Fabulous Ladies Getaway to Paris & Champagne

22 – 31 October 2022

Enjoy a glorious 10 days filled with private champagne breakfasts, lunches, chateaus, maisons, dinners, vineyards and….more than anything….FUN! All with other totally fabulous ladies who love the champagne life. This is a small group tour with a maximum of just 12 guests so you get the best of everything. Join us for Australia’s ONLY all-female tour of the Champagne region.

In partnership with Travelling Divas

The experience of a lifetime for all champagne loving women!

 

Can you hear the sound of corks popping? Our 2022 tour to the heartland of sparkle – the Champagne region of France – is now finally unveiled! Having taken tours of fabulous ladies in both 2015 & 2016 we know it’s well past time to take a whole new group of you over to experience the true wonder of Champagne. And this time, our partnership with Australia’s leading female travel company, Travelling Divas, will provide our guests with an even more seamless and luxurious travel experience.

We’ll spend two glorious days together in the city of lights (Paris) before whisking you away in private vehicle to Champagne for six nights staying in historic chateaus. We’ll then return to Paris for our final night.

Exclusive, private guided visits to both large and small champagne houses – with a focus on female producers – plus exquisite dining, tours of historic sites and more.

Each day is full of exceptional experiences and special surprises you cannot find anywhere else. 

Please note that this itinerary is subject to change without notice. A final schedule will be sent to you approximately one month before departure.

SATURDAY 22 Oct: OOH LA LA – WELCOME TO PARIS!

Welcome to Paris, one of the most beautiful cities in the world! After collecting your baggage, please enter the arrivals area to meet your driver who will transfer you to the Sofitel Baltimore Tour Eiffel, your home for the next two nights.

Settle in and then time for your private perfume masterclass at the legendary Maison de Guerlain this afternoon, to get your nose ready for all the sensory wonders of the week ahead.

A welcome champagne with canapés this evening where you will enjoy a tour briefing and most importantly, have a chance to relax and sip with your fellow guests.

Overnight accommodation; Sofitel Baltimore Tour Eiffel
Included meals: Champagne and canapés

SUNDAY 23 OCT: A PARISIAN TABLE

After breakfast this morning, it is time for you to explore the delights of Paris, whether that be a quick view of the Eiffel Tower, a walk along the banks of the Seine, mooching around the Marais or sitting at Fouquet’s on the Champs-Élysées people watching, it is your time to make your own memories.

Then we will dine! At a gorgeous Parisian restaurant where we will enjoy a welcome lunch and champagne (of course!)

This afternoon and evening are at leisure to get ready for your departure to Champagne tomorrow.  Jane and Kate will be on hand to make sure dinner is somewhere lovely, for those who are in the mood!

We will have a list of optional extras available for this afternoon and will provide post tour finalisation – private walking tours, art tours, a little fashion styling and more.

Overnight accommodation; Sofitel Baltimore Tour Eiffel

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

MONDAY 24 OCT: TIME TO SPARKLe

This morning enjoy breakfast, checkout and say farewell to Paris. We are then whisked away by private transfer to the heart of sparkle – Champagne!

Our very first stop will be at the most historic champagne house of all, Ruinart.  After a private tour of their World Heritage Listed champagne caves, we’ll enjoy a sip (or two) in their luxury tasting room.

We then head to Chateau de Rilly, your home for the next three nights.  Settle in and stretch your legs in the delightful garden.

This evening you will be chauffeured to Les Crayeres in Reims for dinner at Les Jardins.

Overnight accommodation: Chateau de Rilly
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

TUESDAY 25 Oct: GRAND VS ARTISAN

Sleep in and enjoy a leisurely breakfast in our historic Chateau de Rilly before we take you to Pommery for a guided visit, tasting and lunch.

On the way home, we are going to pop in to see and taste with an artisan, smaller producer of champagne. This will give us an excellent contrast in size and style of house.

We will then return to the chateau where you have some time to get ready for dinner at Taittinger’s Chateau Marquetterie. Frock up and and enjoy this exclusive and exquisite event!

Overnight accommodation: Chateau de Rilly
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

WEDNESDAY 26 OCT: CHAMPAGNE DAMES & QUEENS

The gothic cathedral in the champagne town of Reims is where the kings and Queens of France were crowned for over one thousand years. So, it is definitely a must for you to visit. You’ll have our own private guided walking tour, which will also take in other key historic sights in the township.

We’ll then walk a few streets over to the elegant maison of Champagne Jacquart, where one of champagne’s female winemakers is at the helm. We will enjoy a tasting and lunch.

Then it is on to pay homage to the grand dame herself – Veuve Clicquot! A tasting and a visit to her famous cellars is how we will spend the afternoon.

Dinner is at a local champagne bar in the village, where you will enjoy platters and champagnes of course!

Overnight accommodation: Chateau de Rilly
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

THURSDAY 27 OCT: CASTLES, WIDOWS & BLANC DE BLANCS

We’re checking out of our chateau this morning and then to our next hotel, set in a medieval castle. Complete with gardens, moat and canon shot marks in the thick stone walls. Welcome to Chateau d’Etoge. Oh, and did we mention the on-site, highly regarded L’Orangerie restaurant with an extensive champagne menu? Hello!

But first up, after checking out, we head to smaller producer Champagne Ployez-Jacquemart for a private tasting.

Then it’s en-route to the Cote de Blanc area of champagne for a tour, tasting and lunch with Veuve Fourny. If we’re lucky, we may even spot their mother, the original Veuve (widow) Fourny, as she is often still popping in to ensure her sons are keeping her name up to a high standard!

We’ll then return to Chateau d’Etoge to get comfortable in our rooms before dinner at the Chateau’s amazing restaurant.

Overnight accommodation: Chateau d’Etoge
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

FRIDAY 28 OCT: AN ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS GLOBAL CHAMPAGNE DAY!

Did somebody say Bolly, Darling? It is time for the fabulous to get their fabulous on… Because today you are heading to Champagne Bollinger for an all-day private visit and lunch!!! And it also so happens to be Global Champagne Day! This is something extremely special indeed. You’ll even see the historic home of Lily Bollinger and hear all about the Ab Fab and James Bond connections with this famous champagne brand.

Dinner is at leisure.

Overnight accommodation: Chateau d’Etoge
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

SATURDAY 29 OCT: GIRLS ON THE AVENUE

This morning it is all about exploring the Avenue de Champagne in Epernay, and the surrounding famous town. Walk between world-leading champagne houses, do some shopping or take the time to sit with a coffee and pastry. The morning is yours to enjoy!

Grab yourself a quick (but ever so French) lunch and then we will enjoy a tasting at Champagne de Castellane.

In the afternoon, we’re going to get our inner artist on for a delightful masterclass with the talented Caroline Brun at her historic home. Caroline is an acclaimed artist and champagne educator who uses champagne as inspiration for her artworks.  She’ll provide a delicious afternoon tea with the class and you will walk away with a completely different perspective.

Our farewell dinner is at Chateau d’Etoge this evening.

Overnight accommodation: Chateau d’Etoge

Included meals: Breakfast, Afternoon Tea, Dinner

SUNDAY 30 OCT: THE FABULOUS LADIES OF CHAMPAGNE

It’s time to say goodbye to Champagne today, and head back to Paris. We check out after breakfast and then depart our Chateau.

On the way we will stop in to meet ‘Les Fa’Bulleuses’ – a group of female champagne makers who have banded together to create a marketing power for their champagnes.

We then return to the city of lights for our final night back at the Sofitel Baltimore. Meet for a final champagne together to celebrate your Fabulous Ladies Paris & Champagne Experience.

Dinner is at leisure.

Overnight accommodation: Sofitel Baltimore Tour Eiffel

Included meals: Breakfast

MONDAY 31: TIME TO SAY FAREWELL

It’s time to say farewell and thank you for travelling with us on this fabulous getaway. Own arrangements for departure transfers or perhaps you would like to stay a little longer?  Let us know and we can help you.

Included meals: Breakfast

Tour Price: Twin share euro 6195 per person. Single supplement euro 1350 per person

Tour Starts:  Paris
Tour Finishes:  Paris 
Tour Dates:   22  – 31 October 2022

Please note all prices quoted are in Euros.

What’s included in the tour: 
  • Fully escorted by fabulous ladies of wine and sparkle, Jane Thomson and Kate Day
  • 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!
  • Private transport throughout
  • All local and city taxes
Please note what’s NOT included in the tour: 
Airfares and departure taxes; transfers unless stated in the itinerary; items of a personal nature; phone calls; passport and visas; laundry or tips. Personal transport; excess baggage; security and government taxes; travel insurance. Meals not specifically mentioned in the itinerary; additional beverages (unless specifically described). Optional excursions or activities that may be offered but are not included in the tour price.  Spa treatments and any items not specified.  Any changes you choose to make during your holiday.

This 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

Travelling Divas and 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 and Travelling Divas are 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.

For this sparkling experience you will be personally hosted by Jane Thomson, Founder and CEO of The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society & the Australian Women in Wine Awards, and Kate Day, winemaker extraordinaire. Together they will ensure all guests are looked after like French royalty. (Except for the head decapitating part.) 

Jane Thomson

Founder & CEO of The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society, experienced international tour leader and dedicated champagne lover. So dedicated is she to all things champagne that Jane also runs the Byron Bay Champagne Club in her “spare” time!

Kate Day

Australian winemaker, viticulturist and wine industry consultant with nearly two decades of industry knowledge and experience under her belt. Her span of work covers France, Australia, America and New Zealand.

This is the fabulous Champagne experience you've always wanted!

Book now to secure your place for our 2022 departure.

PLEASE NOTE: To complete your booking just click on the ‘Book Now’ button above and you will be taken to the Travelling Diva’s website. You will then need to complete and submit the official booking form. Travelling Diva’s are our partners in fabulous wine travel and adventures for women.