2 overnights in a 5* hotel with breakfast in Reims, 1 Lunch & Champagne tastings, Registered Guide, Entrance Fees for 2 days, Available from March 2nd to December 23rd.
Please note that the day tours order will change according to your arrival dates.
Day 1 : Tattinger, Moet & Chandon (available everyday)
Pick-up : 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 characterised 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 below but the remains from the old benedictine abbey of St Nicaise dating back to the 13th Century and the old Roman-era chalk quarries dating further back to the 4th Century AD. The location is 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 great Champagnes; you simply pay for extra tastings directly on our website or at their Welcome Desk upon arrival. Your Guide will assist if needed.
Sightseeing of the city of Reims: Grandes Maisons de Champagne, Cathedral...
We'll 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 the optional Champagne Tasting and Lunch, (which will include a glass of Dom Pérignon +70 €, all inclusive).
We will introduce you to local specialties which will be 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: the Imperial Tour with 2 glasses of Champagne).
Founded in 1743 by Claude Moët, within fourty years it became the first international brand in the world. Its history is linked with famous figures as The Marquise de Pompadour and Napoleon the 1st, as well as many historical events such as King Edwards 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 approximately 5:30 PM at the Reims Train Station forecourt, or at your hotel (may change according to the traffic). Dinner at your leisure.
*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.
Check in at your hotel Assiette Champenoise***** near Reims.
Day 2 : Reims Cathedral, Veuve Cliquot, Tour & tasting lunch at a family domain (available on Tue, Thu & Sat)
Pick-up: 9:00 AM at the Reims Train Station forecourt,
or 8:40 AM at your hotel
Guided tour of Reims, 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 included: 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.
*English being the most common language for our customers, the tours in the Grandes Maisons de Champagne folllows suit.
*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* & 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.
*According to their availability, lunch at the winery is subject to change and may be replaced by a comparable meal at a local restaurant.
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 5:00 PM at the Reims Train Station forecourt, or at your hotel at 5:10 PM.
Day 3: Chek out & end of services
In the heart of the Champagne region, adjacent to the center of the Coronation City of Reims is the “Assiette Champenoise” which welcomes you in a unique setting combining the timeless charm of a fine old mansion with the contemporary design of an exceptional hotel and restaurant.
Hotel is subject to change according to availability. Should this unexpected circumstance arise we will provide a comparable alternative meeting the same high standards.
This tour includes
- 2 nights double-occupancy at the Hotel l'Assiette Champenoise***** 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
- Entry tickets, tastings at Veuve Cliquot and at a Family Estate
- 1 Champagne tasting lunch with drinks included
- Entry tickets and tastings at Moët & Chandon and at Taittinger
- Avenue de Champagne tour
- Dom Perignon with Hautvillers stop.
This tour does not include
- Personal expenses
- Extra meals and drinks
- Guide appreciation gratuities
Reims being only 60 minutes away from Paris by TGV, here is our train time stable recommendation :
to be advised.