In case you haven’t heard, it’s time to celebrate. No, not just because it’s Friday but it just so happens to be Global Champagne Day – as if we need another excuse to pop the cork this weekend! To commemorate such an important day, we’ve hit up some of the best travel companies to see where they think would be the best place in the world to indulge in flute of bubbly.
Insight Vacations, Champagne
Go straight to the source and enjoy a glass of bubbles in the magnificent Champagne region. With sprawling mountainous views, medieval buildings shaped like champagne corks, and champagne houses like Moët, Veuve and Dom Pérignon, the region has been attracting thirsty guests for centuries. Back in 1804 Napolean was wined and dined by Moët and become one of their largest fans – the champagne house later dedicated its Brut Imperial to the emperor. Insight Vacations’ 16-day Country Roads of France visits Troyes the capital of the region and includes a wine tasting with an expert.
Trafalgar, New York
Bring in the New Year in New York and celebrate with Trafalgar’s special 11-day Christmas Magic and New York New Year guided holiday that’ll see you spend 25 December in Connecticut indulging in a champagne brunch by the warmth of a fireplace. From the sweet seasonal aromas of baked goods wafting through Manhattan to the sounds of carollers on Broadway, you and your loved ones will experience the personality of the Big Apple and its surrounds which shine even brighter at this time of year during Trafalgar’s winter wonderland adventure. As celebrations commence around the world marking 2015, join your fellow travel companions and ring in the New Year with a special Highlight Dinner before getting the opportunity to head to Times Square to watch the famous ball drop www.trafalgar.com.
AAT Kings, Uluru
For a unique, open-air dining experience, head to the heart of Australia to witness the changing colours of Uluru at sunset. Here you’ll dine under the stars during an exclusive AAT Kings Uluru Sunset tour and Aussie BBQ Dinner, the only evening dining experience inside Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park. In the afterglow of an Uluru sunset, you’ll feast on delicious seafood, succulent meats, fresh salads and decadent desserts while sipping on your drink of choice. Pull up a chair next to your travel companions and listen to fascinating stories told by your charming yet knowledgeable Driver Guide as you toast to new friendships and recount stories of your Red Centre adventures www.aatkings.com.
Creative Holidays, San Francisco
California has its fair share of wine regions though champagne enthusiasts will love the aptly named Bubble Lounge in San Francisco. Get cosy as the elegant downtown bar has 300 champagnes and sparkling wines on the menu including some of the world’s best available by the glass. For those who find choosing between champagnes far too hard there are ‘Bubbly Flights’ which each have three tasting glasses. Creative Holidays has a range of accommodation and sightseeing options in San Francisco.
Adventure World, Peru
Whichever way you tackle it, the legendary Inca trail is an extraordinary feat. So why not enjoy luxury facilities along the way and plenty of opportunities to pop a cork at your incredible accomplishments with the Luxury Inca Trail from soft-adventure specialists Adventure World. Experience the spectacular beauty as well as grand pampering Peruvian style with the added comfort of luxury tented accommodation while you traverse the famed trail, a professional masseuse to caress away any cramps, expert guides and porters to take care of all the equipment and of course exotic cuisine and champagne to cheers your achievements.
Bushmans Kloof, South Africa
Nestled in the foothills of South Africa’s Cederberg Mountains lies Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat which offers an array of luxury dining occasions – the kind that dreams are made of. For a unique outdoor dining experience, wander through the reserve and pull up at your picnic spot of choice whether that be along the banks of a sparkling river, at a rocky overhang near a crystal-clear waterfall or amongst the spring flowers. Here you’ll dine on a gourmet spread of mouth-watering delights and delicious treats washing it down with a glass of bubbles, as you immerse yourself in South Africa’s picturesque bushland www.bushmanskloof.co.za/dining/extraordinary-dining.
Contiki, Isle of Capri
The rocky caves, the stunning coastline, the cuisine best enjoyed al fresco dining – the glamorous Isle of Capri is just begging to be enjoyed with bubbles. You’ll definitely want to pop a cork and cheers to ‘La Dolce Vita’ on Contiki’s 12-day Simply Italy which takes in an excursion to this incredibly picturesque place. No fizzer, this trip also takes a number of incredible experiences across Rome, Sorrento, Florence, Venice, Milan and the Italian Riviera that a worthy of imbibing in bubbles (no one needs to know if it’s only Prosecco).
At some point during a week-long cruise down Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, a celebratory champagne is called for. It could be post-dip in the balmy Adriatic, accompanying fresh seafood while dining al fresco on the island of Hvar or watching the sunset from the city walls of Dubrovnik. You’ll never be short of toast-worthy moments on Busabout’s 8-day Island Hopper as it cruises the crystal clear waters to Split, Dubrovnik and the Dalmatian Islands.
Coco Chanel said ‘I only drink Champagne on two occasions, when I’m in love and when I’m not’. We’re sure she’d be happy to add ‘when I’m on a luxury river cruise in France’. Uniworld’s 8-day Bordeaux, Vineyards & Chateaux sails the Bordeaux region in southwest France so guests can sip Champagne on the Sun Deck while sailing past pretty villages, rolling vineyards and picturesque Chateaux. C’est la vie!