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Epernay: Moored Hot-Air Balloon over the Vineyards

1. 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 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.

Reims and Champagne Tasting Full-Day Tour from Paris

3. 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 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. Taste the wines.

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

4. 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 Paris: Full-Day Champagne Tour

5. From Paris: Full-Day Champagne Tour

Discover the secrets of how the king of wines is made. This full-day trip from Paris takes you to the French Champagne region to immerse yourself in the effervescent culture of this remarkable drink. The first stop on your champagne tour is a visit to one popular champagne house, Moet & Chandon, Mercier or Taittinger on the sparkling hillsides of Épernay. Moët & Chandon was established in 1743, and their champagne became famous in the 1750s when King Louis XV demanded sparkling wine. From there, your tour continues to the village of Hautvillers, located just north of Épernay on the banks of the bubbling river Marne. Hautvillers is where Dom Pérignon worked to improve the quality of wine and champagne in the 1670s. Continuing north, your guide will take you for champagne tastings at a family producer

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

6. Paris: Private Day Trip to Champagne with 8 Tastings & Lunch

Your private day tour will start from your hotel, if located in Paris. Your driver guide will pick you up in a cozy air-conditioned minivan at around 7:30 AM. Enjoy tasty croissants on your 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 an extremely prestigious estate (Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Taittinger etc. depending on supplier availability). Discover never-ending galleries filled with bottles and of course, finish the guided tour with a tasting. Head back in your air-conditioned minivan, admire the landscapes, and stop in the heart the vineyard to enjoy a Masterclass led by your wine expert guide. Through this very unique experience and the tasting of a special cuvee, you will learn all the secrets of this famous bubbly drink. Next stop will be 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 and 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. Then, 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 at your hotel, if located in Paris.

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.

Reims: Champagne Cellar Tour, Tasting, and Views

8. Reims: Champagne Cellar Tour, Tasting, and Views

After a short presentation of the tour, you will be driven to the champagne area in a convertible car if the weather permits. You will enjoy views, discover the vineyards and landscapes of the area which are listed as UNESCO world heritage sites. The vineyards are planted on the hillside of the mountain of Reims and you will have a stop at the special lighthouse which is in front of the Champagne valley and at the windmill in the middle of the vineyards. At each stop, you will learn through funny stories and discover why the place is unique. You will be taught about the Champagne too - the grape varieties, the growing of the plants, the harvest and the most important of all: the tasting. You will continue with a cellar visit at a small winemakers. He will explain how he produces the champagne and show you the press centre, the vinification tanks, the cellar and the riddling room.

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4.9 / 5

based on 47 reviews

It’s a 2 hour drive from Paris each way and an hour drive between champagneries. The guide Lionel was absolutely wonderful and brought us warm fresh croissants for the morning drive which was very kind as most places are closed that early in the morning. Lunch is either vegetarian or not but you have no choice over what you are eating (heads up picky eaters) but it was delicious- chicken in a mushroom sauce and wild rice. We got back an hour after the planned time due to traffic so don’t book dinner expecting to be back in Paris at 6, give yourself time. Also drop off is in the city center not back at your hotel.

My wife and I had a wonderful time on our tour. Our guide Salomé was wonderful. We learned so much about the region and the champagne making process. We loved that we visited a large producer, co-op producer, and a family operation. The champagne we tried from all 3 were fantastic. We would highly recommend this tour to any interest in Champagne.

Lovely day! Guided tour of Moet Chandon with a tasting. Then we had lunch and a tasting class at the office which was beautiful. After lunch we visited a family champagne house and saw some lovely vineyards. Best day of our trip yet!

Thank you for the most amazing time!!! My friends and I had a BLAST!! This was by far the highlight of our trip!!

Such a lovely day! JB was an amazing guide with a lot of information to share. Beautiful lunch spot.