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Palace of Tau Skip-the-Line Ticket

1. 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.

From Reims: Taittinger Champagne Morning Tour & Tastings

2. 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

Reims Champagne Full-Day Tour from Paris

3. Reims Champagne Full-Day Tour from Paris

Taste the famous sparkling wines of the Champagne region and visit the sacred town of Reims, capital of Champagne-Ardenne, on this 11-hour tour from Paris. The Champagne region is famous throughout the world for its sparkling wine, and during the tour you will visit 2 legendary Champagne houses to tour the cellars. Begin with a morning orientation tour of Reims, a major city during Roman times, and at the heart of the French monarchy from the Middle Ages until the French Revolution. Get a guided tour of the Gothic Cathedral, a dedicated UNESCO World Heritage Site and the site of the coronations of almost all French kings. Next, visit the superb cellar of Mumm Champagne (or similar), famous for its Cordon Rouge Champagne. Sample some of the goods as you learn about the delicate Champagne making process. After lunch, tour the picturesque landscape of the Champagne-Ardennes vineyards between Reims and Épernay, one of the most famous communes in the production of Champagne. Visit the wine cellars of Nicolas Feuillatte (or similar). You will, of course, get to sample some of their superb wines.

Reims: UNESCO Sites Full-Day Tour & Champagne Tasting

4. Reims: UNESCO Sites Full-Day Tour & Champagne Tasting

Immerse in a day of exploring rolling hills, old churches, grapevines, and upmarket fizz. Visit the best UNESCO World Heritage sites of Reims. Visit a champagne house and have a tasting of different champagne. Start the tour with a pickup from your Reims or Epernay hotel, or Reims Station. First, enjoy a private tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Reims Cathedral. Admire the details of the Notre-Dame de Reims, a defining example of High Gothic architecture. Marvel at the main statues and learn how the coronation of France's kings was organized in the cathedral. Be driven through the city directly to the best buildings. Enjoy the picture-postcard town and its glorious vineyard surroundings. See the 2000-year-old gate of the town, the most beautiful houses of Champagne, and the main squares. After sightseeing, enjoy a special Champagne lunch with local food specialties. Hop on a convertible car to be driven across the vineyards and landscapes of Champagne. Then, settle in for a champagne tasting session to unwind. Visit a champagne house and be spoilt for choice. Taste a variety of champagnes from Brut, Rosé, Blanc de Blanc to Vintage.


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What people are saying about Champagne-Ardenne

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based on 102 reviews

Vasiting Taittinger was interesting as expected. Our guide, Martin, spoke good English and was both informative and professional. The visit at a smaller winery was cozy and relaxed. Thank you Martin!

Booked that tour for 4 persons in July, it was great, our guide Martin, was very professional and personable. He took the time to explain and answer thoroughly our questions.

A great tour. It was a lot of fun, it was very informative and we could learn a lot. Our tour guide knew her very well. Thanks very much.

The tour was interesting and absolutely educational. It took place on time and on schedule and the quality of the guide was excellent.

Tom was personable and knowledgeable about the types, processes and history of champagnes.