Champagne Day Trip
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- Explore the miles-long cellars of Mercier, innovative for their time and home to some of the finest champagne in the world
- Enjoy a guided visit of the picturesque village of Hautvillers
- Discover a boutique family-run champagne estate steeped in history
As you finish plumbing the depths of the tunnels, it’s time to explore what lies above ground. You will benefit from some free time to discover this charming enclave, whether by strolling along the Avenue admiring the stunning mansions, or enjoying some traditional local cuisine, your guide will be on hand to offer tailored recommendations on how best to enjoy this lap of luxury.
It’s then time to settle comfortably back into your coach seat and watch the scenic Route de Champagne drift by as you take a winding tour through the rolling vineyards to your next destination, Hautvillers. Famous for being the birthplace of Champagne, this lovely village is home to a Benedictine abbey steeped in history – its cellar master was once a monk by the name of Dom Pérignon. Your guide will lead you through the heart of the village, regaling you with the history of this beautiful region, including that of its most famous resident and how he came to discover the secret recipe for this enchanting potion – in fact, he thought it so magical he is claimed to have cried ‘ Come quickly – I am tasting the stars!’. While Pérignon’s tomb in the local church is a monument to his legacy, Hautvillers also has a fascinating way of recognising the talents of its other inhabitants – beautiful forged iron signs decorate the faces of shops and houses; revealing the trade of those who dwell within.
Having explored two of the most iconic Champagne villages in France, you’ll now have the opportunity to discover a family-run boutique estate, the keys of its house passed down from generation to generation. Here, a local expert will walk you through every detail of the champagne-making process – you’ll roam the vineyard, learning about how the grapes are grown and nurtured, before visiting the pressoir where these carefully cultivated fruits are pressed, and where the estate’s award-winning champagne is delicately assembled. Your guide will also lead you through their candle-lit cellars, revealing trade secrets on how best to mature and store champagne, before allowing you a peek at their incredible collection of rare vintages. This estate has long been home to the very finest of champagnes – you will be thrilled to come across the stunning private chateau of Veuve Clicquot on your tour of these grounds.
Having worked up a thirst, end your visit with a tasting of 3 of their champagnes as you relax on the beautiful terrace overseeing the vineyards stretching before you. With your palate honed and possibly with stars dancing in your mouth, board your private coach back to Paris and ordinary life, happy in the knowledge that you have experienced a drop of paradise.
- Visit of Mercier Champagne cellars and champagne tasting
- Guided walking tour of Hautvillers
- Guided visit of a private champagne estate and champagne tasting
- Expert, English-speaking tour guides
- Small groups of 25 people or fewer
- Hotel pick-up/drop off
On the steps in front of the Opera Bastille Arriving by metro: Take metro lines 1, 5 or 8 and get off at Bastille. Follow exit signs to Opera Bastille, exit number 3. As you exit, go up the stairs and the Opera is the modern building immediately behind you. Look right, and you will see a tall flight of steps leading up to the main entrance. Your guide will be waiting for you on the steps holding a sign. Arriving by taxi: Ask the taxi driver to drop you at the Opera Bastille. Please make sure you specify that you want the Opera Bastille (there are 2 opera houses in Paris, the other is the Opera Garnier). Your guide will be on the steps in front of the building leading up to the main entrance. Arriving by foot : The Opera Bastille is the large, modern building set on the east side of the Bastille Square (Open in Google Maps)
• Photography is permitted throughout the tour
• Some sites visited lack shade and can be hot under direct sunlight. It is recommended to bring a hat, sunscreen, and a bottle of water
• The supplier is unfortunately unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance
• Please note the supplier cannot accommodate strollers or baby carriages on group tours.
• This is a physically challenging tour that involves a considerable amount of walking, hills and stairs. Please wear comfortable shoes and note that it is not recommended for customers with health conditions
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