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Avenue de Champagne, Epernay

Avenue de Champagne, Epernay: Our most recommended tours and activities

Epernay: Tethered Balloon Experience

1. Epernay: Tethered Balloon Experience

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. Admire a bird’s eye view of this beautiful area.  Look down into the hidden gardens of the beautiful Belle Epoque mansions and take in this unique atmosphere.

From Reims: Champagne and Family-Run Wineries Tour

2. From Reims: Champagne and Family-Run Wineries Tour

Engage your senses with Champagne tastings at family-run, boutique wineries on this tour from Reims. Venture into cellars and uncover the secrets to producing Champagne. Travel in a comfortable and airconditioned van and visit the charming village of Hautvillers.  Meet your local guide at 2.00 pm in front of the tourist office of Reims Centre train station and start your afternoon with a drive through the countryside. Continue with a visit of a family-run winery. Tour the still-used traditional press and tank room as your guide details the traditional Champagne producing methods with a concrete and visual approach. Appreciate several tastings of their products and acquire tasting knowledge and expertise with these rare Champagnes. Appreciate a moment in the vineyard, with breathtaking views on the UNESCO world’s heritage Champagne vines, and acquire knowledge about the terroir particularities. Enjoy the village of Hautvillers, the birthplace of Champagne. Visit the church where the famous monk Dom Pérignon is buried. Finish your tour with a visit at another family-run winery, where you will be able to taste and compare various “cuvées.” After an afternoon full of experiences and precious souvenirs, your guide will drop you off in front of the tourist office of Reims central train station between 6:30 pm and 7:00 pm.

From Reims: E-Bike Champagne Day Tour and Lunch

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

Explore the charming countryside of Champagne on a relaxed e-bike tour. Cycle through Premier and Grand Cru villages, and see the UNESCO world's heritage vines. Glide down the Marne Canal and taste various champagnes and enjoy a traditional lunch. Meet your local guide in Reims, in Epernay or in Mareuil-sur-Ay. After a drive deep in the Champagne countryside to a typical Champagne House, Le Clos Corbier, your bikes will be ready for you to ride. Ride your e-bike and discover some of Champagne’s most remote locations. Earn your champagne glasses cycling through Premier and Grand Cru villages and fully experience the complexity of the terroir. Enjoy breathtaking views of the UNESCO world’s heritage vines of Champagne. Discover the village of Hautvillers, the birthplace of Champagne. Finish your time in Hautvillers with a guided visit of the church where the famous monk Dom Pérignon is buried. Experience a ride alongside the Marne canal to make your way back to Le Clos Corbier. Visit the cellars and taste different champagnes from the family domain, where you will see and be taught about the champagne-making process. Then immerse yourself into the French lifestyle with a traditional lunch consisting of homemade regional specialties paired with a variety of champagnes, cheese puffs, paté en croute, quiche, lentils, cheeses, Reims pink biscuit (the lunch can be adapted to allergies or specific diets).

From Reims: Champagne Day Trip to Two Local Domains & Lunch

4. From Reims: Champagne Day Trip to Two Local Domains & Lunch

Explore one of the great wine-producing areas of France on a small group tour of the Champagne region. Taste the sparkling produce of this world-renowned area, with two Traditional Champagne family grower . The vineyard's production is supplemented by the contractual acquisition of grapes from independent suppliers operating the finest vineyards in the Champagne region. En route to Épernay, travel through the Marne Valley vineyards to meet the legendary monk Dom Pérignon who produced the most expensive wines of France in the 17th century and is now buried in the church of the former Benedictine Hautvillers Abbey. Then, visit Épernay, often referred to as the Capital of Champagne Wine, with main streets lined with luxurious mansions. Discover some of the most prestigious names, including Moët & Chandon, Perrier-Jouët, and Pol Roger, and learn about the 100 kilometers of tunnels beneath the street. Take a break to enjoy a convivial lunch at t a local restaurant (main course & dessert included) Finally, take a guided tour and enjoy a Champagne tasting at a second family vineyard.

Champagne private tour from your hotel in Paris

5. Champagne private tour from your hotel in Paris

We pick you up if front of your hotel or anywhere you want in Paris and we drive to the Champagne area. This is a door to door custom private tour. Our itinerary will wind through the Champagne region with time to admire authentic landscapes and vineyards along the way. Our first stop will bring us into the cellars of one of the greatest Champagne wineries. (Veuve Clicquot or Mercier or Moët & Chandon or Pommery or others). These cellars of exceptional heritage are the living testimony of several centuries of development. They are the keepers of a real treasure - the memory of human craft and talent throughout history. At the end of the visit you will have champagne tasting (included). The choice of the cellar will depend on availability. Depending on the day of the week, we can go to a village market to meet local producers and artisans. Our next stop will be the village of Hautvillers where you can soak in a breathtaking view of the entire Marne Valley. Hautvillers is also the resting place of the monk Dom Pérignon! We will take retrace his steps back to the origins of Champagne wine. Cross the beautiful Champagne countryside and marvel at the typical villages of the region. Visit of the famous Avenue de Champagne with the greatest Champagne houses we offer you a glass of champagne on one of them. Our lunch near this place will offer the opportunity to taste local dishes if you wish (example: tasting board with an assortment of local products) A local artisan winemaker will then welcome us into his cellars to share his passion and for you to taste his champagne. Enjoy a tasting class of his champagne. Possibility to buy bottles of Champagne directly from the producer, without any commission. We can organize Champagne shipping for you. We drop you off if front of your hotel or anywhere you want in Paris. This is a door to door custum private tour.

From Reims/Epernay:The Connoisseurs Private Tour 9 tastings

6. From Reims/Epernay:The Connoisseurs Private Tour 9 tastings

Discovery of the most famous areas around Epernay, Capital of the Champagne vineyard : The "Côte des Blancs" known as the kingdom of Chardonnay Grand cru and the Marne Valley renowned for its historic hillsides producing Pinot Noir where Champagne was born. Visit 2 families of independent producers/growers with explanations on the Champagne making process, visit the presses, wineries and cellars. Taste 6 different Champagnes Grand Cru/Premier Cru including natural Champagnes (without dosage), extra brut, old vines, vintages, aged in oak barrels, etc. In addition to the Champagnes, taste the 3 essential Champagne alcohols and aperitifs : Ratafia, Fine de la Marne and Marc de Champagne from the Goyard Distillery which is the oldest in Champagne. Our discovery tour through the vineyards and villages of the "Côte des Blancs" passes in front of the "Château de Saran", a prestigious property of the LVMH group (owner of Dom Pérignon, Veuve Clicquot, etc.) and the production site of Champagne Moët & Chandon. A commented passage is also planned in the very famous "Avenue de Champagne" in Epernay where are located the superb mansions and production buildings of the Champagne Houses Moët & Chandon, Perrier Jouët, Pol Roger, etc. When visiting Hautvillers, village called the “Cradle of Champagne”, enjoy a private tour of the Church where the grave of Dom Pérignon, known as the spiritual father of Champagne, is. In Hautvillers, we will also stop to admire the most magnificent panoramic view of Champagne overlooking the Marne Valley in the hillsides listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO where Dom Pérignon performed his experiments. It is the ideal location to take unforgettable photos of you and the breathtaking landscape. Here we will also discuss sustainable viticulture and explain the management of the vineyard. What a program ! Believe me, you will become an expert in Champagne after this tour !

From Reims/Epernay: The Connoisseurs Private Tour 9 tastings

7. From Reims/Epernay: The Connoisseurs Private Tour 9 tastings

Discovery of the most famous areas around Epernay, Capital of the Champagne vineyard : The "Côte des Blancs" known as the kingdom of Chardonnay Grand cru and the Marne Valley renowned for its historic hillsides producing Pinot Noir where Champagne was born. Visit 2 families of independent producers/growers with explanations on the Champagne making process, visit of presses, wineries and cellars. Taste 6 different Champagnes Grand Cru/Premier Cru including natural Champagnes (without dosage), extra brut, old vines, vintages, aged in oak barrels, etc. In addition to the Champagnes, taste the 3 essential Champagne alcohols and aperitifs : Ratafia, Fine de la Marne and Marc de Champagne from the Goyard Distillery which is the oldest in Champagne. Our discovery tour through the vineyards and villages of the "Côte des Blancs" passes in front of the "Château de Saran", a prestigious property of the LVMH group (owner of Dom Pérignon, Veuve Clicquot, etc.) and the production site of Champagne Moët & Chandon. A commented passage is also planned in the very famous "Avenue de Champagne" in Epernay where are located the superb mansions and production buildings of the Champagne Houses Moët & Chandon, Perrier Jouët, Pol Roger, etc. When visiting Hautvillers, village called the “Cradle of Champagne”, enjoy a private tour of the Church where the grave of Dom Pérignon, known as the spiritual father of Champagne, is. In Hautvillers, we will also stop to admire the most magnificent panoramic view of Champagne overlooking the Marne Valley in the hillsides listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO where Dom Pérignon performed his experiments. It is the ideal location to take unforgettable photos of you and the breathtaking landscape. Here we will also discuss sustainable viticulture and explain the management of the vineyard. What a program ! Believe me, you will become an expert in Champagne after this tour !

From Reims/Epernay: Private Gold Champagne Tasting Tour

8. From Reims/Epernay: Private Gold Champagne Tasting Tour

During this private day, you will discover the famous "Côte des Blancs", Kingdom of Chardonnay Grand Cru and the historic hillsides of the Marne Valley listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO where Champagne was born. Our discovery tour through the vineyards and villages of the "Côte des Blancs" passes in front of the "Château de Saran", a prestigious property of the LVMH group (owner of Dom Pérignon, Veuve Clicquot, etc.) and the production site of Champagne Moët & Chandon. A commented passage is also planned in the very famous "Avenue de Champagne" of Epernay, Capital of the Champagne vineyard, where the superb mansions and production buildings of the Champagne Houses Moët & Chandon, Perrier Jouët, Pol Roger, etc. are. Visit 2 families of independent growers with explanations on the Champagne making process, visit the presses, wineries and cellars. Taste many Grand cru/Premier cru Champagnes : natural Champagnes (without dosage), entra brut, old vines, vintages, aged in oak barrels, etc. Tastings are commented with tasting advice. In addition to the Champagnes, taste the essential Champagne alcohols and aperitifs : Ratafia, Fine de la Marne and Marc de Champagne from the Goyard Distillery which is the oldest in Champagne. The village of Aÿ-Champagne was the main center of the Champagne industry in the 16th century. The kings of France had their own wine presses here and the wines of Champagne used to be called “Wines of Aÿ”. The vineyard predominantly planted with Pinot Noir is classified as Grand Cru at the highest level of the Appellation. On our visit to a part of this historic village, we will discuss the vineyard management, the different grape varieties, the exceptional "Terroir" and sustainable viticulture. The tour includes a stop in front of the headquarters of the famous Champagne Houses in Aÿ such as Bollinger, Deutz and Ayala. Drive through other villages and vineyards classified Premier cru including Mareuil-sur-Aÿ where the Champagne Houses Billecart-Salmon and Philipponnat are located. When visiting Hautvillers called the “Cradle of Champagne”, enjoy a private tour of the Church where the grave of Dom Pérignon, known as the spiritual father of Champagne, is. In Hautvillers, we will also stop to enjoy the most magnificent panorama of Champagne overlooking the Marne Valley, where Dom Pérignon carried out his experiments in winemaking. It is the ideal place in the heart of the vineyard to take photos of you and this breathtaking landscape. For lunch, we have selected for you Champagne and dining bars appreciated by the locals in order to share this convivial moment*. On the menu, to accompany your Champagne (1 bootle for 2) for example: gourmet platters of charcuterie and cheese with bread and salad, ready-made farm meals, pâtés, regional biscuits and coffee. When booking your tour, please inform us if you have food allergies or have any dietary requirements. *Depending on the day of the tour, the lunch location may vary.

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What people are saying about Avenue de Champagne, Epernay

Excellent tour! Small group (7) and transport in a brand new tour van. Very comfortable. This was an awesome and complete tour of the champagne experiences that one should not miss! It included a quick overview of Reims followed by a stop at Dom Perignon’s monastery and burial site. Then a stop to enjoy a beautiful view of the vines and discuss the process of caring for the vines and a drive through Èpernay. It concluded with exceptional two tours of family run winemakers. This was awesome since Reims is filled with much larger producers. This tour provided a unique perspective. Excellent!

Bucket list activity!! Did not disappoint. We had an amazing guide, Karla, who was rich with knowledge and good humor. We had such a fabulous time enjoying the champagne, soaking in the knowledge, visiting Dom Perier’s church, taking photos at the viewpoint.. what more could you ask for? We loved it!

We had a wonderful time learning about and drinking champagne. Susanne was friendly and knowledgeable. I appreciated that we went to smaller family run houses and skipped the crowds at the larger places.

The tour was very good! Anna was brilliant. She showed us through 2 family winery’s. Would recommend

Despite the weather it was a great tour! Enjoyed the champagne and the history!