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

1. 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, 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. Then you will practice by enjoying a special cuvee. 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! Your guide will drive you to Hautvillers, a typical French village, home of the legendary Dom Perignon. 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, well connected area.

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Epernay: Moored Hot-Air Balloon over the Vineyards

2. Epernay: Moored Hot-Air Balloon over the Vineyards

Go on an adventure in a tethered giant helium-filled balloon, tied near the bottom of the Avenue de Champagne and fly up to 150 meters from the ground.  Enjoy views over the town and the surrounding UNESCO World Heritage vineyards. Savor a glass of champagne while admiring the bird’s eyes view of this beautiful area.  Look down into the hidden gardens of the beautiful Belle Epoque mansions and take in this unique atmosphere.

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From Epernay or Reims: Dom Perignon Private Half-Day Tour

3. From Epernay or Reims: Dom Perignon Private Half-Day Tour

Enjoy a private half-day visit to the Dom Perignon cellars to discover their famous champagne. After pickup at your accommodation in Reims or Epernay, drive to the village where Dom Perignon was first created. Continue to the cellars in Epernay where each bottle of Dom Perignon champagne is made and aged. Learn the history of Dom Perignon and the special techniques for producing this unique quality champagne. Taste the last vintage of Dom Perignon in a private tasting salon, with a detailed explanation of each glass. Browse the shop and buy a bottle to take home, if you like, before being dropped off back at your hotel.

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Reims Champagne Full-Day Tour from Paris

4. Reims Champagne Full-Day Tour from Paris

Taste the famous sparkling wines of the Champagne region and visit the sacred town of Reims, capital of Champagne-Ardenne, on this 11-hour tour from Paris. The Champagne region is famous throughout the world for its sparkling wine, and during the tour you will visit 2 legendary Champagne houses to tour the cellars. Begin with a morning orientation tour of Reims, a major city during Roman times, and at the heart of the French monarchy from the Middle Ages until the French Revolution. Get a guided tour of the Gothic Cathedral, a dedicated UNESCO World Heritage Site and the site of the coronations of almost all French kings. Next, visit the superb cellar of Mumm Champagne (or similar), famous for its Cordon Rouge Champagne. Sample some of the goods as you learn about the delicate Champagne making process. After lunch, tour the picturesque landscape of the Champagne-Ardennes vineyards between Reims and Épernay, one of the most famous communes in the production of Champagne. Visit the wine cellars of Nicolas Feuillatte (or similar). You will, of course, get to sample some of their superb wines.

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Champagne: Honeymoon or Anniversary Celebration Private Tour

5. Champagne: Honeymoon or Anniversary Celebration Private Tour

Celebrate your special day with a private tour of the Champagne region, either with your partner or in the company of your family and friends.  After getting picked up from your hotel, head to the spectacular Pommery Champagne estate for a private tour. With just your guide for company, enjoy a stroll through the cellars and learn more about the history of Champagne. After your tour, enjoy your first tasting in the house. Then, head to another Champagne estate, Veuve Clicquot, where you will enjoy another tasting and do a spot of souvenir shopping in the on-site store. After lunch at a traditional restaurant, stop at a panoramic viewpoint in the middle of the vineyards to admire the views and take a romantic photograph. Then, pay a visit to a local winemaker and discover his work on a tour of the cellar, followed by a tasting of 3 different Champagnes. During this tasting, you will learn how to taste Champagne and how to differentiate between different varieties. Finally, make your way back to the hotel, stopping at another romantic viewpoint on the way back.

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From Reims: 2-Day Romantic Trip to Champagne

6. From Reims: 2-Day Romantic Trip to Champagne

Take a romantic trip exploring the rolling hills, grapevines, and French fizz of Champagne. Visit the best champagne houses and UNESCO World Heritage sites of Epernay with a private guide. For 2 whole days, indulge yourself and your partner with lots of Champagne, fine dining, charming wine cellars, and interesting people. Also, sleep like royalty in a castle. Day 1: Start the trip with a pickup from your Reims or Epernay hotel, or Reims Station. First, be led by your guide to Pommery Champagne in Reims, a grand house of Champagne with castle-like premises. Go deep in their impressive cellars to discover aging bottles and try their namesake Champagne. Next up, be spoilt for choice at the Veuve Clicquot Champagne House. Taste their Champagne and have a look at the boutique stocked with branded products. Move on to a Michelin Star restaurant to enjoy a romantic lunch for 2. After lunch, be driven across the vineyards of Champagne to Epernay, the capital of Champagne. Enjoy the picture-postcard town and its glorious grapevine surroundings. See UNESCO classified landscapes. Visit 2 more opulent Maisons de Champagne in Epernay, including the fine wineries of Moët & Chandon, and Mercier and De Castellane. See a historical cellar in one and go tasting and shopping in the other. Treat yourself to a romantic evening. Share another glass of Champagne before going to a lovely castle built in 1795, located in a Champagne village. Relax in the spa with a jacuzzi and sauna. Have dinner in a restaurant overlooking the garden and fountain. Spend the night in this historical place. Day 2: Start your morning with a hearty French breakfast at the hotel. Spend the rest of your day discovering the rare handcrafters of Champagne. Meet a local winemaker to learn about the process of champagne production. Let experts share their first-hand knowledge with you. Taste a variety of champagnes from Brut, Rosé, Blanc de Blanc to Vintage. Feast on a French lunch in a restaurant or, if the weather permits, in the Champagne vineyards as a picnic. All the food is homemade with local produce. Then, hop on a convertible car to be driven across the vineyards and landscapes of Champagne. Settle in for another champagne tasting session to unwind. Visit a small producer of champagne, totally different from the first, for a great tasting. Finish the day in a romantic setting to take photos against a beautiful backdrop. Be driven back to Reims station with a lot of Champagne memories.

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Reims/Epernay: Guided Champagne-Making Experience

7. Reims/Epernay: Guided Champagne-Making Experience

This experience is dedicated to Champagne experts, both current and aspiring. Beginning from your accommodation in Reims or Epernay, you will discover unique Champagnes and partake in 3 special Champagne-creation workshops during a private tour. Visit the most beautiful sights of the UNESCO landscapes of Champagne whilst discovering all the specificities of Champagne production. Following your sightseeing, you will visit a small Champagne village where you will be greeted by a Champagne winemaker. They will show you all the methods of creating Champagne whilst explaining all the liberty spaces to create a unique flavor. Your first workshop will focus on learning how to turn the bottles and test your speed, before your second expert workshop teaches you how to blend and taste your own Champagne. This will see you create your Champagne from different samples of the last-harvest still wines and Champagne wines. Your third class will focus on dosage of Champagne, throughout which the winemaker will disgorge the bottle manually just for you and will play to add the liquor to the brut-zero dosage. You will finally taste 5 different Champagnes before being provided with the chance to purchase your creation, before your guide returns you back to your accommodation full of bubbles and memories.

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Reims or Epernay: Guided Champagne-Making Experience

8. Reims or Epernay: Guided Champagne-Making Experience

Discover unique Champagnes and partake in 3 special Champagne-creation workshops during a private tour. Visit the most beautiful UNESCO sites of Champagne. This experience is dedicated to Champagne experts, both current and aspiring. Start the tour with a pickup from your Reims or Epernay hotel. Soak in the picture-postcard hills and glorious vineyard surroundings. After sightseeing, visit a small Champagne village to meet a Champagne winemaker. See the entire process of creating Champagne. Attend a workshop to learn how to turn the bottles and test your speed. At a second expert workshop, blend and taste your own Champagne. Create your Champagne from different samples of the last harvest's still wines and Champagne wines. Move on to the third class to focus on the dosage of Champagne. See the winemaker disgorge the bottle manually just for you, and add the liquor to the brut-zero dosage. Finally, taste 5 different Champagnes and get a chance to purchase your creation. Return to your accommodation with your guide at the end of the tour.

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What people are saying about Epernay

This was a great experience. Our guide, Simone was so kind and knowledgable. He picked us up right on time in the morning and drove us safely to the Champagne region. We started off at the house of Moet & Chandon. The M&C guide gave us a thorough explanation of how Champagne is produced. After that, went to some smaller champagne makers which were all delightful and got to taste a variety of different champagnes. and had a wonderful lunch at one of them. Anyone that loves champagne will enjoy this tour. The only recommendation I can make for people that are taking this tour in November like I did- dress very warmly! It got very cold and rainy on our day and it can be cold in the cellars too.

The Champagne day trip was fantastic. It was exceptionally informative, and lots of fun, with great, and very generous tastings and lunch. I didn't feel rushed - it was all well-timed and relaxed with plenty of time to enjoy the experience. The guide Jean-Baptiste was excellent - very knowledge, kind, thoughtful and he certainly made the day very special..

Simone was AMAZING!!!! We had high expectations for this tour and they were easily beaten. Our tour guide was so professional, so prompt, so detailed, so attentive, and so caring. We had the most amazing time. Way more than 8 tastings, great champagne tours at amazing wineries, an incredible lunch! A full day and worth every penny and then some!

We saw Moët & Chandon as our first stop, then 2 smaller champagne houses and had a delicious lunch! Jean-Baptiste was a kind, knowledgeable and amazing guide/driver! We had a lovely day, and really enjoyed the small group tour today, everything was perfect!

Jean, tour guide, was superb! Also, the vendors were excellent! Excellent service overall. It’s def worthy