Friday 16 (afterwork) Sunday 18 October (21h00)
Troyes, France – Departments Aube & Aisne
3* and/or 4* hotels in Troyes center
Private 4* luxury coach
Drappier – URVILLE
17 incl 3 tastings
Brut – 2x
Cuvee – Charles de Gaulle
Visites + 1 verre = €8
Celles sur ource
Chateau de la Mottey
Chateau de Veaux
11h30 – Tour English – 1,5 hours + 2 hours including
12h30 – Lunch
13h30 – Champagne tour
2 hours – Cultural center + house + studio
€12 without guide, €13
Champagne LEGUILLETTE ROMELOT
Castle is open on Sunday – 1 hour
Brasserie St Jean
Hotel ile de France
15h00 Rapture show
The French government has decided to turn both Aube and Aisne red. This means the Belgian government will also make it red, despite that the French red and Belgian red mean something different. According to the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a trip to the red regions can only be carried out if you take a test and go into quarantine upon return (14 days!). However, if you call the official information line and ask them specifically if this is also required for trips under 48 hours, their answer is NO. This information is not available on the website diplomatie.belgium.be, but only on info-coronavirus.be. Still, we feel obliged to also cancel this trip and postpone it to the late Spring / Summer of 2021. If you’re interested, please put your name on the list and we’ll contact you whenever we have more information.
A brand-new Champagne weekend trip to one of France’s most beautiful cities: Troyes. With its half-timbered houses, small streets, and impressive Cathedral, it is a must-see destination. Besides the city, the region also offers another great attraction, namely the Côte de l’Aube and the AOC Rosé des Riceys, two prestigious wine regions. Also here there are plenty of vineyards belonging to countless smaller and larger Champagne houses. On Saturday we are going to explore them during a scenic bus tour, a guided visit to a top Champagne house including a delicious dégustation, and enjoy some free time in Les Riceys, a typical Champagne village with many houses so you can try and taste as much as you like. On top of that we also stop in the village of the famous painter Renoir and learn more about his life. On Sunday we take an alternative route back to Brussels, and discover yet another Champagne region, namely the Vallée de Marne in the Département of Aisne. Also here we plan a visit and dégustation at one of the best regional houses. In the afternoon we continue our route to Belgium and make additional stops in the historic cities of Château-Thierry and Soissons, with short visits to a castle, cathedral and abbey.
Corona information (as of 8 October)
We are not able to do our regular Champagne trip on 24 October due to the fact that the Marne Département (with Épernay, Hautvillers and Reims) is currently a red zone for Belgium. In France people are still allowed to travel to this region (with increased vigilance), but for those living in Belgium it is not possible.
However, the Champagne Départements of Aube and Aisne are in the orange zone. They do not require another level of vigilance than Brussels / Belgium and do not involve mandatory tests and quarantines. We can travel there.
For this weekend trip we’ll be back in Belgium within 48 hours, so we won’t have to worry about filling out a Passenger Locator Form.
What if the situation changes?
If the situation changes, and the Aube département (Troyes) changes to a red zone, or if travellers from Brussels are no longer welcome in this part of France, we will cancel the trip and you will be fully refunded. If the Aisne département changes to a red zone, we will still go to Aube and come with an alternative program for Sunday in Northern France.
During the trip:
- Buses are allowed to drive at (near) full capacity in Belgium and France.
- Our modern bus has a top quality HEPA filter, whereas the top>down air flow refreshes the inside air constantly.
- We maintain as much as possible 1,5 meters social distancing.
- Masks are required in some places, e.g. during the Champagne tour.
- Corona-measures on the bus:
- hand sanitiser is available on the bus
- there are separation screens between the rows
- we spread people on the bus evenly
- masks are required in Belgium if 1,5 meters cannot be maintained on same row
- masks are required in France
What is included in this trip?
This trip is rather inclusive since we would like to offer a seamless program. The current price indication is €549, all inclusive. Early-bird offers will be available, so book on time to get a lower price.
- Transportation by 4* luxury coach
- Bottled water on outbound journey
- 2 nights in a 3* or 4* hotel
- 2x breakfast buffet
- Lunch on Saturday (2-course) & Sunday (3-course)
- Dinner on Saturday
- Guided city tour in Troyes
- Guided tour & dégustation top Champagne house
- Scenic bus tour Côte de l’Aube & the AOC Rosé des Riceys
- Visit to Essoyes (Renoir village)
- Visit to Les Riceys (top Champagne village)
- Visit to Champagne House Vallée de Marne
- Visit to Château-Thierry
- Visit to Soissons
- A great group of international people
- A lifetime expat memory
What is optional?
- Upgrade to 4* hotel
- Upgrade to single room
- Single seat on bus
Who can join?
Expat Club is open to welcome everyone who feels like joining an open-minded international group of expats and Belgians. Most of our participants are 30-65 years old with some younger and some older and working in a variety of fields (EU, NATO, NGOs, diplomacy, corporate, academics).
– Members & non-members
– Expats & (international) Belgians
– Singles / couples / retirees / friends / colleagues / families
Expat Club & families
Expat Club welcomes everyone, including families with children. However, due to the guided tour and the “alcoholic-character” this trip is not meant for young children. Contact us if you are interested so we can ensure you get the right rooms and a family/child discount. These discounts are valid on the early-bird and regular trip fees (no further discounts apply, including pre-reservation discounts).