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Palace of Tau Skip-the-Line Ticket

1. 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.

Epernay: Moored Hot-Air Balloon over the Vineyards

2. 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.

Champagne: Winery Tour and Lunch

3. Champagne: Winery Tour and Lunch

Take a day tour of Champagne and sample some of the local libations with skilled small-scale winemakers. Enjoy a convenient pickup from your hotel at your place in Reims or Epernay. Put the top down on the convertible if the weather is nice and take an unforgettable drive through the villages of Champagne. Meet local growers and winemakers and learn how Champagne is produced. Explore the wine cellar and taste the different varieties of Champagne: Brut, Rosé, Blanc de Blancs and Vintage. Dig into a delicious lunch in the vineyard or a local French restaurant. Drive across the scenic landscape of Champagne to another winery on the other side of the mountains. Learn about his methods and sample some Brut, Blanc de Blancs, Rosé, and Blanc de Noirs.

Reims: Veuve Clicquot Champagne Tour

4. Reims: Veuve Clicquot Champagne Tour

Head underground to the cellars of the iconic Veuve Clicquot champagne. Learn about the champagne's history and enjoy tasting it. Afterward, go above ground for a tour of the vineyards and landscapes. Begin your tour with a pickup. Your guide will explain the experience in more detail on the way to the champagne house. Upon arrival, you will be led to the cellars. Be amazed by a scene of endless bottles stored there. Learn the history of Clicquot and more interesting facts. Enjoy a Veuve Clicquot champagne tasting. 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. After your visit to Veuve Clicquot, tour the vineyards and landscapes on the hillside of the mountain of Reims, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Reims/Epernay: Private Tour of the 4 Big Champagne Houses

5. Reims/Epernay: Private Tour of the 4 Big Champagne Houses

Try champagnes at four large champagne houses, enjoy a three-course champagne lunch, and drive through charming UNESCO classified landscapes in this winery tour. Be picked up from your accommodation in Reims or Epernay and swept off to Veuve Clicquot for a tasting and the chance to do some shopping. Next, visit Pommery and stroll through the underground cellars, taste more champagne, and have the chance to peruse the shop.Then, dine on a three-course meal paired with more champagne before being driven through idyllic UNESCO classified landscapes that surround the region. Later, see Moet & Chandon, and Mercier to taste some more fantastic champagne and do some more shopping. 

Reims: 2 Day Champagne Experience

6. Reims: 2 Day Champagne Experience

1st day - big wineries tour Pick up at the station in Reims or where you are staying in Reims or in Epernay Visit 2 big houses amongst Veuve Clicquot, Pommery, Mumm, or Taittinger One cellar visit with 2 tastings and shopping Lunch with 3 courses and Champagne Visit 2 other big houses in Epernay, among Moet & Chandon, Mercier or Castelanne With one cellar visit, 2 tastings and shopping Finish at a special viewpoint to share a last glass of Champagne Dinner (not included in price) Night at a 4-star hotel in Reims city centre 2nd day - meet small winemakers French Breakfast Private cellar visit with a Champagne winemaker Private tasting of 4 different types of champagne Champagne French lunch 2nd private cellar visit with another Champagne winemaker 2nd Private tasting of 4 different types of champagne Visit magical and historical landscapes Dinner (not included) Night at the 4-star hotel in Reims city centre

Reims: UNESCO Sites Full-Day Tour & Champagne Tasting

7. Reims: UNESCO Sites Full-Day Tour & Champagne Tasting

Immerse in a day of exploring rolling hills, old churches, grapevines, and upmarket fizz. Visit the best UNESCO World Heritage sites of Reims. Visit a champagne house and have a tasting of different champagne. Start the tour with a pickup from your Reims or Epernay hotel, or Reims Station. First, enjoy a private tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Reims Cathedral. Admire the details of the Notre-Dame de Reims, a defining example of High Gothic architecture. Marvel at the main statues and learn how the coronation of France's kings was organized in the cathedral. Be driven through the city directly to the best buildings. Enjoy the picture-postcard town and its glorious vineyard surroundings. See the 2000-year-old gate of the town, the most beautiful houses of Champagne, and the main squares. After sightseeing, enjoy a special Champagne lunch with local food specialties. Hop on a convertible car to be driven across the vineyards and landscapes of Champagne. Then, settle in for a champagne tasting session to unwind. Visit a champagne house and be spoilt for choice. Taste a variety of champagnes from Brut, Rosé, Blanc de Blanc to Vintage.


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What people are saying about Reims

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 60 reviews

Nice view over the grape bushes in the area. And nice view over Epernay. We were very lucky with a clear blue sky, a sun and grape bushes in autumn colors. Because of my fear of heights, I thought it took quite a while to stay up, but according to my partner, that was not the case. You go up in about 1 minute, stay in the air for about 10 minutes (about 150 meters) and then down again for a minute. We did not take champagne with it, because it was in the morning and before that we had had a tasting at Moët. Located centrally in Epernay next to a car park.

The Palace of Tau is a really beautiful experience. There are very surprising treasures within the Palace that’s worth visiting. The information desk will provide English information however most text and labels are in French and I found the app Google Translate to be most helpful.

One hour is too short a time for a guided tour of this beautiful historic church. A 2 hour tour would have been better.

I will be simple I will come back to see it because it is very interesting and a lot of things still to learn

15 minutes fantastic view and distant view. Enjoy a glass of champagne with it, wonderful