Fabulous Champagne Tour Details
18 to 24 October 2015
UPDATE – 5 February 2015. SOLD OUT.
So, you’ve read all about it, and you’ve decided you want to be in on this fabulous adventure! Here’s all the information you’ll need.
The price for The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society Champagne Tour is AU$5925 per person twin share. If you want to come with a friend (and who wouldn’t!), that’s the best value option. However, there’s also the have-a-whole-room-to-yourself option. This is referred to as a single option and is priced at AU$6975.
This is a land-only price. (This is travel lingo for “you need to go ahead and organise your own flights”. Which is good, because you can pick your own airline, departure airport, and even your overall length of stay in Europe. You just need to turn up at our hotel in Paris on 18th October at 6pm!)
Scroll down beneath the booking form for all the important details, Terms & Conditions etc. It’s really important you read those as you need to agree to them when booking.
Terms & Conditions
While we’re all about having fun and discovering the fabulous world of Champagne, we’re also über professional and keen to ensure everything runs smoothly. Please read through the following information carefully as your agreement to what’s written here forms part of the contract under which you participate.
Please note that numbers for this tour are strictly limited to 12 ladies only. Even if you promise to send us Champagne, or other expensive and highly desirable designer items, we
will totally cave in and let you come can’t sneak you in. Sorry!
Places are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, and are confirmed at the discretion of The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society.
What’s included in the tour:
- The personal leadership, in-depth Champagne knowledge and general all-round fabulous company of your tour leaders Amanda Reboul (Fabulous Champagne Lady, fluent French speaker and Finalist in the 2014 Vin De Champagne Award) and Jane Thomson (Founder of The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society and excellent spiller of vintage bubbly on expensive carpets).
- All accommodation, both in Paris and Champagne, in hotels with private facilities, hotel taxes and service charges
- Full breakfast daily and most lunches and dinners
- Transfers from Paris Central to Champagne, and return
- All fees and charges associated with visits to Champagne houses
- So many Champagnes it’s unbelievable!
Please note what’s NOT included in the tour:
- Passport and visa fees
- International airfares, taxes and any excess baggage charges
- Travel insurance
- Meals, drinks or other delicious morsels not specifically mentioned in the itinerary
- Expenses of a personal nature
- Transfers to and from the start of the tour in Paris
Is all included in the tour price and is booked as either a twin room or a single room, depending on whether you select the TWIN or SINGLE tour package. Please note there is a limited number of SINGLE packages available.
How to Book
To reserve a place on the tour you must complete the form at the bottom of this page and provide a deposit of AU$900, which is non-refundable. The remainder of the cost of the tour must be paid in cleared funds at least 60 days before the tour commencement date.
If the payment is not received by this due date, the participant will forfeit her deposit and place on the tour. (Yikes! That would be a shame. So make sure you make a note in your diary to pay by 18 August 2015.)
Once you have paid your deposit we will send you a confirmation receipt via email. If for any reason we are unable to accept your booking, your deposit will be refunded in full. Acceptance of any booking is made at the discretion of The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society.
Things happen. We get that. So make sure you take our comprehensive travel insurance the minute you book this tour. (In fact, such insurance is compulsory for all participants.)
However, if you need to cancel, you can do so, but there’a a cancellation fee depending on when you do it.
- Cancellations advised between 120 and 60 days prior to the tour date will incur a cancellation fee of 50% of the total fee.
- Cancellations advised less than 60 days prior to the tour date will result in the loss of all monies paid.
Any cancellation must be received in writing. You can also transfer your tour to another fabulous lady – that’s no problem. A transfer request must also must be received in writing.
The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society requires that participants in the tour are responsible for their own travel insurance and personal accident cover. This is a mandatory requirement. The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society is not responsible for any costs, delay or inconvenience incurred by a participant due to a medical emergency involving that or any other participant on the tour, or the participant having to withdraw from the tour for any other reason. We will require details of your travel insurance prior to departure, including the name of the company and the policy number.
Health, Fitness, Medical Advisories and Conduct
The tour will include walks through the towns and vineyards, and up and down steep cellars, and therefore will require that you have a medium level of physical fitness. You don’t need to be Michelle Bridges or anything (actually…if you were her you probably wouldn’t be interested in Champagne anyway…) but you do need to have the capacity to participate without any assistance.
A medium level of fitness is defined as the ability to:
· Walk two kilometres (with stops) comfortably in warm conditions
· Walk up two flights of stairs comfortably and unaided
· Walk comfortably along uneven and loose surfaces including cobble stones
· Embark/disembark buses, cars and trains unaided and with luggage
If any participant has any medical, physical or other condition including disabilities that could create a risk to herself or to other members of the tour, The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society requires notice of this in the Booking Form (in the ‘Comments’ Section) at the time of booking.
The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society reserves the right to decline a booking for any reason, including on medical grounds.
Should a tour participant require or request medical attention during their travel, such attention will be provided by locally available health care officials and at locally available facilities. In such an event, The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society is not liable for any direct or indirect costs, losses or expenses incurred by a tour participant for health services nor for the quality or unavailability of medical care or medical services.
Is totally up to you! But we recommend limiting it to one suitcase and one medium carry bag (plus a handbag too of course!).
Pricing – and changes that may occur
Have you seen the way the dollar has fluctuated in recent years? Yikes! So please keep in mind that if the exchange rate (AUD) varies by more than 6% after the deposit has been paid, The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society reserves the right to amend the price of the tour up to the departure date. This amendment will not occur if full payment has been received. (Which is a nice incentive to get in early and pay in full!)
Are most welcome! If you are living somewhere other than Australia and want to join us, we’d love to have you along! Or if you have a friend living abroad and you want them to join you (and us!) on this tour, then go right ahead and invite them! We’d absolutely love that.
You just need to know that all payments must be made in Australian dollars. On the day of any payment (the deposit or the balance ) the daily AU$ exchange rate in your country will enable you to calculate the equivalent of your payment in your local currency.
The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society will make every effort to adhere to the advertised itinerary. However in the event of unforeseen circumstances we reserve the right to make changes to the itinerary, including previously stated hotels, modes of transport and all other activities.
In the unlikely event that we need to cancel the tour, for whatever reason, you will receive a full refund, which will be paid within 7 days. The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society is not responsible for other costs, loss or damage (including consequential loss) incurred by you if the tour is cancelled.
Each participant will be required to complete and sign an Acknowledgement, Release and Indemnity Form supplied by The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society.
Each participant will also be required to complete and sign a Medical Form and Statement supplied by The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society.
The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society’s Responsibilities
The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society acts in the capacity as agent for the suppliers of tourism services. Transport and accommodation services and other planned activities may necessitate variations to the itinerary.
The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society and other eligible parties shall not be responsible for any injury, damage, accident, loss or delay in respect of any person or property. In this clause the expression ‘eligible parties’ shall
include any carrier, tour operator, tour escort(s) or other provider of any service in respect of a tour.
These terms and conditions of booking shall form part of the contract between the client and The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society. Every effort will be made to accommodate your preferences and requests. However, there is a possibility that not all preferences can be met.