Champagne Private Tour – From Paris

Discover the essence of Champagne with its beautiful countryside in 1 day

Duration

1 day

Group

Min. 2 / Max. 7 pers.

Departure

Pick up in Paris

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Tasting

Min. 5

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Language

French or English

Transport

Car or Minivan

+33 610 23 56 34

geraldine@winedomini.com

for more information

From 160 €/person

Geraldine, our bilingual guide grew up in Champagne and is a wine expert

She has been conducting wine tasting and wine trips for the past 15 years.
She is a knowledgable and friendly guide who will guide and assist you during the whole trip.

Géraldine is CEO of Wine Domini, WSET, CWS, DTO Institute of Oenology – Burgundy

ITINERARY – Champagne Private Tour from Paris – 1 day

Champagne is a vast area, located a hundred miles east of Paris. The 2 major towns in Champagne are Epernay and Reims where you will find the most famous Champagne Houses. See the Epernay and Reims itinerary options bellow. The day tour includes 1 destination, Epernay or Reims.  Unfortunately, both cannot  be visited in a single day.  Price remains the same for both itineraries, including pick-up and drop-off at your hotel (within Paris).

Itinerary 1 : Paris - Epernay

 

  • 8:AM   Pick up in a private vehicle at your hotel within Paris
  • 10:AM Arrival in Epernay
  • Walk along the Avenue de Champagne, the “Champs-Elysées” of Champagne and admire the most prestigious Champagne Houses
  • Visit of the Moet&Chandon Champagne House. Enjoy learning about the largest champagne house in the world, take a walk through the biggest chalk cellar in the region and enjoy a glass of Imperial Moêt. Visiting Moêt is impressive not only because it is the largest Champagne House in the world , but also because they own the biggest chalk cellars with a 28km labyrinth of caves. The price includes a traditional group visit of the cellars with 1 glass of Imperial Moêt
  • Enjoy the scenic road through the Champagne vineyards from village to village (Ay, Cramant, Avize…)
  • Lunch at Hautvillers, a charming village with a small Abbey where Dom Perignon is buried.The famous Benedictine monk who lived in the 18th century improved the champagne method and gave his name to the most expensive cuvée of Moêt&Chandon
  • Arrive in a charming and authentic family-run estate, Château de Boursault. Chateau de Boursault was once the residence of Veuve Cliquot. Feel the intimacy of a private chateau run by a passionate family for generations. Start the visit in the vineyards, in front of the Renaissance chateau, tour around the traditional vat room and cellar before tasting the family champagnes on the terrasse overlooking he vineyards
    Chateau de Boursault or equivalent.  Small wineries are not always open for visits. In the event Chateau de Boursault is closed, a visit to a comparable house will be arranged 
  • 7:00 PM Return to Paris (depending on traffic)

Optional extras

Some Champagne Houses are more expensive to visit than others, you can choose one of the following options instead of the traditional tour

Moêt&Chandon “Grand Imperial” option: Includes the visit of the historical cellars followed by an enhanced tasting of the grand vintage and grand   vintage Rosé (15€/pers extra)
Dom Pérignon  visit and tasting: Enter the magical world of DomP with a PRIVATE visit of the cellars followed by a tasting of DomP vintage in their private salon (115€/pers extra)
Billecart-Salmon: visit a magnificent family-run champagne house located in the village of Mareuil-Sur-Ay. Small group visit of their cellars followed by a tasting of 3 different cuvées (25€/pers extra)
Ayala Champagne: part of the Bollinger group, champagne Ayala has just opened to public. Small group visit of the cellars followed by a tasting of 4 different cuvées (10€/pers extra)
 

Itinerary 2 : Paris - Reims

 

  • 8:AM pick up in a private vehicle at your hotel in Paris
  • 10:AM Arrival in Reims
  • Taittinger  visit,  one of the few remaining family owned and operated Champagne houses. Tour the impressive cellars, parts occupy 4th-century Roman stone quarries; other bits were excavated by 13th century Benedictine monks.
    Note: Pommery, Mumm and Veuve Cliquot are options in lieu of Taittinger. The price includes a traditional group visit with 1 glass of champagne
  • Explore the Cathedral of Reims, the traditional coronation site of the kings of France and one of the greatest monuments of Gothic art and architecture
  • Take a scenic drive through  la Montagne de Reims park to the small little village of Sillery where you will stop for lunch.
  • Scenic drive through the vineyards and the traditional villages of Verzenay and Verzy. Admire the lighthouse that overlooks the vineyards
  • Visit and tasting at Champagne Sabine Godmé*, a family-run estate.  Sabine Godmé is  located in the village of Verzy.  The family has passionately grown vines for generations.  Sabine will take you through a day in the life of a small grower in Champagne. The visit will be followed by a tasting of 3 to 4 different champagnes.
    Sabine Godmé or equivalent.  Small wineries are not always available for visits but an equivalent house will welcome you in the event Sabine Godmé is closed
    7:00 PM return to Paris (depending on the traffic)

Optional Extras

Some Champagne Houses are more expensive to visit than others, you can choose one of the following options instead of the traditional tour

Veuve Cliquot: « On the footsteps of Madame Cliquot » A portrait full of finesse of ‘‘la grande dame de la Champagne’’ and the discovery of the cuvée created in her honour. The tour includes a tasting of the Brut Yellow Label cuvée and the prestige cuvée La Grande Dame (30€/pers extra)
Ruinart: A small group visit of the outstanding old cellars followed by a sommelier led tasting  of 2 glasses of Ruinart, Parisian’s favorite champagne  (70€/pers extra)
Lanson: cellar visit and tasting (10€/pers extra)

“The Champagne tour that did not feel like a tour!”
Google Traduction

We had a great day with Geraldine visiting the Champagne region! The trip consisted of tours of two Champagne houses, one large and one independent. The tours included tasting and the opportunity to buy our favorites. We had lunch at a quaint local village restaurant that included, of course, Champagne tasting! Geraldine arranged all of the trip details, picked us up at our apartment in Paris and drove us to the tours. Geraldine was an excellent guide. She was very knowledgeable of Champagnes, French wines and wines in general. Geraldine’s English is perfect and having spent many years in America related very well to us and our questions. The trip felt more like a day out with a friend than a tour! We will definitely makes of Geraldine’s expertise if we visit again and would highly recommend her to anyone wanting to experience the Champagne region!

Fran Capps (Texas)

Geraldine was incredible. She was incredibly responsive and professional coordinating the tour of Champagne upfront and completely delivered on knowledge and efficiency on the back end. My wife and I had a blast touring a “small” vineyard and a large house. Geraldine was nice enough to entetain our 1.5 year old daughter while we were able to sip a little Champagne. She’s truly a full service shop. Next time I am back in France she is the first person I’m going to contact for another tour.
Bryan S – Los Angeles
Bryan S (Los Angeles) May 8, 2018

Prices & Departure dates

All year long

From 160 € (*)
  • Day trip from Paris – From 2 to 7 participants – Pick up at your hotel

* Price  depends on the number of participants in your group (private trip, you won’t be mixed with other people)

  • 2 people min: 225 € / pers
  • 3 people : 195 € / pers
  • 4 to 5 people: 180 € / pers
  • 6 to 7 people: 160 € / pers

Includes:

  • Transportation by car or minibus
  • Pick up and drop off at your hotel
  • Visits to all champagne houses + Tastings
  • Full-time bilingual Wine expert guide

Excludes: 

  • Lunch is not included (about 20€ extra)
  • Personal expenses

Paiement:

30% at the time of reservation

Cancellation Policy:

There will be a 30% fee incurred if a confirmed tour is cancelled more than 7 days before the actual tour date and a 50% fee if cancelled between 3 to 7 days. For cancellations made within 3 days, no refund will be provided.

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