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From Reims: Exclusive Tour to Moet et Chandon & Taittinger

1. From Reims: Exclusive Tour to Moet et Chandon & Taittinger

Explore one of the great wine-producing areas of France on a small group tour of the Champagne region. Sample the sparkling produce of this world-renowned area, such as the Champagne Taittinger, one of the last Champagne houses to be owned by the original family.  With varietals consisting of 50% pinot noir, 15% Pinot Meunier, and 35% chardonnay, the Taittinger vineyard is an unsurpassed example of a Champagne-style in which chardonnay plays such a significant role. 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. Visit Épernay, often referred to as the "Capital of Champagne Wine," where the main street appears like an exhibition of luxurious mansions housing illustrious Maisons de Champagne.  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 lunch in one of several options in the city center during 1 hour of free time.  Next, take a guided tour and enjoy a tasting at the world-famous Maison de Champagne Moët & Chandon. Founded in 1743 by Claude Möet, its history is linked to famous figures such as the Marquise de Pompadour and Napoleon I. Moët & Chandon Champagne has been sold to many important historical events, including the coronation of King Edward VII, the Cannes Film Festival, and the 120th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty.

From Reims: Champagne, Epernay, and Family-Run Wineries Tour

2. From Reims: Champagne, Epernay, 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. Drive through the famous Champagne Avenue in Epernay, the capital of Champagne. See wheresome of the most prestigious estates are based such as Pol Roger, Perrier Jouët, Moët & Chandon, and Boizel. 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: Day Trip to Champagne with 8 Tastings & Lunch

3. From Paris: Day Trip to Champagne with 8 Tastings & Lunch

Tour starts at your hotel (if located in Paris) or at the central Paris meeting point. Your driver guide will pick you up in a cozy air-conditioned minivan at around 7.30 AM. Enjoy tasty croissants on the way to Champagne, while your guide tells you all you need to know about the sparkling universe of champagne! Once you arrive in Champagne, you'll start your day with a visit to a very prestigious Estate (Moët & Chandon, Mumm, Veuve Clicquot, Mercier etc. > depending on supplier availability). Discover never-ending galleries filled with bottles and of course, finish the guided-tour with a tasting. Back in your air-conditioned minivan, admire the landscapes and stop in the heart of the vineyard to enjoy a masterclass led by your wine expert guide. He will teach you the basis of the wine professional tasting. Next stop is for lunch in a family-run champagne house or at a local restaurant (depending on availability). You will have the chance to taste several glasses of champagne and ratafias (another local wine), paired with local food. Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs, Champagne Rosé… what would you pair them with? 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. Get ready to take some pictures! Last but not least, visit another family-run winery where you will learn the art of sabrage or disgorgement “à la volée” (a technique for opening a champagne bottle), depending on availability. Taste several delicious champagnes before heading back to Paris, where you will be dropped off in a central, Hotel de Ville.

From Paris: Small-Group Champagne Tour with 3-Course Lunch

4. From Paris: Small-Group Champagne Tour with 3-Course Lunch

Explore the Champagne region 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 and head for the heart of the champagne region, Épernay. Take a guided tour of Moet & Chandon or other famous champagne houses such as Tattinger, Nicolas Feulliatte, Veuve Clicquot, Mercier, etc. Learn about the history of its namesake and sip on fine vintage champagne. Stroll along the Avenue de Champagne towards your minivan while the guide tells you about a few other well-known houses around you and the champagne cellars below you. Visit a local winery 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. Stop in the village where the monk who invented champagne lived. Discover local gastronomy and savor a 3-course lunch at a local restaurant. After a few fun games, trying all types of wines, and eating delicious food, your guide will also give you something nice to remember your visit to the champagne region and drop you off at your hotel.

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

5. 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.

Reims/Epernay: Champagne Private Day Tour with Tastings

6. Reims/Epernay: Champagne Private Day Tour with Tastings

Discover the sparkling world of champagne in Champagne on a private day trip. Visit an underground cellar, walk through vineyards, and enjoy a traditional French meal for lunch on a great day exploring the Champagne region. Learn what makes champagne different from other sparkling wines with a private guide to show you around the UNESCO-listed destination. Located on a hillside, the quaint village of Hautvillers offers one of the region's most beautiful views. A Benedictine abbey stands against the nearby forest, whose steward and cellar master was Dom Pérignon himself. Lunch is served at a restaurant offering delicious local cuisine and traditional French food. Enjoy a short walk in the vineyards and hear about the importance of good soil for quality vines and grapes. Learn about the tough manual labor done by the 15,000 vine growers in the Champagne region to produce high-quality wine. Before the day is over, your private guide will accompany you on a tour of an independent winery’s cellar and a guided visit to a Champagne house. The final touch will sparkle in your Champagne flutes during commented tastings of the bubbly wine itself.

Epernay: Moored Hot-Air Balloon over the Vineyards

7. Epernay: Moored Hot-Air Balloon over the Vineyards

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. Savor a glass of champagne while admiring the bird’s eyes view of this beautiful area.  Look down into the hidden gardens of the beautiful Belle Epoque mansions and take in this unique atmosphere.

From Paris: Full-Day Champagne Tour

8. From Paris: Full-Day Champagne Tour

Discover the secrets of how the king of wines is made. This full-day trip from Paris takes you to the French Champagne region to immerse yourself in the effervescent culture of this remarkable drink. The first stop on your champagne tour is a visit to one popular champagne house, Moet & Chandon, Mercier or Taittinger on the sparkling hillsides of Épernay. Moët & Chandon was established in 1743, and their champagne became famous in the 1750s when King Louis XV demanded sparkling wine. From there, your tour continues to the village of Hautvillers, located just north of Épernay on the banks of the bubbling river Marne. Hautvillers is where Dom Pérignon worked to improve the quality of wine and champagne in the 1670s. Continuing north, your guide will take you for champagne tastings at a family producer

Champagne Dom Caudron Experience & Tasting

9. Champagne Dom Caudron Experience & Tasting

The Champagne Dom Caudron gives you the chance to go behind the scenes and learn how Champagne is made. From the Passy-Grigny vine growers' first press to the current modern vat house, Les Confidences de Dom Caudron invites novices and experts alike into the unique and prestigious universe of Champagne. The clear wines are used to create the blending of Champagne. Discover and taste those wines to understand how you favorite Champagne is blended.                        Discover the eco-museum, get up close to vintage wine presses, settle into your cinema seat and discover a 20-minute movie about work of the vine and the wine, put your 3D glasses to view the photo gallery and gaze at the modern vat house from a 6-meter high footbridge. Your tour ends with a tasting of 3 Champagnes and 3 clear wines.

Visit of Epernay & Multiple Champagne Tastings in a Vineyard

10. Visit of Epernay & Multiple Champagne Tastings in a Vineyard

Start your tour in central Paris in a comfortable, air-conditioned minibus and head to the Champagne region. During the journey, listen to commentary from your guide covering the history of and interesting facts about the region. Stop in the small town of Épernay, where you will have a guided tour of Moët & Chandon, a prestigious French winery and Champagne house that produces Dom Pérignon or a similar domain from the same luxury LVMH group (depending on the availability). After the tasting, feel free to stroll along the avenue de champagne towards the center of this small city and have a delicious lunch in a local restaurant and enjoy a 3-course lunch. Afterward, see the producer where more than 80 farmers work hard to make an amazing selection of sparkling wines designed for special occasions. Visit the museum to see different utensils used to make Champagne, and watch a short film about the vineyards. Later you will visit another great vineyard and be greeted by its charming workers. Have a chance to taste their elegant and exclusive product and hear about the history of their champagne estate in a cozy and welcoming atmosphere before heading back to central Paris. Just in time to ask your guide where you can have a good dinner.

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4.7 / 5

based on 66 reviews

This is a brilliant tour and a must if you are spending a couple of days in Paris! You get to try loads of different types of champagne throughout the day. Our guide Preston was excellent. He was very friendly, helpful and had a huge amount of knowledge about both wine and the champagne region. He also brought fresh croissants for the journey! We started in a big house, Pommery and learned about how champagne is made along with the history and a tasting. We then had a beautiful lunch (food was excellent) and tried more champagne here. We finished the day with a visit to a medium sized co-op. The day is structured very well as you learn all about champagne in the morning, and drink all afternoon!

This was a once in a life time experience. The pick up and drop off was smooth. If you miss breakfast they stop for breakfast. The first champagne house was very cool we went into caves underground and tasted champagne. We drank a bottle in the vineyards. The lunch was ok the food was different maybe in a not so great way the restaurant was nice looking. When it says you purchase your own drinks they also mean water at this specific restaurant. Last champagne house was great then we went to the Moët and Chandon gift shop. Made it back by 6:30 pm ish but normally it would go to 8:30 pm so you shouldn’t make specific plans for after the tour.

Fantastic day trip from Paris. Picked up with fresh pastries for the drive and a very knowledgable tour guide. We visited one of the big champagne houses where you learn a lot about the champagne and the history of champagne. We then visited a couple of smaller houses which were fabulous and the tasting as great. The lunch provided was delicious and a great setting, plenty of food and drinks to go round. It was then topped off by a surprise stop at the top of a hill by a church and some pink champagne. All in all fantastic day and would highly recommend to anyone who likes champagne.

The day was fabulous! Joel was an excellent guide. Beyond knowledgable about the area, wine, champagne. The tastings were plentiful. We had a little extra time due to traffic so he took us 2 church's and a stop for a gorgeous pic in front of a vineyard during the day. We would totally do it again next time we are in Paris!

Nuestro guía Simone fue un valor agregado a nuestro viaje, en si el tour muy bien ya que conoces mas sobre la región y la degustaron muy buena, lo recomiendo mucho.