1 Lunch & Champagne tastings.
Registered Guide, Entrance Fees for 2 days.
2 nights in Hotel**** in Reims.
Available from March 2nd to December 23rd.
Allow yourself to be guided each day on the legendary Route du Champagne, among the picturesque vineyards and Grand Cru villages, have a tour and tasting at a Grande Maison and at a family estate, delight with a Champagne paired lunch.
Our philosophy is to be serious without taking ourselves too seriously. Our guides do not lecture but instead take you in as their friend in a relaxed manner, revealing plenty of anecdotes about the Grandes Maisons de Champagne and about daily life in this beautiful region.
All of our guides are licensed and bilingual. Each of them will give you detailed historical and architectural information as you visit the highlights of the Champagne Region. They are qualified to take you through any indoor and outdoor site such as the Grandes Maisons de Champagne, the vineyards, the private family estates, the Cathedral of Reims, and more.
Bubbles day tour: available everyday
Pick-up is at 9:30 AM at the Reims Train Station forecourt, or 9:15 AM at your hotel****
Tour and Champagne Tasting at Taittinger* (Visit includes: L’Instant Premier with one glass of Champagne)
Taittinger is one of the last Grandes Maisons de Champagne to be independently owned by the grandson of the founder, Pierre Taittinger. Taittinger's style is characterized by a high proportion of Chardonnay, synonymous with finesse and elegance in the Champagne region.
Taittinger vineyards cover 288 hectares (712 acres) which include some of the appellation's finest slopes. This Grande Maison's treasure is not only the millions of bottles in the cellars but that these cellars are the remains of the old benedictine abbey of St Nicaise dating back to the 13th century and the old Roman chalk quarries dating further back to the 4th century - also listed and protected as a Unesco World Heritage Site. (You'll soon see why!)
The tour is followed by a lively tasting of a glass of their delicious Brut Réserve.
An option exists to taste their other Champagnes; you simply pay for extra tastings directly on our website or at their Welcome Desk upon arrival.
Sightseeing of the city of Reims: Grandes Maisons de Champagne, Cathedral...
We will drive through the bustling streets of Reims to show you some famous Champagne Houses, the beautiful City Center and its imposing Cathedral, and point out places like the Royal Square, the majestic City Hall, Roman Oratory Ruins and THE widest standing Roman Arch in the world! On the Unesco World Heritage List, the 13th-Century Notre-Dame de Reims is one of Europe's most important Gothic structures - and is where most of the Kings of France were coronated through the ages.
On the way to Epernay, we take you to the Marne River Valley, we'll pause in picture-perfect vineyards then go meet a prestigious personality of the area: Dom Pérignon, Champagne Wine's Spiritual Father. He contributed heavily to the fame of Champagne and is now buried in the church of the former Benedictine Abbey, in the charming hillside village of Hautvillers. We'll pay our respects there before heading down the meticulously manicured slopes into Epernay for lunch.
Lunch at your leisure in Epernay
Or optional Champagne tasting and lunch (which will include a glass of Dom Pérignon...+70 €, all inclusive)
Here we introduce you to local culinary specialties which are paired with different types of Champagne.
You will taste 3 glasses, as follows:
- 1 glass of the world famous Dom Pérignon Champagne
- 1 glass of Blanc de Blancs or 1 glass of Blanc de Noirs
- 1 glass of Champagne Rosé or 1 glass of Riceys rosé wine (an exceptional product as it is produced in very small quantities)
During this special Champagne tasting you'll be treated to some authentic regional products such as the Chaource Cheese and Jambon de Reims (a local ham delicacy you must come to know), as well as some Foie Gras and Smoked Salmon. Get a deeper taste of the French terroir and appreciate the legendary Dom Pérignon Champagne!
Sightseeing of Avenue de Champagne in Epernay
Located in the beating heart of Epernay, the town internationally known as the "Capital of Champagne", its stunning main street features a half-mile long exhibition of opulent mansions housing some of the most illustrious "Maisons de Champagne": Moët & Chandon, Perrier-Jouet, Pol Roger, Mercier, etc. Not to mention the miles and miles of naturally climate-controlled champagne production and storage tunnels deep below the pavement!
Guided tour and tasting at world famous Grande Maison de Champagne Moët & Chandon* (Visit includes: Imperial tour with 2 glasses of Champagne)
Founded in 1743 by Claude Moët, within 40 years it became the first international brand in the world. Its history is linked with some highly notable figures such as The Marquise de Pompadour and Napoleon the 1st, as well as with many historical events: King Edward the 7th's coronation, the Cannes Film Festival, the Golden Globes, the 120th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty, and more!
Here you will be in the largest champagne cellar in existence. The House will open its secrets to you and as the Tour ends you'll be invited to taste a glass of Moët's Impérial and a glass of Moët Impérial Rosé in a refined Tasting Room. Happy and full of heady knowledge, you'll be gently whisked back to Reims for your next destination.
Drop-off is at 5:20 PM at the Reims Centre Train Station forecourt.
*All subject to availability, the Taittinger Tour may be substituted by a House Tour at Mumm or Pommery, Moët & Chandon by Mercier, Feuillatte or De Castellane. In this unlikely event, a sensorially pleasing, informative adventure is guaranteed as each house takes great pride in their unique history and fine champagnes.
English being the most common language of our customers, tours in the Grandes Maisons de Champagne follow suit.
Reims Scenic Day Tour: available on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Pick-up is at 9:00 AM at the Reims Train Station forecourt, or 8:40 AM at your hotel****
Guided tour of Reims, the City of Coronations
Your day will start by sightseeing the vibrant City Centre, a place full of charm, layers of unique history and regional culinary delights.
Guided tour and tasting at world famous Grande Maison de Champagne Veuve Clicquot* (Visit includes: The Discovery tour with 1 glass of Champagne)
Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin is a Champagne House founded in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot and grew to fame thanks to Madame Barbe Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin. You will learn about this young widow who pursued a vision, built an empire and not only became a legend in her own time but still helps women entrepreneurs to this day - “the Grande Dame of Champagne". Take a journey into the heart of this House, its heritage, its savoir-faire. And discover its unique Roman chalk-cellars and their process of making Champagne.
At the end of the tour, enjoy a tasting of one glass of Brut Yellow Label cuvée.
*If an unforeseen circumstance arises affecting the Veuve Clicquot tour, it may be replaced by one at the House of Mumm, Pommery or Taittinger.
Guided tour of the Cathedral of Reims
A Unesco World Heritage Site, the 13th century Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral is one of Europe's most important Gothic structures. You will be captivated by the enormity, the hypnotizing stained glass windows and the exceptionally rich statuary (there are over 2300 figures - and among them the famous Smiling Angel). Here King Clovis was baptized late in the Fifth Century AD, giving birth to the Kingdom of the Franks and started a lasting tradition: between 1027 and 1825 all but two Kings of France were coronated here!
Reims Mountain Grand Cru Vineyards
Then we'll leave the city and drive through the Grand Cru vineyards on the Mountain of Reims, where the Scenic Route of Champagne winds its way between fields of barley, vinyards, forests and picturesque villages such as Verzy, Verzenay and Mailly. Realm of the Pinot Noir varietal, the Mountain of Reims is known for its special "terroir" that gives Champagne much of its power and character. We'll take a tranquil, picturesque pause in such a vineyard to take it all in with our own five senses.
Champagne Tasting Lunch and Cellar Tours at a Champagne Grower's Family Domain
In the heart of the Champagne’s Vineyards, you will be welcomed at a beautiful Champagne Grower's Family Estate. More that 4000 family winemakers contribute to the prestige of Champagne, keeping the Tradition alive from generation to generation with a common goal: the true expression of Champagne.
First you will experience a refined meal with authentic French ingredients which will be paired with different glasses of Champagne (Brut non vintage, Blanc de Noirs, Rosé). This Family of Growers is a Champagne Expert in assembling Pinot Noir with Chardonnay and Meunier grapes from Grand Cru and Premier Cru vines in the Mountain of Reims.
Visit of the Production Site and Second Champagne Tasting
After Lunch we'll stroll to the production site to see how Champagne is made: the press, the winery's vats and barrels, the chalk cellar, the labelling machine. The lovely afternoon will finish with another tasting of 2 glasses of different Champagne wines from the same Family Grower, and a glass of their Ratafia (a sweet liquor made with Champagne brandy mixed with grape juice and aged in barrel). After heartfelt thank-yous and goodbyes we'll gently return you to the city of Reims.
Drop off is at 5:20 PM at the Reims Centre Train Station forecourt, or at your hotel.
According to their availability, lunch at the winery is subject to change and may be replaced by a comparable meal at a local restaurant.
English being the most common language for our customers, the tours in the Grandes Maisons de Champagne folllows suit.
YOUR HOTEL IN THE HEART OF REIMS FOR 2 NIGHTS
Check in at your hotel**** La Paix - double occupancy.
Located in the heart of Reims in an exceptional setting, only a stone's throw from the Cathedral and fine shopping, the Hotel de La Paix combines modernity and cultural heritage. Among contemporary lines, designer furniture, classic masonry and colorful variations there reins a serene, fluid and light atmosphere.
Hotel is subject to change according to availability. Should this unexpected circumstance arise we will provide a comparable alternative meeting the same high standards.
Champagne Day tours from Paris
Reims being only 60 minutes away from Paris by TGV, here is our train time stable recommendation.
From Paris to Reims : to be advised
From Reims return to Paris : to be advised
This tour includes:
2 nights double-occupancy at the Hotel de la Paix**** in Reims, with breakfasts, transportation in a comfortable minivan, semi-private English speaking guide, tour of Reims Cathedral, sightseeing of Reims Grandes Maisons de Champagne, entrance fees and tastings at Veuve Cliquot and at a Family Estate, 1 Champagne tasting lunch with drinks included, entrance fees and tastings at Moët & Chandon and at Taittinger, Avenue des Champagne tour, Dom Perignon with Hautvillers stop.
A maximum of 8 passengers per vehicle.
This tour does not include:
Personal expenses, extra meals and drinks, Guide appreciation gratuities.