International Conference
on Interpretation

Post-Conference Tour

Champagne Region from Reims to Paris

Friday–Sunday, April 20–22
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Join colleagues as you explore the Champagne region from Reims to Paris. This post-conference trip will depart from Reims on Friday, April 20, at 2:00pm and take you first to Chateau-Thierry, the City of Fables. There you will walk in the heights of the old town and discover the old castle, a pleasant fortified site where the ramparts offer a superb view of the rooftops of Château-Thierry and the Marne Valley. You will also have a chance to admire the beautiful medieval ruins as you follow the interpretive signs along the trail. These include the imposing Door of St. John, the well-preserved ramparts dotted with towers, and the old keep.

From Chateau-Thierry a coach will take you to Epernay where you will check-in to the Best Western Hotel de Champagne for a two-night stay, rest for a bit and meet up for a nice three-course French meal and take a stroll down the Avenue de Champagne, known as the “richest avenue in the world.”

After a restful night, day two will start off with a visit to the town of Ay-Champagne, site of the oldest cooperative in Champagne. Here you will spend two hours on a private visit with an English-speaking guide as you explore:

  • The history of the cooperative
  • The wine room
  • The centenary cellars
  • The Museum of Champagne’s Work Crafts with a visit through the vineyard (weather permitting)
  • The Villa Collet—Champagne tasting of Collet Champagne house

From there it is on to a three-course lunch in Saint-Imoges at Le Bois Joli. After lunch you will board your coach and be transferred to Hautvillers Village (the cradle of Champagne). Closely linked to the history of the grand cellarer Dom Perignon, the village of Hautvilliers is nestled at the crossroads between the Marne valley and Montagne de Reims.

After spending time in Hautvillers you will be transferred to the Moet & Chandon champagne house. The cellar visit, led by interpreters, will invite you to discover the Moet & Chandon expertise of our oenologists and the legacy of a know-how developed over time and passed through several generations of cellar masters. This tour also includes a tasting.

After a day of seeing some of the beautiful sites the Champagne region has to offer you will have time to go back to your room to refresh before meeting for a three-course meal.

You will depart for Paris on the third day of your trip and stop along the way in Provins.

Provins offers a unique opportunity to experience a 12th- and 13th-century merchant town, site of the fairs of Champagne. It is a real showcase of medieval architecture (military, religious, and civil) and it is one of the few towns in France that can boast over 50 listed monuments with historical value. Your visit will be capped by a three-course lunch before transfer to Paris. We will work with participants on drop-off locations.

Notes for Participants

Minimum Number: 10 (Please note if we do not meet the minimum of 10 by March 15 the post trip will be canceled)

Cost: $1,050 per guest based on double occupancy (single supplement available) — includes all lodging, meals (lunches and dinners include wine, mineral water, and coffee), transportation, guides, and tour fees

Sites included: Chateau-Thierry, Epernay, Ay-Champagne, Saint-Imoges, Hautvillers, Provins

NAI International Conference

Reims, France
April 16-20, 2018

The conference starts with a reception Monday, April 16. Educational off-sites take place Wednesday, April 18. (Some may have an additional cost.)


Early registration closes February 2, 2018
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Deadline: January 22, 2018
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How do you pronounce "Reims"?

We don't blame you if you thought it was "Reems," but no, the word is closer to "Rance," as in, rhymes with "France." Roll the first R a little (on the back of your tongue) and let the word disappear somewhere in your throat and you've got it.