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Reims and Champagne Tasting Full-Day Tour from Paris

1. 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 Province 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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Palace of Tau Skip-the-Line Ticket

2. 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.

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From Reims: Taittinger Champagne Morning Tour & Tastings

3. 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. Find out why the vines are planted on steep slopes and why the local subsoil is composed of such pure chalk. 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 effervescent tour ends at 1 PM where you will be dropped off back in Reims

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From Reims: Exclusive Tour to Moet et Chandon & Taittinger

4. 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.

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Passy-Grigny: Champagne Tour and Tasting Experience

5. 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.

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From Reims: Veuve Clicquot and Grand Cru Tasting with Lunch

6. From Reims: Veuve Clicquot and Grand Cru Tasting with Lunch

This full-day tour begins with a pick-up at 9:00 AM at the forecourt of the Reims-Centre train station (Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday). When you arrive in the Champagne region, you’ll start off with a sightseeing tour of Reims. The city of coronations, Reims is also the city of Champagne, the most celebrated and festive of wines. On the way, hear about Reims, the city where the Kings of France were crowned, and arrive at the Veuve Cliquot Champagne Estate (visit and tasting fees included). Enjoy a guided tour of the grand estate, finishing with an expert-led tasting of Veuve Cliquot Champagne. Pay a visit to the magnificent Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral. Explore inside the UNESCO-listed wonder on a guided tour and admire the 13th-century cathedral, with its striking Gothic architecture and beautiful stained glass windows. After that, take a scenic drive through the vineyards of Montagne de Reims, passing through the Grand Cru villages of Verzenay and Mailly, as your guide explains the Champagne making process. Take a picture at the vineyards and hear about the importance of ‘terroir’ in cultivating the grapes. You will then stop at a Champagne family estate and discover a different side to the prestigious Champagne industry. Savor a 3-course Champagne lunch where you are treated to delicious regional specialties, accompanied by a selection of 3 Champagnes and coffee/tea. After lunch, enjoy a visit to the production site, and discover how Champagne is made. Finish this amazing program with another tasting of 3 Champagne glasses (different ones), one of which may be replaced by a glass of Ratafia (sweet liquor of Champagne brandy with grape juice). On return to Reims, your tour ends back at the train station at 5 PM.

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Reims Champagne Full-Day Tour from Paris

7. 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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Reims/Epernay: Guided Champagne-Making Experience

8. 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

9. 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 Reims

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 296 reviews

Vasiting Taittinger was interesting as expected. Our guide, Martin, spoke good English and was both informative and professional. The visit at a smaller winery was cozy and relaxed. Thank you Martin!

Victor checked with us in advance, was on time picking us up at our hotel. He shared a lot of information and let us know what to expect during the tour.

A great tour. It was a lot of fun, it was very informative and we could learn a lot. Our tour guide knew her very well. Thanks very much.

The tour was interesting and absolutely educational. It took place on time and on schedule and the quality of the guide was excellent.

Tom was personable and knowledgeable about the types, processes and history of champagnes.