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From Paris: Day Trip to Champagne with 8 Tastings & Lunch

1. From Paris: Day Trip to Champagne with 8 Tastings & Lunch

Tour starts at your hotel (if located in Paris) or at the central Paris meeting point. Your driver guide will pick you up in a cozy air-conditioned minivan at around 7.30 AM. Enjoy tasty croissants on the way to Champagne, while your guide tells you all you need to know about the sparkling universe of champagne! Once you arrive in Champagne, you'll start your day with a visit to a very prestigious Estate (Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Mercier etc. depending on supplier availability). Discover never-ending galleries filled with bottles and of course, finish the guided-tour with a tasting. Back in your air-conditioned minivan, admire the landscapes and stop in the heart of the vineyard to enjoy a masterclass led by your wine expert guide. He will teach you the basis of the wine professional tasting. Then you will practice by enjoying a special cuvee. Next stop is for lunch in a family-run champagne House or at a local restaurant (depending on availability). You will have the chance to taste several glasses of champagne and ratafias (another local wine), paired with local food. Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs, Champagne Rosé… what would you pair them with? After lunch, enjoy a digestive tour through the vineyard of the Côte des Blancs and Vallée de la Marne. Learn the characteristics of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, and enjoy amazing views over the vineyard. Get ready to take some pictures! Your guide will drive you to Hautvillers, a typical French village, home of the legendary Dom Perignon. Last but not least, visit another family-run winery where you will learn the art of sabrage or disgorgement “à la volée” (a technique for opening a champagne bottle), depending on availability. Taste several delicious champagnes before heading back to Paris, where you will be dropped off in a central, well connected area.

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Epernay: Guided Tour of Champagne Cellar with Tastings

2. Epernay: Guided Tour of Champagne Cellar with Tastings

Arrive at a beautiful Champagne House called Vollereaux Champagne in the Marne Valley of Champagne. Begin the 1-hour tour with a guided visit of the historic cellars. Learn about the history of the house and the champagne-making process. Find out how the house was founded in 1805, and now stretches over 100-acres, covering the 13 villages of Coteaux Sud d’Epernay. Discover how the 6th-generation of the Vollereaux family continues a 200-year legacy of family management at the champagne house. At the end of the tour, taste 3 different champagnes as you feel the sense of sharing and togetherness which reflects the family's history and its pursuits. 

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From Reims: E-Bike Champagne Tasting Tour and Lunch

3. From Reims: E-Bike Champagne Tasting Tour and Lunch

Meet your expert and friendly guide in Reims and head towards Epernay, the Champagne Capital. Drive through the beautiful Avenue of Champagne full of prestigious Champagne Houses, stopping for the perfect picture. Taste a variety of different Champagnes in picturesque environments.  Earn your first glass of Champagne cycling your e-bike through the Unesco classified vineyards of Champagne. Learn all the details about the vineyards and the French Terroir. Discover the Birthplace of Champagne in Hautvillers and find out how Champagne was discovered.  Load your batteries and taste different Champagnes from a small family grower. Jump off your bike to savour a local meal at a restored Champagne House and match your authentic lunch with some Champagnes and local wines.

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Reims and Champagne Tasting Full-Day Tour from Paris

4. Reims and Champagne Tasting Full-Day Tour from Paris

Enjoy an exclusive day trip to the city of Reims, and discover where many French kings were crowned before the French Revolution. Transfer from Paris to the historic city in the Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine region of France. Upon arrival, take a guided walk around the city center, and then go to the unique Reims Cathedral. Learn about its place in French history as the traditional coronation place for the kings of France. Marvel at its fine French Gothic architecture, and here about some of the treasures contained within its walls. Next, transfer to the legendary vineyards of the Champagne Province to taste different types of sparkling wine. Then, sit down and take the opportunity to discover local gastronomy. Savor a three-course lunch including a starter, main, and dessert at a local restaurant. You will visit one of the most prestigious wine-growing companies in the region. Learn how Champagne is made, from the pruning of the grape vines, to the grape pressing, blending, and wine storage. See ancient cellars filled with glass containers and valuable contents gathering dust. Taste the wines!

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Palace of Tau Skip-the-Line Ticket

5. Palace of Tau Skip-the-Line Ticket

There was already a palace on the site in antiquity, though at the beginning of the 5th century, Bishop Nicasius lived there. There was also a cathedral dedicated to Our Lady. In memory of the baptism of Clovis in Reims, ca. 496, it became the tradition in the 9th century to crown the kings of France here, a tradition that was carried on until the coronation of Charles X in 1825. The palace was sumptuously decorated. Its T-shaped layout gave it its name, the Palace of Tau. Rebuilt and expanded with a chapel after a fire in 1210, the building was rearranged in flamboyant Gothic style at the end of the 15th century and then, at the end of the 17th century, further work gave it its current classical look. Although it was nationalized during the French Revolution, it was returned to the clergy in 1823. For the coronation of Charles X, it was decorated in Neo-Gothic style. It became State property in 1905 and, after the ravages of World War I, underwent restorations until 1972. The cathedral and the Palace of Tau are on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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Epernay: Moored Hot-Air Balloon over the Vineyards

6. Epernay: Moored Hot-Air Balloon over the Vineyards

Go on an adventure in a tethered giant helium-filled balloon, tied near the bottom of the Avenue de Champagne and fly up to 150 meters from the ground.  Enjoy views over the town and the surrounding UNESCO World Heritage vineyards. Savor a glass of champagne while admiring the bird’s eyes view of this beautiful area.  Look down into the hidden gardens of the beautiful Belle Epoque mansions and take in this unique atmosphere.

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From Paris: Small-Group Champagne Tour with 3-Course Lunch

7. From Paris: Small-Group Champagne Tour with 3-Course Lunch

After the pick-up from your hotel in the morning, your trip will start, head for the heart of the champagne region Épernay where you will start with a guided tour of Moët & Chandon (or similar champagne house), a prestigious French winery and Champagne house that produces Dom Pérignon. Learn about the history of its namesake and have a chance to sip some fine vintage champagne. Later stroll along the avenue de champagne towards your minivan while the guide tells you about a few other well-known houses around you and the champagne cellars below you. Visit a small local winery and meet the people behind the production of this great drink. Have a chance to taste their elegant and exclusive product and hear about the history of their champagne estate. Stop in the village where the monk who invented champagne lived. This wonderful tour will eventually bring you to the table where you will have a chance to discover local gastronomy, savor a 3-course lunch at a local restaurant afterwards visit the producer where more than 80 farmers work hard to make an amazing selection of sparkling wines designed for special occasions. Visit the museum to see different utensils used to make Champagne, and watch a short film about the vineyards. Sample 4 more glasses of Champagne before driving back to Paris. After a few fun games, trying all types of wines and eating delicious food, your guide will also give you something nice to remember your visit to the champagne region and drop you off at your hotel.

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Reims City Pass

8. Reims City Pass

Get the keys to the wine-growing region with a Reims City Pass, valid for 1, 2 or 3 days. Choose the pass that suits your schedule, and enjoy free access to the must-see monuments and museums. Travel for free on the public transport system, and get discounts of up to 50% at dozens of other participating attractions and on services such as parking and at restaurants. Take a cellar tour of one of the Champagne houses, look inside the magnificent cathedral where many of the kings of France were crowned and more. 1-Day Pass:  • Free travel on the public transport system • Free entrance to the Palais du Tau • Free open-top minibus tour of Reims • Free entrance to the Saint-Remi Museum • Free guided tour of Reims Cathedral (Notre-Dame de Reims) • Visit to a famous champagne house 2-Day Pass:  • Free travel on the public transport system • Free entrance to the Palais du Tau • Free digital guided tour of Reims • Free entrance to the Saint-Remi Museum • Free entrance to the Musée de la Reddition (Museum of the Surrender) • Free entrance to the Musée des Beaux-Arts (Reims Fine Arts Museum) • Free guided tour of Reims Cathedral (Notre-Dame de Reims) • Guided excursion to the wine-growing area 3-Day Pass: • Free travel on the public transport system • Free entrance to the Palais du Tau • Free open-top minibus tour of Reims • Free entrance to the Saint-Remi Museum • Free guided tour of Reims Cathedral (Notre-Dame de Reims) • Free digital guided tour of Reims • Free entrance to the Musée de la Reddition (Museum of the Surrender) • Free entrance to the Musée des Beaux-Arts (Reims Fine Arts Museum) • Free Art Deco audio tour • Visit to a famous champagne house  • Guided excursion to the wine-growing area

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From Reims: Taittinger Champagne Morning Tour & Tastings

9. From Reims: Taittinger Champagne Morning Tour & Tastings

Start the tour a 9 AM in Reims, where you will be picked up from the meeting point in an air-conditioned minivan. Start the morning by seeing the sights in the fabulous city of Reims. Drive by “Notre Dame de Reims”, one of the first monuments to be registered as a Unesco World Heritage Site. Absorb the historical atmosphere of the city, home of the coronation of more than 25 kings of France. After this, explore the underground cellars of the prestigious Taittinger Champagne House where you will have the opportunity to savor a lovely morning glass of champagne. Take a scenic drive through the northern vineyards of the elegant Montagne de Reims while your guide points out the particularities and peculiarities of the region. Find out why the vines are planted on steep slopes and why the local subsoil is composed of such pure chalk. Continue your bubbly tour when you arrive at a family-run boutique winery. Enjoy a tour of the traditional press and vat room as your guide details the traditional Champagne-making method known as the 'Méthode Champenoise'. Appreciate several tastings of the family's personal production and acquire further knowledge and expertise on the finest sparkling wines. This effervescent tour ends at 1 PM where you will be dropped off back in Reims

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Epernay: Afternoon Champagne Tour from Reims

10. Epernay: Afternoon Champagne Tour from Reims

Meet your friendly guide in Reims and go explore the most famous vineyards of Champagne around Epernay. Drive through the renowned 'Avenue du Champagne,' home of the most recognized and esteemed Champagne houses.  Let the historical village of Hautvillers and its captivating church take you back in time and admire the breathtaking view on Champagne’s UNESCO-listed world heritage vineyards. Ride through the south vineyards of the elegant Montagne de Reims while your guide points out the particularities and peculiarities of the region. Visit the exclusive cellars of a family run boutique winery. Tour the traditional press and vat room as your host details the traditional Champagne method also called the "Méthode Champenois". Appreciate several tastings of their personal production and acquire further knowledge and expertise on the finest sparkling wine. Finish your afternoon with a last stop at another Champagne tasting place were you will be able taste and compare various cuvée-wines. Your tour ends between 6:30 and 7:00 PM.

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What people are saying about Champagne

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,214 reviews

The Champagne day trip was fantastic. It was exceptionally informative, and lots of fun, with great, and very generous tastings and lunch. I didn't feel rushed - it was all well-timed and relaxed with plenty of time to enjoy the experience. The guide Jean-Baptiste was excellent - very knowledge, kind, thoughtful and he certainly made the day very special..

Sebastian, our guide, was amazing! He was very knowledgeable about the region and fun to hang out with during our trip. We were able to see 2 champagne wineries, eat a delicious lunch of local fare, and see/tour the Reims Cathedral. I highly recommend Sebastian and this tour!!

We saw Moët & Chandon as our first stop, then 2 smaller champagne houses and had a delicious lunch! Jean-Baptiste was a kind, knowledgeable and amazing guide/driver! We had a lovely day, and really enjoyed the small group tour today, everything was perfect!

It was AMAZING. Exceed my expectations by tons. if you are considering, DONT, JUST BOOK IT BEFORE get sold out.

Jean, tour guide, was superb! Also, the vendors were excellent! Excellent service overall. It’s def worthy