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From Paris: Small-Group Champagne Day Trip with Six Tastings

1. From Paris: Small-Group Champagne Day Trip with Six Tastings

Visit the only place in the world that grows and produces Champagne on a full-day trip from Paris. Take a guided tour of the Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne House and a family-run winery. Enjoy included tasting opportunities and the chance to discover Reims Cathedral during the day. Start the tour from Paris on a minibus that will take you to Champagne. Visit the quaint chapel of the Abbey at Hautvillers, which is also the gravesite of Dom Pérignon, the father of Champagne. Learn about him with your guide, then meet with a local producer to hear about the wine-growing process. Enjoy a fully-guided tour at the House of Nicolas Feuillatte, the world’s largest producer of Champagne. Taste 3 glasses of Champagne on your Champagne house tour. You'll also have the opportunity to taste at least 3 different types of Champagne at a local family-run winery and pick up some bottles for souvenirs. Before heading back to Paris, visit the Reims Cathedral of Notre Dame, one of the defining models of Gothic art, and have free time to see the area where 25 French Kings were crowned.

From Paris: Epernay and Champagne Day Trip with Tastings

2. From Paris: Epernay and Champagne Day Trip with Tastings

Take a day trip from Paris to Champagne and Epernay. Visit 2 Champagne houses, a large one like Ayala or Moët and a family-run one, with at least 6 tastings included. Explore the vineyards and meet professional winemakers who will guide you through the tastings. From Paris, drive to the charming village of Hautvillers, the cradle of Champagne. Admire the sea of vines which engulf the hillside slopes, and stop at a traditional bakery in the village. Discover a piece of history at Hautvillers Abbey, the resting place of monk and cellar master Dom Pérignon. Then, it's time to taste some bubbles at the AYALA Champagne House in Aÿ with its UNESCO-classified vineyard, Boizel, or Moët et Chandon headquarters and cellars in Epernay, depending on availability. Learn how to pay close attention to nuances in the Champagne flavor, aroma, and appearance. Next, take a stroll on Champagne Avenue in Epernay which is lined with the prestigious houses of Moët et Chandon, Laurent Perrier, Boizel, Venoge, and Castellane. Head to a traditional restaurant with a large choice of menus (at your expense). During the spring and summer, you can order a picnic. Visit a family of passionate champagne producers such as Champagne Bouquet in Châtillon-sur-Marne, Roger-Constant-Lemaire in Villers-sous-Châtillon, or Liébart-Regnier in Baslieux-sous-Châtillon. See how they continue the family tradition of producing top-shelf Champagne. After another round of tasting, start your return journey to Paris.

From Epernay: Vintage Champagne Tour with Lunch & Tastings

3. From Epernay: Vintage Champagne Tour with Lunch & Tastings

This private day trip with a guide will introduce you to the magic of the Champagne region, with transportation in a vintage Renault Estafette. Visit two winemakers to sample their champagnes, admire the vineyard landscapes, and stop for lunch either with a picnic or in a local restaurant. Enjoy transportation from Epernay in a vintage Estafette Alouette Renault, as you travel through the Champagne region to your first destination, a local winery. Sample three different champagnes and learn about the traditional production process. Next, find the most impressive views of the vineyard landscape with the help of your guide, to stop and admire the beauty of the region. Stop off for a picnic among the vines, including cold meats, cheese, bread, a dessert with pink biscuits, and champagne. In colder months, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. You'll then drive to visit a second winemaker for another tasting of three locally produced champagnes. Learn about the sabrage technique of opening champagne bottles with a specialized saber tool, and try your hand at it yourself. Finally, visit the Abbey Church of Hautvillers which houses the grave of the famed champagne-maker Dom Pérignon, before being driven back to Epernay.

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What people are saying about Epernay

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4.6 / 5

based on 178 reviews

Adrien was a fantastic tour guide & helped to make this a fun & memorable tour. The information he shared with us made it both educational & enjoyable. We really liked the small group & we were able to bond with everyone in the group. The smaller champagne house, Michel Fagot, was super. We really liked the champagne there & enjoyed the caves. Moet & Chandon was also great. There are a lot of stairs to get to & from the caves so it is worth knowing that in case you have mobility issues. I would highly recommend this tour.

The private own champagne house was the best by far. This was a very professional tour and learnt a lot.

Great trip! First time I join tour group but everything better than I expected.

Our tour guide was incredible! We loved every moment of our time in Champagne.

It was really good the guide was very helpful and fun