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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

Discover the Champagne region of France on a shared or private wine-tasting tour from Paris. Explore a top champagne house and a family-owned winery, with plenty of wine tastings and a traditional French lunch during the day. Start with pickup from your centrally-located hotel in Paris. Meet your driver-guide and travel in a cozy air-conditioned minivan to the Champagne region. Enjoy tasty croissants on the way, while your guide tells you all you need to know about the sparkling universe of champagne. Once you arrive in Champagne, start your day with a visit to a prestigious champagne estate (one of Moët & Chandon, Mumm, Veuve Clicquot, Mercier, Pommery, Lanson). Discover never-ending galleries filled with bottles and of course, finish the guided tour with a tasting. Continue the journey and admire the landscapes as you make your way to a tranquil vineyard. Enjoy a tasting of local led by your expert guide. Discover the basics of professional wine tasting, and how to identify the characteristics of each wine. Stop for lunch in a family-run champagne house or at a top local restaurant. Taste several glasses of champagne such as Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs, Champagne Rosé, and ratafias (sweet liqueur). Pair the wines with a delicious lunch of authentic French cuisine. 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. Last, but not least, visit another family-run winery where you may learn the art of sabrage or disgorgement “à la volée” (a technique for opening a champagne bottle). Taste several delicious champagnes before heading back to Paris, where you will be dropped off in a central area.

Reims: Guided Tour of Cathedral of Notre Dame de Reims

2. Reims: Guided Tour of Cathedral of Notre Dame de Reims

Journey back in time on a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Reims, a monument of French Gothic art and architecture where many of the kings of France were crowned. Upon arrival, admire the breathtaking façade of the cathedral, which dates to the middle ages, before heading inside to discover the church's many secrets. Inside, admire fine tapestries and stained glassed windows from the 13th to 20th centuries. Learn more about the history of the church from your licensed guide and discover which kings were crowned there.

Epernay: Tethered Balloon Experience

3. 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

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

5. From Paris: Reims and Champagne Tasting Full-Day Tour

Explore the Champagne region and see the historic city of Reims to discover where French royalty were crowned on a guided day tour from Paris. Visit the cellars of reputable champagne producers, learn about the history of the region, taste local wines, and enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. Start with a pickup from your hotel or accommodation and head for the heart of the champagne region, Épernay. Take a guided tour of one of the grand champagne houses such as: Mercier, Nicolas Feuillatte, Veuve Clicquot, Taittinger, Moet & Chandon or other famous champagne houses, depending on availability, as well as a smaller estate later in the day. Learn about the history of its namesake and sip on fine champagne. Discover local gastronomy and savor a 3-course lunch at a local restaurant. See the vines up and personal while your experienced guide tells you about the different varietals of grapes, the terroir, and what makes champagne so celebrated. Visit a local champagne house and meet the people behind the production of this great drink. Taste their elegant and exclusive product and hear about the history of their champagne estate. Transfer to the historic city of Reims in the Champagne region of France. See the magnificent Reims Cathedral, marvel at its Gothic architecture and learn about its role in history of the region and some of the treasured contained within its walls. Finish with a drop off at your hotel, having tasted and experienced the best champagne has to offer.

From Brussels: Guided Day Trip to Dinant and Luxembourg

6. From Brussels: Guided Day Trip to Dinant and Luxembourg

Depart Brussels in the morning and travel by bus to Luxembourg City. Pass the beautiful city of Dinant on the shores of river Meuse, a city well-known for its music, history and beer, where you will have some free time to enjoy the city on your own. Continue the trip to Luxembourg to discover Place d'Armes, founded by the Spanish in 1671, where you can soak up the lively ambiance of its typical restaurants and cafés. Venture down a famous passage to reach Luxembourg City Hall on Place Guillaume II, and then continue to the 17th-century Notre-Dame Cathedral in the heart of the Ville Haute. Explore the old town, the lookout in Chemin de la Corniche and experience the magical quartier of Grund. Get some free time to shop, eat and explore at your own pace before the bus trip back to Brussels.

Epernay: Guided Tour of Champagne Cellar with Tastings

7. 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. 

From Reims: Morning Champagne Tour and Tastings

8. From Reims: Morning Champagne Tour and Tastings

Meet your local guide at 9.00 am in front of the tourist office of Reims centre train station. Become an expert of the "méthode champenoise" starting your tour discovering the first small producer and discover their fascinating work by visiting their estate with its press, cuverie and cellars. Enjoy three of their best cuvées. Now you know everything there is to know about champagne, its terroir and production methods. It's time to put your knowledge into practice! Visit a second small producer: talk and share with the owners on a tour of their estate and let your taste buds sparkle as you discover the wide range of aromas and flavors that Champagne can offer through 3 new cuvées! Your morning tour ends at 1.00 pm in front of Reims centre train station.

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

9. 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.

Champagne: Champagne Tasting Class with Lunch

10. Champagne: Champagne Tasting Class with Lunch

Experience Aÿ-Champagne during a tour, tasting, and lunch experience at a typical Champagne house in the middle of the Le Clos Corbier Champagne vineyards. See cellars dug in the 1850s and a traditional press. Learn the secrets of the Champagne-making process. Arrive at the winery and take a seat and enjoy your tasting class with a Champagne quiz. Train your nose to identify different aromas and flavors that can be found in Champagne through an olfactory workshop. Get competitive as you blindly identify 3 different champagnes from various small wineries, all while eating local snacks. Next, immerse yourself in the French lifestyle with a casual lunch of homemade regional specialties like pâté en croute (meat-filled pastry), Langres cheese, or pink biscuit cake paired with a variety of champagnes. Continue your tastings with the local red wine, Côteaux Champenois, and the regional liquor known as Ratafia. End your Champagne experience after lunch in the early afternoon.

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4.7 / 5

based on 2,292 reviews

Our tour guide picked us up right at our AirBnB! He drove us out to Champagne while giving us an education of the region. Then, lunch was extremely authentic and an immersive experience we didn’t expect. Our wine tastings/visits were all educational and gave us an understanding of the region. Highly recommend for all traveling to Paris and wanting to get out of the city for a day!

You never really know what your going to get when you sign up for these experiences but this exceeded our expectations. we were celebrting a 50th Birthday. A wonderful experience with an amazing host, informative, relaxed and fun. Delicious home made food pairing with champagne. Would love to do it again.

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.

Lionel was amazing and all three houses were fantastic. The only disappointment was we did not get to saber a bottle of champagne as described in the tour description.

It was lovely. Our tour guide Bruno provided all the knowledge and information about Dinant and Luxembourg. Highly recommended it !!