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Food & Wine Tours Champagne France

“I only drink Champagne on two occasions, when I am in love and when I am not.” – Coco Chanel

Champagne is one of the most famous wines in the world, and Champagne country is the wonderful destination for wine tours in France, as it is conveniently located. a short ride from Paris. As you will learn on your champagne wine tours, champagne is not champagne if the provenance of the grapes and the fermentation method used are not according to strict rules. You will learn these rules and more during your champagne tastings in Champagne France!

So head to the rolling vineyards and beautiful hamlets of Champagne for a slice of French life and a great glass of bubbly!


Your Champagne Wine Tour

Our fabulous wine tours in Champagne France include multiple visits to Champagne houses and tastings. Highlights of the Champagne wine tour include:

  • Visits of Moët & Chandon, Taittinger, Avenue de Champagne, and Montagne de Reims vineyards
  • Stop at Dom Perignon’s Abbey
  • Semi-private tour of Reims, including the Cathedral and the Grandes Maisons de Champagne
  • One hands-on cooking class

Itinerary

A vineyard on aDay One

  • Arrive in Reims on your own and taxi to your 4*, centrally located hotel, home for your food and wine tour in Champagne, France.
  • Dinner on your own in one of the city’s many fabulous restaurants.
  • Overnight.

Moet and Chandon visited on a wine tour of Champagne

Day Two

  • Meet at 9:15 AM at your hotel and depart for your a tour and tasting at Taittinger, one of the last Grandes Maisons de Champagne to be independent and owned by the grandson of the founder, Pierre Taittinger. Taittinger’s style is characterized by a high proportion of Chardonnay, synonymous with finesse and elegance in the Champagne region. Taittinger vineyards cover 288 hectares and include some of the appellation’s finest. This Grande Maison’s treasure is not only the millions of bottles in the cellars but the remains of the old Benedictine abbey of St Nicaise dating back to the 13th century, and the old chalk quarries dating from the 4th century, which are listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. The tour is followed by a tasting of one glass of Brut Réserve. (You have the option of tasting additional champagnes at the end of the tour.)
  • Next, drive through the streets of Reims to see the other famous champagne houses and glimpse its monuments: la place Royale, the city hall, place du Forum and above all the Cathedral (which you will visit on day 3).
  • Then head through Hautvillers and the Marne Valley on a journey through the vineyards to encounter the legacy of a prestigious figure of the area: Dom Pérignon who finalized the process of making Champagne. He contributed greatly to the fame of Champagne and is now buried in the church of the former Benedictine Abbey of Hautvillers.
  • Arrive in Epernay and enjoy lunch on your own. (Or, if you’d like to add an optional gourmet lunch for $80 per person please inquire.)
  • Your wine tour in Champagne continues after lunch with sightseeing of Avenue de Champagne in Epernay: Epernay is internationally known as the “Capital of Champagne”. Epernay’s stunning main street appears like an exhibition of opulent mansions housing the most illustrious Maisons de Champagne: Moët & Chandon, Perrier-Jouet, Mercier, etc. Not to mention the 110km of tunnels under the pavement!
  • Enjoy a guided tour and tasting at world famous Grande Maison de Champagne Moët & Chandon* (Visit includes: Imperial tour with 2 glasses of Champagne) . Founded in 1743 by Claude Möet it became within 40 years the first international brand in the world. Its history is linked to some famous figures such as The Marquise de Pompadour and Napoleon 1st, and many historical events, such as King Edwards VII’s coronation, the Cannes Film Festival, the 120th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty, etc. The Tour ends with a glass of Moet Impérial.
  • Drop-off around 5:30 PM at your hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and overnight.
  • (Please note: Visits are subject to availability: Taittinger could be replaced by Mumm or Pommery. Moet & Chandon could be replaced by Mercier, Feuillatte or De Castellane.)

The facade of the cathedral of Reims, visited on a culinary tour of Champagne country

Day Three

  • Breakfast at the hotel. Pick up at 8:50 AM at your hotel.
  • Start your day with sightseeing of Reims, known as the city of coronation. You will enjoy the sight of the Reims Grandes Maisons de Champagne: Veuve Cliquot, Taittinger, Pommery, etc., many names that are synonymous with champagne.
  • Guided tour and tasting at world famous Grande Maison de Champagne Veuve Clicquot, founded in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot and his widow Barbe Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin. Take a dip into the heart of this House, its heritage, its savoir-faire. And discover the secrets of the wine-making process of its cuvées. Tour and Champagne tasting of the Brut Yellow Label cuvée. (Please be informed according to availability, Veuve Clicquot could be replaced by Champagne G.H. Mumm.)
  • Guided tour of the Cathedral of Reims, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 13th-century Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral is one of Europe’s most important Gothic structures. You will be captivated by the unique stained glasses and the exceptionally rich statuary – over 2,300 statues, among which the famous “Smiling Angel.” It is here that King Clovis was baptized around AD 498, giving birth to the Kingdom of the Franks and starting a long-lasting tradition: all of the Kings of France, except two, were crowned here!
  • Enjoy a lunch and champagne tasting at a local cellar or Champagne bar, paired with 3 types of champagne (Blanc de blanc, Blanc de noirs, and Rosé).
  • After lunch, head to the Montagne de Reims vineyards and the scenic route du Champagne. It winds its way between plains and vineyards, passing the Grand Cru villages such as Verzy, Verzenay, and Bouzy. Stop at a family vineyard to discover the “terroir” of these champagnes.
  • Return to Reims around 5:00 pm. Evening and dinner at leisure.
  • Overnight.

Pouring champagne on a wine tour of Champagne country

Day Four

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Enjoy a private cooking class this morning at a local cooking atelier. Your instructor is a chef and pastry chef who worked in major hotels and restaurants in England and Canada before returning to his hometown of Reims. In 2016 he opened his culinary workshop and started teaching his guests and new friends about French gastronomy and oenology during hands-on, friendly cooking classes. Learn about seasonal products, chef’s techniques, and local wines during your class and the lunch that follows.
  • After lunch, visit the boutique of the Maison Fossier, a biscuit-maker since 1756. The Maison Fossier has preserved centuries of tradition, including the Biscuit Rose de Reims, one of the city’s most famous products. Enjoy a tasting of the biscuits.
  • Finally, one last champagne tasting at a local champagne bar to end your France wine tour before you head to the Reims station. Au revoir!

Trip Details

Included in Your 3 Day Champagne Tour

Accommodations

3 nights in a 4* hotel in Reims

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 lunches
  • Winery visits and wine tastings

Classes & Instructors

Your hands-on cooking class will be at a cooking atelier run by a chef with years of experience working as both a chef and a pastry chef. Enjoy a relaxed but informative hands-on class preparing an authentic and seasonal French meal.

Excursions

  • Semi-private wine tours in France as per itinerary, including the Moët & Chandon, Taittinger, Avenue de Champagne, and Montagne de Reims vineyards
  • Stop in Hautvillers and Dom Perignon’s Abbey
  • Semi-private tour (max 8 people) of Reims including the Cathedral and the Grandes Maisons de Champagne (entrance fees and tastings included)
  • Private tour day 4 with visit of the Maison Fossier & biscuit tasting

Transfer Details

Transfers are not included, as your hotel is an easy taxi ride from the Reims train station. Alternately, private transfers can be arranged on request.

Accommodation Information

The 4* La Paix hotel is situated in the heart of Reims, a stone’s throw from the Cathedral and the shops. It combines French cultural heritage with modern design in a fluid and light atmosphere. It also has a restaurant, bar, and indoor swimming pool.

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Wine Tours Champagne Pricing & Tour Dates

Check out the pricing and dates for our wine tours in Champagne country below, and contact us for availability or to start planning your trip.



Sample Champagne Tour Pricing:

3-Night Food & Wine Tour Pricing

US$2350 per person based on double occupancy

  • Add US$380 for single occupancy (use of a double room by 1 person)

Pricing based on specific dates requests: please inquire!

30% deposit due to confirm booking.
Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!

Please inquire for 5* upgrades or for discounted pricing for groups of 4 or more.


Champagne Wine Tour Dates

Our wine tours Champagne France are generally available any dates you choose for a minimum of 2 people. Please note tours cannot happen on Sundays, depending on your arrival date, the order of activities for your wine tour in France may be modified.

2022
Sample dates with Sunday arrival follow. Other start dates also available, please inquire.
April 3-6
April 10-13
April 17-20
April 24-27
May 1-4
May 8-11
May 15-18
May 22-25
May 29-June 1
June 5-8
June 12-15
June 19-22
June 26-29
July 3-6
July 10-13
July 17-20
July 24-27
July 31-August 3
August 7-10
August 14-17
August 21-24
August 28-31
September 4-7
September 11-14
September 18-21
September 25-28
October 2-5
October 9-12
October 16-19
October 23-26
October 30-November 2
November 6-9
November 13-16
November 20-23
November 27-30
December 4-7
December 11-14
December 18-21

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