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Champange Day Tours

 

Hautvillers

Hautvillers, was founded in 658 and is known as being the cradle of Champagne. At the age of 28 years old Dom Perignon was appointed cellar master at the Abbey of Hautvillers. He is often attributed with the invention of Champagne, even if there are earlier recorded instances of the production of sparkling wines by the Champagne method. Dom Perignon is the prestige cuvée of the giant Moët et Chandon Champagne house. It is named after the famous monk, who was the most important early influence in the development of Champagne into the sparkling wine we know today. It was not the first Champagne to use his name, as early in the last century small proprietaire-recoltants (farmer-growers) at Hautvillers, employed it for their wine. Unfortunately for them they did not register the name, Dom Perignon, as a trademark.

Reims

Reims played a very important role in French history, as it was the place where the kings of France were crowned. The most famous and cherished of these events was the coronation of Charles VII in the company of Joan of Arc. Thus, the Cathedral of Reims (damaged by the Germans during the First World War but restored since) played the same role in France as Westminster Abbey did in England. It was there that was kept the Holy Ampulla (Sainte Ampoule) containing the Saint Chreme (chrism), which was said to have been brought by a white dove (the Holy Spirit) at the baptism of Clovis in 496, and was used for the anointing, the most important part of the coronation of French kings. Reims is often considered as the capital of the province of Champagne, as it is by far the largest city in the region.

Epernay

Epernay (Sparnacum) belonged to the archbishops of Reims from the 5th to the 10th century, when it came into the possession of the counts of Champagne. It was badly damaged during the Hundred Years War, and was burned by Francis I in 1544. It resisted Henry of Navarre in 1592, and Marshal Biron fell in the attack which preceded its eventual capture. In 1642 it was, along with Chateau-Thierry, named as a duchy and assigned to the Duc de Bouillon.

 

Moet et Chandon

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The Trianon

Welcome to Trianon your entry door to Moët & Chandon's extraordinary History. Jean Remy Moët is said to have built the Trianon and Chandon hôtels from 1805 onwards to host Napoléon and his numerous entourage. Today, the colonnades and marble floors still echo the footsteps of their illustrious guests who succeeded themselves over the centuries..

 

Hike the Vineyards

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Self Guided Walking Tour

The vineyards of the Marne Valley differ from those of the Côte des Blancs, which differ from those of the Montagne de Reims, and yet, they all produce wines of subtlety and delicacy that seduce and enchant. This hike will take you through the vineyards and villages of the Champagne region where you will discover monuments and curiosities, as well as testimonies of a long and glorious past..

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Champagne Vineyards

Day Tours to Champagne

Enjoy a drive to Reims, capital city of the Champagne region, and also the city where most of the Kings of France were crowned. Follwed by a visit of Moet et Chandon in Epernay and the avenue de Champagnes.

Take one of our scheduled or private champagne tours.

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Cellar at Ruinart

Cellar Tours

Scheduled Tours

Visit Reims, capital of Champagne, and city where most Kings of France were crowned. Then Moet et Chandon in Epernay & Avenue de Champagnes.

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From 106€ pp

Coach Tours

Summer Departure : April 1 - Oct 31: 8:00 am Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
Winter Departure : Nov 1 - Mar 31: 8:00 am Friday (except 12/24 + 12/31) + Tuesday (except Jan & Feb)

Duration: 10hrs

Orientation tour of Reims arrow Cellar Visit arrow Visit to Moët & Chandon

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Enjoy a drive to Reims, capital city of the Champagne region, but also the city of coronations where most of the Kings of France were crowned. Enjoy an orientation tour of Reims including a guided visit of the gothic cathedral followed by a guided visit of "Piper Heidsieck" champagne "Caves" where you will embark for a magical visit in small carriages.

Free time for lunch on your own.

In the afternoon we visit Epernay and the prestigious wine cellars of "Moët & Chandon"* and a Champagne tasting.

 

Semi Private Guided Tour

Departures : 7:30 am Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday

Reims Cathedral arrow Visit to Mumm Champagne House arrow Moët & Chandon cellars arrow

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Our minibus will follow the Champagne Route through the heart of champagne country to discover the history and secrets of the mythic drink.

The morning tour begins in the city of Reims, capital of the Champagne region where you will visit the famous Reims Cathedral for guided tour around this gothic masterpiece, where kings of France were crowned.

This is followed by a visit to one of the world-renowned champagne houses – MUMM. Here you will have an explanation of harvesting, processing and bottling followed by a free tasting.

Free time for lunch (not included) and city walks followed by an early afternoon bus journey through Reims Mountain regional park to Epernay. Here there will be a guided tour of the Moet & Chandon cellars with history and insight into the making of this prestigious label. Its quality comes from the skill of its Oeneologists and the experience of cellar masters down the generations. A tasting will be followed by a visit to the shop and discovery of the celebrated Dom Perignon.

Entrance tickets included. Hotel Pick up and drop off included.

 

Horse Drawn Carriage

Vineyard Tours

On this tour you will meet a wine grower, have a traditional French lunch, visit the UNESCO cathedral in Reims and visit a prestigious champagne cellar

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From 148€ pp

Semi Private Guided Tour

Daily Departures from your hotel or apartment

159€ To book this tour use the Inquiry Form above

Highlights of your day include :


- Hot and fresh drinks, croissants, newspapers offered on board.
- 10:30am : Discovery of Champagne vineyard around Reims. Once in the vineyard, the guide will explain the Champagne soil, the three main grape varieties in Champagne, the vines through the seasons from pruning in winter to ripening and harvest in autumn. Followed by a visit and a wine tasting in a small champagne producer.
- 12:30pm : Traditional French lunch in a restaurant in Reims.
- 2pm : Guided tour of the Reims cathedral, a gothic masterpiece where the kings of France used to be crowned.
- 3:30pm : Guided visit of one of the most famous champagne houses in Reims and its underground chalk cellar (Taittinger, Veuve Cliquot, Ruinart.) to discover step by step technical wine making "from grape to champagne" through pressing, first fermentation, blending, bottling, second fermentation, remuage, disgorgement, corking and finally labelling. A glass of champagne will be served at the end of this tour.
- 5pm : Depart Reims.

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Custom Private Tours

We can customize the day according to your desires. With over 19,000 producers you can't visit them all but we can certainly create a nice selection.

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The Grand Tour - Reims and Epernay

Moet Chandon cellar tour and tasting arrow Tasting in Hautvillers and 2 Tastings at small producers in Reims.

We drive east from Paris to the enchanting world of champagne: home of the fabled drink, and over 19,000 producers. We arrive in Epernay where we will do a cellar tour and tasting at the world famous Moet et Chandon on the Avenue de Champagnes.

As an interesting comparison you will then visit Hautvillers a picturesque village and home to Dom Perignon where you will do a tasting of 3 champagnes and a ratafia at a small family producer.

Then lunch and we will be pleased to make recommendations to suit all budgets.

A little more than an 30 minutes north is the site of one of France's great Gothic cathedrals at Reims.

To end the day you will do your final tasting at another large Champagne producer or 2 small producers.

If you wish to change the schedule and visit other houses please let us know your selection and we will check if they offer cellar visits.

 

Secret Champagne - A focus on variety

After an hour on the highway, you will take the picturesque Route du Champagne that winds through the vineyards and crosses the villages where Champagne has been produced for centuries. You will head towards Epernay where you will stop at Moet et Chandon to do a guided visit of the cellars followed by a tasting of their famous cru.

We head over to Hautvillers the village where Dom Perignon elaborated "blending" for a tasting before lunch and a lovely quaint regional restaurant where each dish is served with a different Champagne (optional).

After lunch, your will go further into the heart of Champagne country 2 small producers to taste the difference between champagne produced with different grapes comparied to the morning's visit.

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