Things to do in Reims

Our most recommended things to do in Reims

Reims: Cathedral of Notre Dame Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

1. Reims: Cathedral of Notre Dame Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

Journey back in time on a 1.5-hour guided tour of the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Reims and discover a majestic monument of French Gothic art and architecture where many of the kings of France were crowned. Along with the cathedrals of Chartres and Amiens, the Notre-Dame de Reims is a member of the illustrious triad of "High Gothic" or "Classical" French cathedrals built in the 13th century. Admire its masterpiece façade from the Middle Ages and then go inside to discover the many secrets of the church. Built on the site of an older church that was destroyed by fire in 1211, the Notre-Dame de Reims boasts an illustrious history and a magnificent interior of fine tapestries and interesting stained glass windows from the 13th to the 20th centuries. Get vital information about the cathedral in English from your knowledgeable guide. 

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

2. 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 Reims: Exclusive Tour to Moet et Chandon & Taittinger

3. 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.

From Paris: Reims and Champagne Tasting Full-Day Tour

4. 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 Tasting Tour and Lunch

5. From Reims: E-Bike Champagne Tasting Tour and Lunch

Meet your expert and friendly guide in Reims and head towards Epernay, the Champagne Capital. Drive through the beautiful Avenue of Champagne full of prestigious Champagne Houses, stopping for the perfect picture. Taste a variety of different Champagnes in picturesque environments.  Earn your first glass of Champagne cycling your e-bike through the Unesco classified vineyards of Champagne. Learn all the details about the vineyards and the French Terroir. Discover the Birthplace of Champagne in Hautvillers and find out how Champagne was discovered.  Load your batteries and taste different Champagnes from a small family grower. Jump off your bike to savour a local meal at a restored Champagne House and match your authentic lunch with some Champagnes and local wines.

Reims: Full-Day Moët’s Vineyard & Family Winery Group Tour

6. Reims: Full-Day Moët’s Vineyard & Family Winery Group Tour

Visit a world-famous Champagne house and Epernay region on this guided day trip from Reims. Uncover the secrets to producing world-class champagne as you visit vineyards and a cellar. Sit down to a lunch with regional specialties, champagne, and wines.  Meet your guide and hop aboard a comfortable minivan in Reims and enjoy views of the countryside on the drive to Moët & Chandon for an introduction to the Champagne making process.  Enjoy a morning glass of champagne and wander through the vineyards of La Montagne de Reims while your guide explains the particularities of the region, from the grape varieties to the vine growing and winemaking process. Drive through the beautiful Champagne Avenue in Epernay and hop off the minivan to explore the picturesque village of Hautvillers, where the Monk Dom Perignon lived for 47 years. Walk through the alleys of the church where the first champagnes were made. Feast your eyes on exquisite panoramic views of the Champagne vineyards. Take some time to appreciate the outstanding vistas of the Champagne region’s UNESCO-listed World Heritage hillside vines. Continue through the Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards of Ay and Mareuil/Ay. Explore a restored Champagne house and take a rest with aa traditional aperitif a local lunch, paired wines and champagnes in a fun and familial atmosphere. Try local products like baguettes, Reims’s ham, regional cheeses, and pink biscuit ratafia (sweet liquor). Then, get an introduction to the Champagne making process, economy and sparkling history.  Get a behind the scenes view of a family-run boutique winery. Visit the traditional press, vat room, and cellar of an authentic champagne grower. Stroll down the cool cellar corridors and glance at the immense quantity of bottles slowly maturing.  Delight your senses with several tastings of their bestseller, cuvees. Find bottles of Champagne for the best value. Your effervescent tour will end with your guide driving you back to Reims to conclude your full-day tour.

From Reims: Taittinger Champagne Morning Tour & Tastings

7. From Reims: Taittinger Champagne Morning Tour & Tastings

Start the tour a 9 AM in Reims, where you will be picked up from the meeting point in an air-conditioned minivan. Start the morning by seeing the sights in the fabulous city of Reims.  Drive by “Notre Dame de Reims”, one of the first monuments to be registered as a Unesco World Heritage Site. Absorb the historical atmosphere of the city, home of the coronation of more than 25 kings of France. After this, explore the underground cellars of the prestigious Taittinger Champagne House where you will have the opportunity to savor a lovely morning glass of champagne. Take a scenic drive through the northern vineyards of the elegant Montagne de Reims while your guide points out the particularities and peculiarities of the region. Continue your bubbly tour when you arrive at a family-run boutique winery. Enjoy a tour of the traditional press and vat room as your guide details the traditional Champagne-making method known as the 'Méthode Champenoise'. Appreciate several tastings of the family's personal production and acquire further knowledge and expertise on the finest sparkling wines. This tour ends when you will be dropped off back in Reims

From Paris: Small-Group Moët & Chandon Champagne Tour

8. From Paris: Small-Group Moët & Chandon Champagne Tour

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 House of Moët and Chandon or the Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne House. 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 Perignon, 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 Moët and Chandon, the world’s largest producer of Champagne, or the prestigious Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne House if the House of Moet is not available on the day of the tour. Depending on the option you choose, enjoy 1 or 2 glasses of Champagne on your Champagne House tour, depending on the tour option you choose. 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: Palace of Tau Skip-the-Line Ticket

9. Reims: Palace of Tau Skip-the-Line Ticket

There was already a palace on the site in antiquity, though at the beginning of the 5th century, Bishop Nicasius lived there. There was also a cathedral dedicated to Our Lady. In memory of the baptism of Clovis in Reims, ca. 496, it became the tradition in the 9th century to crown the kings of France here, a tradition that was carried on until the coronation of Charles X in 1825. The palace was sumptuously decorated. Its T-shaped layout gave it its name, the Palace of Tau. Rebuilt and expanded with a chapel after a fire in 1210, the building was rearranged in flamboyant Gothic style at the end of the 15th century and then, at the end of the 17th century, further work gave it its current classical look. Although it was nationalized during the French Revolution, it was returned to the clergy in 1823. For the coronation of Charles X, it was decorated in Neo-Gothic style. It became State property in 1905 and, after the ravages of World War I, underwent restorations until 1972. The cathedral and the Palace of Tau are on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Paris: Two Reims Champagne Vineyards with Tastings and Lunch

10. Paris: Two Reims Champagne Vineyards with Tastings and Lunch

Visit the old city of Reims with your local guide on this private day trip from Paris. Explore the vineyards and cellars of two champagne producers. Sample some local champagnes. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a traditional French restaurant. Be greeted by your guide and take a high-speed train to the city of Reims, where a private car will take you into the countryside. Ride through rolling vineyards before stopping to tour two wineries. Learn more about the winemaking process. Breath in the fresh country air and savor a selection of champagnes. Drive to the village of Lude to visit a charming family restaurant. Head back to Reims to stroll through the streets and see the monuments. Admire the large medieval-style cathedral of Reims from the outside and learn about its rich history. Return to Paris on a high-speed train.

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What are the best day trips and excursions from Reims?

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What people are saying about Reims

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,068 reviews

Highly rate this tour! Raphael our guide was amazing and super knowledgeable and easy going. The stops all added something different without being overwhelming. The lunch was delicious and we loved trying all the different types of Champagne. We would do this again!

Our guide Joseph was wonderful. The van transportation was clean and comfortable. And the tours were top notch. Best of all was the generous and delicious lunch. All of it was very enjoyable.

Great day in the champagne region. Ziggy our guide was interesting and knowledgeable. Lunch was delicious and not rushed. Fabulous experience!

The private own champagne house was the best by far. This was a very professional tour and learnt a lot.

Very good tour. Guide was awesome and was very knowledgeable.