Things to do in Grand Est

Our most recommended things to do in Grand Est

Epernay: Mercier Champagne Cellar Visit with Tastings

1. Epernay: Mercier Champagne Cellar Visit with Tastings

In 1871 Eugène Mercier began the pioneering project of constructing wine cellars: “Count by kilometers and not by meters,” he indicated to the architects. A few years later, 18 kilometers of impressive underground tunnels were created with an incredible cellar that now offers visitors the opportunity to experience an inspiring discovery. Come along and discover the Maison Mercier onboard a little train to travel across the cellars. Enjoy the audio tour followed by a tasting of two champagnes, the Mercier Brut and Mercier Brut Blanc de Noirs, with commentary. Possible tour languages include French, English, Spanish, Italian, German, Dutch, Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese and Russian.

Aÿ-Champagne: Pressoria Champagne Museum with Tasting

2. Aÿ-Champagne: Pressoria Champagne Museum with Tasting

Immerse yourself in all things Champagne with this ticket to the Pressoria Champagne museum in Aÿ-Champagne. Uncover the secrets of what makes Champagne authentic, as you follow the journey from the soil to the bottle. Travel to the foot of a green French hillside to the UNESCO world heritage commune of Aÿ-Champagne. View the classically designed museum and explore the engaging displays at your own pace. Find out what makes Champagne the drink of kings. Dig into the depths of the sub-soil and relax in the peaceful vineyards. Learn how to pick and to press the grapes. Follow the process of fermenting, aging, and bottling the perfect Champagne. Become a connoisseur as you learn more about how each layer of flavor is constructed. Let the light bubbly flavor delight your taste buds to the fullest.

Reims: Cathedral of Notre Dame Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

3. Reims: Cathedral of Notre Dame Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

Journey back in time on a 1.5-hour guided tour of the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Reims and discover a majestic monument of French Gothic art and architecture where many of the kings of France were crowned. Along with the cathedrals of Chartres and Amiens, the Notre-Dame de Reims is a member of the illustrious triad of "High Gothic" or "Classical" French cathedrals built in the 13th century. Admire its masterpiece façade from the Middle Ages and then go inside to discover the many secrets of the church. Built on the site of an older church that was destroyed by fire in 1211, the Notre-Dame de Reims boasts an illustrious history and a magnificent interior of fine tapestries and interesting stained glass windows from the 13th to the 20th centuries. Get vital information about the cathedral in English from your knowledgeable guide. 

Enchanting Christmas Experience From Colmar

4. Enchanting Christmas Experience From Colmar

You will depart at 10:00am from Colmar. Pass through vineyards and taste some wine on the way to see these historical villages. The villages are each differently decorated for Christmas. You will fall instantly in love with their charm. The evenings are especially magical as the true Christmas atmosphere comes to life thanks to the beautiful illuminations that match perfectly with the wonderful lighting designed to enhance the towns' heritage. You will have time to explore at your own pace the villages of Kaysersberg, Riquewihr, and Eguisheim Your driver will be at your service and will help you to find and discover more about the towns. Between the villages, you will visit a wine cellar at Ribeauvillé, were you can enjoy a guided wine tour. Afterwards you will be invited to taste the white wines (like gewürztraminer) but you can also discover red wines (such as pinot noir) and crémant (white and rose).

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

5. 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 Reims: Exclusive Tour to Moet et Chandon & Taittinger

6. 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.

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

8. 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.

Epernay: Afternoon Champagne Tour from Reims

9. Epernay: Afternoon Champagne Tour from Reims

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 guide at your hotel in Reims and hop aboard a spacious van. Relax on the drive through the countryside on your way to the most famous vineyards of the Champagne region. Drive through' Avenue du Champagne,' to view esteemed Champagne houses.  Let the historical village of Hautvillers and its captivating church take you back in time and as you admire the breathtaking views of Champagne’s UNESCO-listed vineyards.  Ride thorugh vineyards of the elegant Montagne de Reims while your guide points out the region's highlights. Visit the exclusive cellars of a family-operated winery, tour the traditional press, and see the vat roo. Listen as your host details the traditional Champagne-making method called the "Méthode Champenois". Appreciate several tastings and acquire further knowledge and expertise on sparkling wine. Finish your afternoon with a last stop at another Champagne tasting place were you will be able taste and compare various cuvée-wines. Return to your accommodation in Reims at the conclusion of your tour. 

Strasbourg: 1.5-Hour Guided Segway Tour

10. Strasbourg: 1.5-Hour Guided Segway Tour

Discover Strasbourg on this fun and exciting Segway tour of one of France's most picturesque cities. Glide effortlessly along the riverside trail on your Segway, discovering the best Strasbourg has to offer and enjoying the excitement of navigating your vehicle around the city streets. See Petite France, the cathedral, the Neustadt, and some of Strasbourg's other highlights on this guided tour.

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This tour exceeded my expectations. The group size was small -- only seven of us total, including myself and my husband. This allowed us to set our own pace and sort of "vote" on what we wanted to prioritize or do. As our guide, Didier, told us at the beginning "This is not the sort of tour where you have to run after the man with the little flag". He encouraged us to wander and explore a little. He did a great job giving us plenty of good information without over-talking, and was always knowledgeable and able to answer any questions we had. The place we had lunch was tasty, affordable, and down-to-earth. It had vegetarian options as well that were still regional and featured local cuisine. I have no complaints. Didier honestly went above and beyond to ensure that we all had a great day.

We toured the Nicholas Feuillette and Mercier Wineries. The Feuillette was especially interesting because we toured where the champagne is made from the grape juice and how it is bottled. The facility is very modern. The guide was excellent, very knowledgeable about producing champagne as well as the history. He was also very generous with the tasting at the end.

Great tour. Recommend reservations when stopping for lunch. There was NO ROOM when we stopped and after and hour of wondering from place to place we ate at an outdoor food stand on the ground. Great tour overall, but highly recommend that guides either plan lunch or that guests are informed to plan ahead.

Great experience, really pleasant tour guide! Highly recommended!

Very good tour. Guide was awesome and was very knowledgeable.