• $3,055
  • $600
  • AHI
  • Low
  • Land Only

Discover the essence of France’s Champagne country and explore the history, culture and joie de vivre of this magnificent region. Sip Champagne, stroll through picturesque towns and more during your seven-night stay in Reims. Experience a program crafted to offer a balance of planned activities and time to follow your own path.



Day 1 :
Depart gateway city
AHI FlexAir passengers depart for Paris, France. Please check your luggage from your gateway city to your arrival city. Your claim checks should have the following airport code: CDG.

Meals – Appropriate in-flight meal service
Day 2 :
Paris, France/Reims
Arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. Proceed through immigration to the baggage claim area and retrieve your luggage. After completing customs, AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for the group arrival transfer and Land Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer should exit the baggage claim area and proceed to the designated meeting spot, where an AHI Travel representative will meet them. The meeting location will be provided with your final documents.

Transfer to Reims and the Mercure Reims Centre Cathedrale Hotel. Please note if you arrive at the hotel before check-in time, your room may not be immediately available.

Get to know your fellow travelers at a Welcome Reception and Dinner tonight.

Accommodation – Mercure Reims Centre Cathedrale Hotel
Meals – Appropriate in-flight meal service and dinner
Day 3 :
Reims
Discovery: Taittinger Champagne . Tour the estate of this vaunted Champagne house and descend into the fourth-century chalk mines where the wines are stored. Learn about the history of these vaults as well as the wines. Enjoy a Champagne tasting.

Discovery: Reims. Discover the highlights of Reims. Visit the Notre-Dame Cathedral, which hosted 1,000 years of French coronations. See the Abbey of Saint-Remí and the Palace of Tau.

Accommodation – Mercure Reims Centre Cathedrale Hotel
Meals – Breakfast and lunch
Day 4 :
Meuse-Argonne/Verdun/Reims
Discovery: Verdun. Visit the region where 1.2 million U.S. soldiers fought in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive and a memorial for the fallen soldiers from Pennsylvania. Stop at the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, the largest U.S. cemetery in Europe. Visit the Montfaucon American Monument, a memorial commemorating the Americans who fought in the battle, an Allied victory. Travel to the site of the World War I’s longest battle, which spanned 10 months in 1916. Visit the Verdun Memorial, which honors the soldiers who fought in that battle. Continue to Fort Douaumont for a tour of the fortifications.

Enjoy lunch during your excursion.

Accommodation – Mercure Reims Centre Cathedrale Hotel
Meals – Breakfast and lunch
Day 5 :
Troyes/Reims
Enrichment: The Land of Champagne The bubbly wine made in this region claims the Champagne name. Made elsewhere, it is called sparkling wine. Learn why Champagne and its eponymous wine have become famous around the world.

Discovery: Troyes. Visit this charming, historic city, former capital of the Champagne region. During the Middle Ages, Troyes was one of four Champagne towns that hosted large international fairs. Admire charming timber-framed homes built in the 16th century after a fire destroyed the city.

Enjoy lunch at a restaurant in Troyes.

Free Time: After lunch, there is time for exploring on your own in Troyes.

Accommodation – Mercure Reims Centre Cathedrale Hotel
Meals – Breakfast and lunch

Day 6 :
Hautvillers/Épernay/Reims
Enrichment: The End of the Great War. Learn about the events leading up to the 1918 armistice and the eventual end of The War to End All Wars.

Discovery: Montagne de Reims, Hautvillers and Épernay Visit the heart of Champagne country. The Montagne de Reims is a plateau surrounded by hills covered with grapevines and towns famous for their Champagne production. Visit the village of Hautvillers, home of the 17th-century monk credited with developing the modern technique of making sparkling wine. Today, his name, Dom Pérignon, is synonymous with Champagne. In Épernay, stroll down the Avenue de Champagne, the address of many renowned Champagne houses. Enjoy tastings at two of the houses.

Accommodation – Mercure Reims Centre Cathedrale Hotel
Meals – Breakfast and lunch

Day 7 :
Somme River Valley/Reims
Discovery: Battle of the Somme. Spend a day learning about one of the most devastating battles of the First World War. The Battle of the Somme, lost by the Allies, actually was a series of battles over five months in 1916. On the first day alone, 19,240 British soldiers were killed. The number of total Allied and German deaths is estimated to be between 1.3 and 1.5 million troops, and the battle is known as Britain’s costliest. Travel through the Somme River valley to the Museum of the Great War in Peronne to learn about this hard-fought campaign. Visit the Somme American Cemetery, where U.S. soldiers who fought with British units were buried.

Enjoy in lunch in Peronne.

Accommodation – Mercure Reims Centre Cathedrale Hotel
Meals – Breakfast and lunch
Day 8 :
Reims
Enrichment: France Today Discover how historic and current events are shaping modern France.

Free Time: The day is at leisure to pursue your own interests. Spend it in Reims or perhaps venture further afield to nearby Champagne houses for more tastings. Your Travel Director can offer suggestions for your free time.

Tonight, gather with your fellow travelers for a Farewell Reception and Dinner.

Accommodation – Mercure Reims Centre Cathedrale Hotel
Meals – Breakfast and dinner

Day 9 :
Depart for gateway city
After breakfast, AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for a group transfer and Land Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer depart for Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport for your return flights home. Your Travel Director will provide the details.

Meals – Breakfast and appropriate in-flight meal service


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