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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.

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

2. 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 Moët & Chandon (or similar champagne house), a prestigious French winery and Champagne house that produces Dom Pérignon. 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 afterwards 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.

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Epernay: Afternoon Champagne Tour from Reims

3. 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.

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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. Meet your guide, get in your minivan and start the day with a full-day tour of a prestigious Champagne House Moët & Chandon for an introduction to the Champagne making process. Enjoy a morning Champagne glass 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 historical 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, and enjoy exquisite panoramic views of the Champagne vineyard. Appreciate the outstanding view 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 enjoy a traditional aperitif with a local lunch, paired wines and Champagnes in a fun and familial atmosphere. Try local products like baguette, Reims’s ham, regional cheeses and pink biscuit ratafia. Then, get an introduction to the Champagne making process, economy and sparkling history.  Next, appreciate the nice hillsides of Champagne and then 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. Enjoy several tastings of their bestseller cuvees and find Champagne for the best value. Your effervescent tour will end with your guide driving you back to Reims to conclude your full-day tour.

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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. 

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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

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What people are saying about Epernay

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 53 reviews

My two daughters and I enjoyed a magical long weekend in Paris in December and escaped the city on a full day tour of the Champagne region-and when I say full, it was 12 hours! Amazing. And yes LOTS of champagne throughout the day, starting around 10:30 a.m. so, pace yourself if you're like me - not a day drinker. They are rather generous tasting pours! We were picked up at our hotel promptly at 8am by Victor and joined another lovely and hilarious couple from Mexico who honestly added even more magic and fun to an already incredible day. Victor kept us safe, entertained and educated. En route to our first stop he had us play a scents game where we guessed the scent of about 12 different vials (ranging from the obvious to the not so recognizable). The scenery was glorious. Despite challenging traffic back to Paris (while the five of us slept off our bubbles) Victor got us back to Paris safely and left us with a day we will not forget.

The excursion to Champagne was great! We had Victor as our guide. We stopped at 3 champagne wineries and tasted 7 champagnes. A medium size, a large (Moët Chandon), and a small distributor. We were able to taste and enjoy a selection at each. Did a tour of the cellars at Moet which was amazing. Had lunch at a wonderful French restaurant. After the tour was ending, Victor got another bottle of champagne from another distributor and took us to an amazing view of grape vineyards to watch the sunset. Perfect way to end a perfect day!

Outstanding. Victor was an incredible and fun guide - quickly broke the ice with the other guests on the tour, leading us all to become friendly and relaxed before we even left Paris. Ride to Champagne was filled with history, information and even a quick coffee stop. Great rapport with the champagne houses, we were welcomed and treated great at every stop. Victor has many fun surprises in store, well worth every minute.

Probably the highlight of our trip. Victor was wonderful, we had so much fun and it was amazing to be picked up, taken to different areas, and taken home. Just a great day and incredible value

It was even better than expected. Our guide was fluent in English and very knowledgeable about the area and the process of making champagne. It was a good day