Churchill & Champagne: The Fight for France
“Remember gentlemen, it’s not just France we are fighting for, it’s Champagne!” — Winston Churchill
“Champagne should be cold, dry and hopefully, free.” — Christian Pol Roger
- Visit the places Churchill loved, while hearing some lesser-known stories about the great man from lecturer Paul Beaver
- Taste while you travel aboard a fully-kitted out double-decker bus and wine bar; recreate a special 1944 dinner held at the British Embassy in Paris, and marvel at a sabrage demonstration
- Enjoy dinner at Maxim's and a tasting at Pol Roger
- Guaranteed departure
History has linked the noble Champagne with the greatest Englishman who ever lived. Churchill & Champagne brings together the compelling history of Churchill’s role in the Second World War and France’s most adored creation, Champagne. During this trip, Paul Beaver will bring to life the story of Churchill, his love of France, his experiences there and his favourite Grande Maison, Pol Roger. We might also touch on the fascinating relationship between Winston and Odette Pol Roger.
Churchill was the greatest English man. His life embraced much which has created a modern Britain and its relationship with Europe. He was a Francophile, visited the country whenever he could and loved the finer things of life, such as good champagne. Pol Roger has even named its best cuvée after him and had its address changed to recognise the great man’s devotion to the finest wine of France.
It is fitting to start at his beloved Chartwell in Kent and journey towards the Channel via the new British winery at Chapel Down near Tenterden, where surprising good méthode champenoise is being created in a process which has changed little since it was invented in 1531. We will then move to Paris, the scene of the world’s first shuttle diplomacy as Churchill tried to put backbone into the French government and its armed forces.
- Tour Manager
- Meals - All meals included with wine at lunch and dinner
- Hotels - 6 nights in 3/4* hotels in Kent, Paris, and Reims
- Travel - Return Eurostar travel, London to Paris