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

1. 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: Veuve Clicquot & Family Winery Group Full-Day Tour

2. Reims: Veuve Clicquot & Family Winery Group Full-Day Tour

Meet your personnal and friendly guide, hop-on the minivan and start the day with a sightseeing of Reims "city of coronations". Drive by “Notre dame de Reims”, one of the first monuments to be registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Absorb the historical atmosphere of the city, home of the coronation of more than 25 kings of France, and later tragic heart of the two world wars. During your drive, pass by famous Champagne Houses such as Pommery and Taittinger.  Enjoy a full tour of the prestigious Champagne House “Veuve Clicquot” as an introduction to the Champagne making process. You will get to enter the UNESCO chalk cellars that are amazingly deep and long. Savor a nice morning Champagne glass and prepare your palate for 10 Champagne wines tasted during the day! Drive through the Champagne vineyards and have a stop among the vines to enjoy explanations about the vine-growing process and also a wonderful scenery view of the Champagne region. Be welcomed in a restored Champagne house and take one more step towards the sparkling beverage world. Learn about the different aromas and flavors that can be found in Champagne through an olfactory workshop and a challenging blind tasting. Enjoy a traditional aperitif followed by a regional lunch with paired wines and Champagnes in a fun and familial atmosphere. Get introduced to local products like baguette, Reims’ ham, Paté en croute, regional cheeses, pink biscuit, Ratafia and more. Appreciate the charming hillsides of Champagne and peek-behind-the-scenes 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 best–seller “cuvees” and find the best values of Champagne! Your Champagne journey ends as your guide drives you back to the city of Reims to conclude your Champagne tour.

From Reims: Vranken Pommery and Grand Cru Tasting with Lunch

3. From Reims: Vranken Pommery and Grand Cru Tasting with Lunch

This full-day tour begins with a pick-up at 9:00 AM at the forecourt of the Reims-Centre train station (Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday). When you arrive in the Champagne region, you’ll start with a sightseeing tour of Reims. The city of coronations, Reims, is also the city of Champagne, the most celebrated and festive of wines.  On the way, hear about Reims, the city where the Kings of France were crowned, and arrive at the Vranken Pommery Champagne Estate (visit and tasting fees included). Enjoy a tour of the grand estate, finishing with a tasting of Vranken Pommery Champagne. Pay a visit to the magnificent Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral. Explore inside the UNESCO-listed wonder on a guided tour and admire the 13th-century cathedral, with its striking Gothic architecture and beautiful stained glass windows. After that, take a scenic drive through the vineyards of Montagne de Reims, passing through the Grand Cru villages of Verzenay and Mailly, as your guide explains the Champagne-making process. Take a picture at the vineyards and hear about the importance of ‘terroir’ in cultivating grapes. You will then stop at a Champagne family estate and discover a different side of the prestigious Champagne industry. Savor a 3-course Champagne lunch where you are treated to delicious regional specialties, accompanied by a selection of 3 Champagnes and coffee/tea. After lunch, enjoy a visit to the production site, and discover how Champagne is made. Finish this fantastic program with another tasting of 3 Champagne glasses (different ones), one of which may be replaced by a glass of Ratafia (sweet liquor of Champagne brandy with grape juice). On return to Reims, your tour ends back at the train station at 5 PM.

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What people are saying about Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Visitors Center

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 125 reviews

Jean-Baptiste was a fantastic guide. Along the trip he educated us on various points of interest not only regarding Champagne but Paris as well as numerous suggestions for our road trip after Paris. He was kind and engaging; he supplemented the champagne guides with additional facts and asked us all questions about our thoughts on the various drinks. He brought us to a stunning view of the small town below where we popped another bottle of a rose. The experience is worth it and provides you with new knowledge and history of Champagne!

We did the Champagne tour with Bertrand and it was excellent. The only negative thing I can say is that they were unable to accommodate picking us up at our Airbnb as we were staying in the 16th arr. Bertrand was lovely, informative and fun though and we had a great day! I especially loved it because now I have my husband drinking champagne, which I love!! Lol.

This was my favorite thing I did while in France! The guide (Emeline) was knowledgeable, fun, and kind. It was so nice to be able to see a bigger Champagne house, as well as two smaller ones. If you are going to Paris, DO THIS TOUR! Thank you so much for an amazing memory as well as so much new knowledge about the champagne making process. Cheers!

We had an amazing experience on our tour with John-Baptiste! He was truly an amazing guide and provided us with so much information about the champagne, the whole Region, and paris itself! Would definitely recommend this tour and this tour guide. It was an amazing experience!

Our guide was amazing, our driver was silent but mighty (great driver) we enjoyed it so much and would recommend this to our friends. Great value!