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Additional Information – Champagne Tasting & Gourmet Tour



Additional Information - Champagne Tasting & Gourmet TourFrequently Asked Questions about Off the Beaten Path, LLC Champagne Tours

Additional Information – Champagne Tasting & Gourmet Tour

Additional Information – Champagne Tasting & Gourmet Tour – Click on the accordion menu below for answers to our most frequently asked Champagne Tour questions.  Still need help?  Contact us »


Where do we rendezvous on day 1 of the Champagne Tour?
Your OTBP Guide(s) will meet you at the REIMS rail station in downtown Reims at NOON on day 1 of the tour. Specific meeting location details will be included in your complete tour information package we send you 30 days prior to the tour. TGV (high speed train) travel time from Paris to Reims is 45 minutes.
Where does the Champagne Tour finish?
We depart the hotel in the morning in order to arrive at 9 AM at the REIMS rail station, Reims, France. Since the rail station is within a 5 minute walking distance from the hotel, guests may also wish to depart at their leisure.
Can I change my mind and transfer to another trip even after I’ve already made a reservation?
Yes. Our Pricing offers Travelers Peace of Mind Flexibility! You may transfer from one trip to another before trip departure without any penalty (excludes custom designed-private tours). OTBP must be notified no later than 60 days before tour departure of your intent to switch to another tour date. – Off the Beaten Path Tours FAQ 
How should I go about making my travel plans?
Off the Beaten Path is a full service tour operator and it is our pleasure to assist you with all aspects of upcoming travel plans. Whether you are looking for a suggestion for a hotel in Paris or assistance with your rail tickets, simply contact us at contact@traveloffthebeatenpath.com or call us at 1.877.846.2831 for assistance.
What is the weather going to be like in Champagne?
In September, day time temperatures in Champagne and surrounding areas can range in the low to mid-70’s – low 80’s. October will be cooler and more humid with the feeling that fall has truly arrived. December and March will be cold. Typically it is sunny, but be prepared with the proper rain gear.
Are Off the Beaten Path, LLC tours in English?
Yes. All tours are conducted in English and designed for an English speaking clientele.
What is not included on my Champagne Tour?
Airfare Airfare to and from France, train fare to and from Reims, 1 dinner, gratuities for guide(s), and incidentals along the way.
How should I tip my Off the Beaten Path guide(s)?
Tipping in France is common. Gratuities to restaurant servers and baggage porters are included in your tour price. Gratuities to your tour guides/leaders and driver are not included in your tour price.  It is customary to tip your tour guides/leaders and professional driver at your discretion at the conclusion of your tour, as a show of appreciation for their hard work and exceptional service. Complete CONDE NAST tipping suggestions/guidelines are included in your detailed tour information welcome package we send you about 30 days before the departure date of the tour.
Who are the Champagne Tours designed for?
OTBP’s Champagne Tours are designed for discerning travelers of all ages and backgrounds, from the seasoned traveler and independent traveler to the first time traveler to France. Join any one of the our tours as a solo traveler, a couple, a small group of friends or family, or bring your entire travel club, affinity group, women’s organization or wine society. No culinary, history or other type of experience is necessary. Join us for the vacation of a lifetime to discover the Champagne region, as an insider, and make new friends along the way.
Do I need to be an expert to take your Champagne Tour?
Not at all. The idea is to learn about French culture, traditions, wine, daily life, artisan lives and culinary practices in a fun and relaxing environment. Our tours offer great learning opportunities for everyone. Off the Beaten Path guides are very skilled at adapting their discussions to the general level of knowledge of the group, providing good introductory information for novices, and more advanced discussions for those who have more experience or a specialty interest. It’s vacation and our tours are all about having fun, enjoying new experiences and being active!
Do I need to be an athlete to participate in the Champagne Tour?
No. However France is a country of walkers, and this tour does involve a considerable amount of walking during our visits at the Champagne Houses, climbing up and down cellar steps, walking in the cellars on gravel and dirt terrain and between visits on unpaved walkways and cobblestone sidewalks. This tour also requires travelers be able to climb up and down many steps and stand for extended periods of time during the Champagne house tours, as seating is not available in the underground galleries. While our tours are structured to appeal to those who enjoy walking, as much as to those who prefer to be shuttled by vehicle daily, our Champagne Tours are not recommended for travelers who have walking difficulties and or knee or back problems that would result in limited participation in the tour.  We do use the rail system one day, and do a considerable amount of leisure walking in Reims and Epernay. No elevators are available. — Additional Information – Champagne Tasting & Gourmet Tour
What is a typical French breakfast?
A typical French breakfast is very simple and comprised of all or any combination of the following — traditional home-made French bread called “baguette”, “viennoiserie” known in English as pastries, such as croissants, pain au chocolate (a croissant with chocolate in it — yum!) or pain au raisins (croissant type pastry with custard and raisins in it), cereal and/or yoghurt or a fresh white cheese of the same consistency as yoghurt called “fromage blanc”, fresh fruits and jams, fruit juices and coffee, tea or hot chocolate.  When in the heart of “farm” country, one might be offered a small selection of local cheese and French charcuterie which would be a selection of cold cuts.  The breakfast description provided here is exactly the type of breakfast offered on all of our tours.  If a hotel in Paris, another major city or the occasional country hotel offers omelettes, pancakes, hot sausages and/or bacon, this is not part of the typical French breakfast and has been added to the morning menu to attract non-French tourists. France does not have breakfast specific restaurants like what you would find in your home country. — Additional Information – Champagne Tasting & Gourmet Tour
Are wine and Champagne included at meals? What kind is included at meals?
Yes, champagne and wine are included at all scheduled meals together. We expertly match premium champagnes/wines from the region we’re visiting with each dish. Meals offer an excellent opportunity to try champagne and wines from appellations not available to guests at home, and to introduce guests to some select wines worth a favorable mention or that are exceptionally appreciated by the locals. — Additional Information – Champagne Tasting & Gourmet Tour — Additional Information – Champagne Tasting & Gourmet Tour
How are the Champagne Tours structured?
Having over 22+ years experience in the tour industry, specifically with small group touring, we have found that our guests are generally more interested in active experiences, culture, people to people experiences and guided tours of museums and sites. Our guests like to visit private homes, and pursue their hobbies when they travel. Our guests enjoy being able to shop locally for items, such as, collectibles, art and local products. Our guests tend to do more homework and want a meatier trip, but also want to enjoy down time or leisure time to explore independently. All of our trips are designed based on these factors. Each trip offers organized activities and excursions daily combined with periods of leisure time each day. Our tours encourage individual approach and pursuit of your interests, as well as introducing you to new experiences and people during each trip. — Additional Information – Champagne Tasting & Gourmet Tour 
What travel documents will I need for my Tour?
All travelers to France are required to have a valid passport. Please make 2 copies of your passport and personal identification before you depart. Keep one set of copies with you in a separate location from your travel documents, and leave the other set of copies with a contact at home before you depart. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with your consulate general for entry requirements. — Additional Information – Champagne Tasting & Gourmet Tour 
How should I pack? How should I expect to dress during the tour?
Please limit your luggage to one medium-sized suitcase and one carry-on. Try not to over pack; you will not wear all your clothing! A suggested packing list will be enclosed in your tour information package. Pack comfortable light weight, casual clothing. It’s vacation and we want our guests to feel and be as comfortable as possible during our daily activities and excursions. Our dinners together include a mix of Michelin star and casual bistro style restaurants. For men we suggest a business casual ensemble (no tie or jacket necessary unless it’s your personal preference) and for women we recommend a casual dress for dinners. — Additional Information – Champagne Tasting & Gourmet Tour

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