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 180 €/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, a hundred miles East of Paris, with 2 major towns: Epernay and Reims. That’s where you will find the major Champagne Houses.  Both can’t be visited in a single day.  Please choose ONE of the following itineraries.  Price remains the same.  Free pick up at your hotel (within Paris)

  Itinerary 1: Paris – Epernay
  • Pick up at your hotel at 8 am by car or mini van
  • Arrive around 10 am at Epernay
  • Walk along the Avenue de Champagne, the “Champs-Elysées” of Champagne and admire the most prestigious Champagne Houses
  • Visit of the Champagne House, Moet&Chandon*. Visiting Moet is impressive, not only because it is the largest champagne house in the world but also because they own the biggest chalk cellars with 28km labyrinth of caves. Really worth the visit!
  • 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
  • Return to Paris around 7pm (depending on traffic)

Included in the price is the “traditional” group visit of the cellars with 1 glass of Imperial Moêt

** Chateau de Boursault or equivalent.  Small wineries are not always open every day for visits but we always do our best to find the most friendly and interesting wine growers to visit

Optional:

Moêt&Chandon “Grand Imperial” : Visit of the historical cellars followed by a tasting of the remarkable grand vintage and grand   vintage Rosé (15€ extra)
Dom Pérignon  visit and tasting: Enter the magic world of DomP with a PRIVATE visit of the cellars followed by a tasting of DomP vintage in their private salon (115€ extra)
Billecart-Salmon: 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€ 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 3 different cuvées (10€ extra)
Bollinger House: The famous 007 favorite champagne is located in the charming village of Ay (40€ extra)

Itinerary 2: Paris – Reims
  • Pick up at your hotel at 8 am by car or mini van
  • Arrive in Reims around 10 am
  • Visit of Taittinger*, One of the few remaining family owned and operated Champagne houses. The undergrounds are impressive. Parts of the cellars occupy 4th-century Roman stone quarries; other bits were excavated by 13th-century Benedictine monks. If you would like to visit another champagne House, please check the list bellow
  • Stop at the Cathedral of Reims.  The traditional coronation site of the kings of France, is one of the greatest monuments of Gothic art and architecture
  • Leave Reims and drive through the natural park of la Montagne de Reims.  Stop in the little village of Sillery 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 grown vines for generations with passion and the wish of transmission to the next generation. Sabine will share with you the authenticity of the daily life of a small grower in Champagne.  Visit will be followed by a tasting of 3 to 4 different champagnes.
  • Return to Paris around 8pm (depending on the traffic)

* Other tours are available in Reims: Pommery, Mumm, Veuve Cliquot; Included in the price is the “traditional” group visit of the cellars with 1 glass of Champagne. Please let us know about your choice at the time of reservation

** Sabine Godmé or equivalent.  Small wineries are not always available for visits but we always do our best to find the most friendly and interesting wine growers to visit

Optional:

Lanson, cellar visit and tasting (10€ extra)
Ruinart: small group visit of the outstanding old celllars followed by a tasting of 2 glasses of Ruinart with a sommelier (70€ 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)

“On a recent trip to Paris my Mum wanted to visit the champagne district as she enjoys her wine. When researching all the options she came across this tour group “Wine Domini” who we had never seen before but looked promising. Boy am I glad she found this tour guide as it exceeded our expectation. Geraldine our guide was brilliant from the moment she picked us up at our accommodation on time all the way to dropping us off. She provided insightful information as well as being able to convey it in clear concise English about the process of creating champagne, the history of champagne and Reims and many other general conversations topics. What made the tour more special was it was just the three of us and being able to decide our personalised itinerary as to what we wanted to see whilst at reasonable cost. We ended up visiting the Lanson house, Dom Pérignon tomb/abbey, numerous country towns and visiting a family champagne house which was an experience in itself. At the end of it all we were very thankful for Geraldine and the effort she made to make sure we were comfortable whilst giving us an experience we won’t ever forget. You won’t regret it even if you aren’t a wine lover like myself. Thank you very much Geraldine”

Dechlan B
Bendigo, Victoria, (Australia)

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

We had a fabulous day touring the Champagne region with Geraldine. On the front end, Geraldine made correspondence easy and worked with us to design the tour we wanted. Because we were spending 8 days in Paris, we wanted to spend an entire day in the countryside. She suggested doing a champagne tour and visiting two smaller houses and vineyards. Both choices met our expectations and offered us insight into champagne making and grape growing. One house included a museum and tour; the other included a walk through a vineyard and their champagne cellar. Each stop included tastings that demonstrated the subtle differences between champagne makers. The added plus of this tour was driving through the countryside and enjoying the amazing views. We also enjoyed spending time with Geraldine. She is friendly, conversant, and witty. She not only picked us up at our apartment in the 7th arrondissement but also provided safe transportation throughout the entire day. Her familiarity with the champagne area enhanced our tour and her knowledge about so many things, including history and life in France made it an enjoyable learning experience. We highly recommend Geraldine and Wine Domini and have already told friends that they shouldn’t miss taking advantage of the tours and tastings she offers. Thanks Geraldine for a fantastic day!
Vicki (Greenwich, Connecticut), June 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: 245 € / pers
  • 3 people : 215 € / 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
  • 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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