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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, 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.

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 vineyards 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.

Epernay: Moored Hot-Air Balloon over the Vineyards

4. 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.

From Reims: Taittinger Champagne Morning Tour & Tastings

5. 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

Passy-Grigny: Champagne Tour and Tasting Experience

6. Passy-Grigny: Champagne Tour and Tasting Experience

Head into the heart of Marne Valley to the charming village of Passy-Grigny where your Champagne adventure awaits. Enjoy a guided tour and discover everything there is to know about Champagne including the unique grapes that are used to make it and how it is produced. See both old and new Champagne presses, watch a mini-movie about vines and wines, and ignite your passion for Meunier grapes. At the end of the tour, enjoy a tasting session of three Champagnes.

Reims Champagne Tasting & G.H. Mumm House Cellar Tour

7. Reims Champagne Tasting & G.H. Mumm House Cellar Tour

Take a 1-hour cellar tour of the legendary G.H. Mumm House in Reims and explore the intricate world of champagne making. With over 15 miles (25 kilometers) of galleries and 25 million bottles of champagne, it is an exquisite and refined world that has been at the heart of Champagne production since 1827. On this program you’ll learn about the champagne-making process, including all the main stages involved in making the world-famous Cordon Rouge. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the museum, which is one of the finest of its kind, documenting the history of the champagne process. After the tour, you’ll have around 30 minutes to enjoy a tasting of some famous fine champagne.

From Paris: Small-Group Moët & Chandon Champagne Tour

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

The only place in the world that is able to grow and produce Champagne is located just outside Paris. On this full-day (11-hour) excursion you’ll also learn about the history of Champagne master Dom Perignon. Visit the quaint chapel and grave site of Dom Perignon, the father of Champagne and then meet with a local producer to learn about the growing process. Enjoy a fully guided tour at the House of Moët and Chandon, the world’s largest producers of Champagne, or Nicolas Feuillate Champagne if the House of Moet is not available that day. Take a walk through part of their 40 kilometers of cellars. Before heading back to Paris visit the beautiful Cathedral of Reims and have free time to explore inside where all of the French Kings were crowned. During the day you’ll have the opportunity to taste at least 4 different types of Champagne and even pick up some bottles for souvenirs if you’d like. They can accompany you back to Paris in the van.

Reims: Veuve Clicquot & Family Winery Group Full-Day Tour

9. Reims: Veuve Clicquot & Family Winery Group Full-Day Tour

Meet your personnal and friendly guide, hop-on the minivan and start the day with a sightseeing of Reims "city of coronations". 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, and later tragic heart of the two world wars. During your drive, pass by famous Champagne Houses such as Pommery and Taittinger.  Enjoy a full tour of the prestigious Champagne House “Veuve Clicquot” as an introduction to the Champagne making process. You will get to enter the UNESCO chalk cellars that are amazingly deep and long. Savor a nice morning Champagne glass and prepare your palate for 10 Champagne wines tasted during the day! Drive through the Champagne vineyards and have a stop among the vines to enjoy explanations about the vine-growing process and also a wonderful scenery view of the Champagne region. Be welcomed in a restored Champagne house and take one more step towards the sparkling beverage world. Learn about the different aromas and flavors that can be found in Champagne through an olfactory workshop and a challenging blind tasting. Enjoy a traditional aperitif followed by a regional lunch with paired wines and Champagnes in a fun and familial atmosphere. Get introduced to local products like baguette, Reims’ ham, Paté en croute, regional cheeses, pink biscuit, Ratafia and more. Appreciate the charming hillsides of Champagne and peek-behind-the-scenes 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. Enjoy several tastings of their best–seller “cuvees” and find the best values of Champagne! Your Champagne journey ends as your guide drives you back to the city of Reims to conclude your Champagne tour.

Reims and Champagne Tasting Full-Day Tour from Paris

10. Reims and Champagne Tasting Full-Day Tour from Paris

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 Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine 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 here 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. You will visit one of the most prestigious wine-growing companies 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. Taste the wines!

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4.7 / 5

based on 296 reviews

Very informative. Violene, the guide, was very enthusiastic and professional. Great English speaking. Watch a movie in a beautiful small theater about production. Tasted with chocolates which was special-not sure if you pay extra for that? No “cave”, all in modern building and we viewed from above.

Emilee was outstanding. Excellent knowledge and enthusiasm. The drive thru Champagne was beautiful. Lunch was absolutely incredible !!! We learned great amount of knowledge regarding complex process of making champagne. Visited 3 champagne houses that were great. I would highly recommend this tour.

The guide was very knowledgeable and personable. Was on time. And was incredibly helpful with my disabled husband

Interesting mix of champagnes to taste. Lovely charcuterie lunch. Our guide Emmaline was great.

Perfect mix of experiences and Sebastian was the best tour guide!