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Champagne & Reims Christmas Market

French festivities

Don't miss this sparkling pre-Christmas break to Reims, supposed home to the very first French Christmas celebration, in AD496, and now home to one of Europe's largest - and most spectacular - Christmas markets. You'll also have a chance to enjoy a guided tour and free bubbly tasting at a famous champagne house, and take in another of the region's magical Christmas markets, the 'Christmas Town' in historic Arras.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • A visit to Reims Christmas Market
  • A visit to Arras's Christmas Town
  • Two nights' bed and continental breakfast accommodation in a three-star standard hotel in the Reims area
  • Return Channel crossings
  • Coach travel throughout
  • The services of a friendly Tour Manager

Itinerary

Day One

Departing the local area early this morning, journey to the Channel port for the crossing to Northern France and the onward journey to the hotel, where you should arrive by early evening.

Day Two

After breakfast, take our included transfer to the centre of Reims, or join the optional excursion to visit the G.H. Mumm Champagne House - famous for the 'red ribbon' on its Cordon Rouge bottles. The mysteries and traditions of over two hundred years of champagne-making in one of the world's foremost wine-producing regions will be demonstrated during an hour-long guided walking tour of the cellars, after which there will - of course - be an opportunity to taste and buy some bubbly!

Spend the rest of the day exploring Reims's wonderful Christmas Village, situated in front of the magnificent 13th-century cathedral and home to over 130 traditional wooden chalets selling Yuletide gifts and traditional decorations. You'll also find a gourmet food market offering a vast array of gastronomic specialities and tasty regional produce. Don't miss the cathedral's spectacular interior, with its stained glass windows and statues, and as darkness falls, look out for a magnificent sound and light show.

After the opportunity to enjoy an early evening meal (payable locally) transfer back to the hotel.

Day Three

Bidding "au revoir" to the hotel you'll head north, breaking the journey in Arras, where an enchanting Christmas Town adorns the city's main square. Wander the carefully selected wooden stalls, where the tempting aromas of traditional sausages and freshly made crepes and waffles hang in the air. Perhaps visit the nearby, 18th-century cathedral or the Gothic-style Hotel de Ville, with its spiral staircase leading to the heady heights of its historic belfry.

After time for lunch, we'll return to the Channel port and cross back to the UK, arriving back in the local area during the mid-to-late evening.
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Reims Area Hotel ★★★

Further Information

Flexible travel options

To give you greater flexibility and allow you to travel on the date that suits you best, you may like to meet the coach at Folkestone Services (called Stop 24) on the M20, which is just a five-minute drive from the Channel Tunnel and a 15-minute drive from Dover. If you wish to do this, please select the county 'Kent' and the pick-up point 'Stop 24 Folkestone Services Saltwood' when booking. You will be notified of the exact pick-up location in your Final Travel Details, which you will receive approximately 7-10 days prior to departure. Further information and car parking charges can be found at www.stop24.co.uk

Meals

Please note that some of the meals during this break may be buffet style.

European Christmas closing times

Shops in Europe will generally be closed from early afternoon on Christmas Eve until 27th December.

Coach seating arrangements

Your Tour Manager will have allocated seats for you on the main coach in advance, taking into consideration any special requests wherever possible, and will advise you where to sit as you board the coach. This will be your seat for the duration of the tour. (Seats are not allocated on any connecting services to and from the main coach.)

Your journey

Depending on your departure point, you may leave your pick-up point very early in the morning and return very late at the end of the holiday, in order to meet your scheduled Channel crossing. There will also be a stop to transfer you from a feeder coach to your main coach, on both the outward and return journeys.

Joining your holiday

Your final travel documents, including the exact time and place of departure, will be sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure, providing all payments have been made. We are unable to give exact departure times before this.

Meal arrangements

Where meals are not included, your Tour Manager will ensure there are suitable stops made for you to purchase and enjoy lunch and/or dinner each day.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Foreign Office travel advice

Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.