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 Blancsfor 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
The program includes:
- Day tour
The program does not include
- Travel insurance
- Train tickets
- Anything not mentioned in the program
TERMS & CONDITIONS
A full payment is due at time of booking to guarantee the space on the tour.
The tour is non-refundable.
Food N wine vacations, Inc reserve the right to re-calculate prices due to currency fluctuations. For full terms and conditions refer to Terms and conditions page.
DATES & PRICES
You can book a one day tour.
Tours depart every day but Sunday.
Wineries and family estates may change according to their availability.
Looking for a Private Group Tour?
We can accommodate private groups year round
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PRE AND POST IDEAS
You can combine the champagne tour with other tours in France.
We provide a complimentary consulting with your pre or post travel plans.
What should I wear?
Stay casual and comfortable. Mornings and evening are chilly but during the day it’s warm. Even in full summer, hot days can quickly turn into cool evenings. Be prepared with a light sweater during the summer months, and something a little heavier in spring and fall.
You won’t need to dress up anywhere you go. If you would like to try to blend in with the locals as much as possible, think “smart casual” or “preppy” for men, and “light and stylish” for women. Italians are very fashion conscious, but not formal.
In the summer months, you will most likely want to wear shorts. Make sure they have good pockets. However, always make sure you also have some long pants
Bring flat shoes, as you will be walking in medieval towns with cobblestone streets or farms with unpaved roads.
If you want to dress up for dinner, dress as if you are having dinner with friends.
How many bags can I bring?
We recommend bringing one medium suitcase and another small bag or trolley.
Please check our packing advice.
We advise you to pack light. We also recommend planning what you need based on each day of your travels.
You will need the extra space for souvenirs. You may not think about it now, but believe us; you’d want to take home that tasty olive oil, a bottle of wine that you can’t find at home, local specialties, or ceramics.
On that note, the best advice we can give you is “bubble wrap”. Bring bubble wrap with you. It’s cheaper and more convenient to bring it from the U.S and you will probably never leave home without it.
We highly recommend you use packing cubes for efficient packing and to keep things organized. You can search for videos on YouTube to learn more about it.
Do I need a passport?
Copy of passport
We strongly suggest that you to make a copy of your passport.
Should I bring my cell phone?
It is a good idea to bring a cell phone. See our tips for communications while on a tour down below.
Do I need converters or transformers?
European power outlets run at 220 volts. You must buy a transformer to avoid shorting out and/or causing permanent damage to your devices. You will need it for cell phones, cameras, tablets, and other US-made electronics.
Tip: If your electronics can be powered by either 120 volt or 220-volt outlets (the device will usually have this listed in the technical specifications in a format like 120/240 volts, meaning the device can be powered from any power outlet around the globe), you will only need a plug adapter. Please note that a plug adapter is not a transformer, and using one with a device not capable of handling 240 volts will cause permanent damage and may even render the device unusable.
We find that a debit/credit card of a credit union bank has low rates for an ATM withdrawal or credit card charges. In addition to credit union banks, here is a list of cards that offer a low or no foreign transaction fee: Capital one no fee hassle card, Chase Sapphire preferred, Chase ink business card, United mileage plus, Barclays arrivals world, Amex platinum card, Capital one venture reward, bank Americard travel reward, Marriott, Southwest, Barclaycard arrival plus, United mileage plus, Citi Hilton honors.
It is also important to let the credit card company or your bank know what country you are traveling to and the exact date
It is recommended to have a cell phone with you, however, if you plan to bring your smart phone, make sure to turn off mobile data right before you board the plane. If the data is not turned off, your mobile provider may charge you hundreds of dollars for using their services outside the U.S. On certain phones, you may be able to disable data roaming (phones that support this feature will most likely have it turned off by default). This will automatically turn off data outside the U.S.
You may want to check with your cell phone provider what data/voice/ text they offer when you travel to Europe. Things are changing for the better. For example, if you have an unlimited plus plan with AT&T you can pay $10 a day and continue using your phone in Europe as if you were at home.