The very name is synonymous with celebration, but there is much more to champagne than sparkling wine. Just an hour long ride by the speed train from central Paris makes it a perfect getaway to France wine country. This champagne tour will take you to the heart of the Champagne country to discover the history and secrets of "The King of Wines".
Choose your one day, one night trip in Champagne.
Day Trip Sample - Epernay
Pick up: 9.00 am, Tourist Office of Reims center train station (Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday).
Start your day with the Scenic Route du Champagnes. It meanders among the vineyards and picturesque villages, offering a charming bucolic landscape. We take you to the Côte des Blancs for a sightseeing of some of the most famous Champagne houses. Guided tour and tasting at world famous Grande Maison de Champagne Moët & Chandon. Founded in 1743 by Claude Möet, it is the first international brand in the world. Its history is linked to some famous figures such as The Marquise de Pompadour and Napoleon 1st. This Champagne is also sold to many important historical events among which King Edwards VII's coronation, Cannes Film Festival, the 120th anniversary of the Liberty Statue, etc.It is probably nowadays the most famous Champagne brand around the world.
Stroll along the Avenue de Champagne in Epernay. Epernay is known as the "Capital of Champagne". Epernay's stunning main street appears like an exhibition of opulent mansions housing the most illustrious Maisons de Champagne: Moët & Chandon, Perrier-Jouet, Mercier, etc. Next you will have a Champagne tasting Lunch, where you will taste local specialties assorted with three sorts of Champagne (Blanc de blancs, Blanc de noirs and Rosé).
After lunch, we take you to the Marne Valley on a journey through the vineyard to meet with another prestigious figure: Dom Pérignon, who finalized the process to elaborate Champagne. He highly contributed to the fame of Champagne and is now buried in the church of the former Benedictine Abbey of Hautvillers.
On the way back to Epernay you will experience a tour and Champagne tasting at a family estate.
5:00PM Your tour guide will drop you at the train station or your hotel.
Day Trip Sample - Reims
Pick up: 09.00AM Tourist Office of Reims center train station (Wednesday, Friday).
Start your day with a sightseeing of Reims. City of coronation, Reims is also the city of Champagne, definitely the most celebrated and festive of wines! You will enjoy the sight of the Reims Grandes Maisons de Champagne: Veuve Cliquot, Taittinger, Pommery, etc., many names that will make you think of a great party or a romantic dinner with a glass of champagne... And you are going to have more than one!
Guided tour and tasting at world famous Grande Maison de Champagne Mumm: The Mumm Maison de Champagne was founded in 1827, however the Mumm dynasty dates back to the 12th century. They were German and in the 18th century they were already wine producers and merchants. Recognizing the quality and the potential of the sparkling wines produced in the nearby Champagne region, in 1927 they decided to establish a branch of their wine company there. "Only the Best" being their motto, they soon seduced illustrious European royal families. The creation of the "Cordon Rouge" definitely established their fame: they became the official supplier of the British Royalty - which they still are.
Champagne tasting Lunch: We will introduce you to local specialties which will be assorted with three sorts of Champagne. After lunch you will have a guided tour of the Cathedral of Reims:
three sorts of Champagne. After lunch you will have a guided tour of the Cathedral of Reims: Listed in the Unesco World Heritage, 13th century Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral is one of Europe's most important Gothic structures. Let you be captivated by the unique stained glasses and the exceptionally rich statuary - over 2 300 statues among which the famous Smiling Angel. Except two, all of the Kings of France would be crowned here!
Next, you will explore the Montagne de Reims vineyards. 9 of the 17 grand cru villages in the whole of Champagne region lay on and around the Montagne de Reims. Here, the special terroir gives Champagne much of its character.
Tour and Champagne tasting at a family estate near Reims, dedicated to the true expression of Champagne.
Return: 05:00PM Tourist Office of Reims center train station
Price per person in a double room: $470.00
This tour includes: transportation in a comfortable full option minivan, English speaking escort guide, entrance fees and Champagne tasting at either Moët & Chandon or Mumm, sightseeing of the Grandes Maisons de Champagne, tour of a family estate and Champagne tasting, 1 tasting lunches in either a winery or at a Champagne bistro, drinks included. Overnight: 4* Hotel in Reims, in a privilege double room, including breakfast and local taxes.
This tour doesn't include: Dinner, personal expenses, extra.
8 passenger's maximum per vehicle.
Wineries and family estates may change according to their availability.