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From Reims: Exclusive Tour to Moet et Chandon & Taittinger

1. From Reims: Exclusive Tour to Moet et Chandon & Taittinger

Explore one of the great wine-producing areas of France on a small group tour of the Champagne region. Sample the sparkling produce of this world-renowned area, such as the Champagne Taittinger, one of the last Champagne houses to be owned by the original family.  With varietals consisting of 50% pinot noir, 15% Pinot Meunier, and 35% chardonnay, the Taittinger vineyard is an unsurpassed example of a Champagne-style in which chardonnay plays such a significant role. The vineyard's production is supplemented by the contractual acquisition of grapes from independent suppliers operating the finest vineyards in the Champagne region.  En route to Épernay, travel through the Marne Valley vineyards to meet the legendary monk Dom Pérignon who produced the most expensive wines of France in the 17th century and is now buried in the church of the former Benedictine Hautvillers Abbey. Visit Épernay, often referred to as the "Capital of Champagne Wine," where the main street appears like an exhibition of luxurious mansions housing illustrious Maisons de Champagne.  Discover some of the most prestigious names, including Moët & Chandon, Perrier-Jouët, and Pol Roger and learn about the 100 kilometers of tunnels beneath the street. Take a break to enjoy lunch in one of several options in the city center during 1 hour of free time.  Next, take a guided tour and enjoy a tasting at the world-famous Maison de Champagne Moët & Chandon. Founded in 1743 by Claude Möet, its history is linked to famous figures such as the Marquise de Pompadour and Napoleon I. Moët & Chandon Champagne has been sold to many important historical events, including the coronation of King Edward VII, the Cannes Film Festival, and the 120th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty.

Reims: Champagne Cellars Tour with Tastings and Lunch

2. Reims: Champagne Cellars Tour with Tastings and Lunch

Head underground to the cellars of the iconic Veuve Clicquot and Pommery champagne houses. Learn about their production process, their Champagne, and the special history of each house. Enjoy guided tastings at both locations, and a delicious 3-course lunch. Start your tour at the Veuve Clicquot cellars. Have a tasting with explanations about the taste of the iconic Champagne.Listen as your guide explains the subtle notes of the drink. Then, stop by the Veuve Clicquot shop and have some retail therapy as you peruse different branded products. Afterward, enjoy a traditional French lunch in a classical French restaurant with homemade food and a Champagne aperitif. The 3-course lunch will give you the energy to go on your Champagne day with a tour at Pommery Champagne. Head over to Pommery, the most beautiful house with deep cellars full of bottles of Champagne and a surprise: a modern art exhibition right in the cellars. Explore the cellars at your own pace, then, once back on the ground, enjoy a last tasting of the Brut Royal Champagne.

From Reims: Pommery Champagne Morning Tour & Tastings

3. From Reims: Pommery Champagne Morning Tour & Tastings

Meet your local guide near Reims center train station and start the day with the discovery of Reims city center by minivan. Drive by “Notre Dame de Reims”, one of the first monuments to be registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover some emblematic places of the city, such as the “Porte de Mars”, a 2000-year-old arch, and the last Roman gate of the city. Absorb the historical atmosphere of the city, home of the coronation of the kings of France. Make the most of your morning in the Champagne region, starting with the exploration of the famous House of Champagne Pommery, with a complete tour of their cellars which are classified as UNESCO World’s Heritage. Finish in style this visit with two champagne tastings. Have a break at a viewpoint on the elegant Montagne de Reims vineyards, where your guide points out the particularities of the region: Why are our vines planted on hillsides? Why is our subsoil made from such pure chalk? Why does champagne only come from the Champagne region? End your morning by discovering a family-run winery. Tour the still-used-today traditional press and vat room as your guide details the traditional Champagne method with a concrete and visual approach. Appreciate several tastings of their own production and acquire tasting knowledge and expertise with these rare champagnes. Your morning tour ends in front of Reims center train station.

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

4. 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, Mumm, 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. 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! 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, Hotel de Ville.

From Paris: Reims and Champagne Tasting Full-Day Tour

5. From Paris: Reims and Champagne Tasting Full-Day Tour

Enjoy an exclusive day trip to the city of Reims, and discover where many French kings were crowned before the French Revolution. Transfer from Paris to the historic city in the Champagne region of France. Upon arrival, take a guided walk around the city center, and then go to the unique Reims Cathedral. Learn about its place in French history as the traditional coronation place for the kings of France. Marvel at its fine French Gothic architecture, and hear about some of the treasures contained within its walls. Next, transfer to the legendary vineyards of the Champagne region to taste different types of sparkling wine. Then, sit down and take the opportunity to discover local gastronomy. Savor a three-course lunch including a starter, main, and dessert at a local restaurant. Visit one of the most famous producers in the region. Learn how Champagne is made, from the pruning of the grape vines to the grape pressing, blending, and wine storage. See ancient cellars filled with glass containers and valuable contents gathering dust before tasting the wines. Finally, at the end of the day, you will return to your accommodation in Paris.

From Reims: E-Bike Champagne Day Tour and Lunch

6. From Reims: E-Bike Champagne Day Tour and Lunch

Explore the charming countryside of Champagne on a relaxed e-bike tour. Cycle through Premier and Grand Cru villages, and see the UNESCO world's heritage vines. Glide down the Marne Canal and taste various champagnes and enjoy a traditional lunch. Meet your local guide in Reims, in Epernay or in Mareuil-sur-Ay. After a drive deep in the Champagne countryside to a typical Champagne House, Le Clos Corbier, your bikes will be ready for you to ride. Glide along on your bike and discover some of Champagne’s most remote locations. Earn your champagne glasses cycling through Premier and Grand Cru villages and fully experience the complexity of the terroir. Enjoy breathtaking views of the UNESCO world’s heritage vines of Champagne. Discover the village of Hautvillers, the birthplace of Champagne. Finish your time in Hautvillers with a guided visit of the church where the famous monk Dom Pérignon is buried. Experience a cycle down the Marne canal to make your way back to Le Clos Corbier. Visit the cellars and taste different champagnes from the family domain, where you will see and be taught about the champagne-making process. Then immerse yourself into the French lifestyle with a traditional lunch consisting of homemade regional specialties paired with a variety of champagnes, cheese puffs, paté en croute, quiche, lentils, cheeses, Reims pink biscuit (the lunch can be adapted to allergies or specific diets).

From Paris: Small-Group Champagne Day Trip with Six Tastings

7. From Paris: Small-Group Champagne Day Trip with Six Tastings

Visit the only place in the world that grows and produces Champagne on a full-day trip from Paris. Take a guided tour of the Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne House and a family-run winery. Enjoy included tasting opportunities and the chance to discover Reims Cathedral during the day. Start the tour from Paris on a minibus that will take you to Champagne. Visit the quaint chapel of the Abbey at Hautvillers, which is also the gravesite of Dom Pérignon, the father of Champagne. Learn about him with your guide, then meet with a local producer to hear about the wine-growing process. Enjoy a fully-guided tour at the House of Nicolas Feuillatte, the world’s largest producer of Champagne. Taste 3 glasses of Champagne on your Champagne house tour. You'll also have the opportunity to taste at least 3 different types of Champagne at a local family-run winery and pick up some bottles for souvenirs. Before heading back to Paris, visit the Reims Cathedral of Notre Dame, one of the defining models of Gothic art, and have free time to see the area where 25 French Kings were crowned.

Reims: Sabrage Technique Workshop and Champagne Tasting

8. Reims: Sabrage Technique Workshop and Champagne Tasting

Get into the olden tradition of Reims with a Sabrage Technique Workshop. Learn all about the Sabre and how to open a bottle of champagne with a sword. After you succeed, taste the fruits of your labor with a drink from the bottle. Discover the tradition of saber making, inherited from the many regiments of France, including Napoleon's hussars. Learn the methods of saber laying on the magnificent grounds of The Golden Saber Academy. After hearing about the history and traditions of making these historical swords, learn to use the Golden handled sword to accomplish your mission: open a bottle of Canard-Duchene. Find yourself successful, and receive the ultimate reward of tasting champagne from the bottle you just sliced. Recieve also a certificate of swordsmanship, in an all-around safe and thrilling experience.

Reims/Epernay: Champagne Private Day Tour with Tastings

9. Reims/Epernay: Champagne Private Day Tour with Tastings

Discover the sparkling world of champagne in Champagne on a private day trip. Visit an underground cellar, walk through vineyards, and enjoy a traditional French meal for lunch on a great day exploring the Champagne region. Learn what makes champagne different from other sparkling wines with a private guide to show you around the UNESCO-listed destination. Located on a hillside, the quaint village of Hautvillers offers one of the region's most beautiful views. A Benedictine abbey stands against the nearby forest, whose steward and cellar master was Dom Pérignon himself. Lunch is served at a restaurant offering delicious local cuisine and traditional French food. Enjoy a short walk in the vineyards and hear about the importance of good soil for quality vines and grapes. Learn about the tough manual labor done by the 15,000 vine growers in the Champagne region to produce high-quality wine. Before the day is over, your private guide will accompany you on a tour of an independent winery’s cellar and a guided visit to a Champagne house. The final touch will sparkle in your Champagne flutes during commented tastings of the bubbly wine itself.

From Paris: Full-Day Champagne Tour

10. From Paris: Full-Day Champagne Tour

Discover the secrets of how the king of wines is made. This full-day trip from Paris takes you to the French Champagne region to immerse yourself in the effervescent culture of this remarkable drink. The first stop on your champagne tour is a visit to one popular champagne house, Moet & Chandon, Mercier or Taittinger on the sparkling hillsides of Épernay. Moët & Chandon was established in 1743, and their champagne became famous in the 1750s when King Louis XV demanded sparkling wine. From there, your tour continues to the village of Hautvillers, located just north of Épernay on the banks of the bubbling river Marne. Hautvillers is where Dom Pérignon worked to improve the quality of wine and champagne in the 1670s. Continuing north, your guide will take you for champagne tastings at a family producer

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What people are saying about Reims

I did not think visiting any champagne houses in the first January would be possible given the time of year, but we visited 3 different houses, including Nicolas Feuillatte, and had so many tastings throughout the day! My friend and I both agreed the lunch was some of the best food we’d had all week, and our guide Karl was amazing! 100% would recommend!

Absolutely fantastic! Our guide Preston was very knowledgeable about champagne and the area. We were able to see and taste a lot of champagne. Book it now you will not regret it!

All very well. The guide is very friendly and always on the lookout. The tastings were very good and in general the experience.

Best thing I did in Paris. Worth every penny. Guide was incredible and extremely knowledgeable!

Awesome tour and lunch. Very much worth the money and our guide was extremely knowledgeable.