Full Day Tour
Pick up in Paris by minibus and your driver-guide, and depart to explore the Champagne region, world famous for its eponymous sparkling wine - Champagne - and its magnificent landscapes.
This morning you will travel through Champagne vineyards around Reims and enjoy a visit and champagne tasting at a small boutique champagne producer, together with the gracious hospitality of your hosts, the wine growers.
Lunch in a traditional restaurant in Reims. Your tour continues with the discovery of the magnificent Gothic architecture of the Cathedral de Notre-Dame de Reims. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the cathedral was built in 1211 and was the coronation site of 25 French kings, from Louis VIII in 1223 to Charles X in 1825. Then you’ll visit one of the most famous Champagne houses in Reims and its underground chalk cellars, where you’ll discover the traditional secrets of the Champagne region and wine making, concluding with a commented taste of a glass of champagne. Settle at 4-star hotel in Reims. Overnight at your hotel.
Secret Family Producers
Breakfast at your hotel and check-out.
Pick up at your hotel by your driver guide and departure for a full-day tour of the Champagne vineyards. Your day begins at a domain located in the Marne Valley, where you’ll discover the processes behind Champagne making. During a shared oenology class, you will taste and learn about the three grape varieties that can only be grown according to appellation rules in specifically designated plots for the production of Champagne, and how to recognise their typical aromas, together with the art of blending.
You’ll then head to Hautvillers - a charming UNESCOlisted village nestled on the historical hillsides of Champagne, and the home of Dom Pérignon, the Benedictine monk whose work in wine-making helped develop Champagne. Trace the history of Champagne and visit the church where Dom Pérignon is buried. Next it’s off to the most charming restaurant in the village for lunch - a delicious tasting menu of regional specialities, paired with three single varietal cuvées.
In the afternoon, you head to Epernay for a walking tour along the Avenue de Champagne, where the opulent mansions of the great Champagne houses are located, including Moët & Chandon, Pol Roger and Mercier, among others. Stop at the magnificent property of a top-range Champagne producer in the Côte des Blancs area for a guided tasting of three Champagnes. Your day in the Champagne vineyards ends with a drive along “La Route du Champagne”, which winds among the vineyards and through the steep slopes where the villages, castles and churches perch. A final tasting is scheduled : discover the unique aromas of three Champagnes from this area, renowned for the quality of its Pinot Noir.
Transfer to Reims train station.