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Champagne & Remembrance — Featuring the Centennial of the WWI Armistice

May 15–23, 2018

Tour Operator: AHI Travel


Activity Level: Moderate

Immerse yourself in the epic history of the historic provinces of Champagne and Picardy, today known as the Grand Est and Hauts-de-France, and discover the story of Champagne, the world’s most famous sparkling wine.

Single supplement waived for solo travelers! This offer is limited, capacity controlled and tends to sell out quickly, so book early to reserve your space.

Itinerary

Day 1
In Transit

Depart for Paris, France

Day 2
Paris, France/Reims

Arrive in Paris and transfer to your hotel. Get to know your Travel Director and your fellow travelers at a Welcome Reception and Dinner.

Day 3
Reims

Today, discover the highlights of Reims. Visit the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Abbey of Saint-Remí and the Palace of Tau. Later, learn about Taittinger Champagne. Tour the estate of this vaunted Champagne house and descend into the fourth-century chalk mines where the wines are stored. Learn about the history of these vaults and enjoy a Champagne tasting.

Day 4
World War I Battle Sites

Explore the region where 1.2 million U.S. soldiers fought in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Stop at the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, the largest U.S. cemetery in Europe. After lunch, travel to the site of World War I’s longest battle, Verdun. Explore sites associated with the battle: Fort Douaumont and the Verdun Memorial and Museum.

Day 5
Troyes

Today, learn why this special region and its eponymous wine have become famous around the world. Visit the charming city of Troyes, former capital of the Champagne region. Explore the historic quarter and admire the colorful half-timbered homes and stone mansions built in the 16th century after a fire destroyed the city. Then, enjoy some time to explore on your own.

Day 6
Reims Wine Country

Learn about the events leading up to the 1918 armistice and the eventual end of World War I. Then, visit the heart of Champagne country, the Montagne de Reims, a national park famous for their champagne production. Visit two champagne houses for tours and tastings.

Day 7
Somme River Valley

Travel through the Somme River valley to the Museum of the Great War in Péronne to learn about the 1916 World War I battle, Britain’s costliest in terms of casualties. Visit the Somme American Cemetery, where 1,844 U.S. troops who fought in the Battle of Cantigny or who were attached to British units are buried.

Day 8
Reims

The day is at leisure to pursue your own interests. Spend it in Reims, where many Champagne houses are located, or perhaps venture further afield to explore the vineyards and villages in the countryside. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a toast t your enriching journey at a Farewell Reception, followed by a Farewell Dinner.

Day 9
Depart for U.S.

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Program Itinerary is subject to change. See final brochure for complete details.

Cost Details

Land Only: $3,245
Single Supplement: No single supplement; space is limited!

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