Paris Christmas Festivities and Epernay Champagne
Indulge yourself and join us in two of France’s most prestigious places, magical Paris and Epernay in Champagne. On this exciting tour experience the magical feeling of Christmas whilst enjoying fine French cuisine and excellent wine in two top quality gourmet restaurants.
We start in Paris where the wonderful atmosphere of the Christmas markets, decorations and illuminations will be in full swing. We spend time in the city and to see the festivities at their very best we have included an evening cruise along the river Seine.
From Paris we arrive in Epernay, capital of the Champagne region and home to the annual Champagne extravaganza. See the elegance of their annual ‘Habits de Lumiere’ and ‘Habits du Saveurs’ festivals and it is here we have the first of two gourmet meals. We eat in one of the very best restaurants in Epernay and include a selection of top quality wines.
Leaving Epernay we make our way back towards Calais for an evening at the lovingly restored ‘Chateau de Cocove’. We have been granted permission to overnight within their grounds so we can enjoy an evening of food and wine in their gastronomic restaurant; from where at the end of the evening it is no more than just a few steps back to our motorhome beds.
Day One – Tuesday 5th December
We meet at the well-appointed all year round Bois de Boulogne campsite in Paris. Located right in the heart of the 16th arrondissement our campsite is the ideal base for exploring this amazing city and the numerous Christmas festivities taking place. This evening we meet in the campsite bar/restaurant for a Welcome Reception with Buffet and your Tour Directors will provide you with some hints on how best to spend your time in Paris.
Day Two – Wednesday 6th December
Today you will have the opportunity to visit the most popular Christmas venues in the city (local transport included). With so many options you’ll be spoilt for choice, just one prospect is the Marché de Noël sur le Parvis de la Défense with over 350 decorated stalls to pass through. This evening we leave from our campsite by coach for a city tour and chance to wonder at the Christmas lights as we make our way to the River Seine for an evening cruise through the heart of the city.
Day Three – Thursday 7th December
An opportunity today to visit the fabulous Village de Noël des Champs Élysées where you’ll find the avenue lined with over 400 Christmas trees (local transport again included). Amongst the traditional Christmas market traders selling gifts you’ll find pop-up restaurants serving oysters, champagne, bistro dishes and Bavarian beer. Also, take a ride on the Ferris wheel and gaze down at the amazing illuminated Place de la Concorde below.
Day Four – Friday 8th December
Today we travel to our next destination of Epernay, one of the most prestigious wine towns and home to many of the great Champagne Houses, including Mercier and Moet et Chandon. We are staying at the municipal campground opened especially for this special weekend. Located just under 2km from the town center it’s ideally positioned to be able to walk into town and enjoy all the festivities. The event for this evening is the Habits de Lumière, beginning with the illumination of the Avenue de Champagne followed by a Procession of Illuminated Floats and culminating in the fireworks display. Also throughout the evening many of the Champagne Houses open their doors to the public and host their own light displays and Jazz bands, as well as providing an opportunity to taste their champagnes. 96 Miles
Day Five – Saturday 9th December
A relaxing start after last night but don’t miss the Habits du Saveurs which takes place today, here you can experience the gastronomic heritage of the champagne region. This evening we get to taste some of this great food as we eat in one of the finest restaurants in Epernay, French food at its very best served with a selection of excellent wines.
Day Six – Sunday 10th December
This morning make your way back into town to visit the extensive display of classic vehicles which assemble in the towns central car-park. This is the largest display of vintage vehicles to be found in Northern France. Late morning we start our return journey towards Calais and tonight we have been granted special permission to overnight at the eighteenth century Chateau de Cocove. Our farewell dinner is this evening in the Chateau’s fine gastronomic restaurant from where at the end of the evening it’s no more than a few steps back to our motorhome beds. 170 Miles
Day Seven – Monday 11th December
Our tour ends this morning. Those who have taken the optional package will have a short drive back to the Calais port and there will be some time for you to make your final purchases for the festive season. 20 Miles
PRICE TOUR DEPOSIT £150
Motorhome with 2 people = £000 per person
Motorhome with 1 person = £000
INCLUDED IN PRICE
- 3 Campsite nights in Paris with full facilities including electric hook up
- 2 Campsite nights in Epernay with hook up and limited facilities (waste and water facilities available – no shower/toilet blocks)
- 1 Nights parking at Chateau without facilities
- Transport for Excursions/Events as per itinerary
- Tour information pack with suggested routes & GPS co-ordinates
- Services of Tour Directors travelling in their own motorhome
- Events & Excursions
- Free time to visit Christmas Festivities in Paris (Local transport information & tickets provided)
- Evening Paris river cruise
- Free time to visit the ‘Habits de Lumiere’ spectacular in Epernay
- Free time and entry to the Habits de Saveur exhibition in Epernay
- Free time and entry to the Vintage & Veteran vehicle exhibition/parade in Epernay
- Welcome Reception with Buffet in Paris campsite bar
- Evening Group Dinner in Epernay with wine
- Farewell Group Dinner in Chateau with wine
This tour starts in Paris, but if you would like to travel from the UK at the same time as the Tour Directors please book the optional tour package so that everything can be arranged on your behalf
- Return Dover/Calais Ferry with a 60-day Flexible Ticket + Club Class lounge
- 1 x additional Campsite night with electric hook-up on Monday 4th December in France.
- Dinner in French campsite restaurant
- Tour information pack with suggested routes + GPS co-ordinates
- Services of Tour Directors travelling in their own motorhome
OPTIONAL PACKAGE PRICE
Motorhome with 2 People @ £000 per person
Motorhome with 1 Person @ £000