's original tasting experiences, a voyage that invites you to explore not only the Champagne region but also the legendary cuvées that have left their mark on history.
As you prepare for your departure, look back one last time at the beauty that has embraced you. As you ascend for your return flight to the Heliport of Paris, be captivated by stunning views that unveil the magnificence of the landscape you've come to know and love.
Au Revoir to a journey of elegance!
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