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Epernay: Mercier Champagne Cellar Visit with Tastings

1. Epernay: Mercier Champagne Cellar Visit with Tastings

In 1871 Eugène Mercier began the pioneering project of constructing wine cellars: “Count by kilometers and not by meters,” he indicated to the architects. A few years later, 18 kilometers of impressive underground tunnels were created with an incredible cellar that now offers visitors the opportunity to experience an inspiring discovery. Come along and discover the Maison Mercier onboard a little train to travel across the cellars. Enjoy the audio tour followed by a tasting of two champagnes, the Mercier Brut and Mercier Brut Blanc de Noirs, with commentary. Possible tour languages include French, English, Spanish, Italian, German, Dutch, Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese and Russian.

Epernay: Afternoon Champagne Tour from Reims

2. Epernay: Afternoon Champagne Tour from Reims

Meet your friendly guide in Reims and go explore the most famous vineyards of Champagne around Epernay. Drive through the renowned 'Avenue du Champagne,' home of the most recognized and esteemed Champagne houses.  Let the historical village of Hautvillers and its captivating church take you back in time and admire the breathtaking view on Champagne’s UNESCO-listed world heritage vineyards. Ride through the south vineyards of the elegant Montagne de Reims while your guide points out the particularities and peculiarities of the region. Visit the exclusive cellars of a family run boutique winery. Tour the traditional press and vat room as your host details the traditional Champagne method also called the "Méthode Champenois". Appreciate several tastings of their personal production and acquire further knowledge and expertise on the finest sparkling wine. Finish your afternoon with a last stop at another Champagne tasting place were you will be able taste and compare various cuvée-wines. Your tour ends between 6:30 and 7:00 PM.

From Reims: E-Bike Champagne Tasting Tour and Lunch

3. 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.

Champagne: Champagne Masterclass with Lunch

4. Champagne: Champagne Masterclass with Lunch

Be welcomed in Mareuil-sur-Ay at the typical Champagne house Le Clos Corbier. After a fun Champagne quizz, train your nose to identify the different aromas and flavors that can be found in Champagne through an olfactory workshop with a specialist guide. Get competitive as you get to identify blindly 3 different Champagnes from boutique wineries all while eating some local snacks. Afterward, immerse yourself in the french lifestyle with a traditional lunch of homemade regional specialties paired with a variety of Champagnes.

Reims: Cathedral of Notre Dame Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

5. 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. 

Epernay: Winery and Cellar Tour with Champagne Tasting

6. Epernay: Winery and Cellar Tour with Champagne Tasting

Visit a family-owned winery in Epernay, Champagne on a guided tasting tour of the estate and cellars. Learn everything there is to know about champagne alongside a guide and taste a total of three different champagnes. Upon arrival at the estate, start by visiting the authentic centennials cellars built at the beginning of the 19th century. Burrowed under 25 meters of chalk, the whole cellar measures about 1.5 kilometers and has a capacity of 3 million bottles. Walk with your guide across the cellar unit, the vat house, the underground galleries, and the chai while learning about these areas. After the tour, you'll get to enjoy your champagne tastings. Along with the tour and tastings, get to know the local wine growers that have passed down traditional from father to son for three generations. See how the family's members have maintained the family character of their Champagne House. It is with the greatest pleasure that the vigneron and his family get to greet you in Mareuil-sur-Ay and help you to discover their centennial cellars and taste their vintage wines crafted with care and skill.

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

7. 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

8. 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.

From Paris: Small-Group Champagne Tour with 3-Course Lunch

9. From Paris: Small-Group Champagne Tour with 3-Course Lunch

After the pick-up from your hotel in the morning, your trip will start, head for the heart of the champagne region Épernay where you will start with a guided tour of Moet & Chandon or other famous champagne houses such as Pommery, G.H MUMM, Veuve Clicquot, Mercier, etc. Learn about the history of its namesake and have a chance to sip some fine vintage champagne. Later stroll along the avenue de champagne towards your minivan while the guide tells you about a few other well-known houses around you and the champagne cellars below you. Visit a small local winery and meet the people behind the production of this great drink. Have a chance to taste their elegant and exclusive product and hear about the history of their champagne estate. Stop in the village where the monk who invented champagne lived. This wonderful tour will eventually bring you to the table where you will have a chance to discover local gastronomy, savor a 3-course lunch at a local restaurant afterward visit the producer where more than 80 farmers work hard to make an amazing selection of sparkling wines designed for special occasions. Visit the museum to see different utensils used to make Champagne, and watch a short film about the vineyards. Sample 4 more glasses of Champagne before driving back to Paris. After a few fun games, trying all types of wines, and eating delicious food, your guide will also give you something nice to remember your visit to the champagne region and drop you off at your hotel.

Reims: Sabrage Technique Workshop and Champagne Tasting

10. Reims: Sabrage Technique Workshop and Champagne Tasting

Get into the olden tradition of Reims with a Sabrage Technique Workshop. Learn all about the Sabre and how to open a bottle of champagne with a sword. After you succeed, taste the fruits of your labor with a drink from the bottle. Discover the tradition of saber making, inherited from the many regiments of France, including Napoleon's hussars. Learn the methods of saber laying on the magnificent grounds of The Golden Saber Academy. After hearing about the history and traditions of making these historical swords, learn to use the Golden handled sword to accomplish your mission: open a bottle of Canard-Duchene. Find yourself successful, and receive the ultimate reward of tasting champagne from the bottle you just sliced. Recieve also a certificate of swordsmanship, in an all-around safe and thrilling experience.

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4.6 / 5

based on 1,265 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.

Amazing trip following Rue de Champagne, and an enjoyable experience, understanding more about the process of the bests champagne houses in the world, from passion to glamour. Our driver, Tom, was a lovely guide bring a sparkle to the trip ,jovial and professional .

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.