Fantastic fun – Wonderful! everyone should experience it because there is no words to explain &our guide was very good educative fun co-operative.
Highlights of Champagne Full Day Tour
Experience an Exclusive Tour of Champagne Vineyards and Historic Reims
Sample delicious champagne In world-famous Grande Maison De Champagne Moët & Chandon
Tour historic Reims and UNESCO heritage-listed Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral
English-speaking, hand-picked, local expert guides
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145€ per person
9:30am to 5:00pm, daily
1 April to 21 December 2019
Shared wine tour
Minimum 2 people, maximum 8
Reims Train Station Forecourt
Place de la Gare
- Transportation in a comfortable and fully equipped minivan
- English-speaking driver & guide
- Entrance fees and tastings at Moët & Chandon and Taittinger wineries
- Dom Perignon with Hautvillers stop
- Sightseeing of Reims famous champagne houses and cathedral
- Sightseeing of Champagne Grands Crus Villages
- Personal expenses and insurance
- Any Extras
- Hotel pick up: 15€ per person (hotels located in the immediate surroundings of Reims)
- Meals or drinks unless specified in the itinerary
- Gratuities for the driver & guide
A Champagne-focused Journey Through a Historic Region
Experience an exclusive Champagne tour in the vineyards and historic Reims. This full day shared tour will give you an overview of the region’s wine-making craftsmanship and the rich history of the main city, Reims.
This Champagne tour runs from March to December and can accommodate up to 8 people. You will be transported in a vehicle used only for your group and the tour is conducted during the whole day by a certified, English-speaking guide/driver. The tour departs from the Reims train station and drops you off at the same location at the end of the day.
Tour and Champagne tasting at Taittinger*
(Visit included: L’Instant Premier with one glass of Champagne)
Located in the great regions of wine-growing Champagne, the Champagne Taittinger vines cover 288 hectares evenly distributed over 34 different vineyards, which include some of the appellation’s finest. With varietals consisting of 50% Pinot Noir, 15% Pinot Meunier and 35% Chardonnay, the Taittinger vineyard is an unsurpassed example of that House’s own style of wine , in which Chardonnay plays such a significant role. The vineyard’s own production is supplemented by contractual acquisition of grapes from independent suppliers operating the finest vineyards in Champagne.
Your Champagne day experience will start at the Taittinger vineyard and winery in Reims. There, you will discover the centuries-old cellars where one of the finest French champagnes is matured for several years before being consumed. Millions of bottles are resting 18 meters below the ground surface where the perfect temperature of 12° Celsius is achieved, spread along 3km of tunnels. You will also be able to taste and purchase several champagne batches from different years.
However, a visit to the Taittinger estate is much more than just champagne. Indeed, the estate is also home to the remnants of the Saint Nicaise Abbey, which was built by monks in the 13th century. This takes us back to the religious history of the city of Reims and reminds us that wine making was mainly started by monks in the region. In addition, the Taittinger estate is also home to chalk quarries dating back from the 4th century and the Roman empire. The quarries are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage monument.
Sightseeing of the city of Reims: Grandes Maisons de Champagne, Cathedral…
After the Taittinger champagne tasting, this small group Champagne tour will make a break from drinking and take you for a visit of the city of Reims. Start with the cathedral Notre Dame de Reims, a Gothic jewel listed as a UNESCO World Heritage monument. Admire the beautiful stained glass work and revel at the rich statuary work inside the cathedral. Since the Middle Ages, the Reims cathedral was the place where the French Kings came to be crowned. All but two Kings of France were actually crowned here!
The next place you will see on this champagne tour is the village of Hautvillers, where the Benedicitne monk Dom Pérignon is buried. In the Middle Ages, Dom Pérignon helped finalize the development of a new wine product that would later become champagne. As a tribute, one of the best champagnes in the world is now named after him.
Sightseeing of Avenue de Champagne in Epernay
You will then arrive in the small town of Epernay, also known as the “capital of champagne”. Famous champagne makers such as Möet & Chandon, Perrier-Jouet and Mercier are located here. Our Champagne tour will take you for a visit of the world-famous Möet & Chandon vineyards and cellars. Today, it is still one of the most important champagne brands in the world, and you will have the opportunity to find out why.
Guided tour and tasting at world famous Grande Maison de Champagne Moët & Chandon*
(Visit included: Imperial tour with 2 glasses of Champagne)
Finally, end your this Champagne tour with a stop at the world-famous Moët & Chandon winery, where you will be able to taste different kinds of champagnes. Stroll through the historic cellars where champagne has been ageing for centuries. Moët & Chandon is not new in the game, as it was already loved by Napoléon I and the Marquise de Pompadour, who was the official chief mistress of King Louis XV. Today, the brand is one of the most distributed in the world and is heavily consumed at international events such as the Cannes Film Festival.
* Subject to availability: Taittinger could be replaced by Mumm or Pommery. Moet & Chandon could be replaced by Mercier or De Castellane.
Good to Know
- Maximum 8 persons per tour
- Tour requires minimum 2 passengers (adults) to operate
- Children under 4 years old are not allowed on the tour
- Tour is operated in English
- Tour is not wheelchair accessible
- Prices are per person
- Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour
Very informative and relaxed tour – Our guide was great and gave us ample time to tour and relax. She was very knowledgeable and stayed on time.
Efficient and knowledgeable – Friendly, knowledgeable and efficiently organised. We loved the fact that Alain, our guide, was as excited about visiting the estates as we were. We have used them twice already and will certainly do so again.
Loved every minute of it! – We had a wonderful guide Delphine. She took very good care of us! It was great!
The Ophorus Difference
Contagious Enthusiasm – ‘We had the most terrific guide! Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic’ – Virginia B. (Delaware, US)
Flexibility – ‘The guides really took an interest in what WE wanted to do’ Paul C. (UK)
Area Locals – ‘He was so much more than a driver. He really added local color and local flavor.’ Daniel W. (Georgia, US)
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