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Champagne & Bordeaux


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2 - 6

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12 / 11

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Explore two of France's most iconic wine regions on this exclusive Champagne and Bordeaux Private Departure. Journey through the picturesque countryside, tasting top-quality Champagnes from family-run estates to prestigious Houses. Then, venture to the elegant city of Bordeaux to savor legendary wines along the Bordeaux Wine Route and stroll through the enchanting medieval village of Saint-Émilion.

“I drink Champagne when I win, to celebrate… and I drink Champagne when I lose, to console myself.” - Napoleon Bonaparte


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    Land at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and transfer to accommodations in the town of Reims. Enjoy a wine-paired welcome dinner at a nearby local restaurant

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    DAY 2. REIMS

    Morning guided tour of Reims followed by free time to relax and explore independently

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    Exploration of Montagne de Reims sub-region and Champagne house visit followed by a stop in the hilltop village of Hautvillers for lunch

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    Canal cruise on the Marne with a flute of Champagne on board followed by lunch and a family-run Champagne house visit

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    DAY 5. REIMS

    Visit a large prestigious Champagne House in Reims and enjoy a lunch with drinks at a local restaurant

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    Travel seamlessly through the French countryside to the city of Bordeaux, experiencing the perfect blend of rail and road

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    Morning cooking class with a local chef, winery visit and tasting, and free time to explore the medieval village of Saint-Émilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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    Explore the city of Bordeaux during a walking tour with a knowledgeable local guide that covers the historical highlights of the city

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    DAY 9. MÉDOC

    Spend a full day in the prestigious Médoc region, enjoying cellar tours and tastings at two distinguished estates with a wine-paired lunch in between

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    Venture to two historic estates in the Graves and Sauternes appellations to learn about their terroirs and taste their wines with a stop in between for a memorable gourmet lunch

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    Enjoy a free day to relax, and do any last-minute shopping and sightseeing before toasting your journey during a wine-paired Farewell Dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant

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    Transfer to the Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport for return flights




Family-owned and operated for over a century, this distinctive property is situated in the heart of Reims, a short walk from the cathedral that served as the coronation site of most of France’s kings through the 19th century. The hotel features a restaurant and bar with a private terrace, fitness center, indoor heated pool, sauna, and steam room. Rooms offer complimentary Wifi, minibar, coffee maker, toiletries, bathrobe, and hairdryer.

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This luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Bordeaux is housed in a restored 19th-century mansion that originally served as a private residence and was later transformed into the elegant hotel that it is today. The hotel offers a restaurant and bar, coffee shop, outdoor pool, full-service spa, fitness center, and courtyard with a lovely garden. Rooms and suites are individually designed and decorated with a mix of antique and contemporary furnishings. Each room features plush bedding, flat-screen TV, minibar, and coffee/tea makers while bathrooms have toiletries, bathrobe, slippers, and a hair dryer.

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When you sip champagne, you’re not just tasting a drink, you’re indulging in a symbol of celebration and sophistication. Champagne is unique due to its geographical origin; only sparkling wine from the Champagne region of France can bear the name

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Fun Facts

The Champagne Appellation

Champagne is a region with a well-protected designation of origin, strictly regulated by French law. Only sparkling wines produced within the designated geographical boundaries of Champagne can bear the prestigious label. This legal protection ensures the authenticity and quality of true Champagne, preventing imitations from diluting the region's unique legacy.

The Art of Sabrage

In Champagne, the art of sabrage, or "sabering," is a time-honored tradition that adds an element of theatricality to celebrations. Sabrage involves opening a bottle of Champagne by using a saber to break the glass at the bottle's neck, resulting in a clean, dramatic break. The practice dates back to Napoleon Bonaparte's era when it was believed to have been a way to celebrate victories in battle. To this day, skilled sommeliers and wine enthusiasts showcase their talent by sabering Champagne bottles on special occasions.

Bordeaux is the largest AOC vineyard in France

With just under 125,000 hectares (over 300,000 acres) of vineyards and approximately 6000 Châteaux, Bordeaux is the largest protected designation of origin in France.

Underground Secrets

Saint-Émilion is a charming medieval village known for its red wine and surrounding vineyards. But it also has a unique subterranean heritage, with a network of ancient underground tunnels and chambers. This hidden world contains many different spaces including cellars for storing and aging wine, a vast underground church, and spaces used as a refuge during various conflicts throughout history. Today, visitors can explore this underground world, discovering the historical layers beneath the town's cobbled streets.



  • Accommodations during program dates, including all taxes and fees
  • All activities and private excursions described in the itinerary along with services of local guides, entrance fees, and private transportation
  • Meals as detailed in your itinerary, including pre-arranged drink pairings
  • Private airport transfers with porterage on the first and last scheduled days of the program

Not Included

  • Airfare to/from arrival and departure cities
  • Travel insurance
  • Additional alcoholic beverages beyond what has been arranged by Experi to pair with the included major meals
  • Gratuities for drivers, local guides, porters, and included meals

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Reservation process

Step 1:

Complete the form above indicating:

  • the number of travelers in your group
  • your preferred travel dates
  • the best way to reach you

Step 2:

We will contact you to discuss your preferences.

Step 3:

Based on our conversation, we will check availability, confirm pricing, and provide you with a detailed proposal.

Step 4:

To confirm the services and accommodations for your private departure, a non-refundable 50% deposit of the total trip fee is required.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How a Private Departure Works:

A Private Departure is a program that our destination specialists have meticulously crafted and curated to highlight the best of a particular destination. While we offer a few options to personalize your journey, the main framework of a Private Departure itinerary has been set. If you are seeking to make changes in the schedule or activities, a Custom Program may better suit your needs.

Destination-Specific Information - Champagne & Bordeaux

This trip appeals to wine lovers and bubbly enthusiasts seeking an immersive experience amidst the world-renowned vineyards of these two iconic French regions.


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