Up in the Air Life proudly presents our newest destination: Cognac + Champagne in France! Our trip includes a four-night stay at one of the Leading Hotels of the World and Cognac’s first luxury property. We will visit the famed Cognac houses of Hennessy and Rémy Martin, plus discover lesser-known Cognac houses, and we will embark on sensory and tangible experiences to understand why Cognac is significant. We continue the week in Champagne with our own Champagne connoisseur and educator popping bottles at various champagne houses, experience a Black Tie four-course food and champagne paired dinner in the cellars of Moët & Chandon, and learn the history of the region’s historic and grandest champagne houses in this culinary tour that will blow your senses!
OCTOBER 16-23, 2021
Welcome to France! Arrive in Paris, France and join the group for a scenic ride to Cognac Enjoy a relaxing afternoon at our hotel followed with a welcome cocktail in the hotel’s library, formerly a cooperage where Cognac used to be made. After our cocktail, we will have our Welcome Dinner as we prepare for the week ahead.
You’ve sipped Hennessy, but to really experience this libation, you must understand its origins. We will tour the most famous Cognac house in the world, learn how Cognac is made, what makes Hennessy unique and enjoy a private tasting of two of their cuvées. After Hennessy, we venture to Meukow. One of the lesser-known Cognac houses in the U.S., Meukow has a storied history and makes unique cognacs. We will have a three-course lunch, followed by a tour and tasting. Last, but definitely not least, Courvoisier.
Enjoy your free day at the spa, hotel, or meandering around the town. There are numerous smaller Cognac houses close to the hotel where you can discover more Cognac, grab souvenirs, dine, and experience the city.
Join us for a glass of Cognac and cigar in the smoking lounge before we venture inside for our very own pool party.
Rémy Martin is one of the most storied and famed Cognac houses in the world. Today we explore the world of Rémy Martin with a private production tour, a Cognac cocktail creation class tour and a tour of the famed chateau house.
Enjoy a relaxing morning with a lavish breakfast buffet and a-la-carte delights at the hotel. Today we will be whisked off to Champagne via a private coach and check in to Hotel de la Paix centrally located in the heart of Reims. We will experience our wine and food paired Welcome Dinner along with a discussion on what makes champagne, Champagne!
Enjoy a relaxing morning and breakfast buffet at the hotel. Lunch today includes an amazing champagne tasting at the only vineyard in Reims that is one of the top-selling champagnes in France. Our private tour of their Champagne House today includes a wonderful art selection that tells the history of the vineyard and a delightful 3-course lunch paired with various champagnes. At the end of the tour indulge in a shopping experience and bring bubbly home!
Enjoy a relaxing morning and breakfast buffet at the hotel. Julia, our very own Champagne connoisseur and educator, will lead a personalized Champagne shopping experience at her favorite store in Reims. This is not to be missed! Tonight we will have an in-depth tour at Moët & Chandon followed by an elegant private four-course dinner with unlimited Champagne in the Moët caves. Come thirsty!
Enjoy a relaxing morning and breakfast buffet at the hotel. Today’s we’ll be whisked off by coach to the airport for safe travels home.