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Reims played a very important role in French history, as the place where the kings of France were crowned. The most famous events was the coronation of Charles VII in 1429 in the company of Joan of Arc. It was there that was kept the Holy Ampulla containing the chrism, which was said to have been brought by a white dove at the baptism of Clovis in 496 after his victory at Soissons, and was used for the anointing, the most important part of the coronation of French kings. For centuries these events at the crowning of Clovis I became a symbol used by the monarchy to claim the divine right to rule. The oldest monument in Reims is the Roman Porte de Mars a large triumphal arch across from the Champagne House of Canovas.

Cathederal of Notre Dame

The cathedral was completed by the end of the 13th century, with the exception of the western front. That portion was erected in the 14th century, following 13th century designs, the nave having in the meantime been lengthened to afford room for the crowds that attended the coronations. The three portals are laden with statues and statuettes; among European cathedrals, only Chartres has more sculpted figures. The central portal, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, is surmounted by a rose window framed in an arch itself decorated with statuary, in place of the usual sculptured tympanum. The "gallery of the kings" above shows the baptism of Clovis in the centre flanked by statues of his successors.

Palace du Tau

The archiepiscopal palace, built between 1498 and 1509, and in part rebuilt in 1675, served as the residence of the kings of France on the occasion of their coronations. The saloon, where the royal banquet was held, has an immense stone chimney from the 15th century. The chapel of the archiepiscopal palace consists of two storeys, of which the upper still serves as a place of worship. Both the chapel and the salle du Tau are decorated with tapestries of the 17th century,

Basilica

Saint Remi Basilica takes its name from the 5th century Saint Remi who has been the patron saint of the inhabitants of Reims for more than 15 centuries. The basilica is almost equal in size to the cathedral. Adjacent to the basilica is an important abbey, formerly known as the Royal Abbey of St Remi. The abbey sought to trace its heritage back to St Remi, while the present abbey building dates back to the 17th and 18th centuries.

Foujita Chapel

In 1964, Rene Lalou, the head of a champagne House, and Leonard Foujita (1886-1968), a Japanese painter belonging to the "Ecole de Paris" school of art, decided to build a chapel to mark the mystical inspiration Foujita had experienced at the Saint Remi basilica and which had led to his baptism in Reims cathedral on 14 October 1959, with Rene Lalou as his godfather and Francoise Taittinger as his godmother. Begun in 1965, the chapel was entirely designed by Foujita, who drew the plans and designed the ironwork, stained glass and sculptures. He supervised the building and interior decoration. Foujita chose the Romanesque style both to bring out an impression of reverence and because he appreciated frescoes. The stained glass is coloured with yellows, greens and blues and the master stained glassworker notably used the same deep yellow found in the stained glass at Troyes, which produces such wonderful effects in the sunlight.

Champagne

Vines have existed in the Champagne region for over two thousand years. From the Roman invasion to the 16th century, our region's history was closed associated with the production of still red wines, then "vin gris" (not grey wine, but off-white tinged with pink) before producers began to take advantage, towards the end of the 17C, of the natural tendency of Champagne wines to become effervescent. The increasing popularity of champagne and its sparkle led to the creation and prosperity of numerous champagne houses in the region.

The geographical area where the vineyards have the right to use the name of "Champagne" is made up of several terroirs, each of a different nature. At harvest time and often according to a centuries-old tradition, each House selects the villages and grape varieties from which it will procure its supplies of grapes.

The House "cuvee" is made from a judicious and delicate blend, the specific balance and constant year-on-year quality of which distinguishes it from any other big label.

The global reputation of a particular champagne label justifies a House's attachment to respecting these traditional production rules. It guarantees the specific characteristics and subtleties that a particular House's clientele comes to expect. A great brand therefore offers connoisseurs and novices alike the certainty of total satisfaction.

In the Reims area you can fine Krug, Bollinger, Canard-Duchene,Charles Heidsieck, Lanson, G.H. Martel, Ruinart, Pommery, Taittinger and Veuve Cliquot

Biscuits

Since 1756 Fossiers have been making their famous pink biscuits and are now the oldest biscuit producer in France. Visit the store close to the Cathederal.

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Champagne Tours departing from Reims "City of Kings"

Spend a few days in Reims and enjoy all the city has to offer from its UNESCO cathederal, food and chocolate stores, gourmet restaurants, brasseries and of course Champagne. Tours are private with local guide and start in Reims so you can driver fly or train here. We can include TGV tickets from Paris if you wish.

The viticultural boundaries of Champagne are legally defined and split into five wine producing districts within the administrative province-the Aube, Cote des Blancs, Cote de Seezanne, Montagne de Reims, and Vallee de la Marne.

The principal grapes grown in the region include Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. Pinot Noir is the most widely planted grape in the Aube region and grows very well in Montagne de Reims. Pinot Meunier the dominant grape in the Vallee de la Marne region. The Cote des Blancs is dedicated almost exclusively to Chardonnay.

3rd day option with exploration fo the Cotes de Blancs.

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Champagne Cellar

1 Night / 1 Day

Reims & Montagne de Reims

Visit the most famous names in Champagne, have lunch at one of the most famous restaurants in the world and stay in an elegant chateau.

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Starting Reims or Area

Arrival and Check in to your central hotel, 10 minutes walk from the TGV station: On your own visit the Basilica Saint Remy, the Foujita chapel and Biscuit Fossiers for biscuits. Or if you like art and architecture take the Art Deco walking tour.

Overnight in central 3 star hotel

Tour Day 1 - Reims and Discovery of Montagnes de Reims

- Start the day with hot and fresh drinks, croissants, newspapers offered on board.

- 10:30am : Discovery of a Champagne vineyard around Reims. Once in the vineyard, the guide will explain the Champagne soil, the three main grape varieties in Champagne, the vines through the seasons from pruning in winter to ripening and harvest in autumn. Followed by a visit and a wine tasting in a small champagne producer.

- 12:30pm : Traditional French lunch in a restaurant in Reims.

- 2:00pm : Guided tour of the Reims cathedral, a gothic masterpiece where the kings of France were crowned.

- 3:30pm : Guided visit of prestige champagne house and its underground chalk cellar (Taittinger, Veuve Cliquot, Ruinart) to discover the step by step technical wine making process "from grape to champagne" through pressing, first fermentation, blending, bottling, second fermentation, remuage, disgorgement, corking and finally labeling. A glass of champagne will be served at the end of this tour.

- 5:00pm : Return to TGV station or departure point.

1 nights/ 1 day tour package : 350€ pp

Includes: Private driver /local guide, overnight in a 3 star hotel with breakfast.

Chateau de Nozet

2 Nights / 2 Days

Epernay & Vallee de la Marne

Visit Hautvillers birthplace of Dom Perignon, Moet et Chandon and 2 small producers with your own private guide.

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Day 1 As above with Overnight

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Day 2 - Epernay
We start the day with visit to Hautvillers where champagne was born, and visit the church where Dom Pérignon (the monk) is buried, before going to a little nearby winegrower to taste his champagne.

We'll follow with a visit and tasting at Moet et Chandon

Lunch at a small regional restaurant or bistro.

After lunch we continue to explore the Vallee de la Marne with a visit to 2 additional producers,

Return to Reims TGV station or hotel to pick up bags.

2 nights/ 2 day tour package : 350€ pp per night

Includes: Private driver /local guide, overnight in a 3 star hotel with breakfast.

 

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