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PRIVATE ESCAPE 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

Champagne Gourmet Tour
A bubbly weekend escape

"Champagne!" It's probably the most recognizable French word in the world. Synonymous with celebration, significant life milestones, and luxury, this king of wines enchants with its airy, delicate bubbles produced in France's most sparkling region. 

Nestled amidst the endless vineyards, charming villages, and iconic cellars of this picturesque landscape, you'll find the culinary haven of three-Michelin-starred chef Arnaud Lallement. He extends a warm invitation to embark on an extraordinary journey, where he shares his passion for "bien boire et manger vrai" - authentic dining and fine libations - against this stunning backdrop. 

 

Between Reims and Epernay, the Champagne terroir - a Unesco protected site since 2015 - couldn't be further from the glitzy Champagne stereotype. Its allure is subtle, spanning 373 miles of vineyards and rolling hills across the Marne Valley, the Côte des Blancs, and the Montagne de Reims. Its underground labyrinth of chalk cellars provides the perfect setting for wine preservation. 

 

In the Champagne region, the combination of a harsh climate, limestone-rich soil and rolling hills produces cuvées of unparalleled quality, enhanced by the expertise of prestigious champagne houses that masterfully wield the codes of luxury.  

 

Yet, it's within the artisanal and independent wineries where the true magic of fine bubbles comes alive. Here, champagne tasting becomes a delightful journey, where conviviality and rustic charm combine for a convivial and bucolic experience. 

Chef's Escape Arnaud Lallement, a gourmet weekend in Champagne
In the village of Hautvillers, visit the Dom Pérignon abbey

"I only drink Champagne on two occasions, when I am in love and when I am not." - Coco Chanel

Reims stands as a captivating destination that calls out to both history enthusiasts and food connoisseurs alike. Known as the Cité des Sacres, its historical roots run deep. The illustrious Reims Cathedral, a majestic icon, has been the solemn stage for the coronation ceremonies of countless French monarchs, cementing its status as a symbol of grandeur and heritage. 

 

Reims, known as the City of Kings, underwent a remarkable rebirth in the aftermath of World War II. Rising from the ashes in a whirlwind of reconstruction, it embraced the Art Deco style, much like its eternal rival, Epernay. Adorning its streets are architectural marvels such as the Carnegie Library, the Vranken-Pommery Villa Demoiselle, the Eisenhower Residence, and the esteemed Maison Mumm. With its aura of luxury and charm, Reims exudes luxury and charm, making it a delightful destination for visitors. 

 

Embracing the Champagne way of life, Reims offers a plethora of outstanding dining experiences. With an impressive total of 10 Michelin stars awarded to restaurants in the city and its surroundings, your weekend in Reims is sure to be a tantalizing and sparkling affair! 

Les vignobles de Champagne distingués par l'Unesco
Map of the 3 days Champagne itinerary, Hiddenist gourmet journey

The Champagne of
Arnaud Lallement

Michelin-starred chef Arnaud Lallement invites you to explore his home region of Champagne, where he was born, raised, and continues to find culinary inspiration. At L’Assiette Champenoise, boasting a cellar with over 1,100 champagne labels, the Chef serves as your ultimate guide to both the famous champagne houses and the hidden treasures of independent producers. A genuine food enthusiast and connoisseur, Arnaud Lallement loves to share his favorite discoveries and secret spots. Join him on the "Champagne Route" where food and wine come together in perfect harmony! 

Le charme d'un week-end très épicurien en Champagne avec Hiddenist
Les paysages classés par l'Unesco des vignobles de Champagne

DAY 1 - Champagne Gourmet Tour 

. Upon arrival in Reims, located in the Marne department, France's largest champagne-producing region, you will pick up your rental car at the train station 

. Accompanied by your private guide, embark on a discovery of the Champagne capital: Reims Cathedral, where French kings were crowned, the Palais de Tau, and then explore the city's Art Deco district 

. Next, enjoy a private tour of Maison Fossier to uncover the famous pink biscuits of Reims, followed by a leisurely gourmet stroll at your own pace through the Boulingrin Market Hall 

. We recommend lunch at the legendary Brasserie du Boulingrin (to be paid locally) 

. In the early afternoon, indulge in a private culinary workshop in the heart of Reims to master two classic delights of Reims and French pastry 

. Finally, visit the Eisenhower Résidence for a tasting of Rare Champagne from the Piper-Heidsieck house 

 

DAY 2 - Champagne Gourmet Tour 

. Morning vintage car tour (3 hours) to explore the Champagne vineyards scattered with gems of French heritage such as the picturesque Châlons-en-Champagne or the abbey of Hautvillers. We will provide a suggested itinerary to spark inspiration for your visits. 

. In the afternoon, indulge in a private champagne tasting at a small producer recommended by Chef Lallement 

. Before dinner, savor an exceptional moment with a glass of Krug champagne, a house with which Arnaud Lallement shares a long-standing friendship 

. Gastronomic dinner at the restaurant L'Assiette Champenoise, awarded three Michelin stars in 2014, under the culinary mastery of Chef Arnaud Lallement. The house sommeliers will expertly guide you towards the finest champagne and food pairings (drinks payable on-site). 

 

 DAY 3 - Champagne Gourmet Tour 

. Morning at leisure. If you wish, explore Epernay and its famous Champagne Avenue at your own pace, or we can reserve one of the many spas in the region for a relaxing moment 

. We suggest a guided electric bike tour of 2.5 hours (approx. 25 km) in the Montagne de Reims Regional Natural Park between Reims and Épernay, with a local specialist. An immersive nature experience amidst the Champagne vineyards (optional, with supplement) 

. Gastronomic brunch at Maison Ruinart with champagne tasting 

. Visit the cellars of Maison Ruinart, located 40 meters underground in chalk pits from the Gallo-Roman era, listed as a Unesco World Heritage site 

. In the late afternoon, return to the train station and drop off the rental car 

Please drink responsibly 

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