Discover the city of Reims, the wine villages and the vineyards. Meet the producers, and learn about the sparkling wine process. Taste Champagne wines, and enjoy the French cuisine… We are ready to give up the secrets of Champagne!
Only 2 hours distance from Paris, Champagne is a French region where the elegance and the lifestyle are closely linked. Here – and only – the famous Champagne sparkling wine is produced, regulated by very strict charts. Between hills, plains, and forests, you will discover the vineyard which spreads over six territories including La Montagne de Reims. It's this destination you will explore through our full-day tour departing from Paris.
Between 7 and 8:00am : Transfer from your hotel in Paris by luxury car or minibus accommodating up to 7 people. Breakfast aboard (fresh and hot drinks, and croissants).
9:30am : Discovery of Champagne vineyard around Reims. Once in the vineyard, your guide will explain the Champagne soil, the main grape varieties in Champagne, the vines through the seasons from pruning in winter to ripening and harvest in autumn.
Visit to a family-run Champagne wine producer, and tastings in the cellar follows.
12:30am : Lunch in an elegant restaurant in Reims, offering the French traditional cuisine.
2:oopm : Guided walking tour to the cathedral of Reims, a masterpiece of Gothic art, the cradle of Christianity where most of the French Kings were crowned from the baptism of Clovis in 496. The city of Reims which was destroyed by the bombing in World War I, was rebuilt and some historic buildings, including the cathedral and the adjoining Palais du Tau, were saved.
3:30pm : Expert-led visit to a prestigious House of Champagne in Reims, such as Taittinger, Pommery, Mumm, Lanson… You will enter into spectacular maze chalk cellars where millions of bottles age quietly between 8 and 12°C (46-54°F). You will learn about the history of the house, get a first teaching about the double fermentation process, to finish with an introduction to tasting, flavors, and food and wine harmony.
5:00pm : Transfer to Paris by car or minibus. Your driver will leave you at your hotel around 7:30pm.
Lifestyle Vacations Champagne tour is confirmed with 2 people, and it is limited to 7 participants. The tour is guided in English by our wine expert and sommelier who is from the Champagne region.
PROGRAM PRICE: $280 per person
It includes: round-trip transportation by car or minibus from Paris, Lunch in a traditional restaurant in Reims, expert-led visits to a prestigious Maison de Champagne and to a family-run winery, tastings in the wineries, guided tour of Reims cathedral, lunch (wine at extra cost), full-day guided tour in English.
AVAILABILITY: April to October / Monday-Sunday.