Transportation. Registered Guide, Entrance Fees, Wine Tour and Tastings, Available from March 2nd to December 23rd
Pick-up is at 09:30 AM at the Reims Centre Train Station forecourt.
Tour and Champagne tasting at Taittinger* (Visit includes: L’Instant Premier with one glass of Champagne).
Taittinger is one of the last Grandes Maisons de Champagne to be independently owned by the grandson of the founder, Pierre Taittinger. Taittinger's style is characterised by a high proportion of Chardonnay, synonymous with finesse and elegance in the Champagne region.
Taittinger vineyards cover 288 hectares (712 acres) which include some of the appellation's finest slopes. This Grande Maison's treasure is not only the millions of bottles in the cellars below but the remains from the old benedictine abbey of St Nicaise dating back to the 13th Century and the old Roman-era chalk quarries dating further back to the 4th Century AD. The location is listed and protected as a Unesco World Heritage Site. (You'll soon see why!)
The tour is followed by a lively tasting of a glass of their delicious Brut Réserve.
An option exists to taste their other great Champagnes; you simply pay for extra tastings directly on our website or at their Welcome Desk upon arrival. Your Guide will assist if needed.
Sightseeing of the city of Reims: Grandes Maisons de Champagne, Cathedral...
We'll drive through the bustling streets of Reims to show you some famous Champagne Houses, the beautiful City Center and its imposing Cathedral, and point out places like the Royal Square, the majestic City Hall, Roman Oratory Ruins and THE widest standing Roman Arch in the world! On the Unesco World Heritage List, the 13th-Century Notre-Dame de Reims is one of Europe's most important Gothic structures - and is where most of the Kings of France were coronated through the ages.
On the way to Epernay, we take you to the Marne River Valley, we'll pause in picture-perfect vineyards then go meet a prestigious personality of the area: Dom Pérignon, Champagne Wine's Spiritual Father. He contributed heavily to the fame of Champagne and is now buried in the church of the former Benedictine Abbey, in the charming hillside village of Hautvillers. We'll pay our respects there before heading down the meticulously manicured slopes into Epernay for lunch.
Lunch at your leisure in Epernay.
Or the optional Champagne Tasting and Lunch, (which will include a glass of Dom Pérignon...+70 €, all inclusive).
We will introduce you to local specialties which will be paired with different types of Champagne.
You will taste 3 glasses, as follows:
- 1 glass of the world famous Dom Pérignon Champagne
- 1 glass of Blanc de Blancs or 1 glass of Blanc de Noirs
- 1 glass of Champagne Rosé or 1 glass of Riceys rosé wine (an exceptional product as it is produced in very small quantities)
During this special Champagne tasting you'll be treated to some authentic regional products such as the Chaource Cheese and Jambon de Reims (a local ham delicacy you must come to know), as well as some Foie Gras and Smoked Salmon. Get a deeper taste of the French terroir and appreciate the legendary Dom Pérignon Champagne !
Sightseeing of Avenue de Champagne in Epernay.
Located in the beating heart of Epernay, the town internationally known as the "Capital of Champagne", its stunning main street features a half-mile long exhibition of opulent mansions housing some of the most illustrious "Maisons de Champagne": Moët & Chandon, Perrier-Jouet, Pol Roger, Mercier, etc. Not to mention the miles and miles of naturally climate-controlled champagne production and storage tunnels deep below the pavement!
Guided tour and tasting at world famous Grande Maison de Champagne Moët & Chandon* (Visit includes: the Imperial Tour with 2 glasses of Champagne).
Founded in 1743 by Claude Moët, within fourty years it became the first international brand in the world. Its history is linked with famous figures as The Marquise de Pompadour and Napoleon the 1st, as well as many historical events such as King Edwards the 7th’s coronation, the Cannes Film Festival, the Golden Globes, the 120th Anniversary of the Statue of Liberty and more!
Here you will be in the largest champagne cellar in existence. The House will open its secrets to you and as the Tour ends you'll be invited to taste a glass of Moët's Impérial and a glass of Moët Impérial Rosé in a refined Tasting Room. Happy and full of heady knowledge, you'll be gently whisked back to Reims for your next destination.
Drop-off is at approximately 5:30 PM at the Reims Central Train Station forecourt (may change according to the traffic).
*All subject to availability, the Taittinger Tour may be substituted by a House Tour at Mumm or Pommery, Moët & Chandon by Mercier, Feuillatte or De Castellane. In this unlikely event, a sensorially pleasing, informative adventure is guaranteed as each house takes great pride in their unique history and fine champagnes.
English being the most common language of our customers, tours in the Grandes Maisons de Champagne follow suit.
This tour includes
- Transportation in a comfortably appointed minivan
- An English-speaking Guide
- Entry tickets and tastings at Moët & Chandon and Taittinger
- The Avenue de Champagne sightseeing in Epernay
- Dom Perignon’s tomb, a stop in the middle of the Hautvillers vineyards
- Sightseeing of Reims' monuments and some of its famous Champagne Houses.
This tour does not include
- Personal expenses
- Other meals and drinks
- Guide appreciation gratuity, or lunch (except as an option described above).
Optional hotel pick-up is available at 15.00 € per person (and only for hotels located in the core of Reims).
Reims being only 60 minutes away from Paris by TGV, here is our train time table recommendation : to be advised shortly.