Champagne Private Day 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 Day Tour – From Paris

 

Make your journey to Paris unforgettable, treating yourself with a sparkling day in Champagne.

  • Pick up and drop off at your hôtel within Paris
  • 100% private
  • With a bilingual guide.  Geraldine was born and grew up in Champagne in a family of growers.  She is an experimented and knowledgeable teacher
  • 2 to 3 winery visits (1 major Champagne house + 1 or 2 family estates)
  • 4 to 7 tastings

As the Champagne region is vast, we offer 2 itineraries.  Each of them includes a visit in a major Champagne House and a small boutique champagne winery for an authentic experience.  All visits include a tour of the cellars followed by a wine tasting.  Upon request, a 3rd winery can be added.

Please choose ONE of the following itineraries.  Price remains the same.  

 

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 (traditional tour). 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

 

  • Extra tasting (20€ extra for 3 to 4 different champagnes) to a 3rd top-notch Champagne House 
  • Moêt&Chandon Imperial (15€ extra): Visit of the  historical cellars where the effervescence is created in the bottles followed by the tasting of two champagnes. The iconic Moët Impérial and delightfully seductive Moët Rosé Impérial
  • Moêt & Chandon grand vintage (25€ extra): Visit of the historical cellars followed by an initiation to the world of Grand Vintage. The Grand Vintage and the Grand Vintage Rosé convey the cellar master’s unique signature blend of the years’s most remarkable wines
  • Dom Perignon Tour  (120€ extra): Private cellar visit and single tasting at Dom Perignon.  Benedictine monk Pierre Perignon dedicated his life to creating a perfect wine, which would be able to compete with the country’s finest wines.
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

 

  • Extra tasting (20€ extra for 3 to 4 different champagnes) to a 3rd top-notch Champagne House 
  • 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 (40€/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)

“Fabulous trip to Champagne”

We just spent a wonderful day with Geraldine touring the Champagne region. Geraldine’s service is above and beyond 5 stars, I contacted her several months prior to our holiday as i was trying to arrange something special for my wife’s 40th birthday. Despite many champagne houses being closed during winter Geraldine still managed to put together a bunch of different options for me to chose from. It was great communication from the outset.

The day was fantastic, picked up directly from our apartment we had a lovely chat on the drive out there learning a lot about the region, champagne method as well as just daily life in Paris. The champagne houses were great, Geraldine even looked after our 7 and 4 year old so we my wife and i could do some tastings without distraction. Lunch in a cute french village was another highlight.

All in all this was a great tour, i would highly recommend contacting Geraldine to arrange your bespoke champagne day trip.

Bradley – Adelaide – June 2018

 

Perfect day trip to Champagne A highlight of our vacation!
 

This was truly a 5 star experience. Geraldine went out of her way to make us feel like her guests rather than her clients. Her knowledge of the history and tradition of the region extends beyond the vineyards and brings a wonderful sense of warmth to the tour. Our visit to Ayala was fantastic. A perfect day!

Timothy – New York – May 2018

 

 

 
I loved the deep knowledge Geraldine had of the champagne process and the insider connections she had with the local manufacturers and growers. I have been to Napa / Sonoma many times and this was unlike any of those trips, it was definitely an experience I will remember.
 
Elle Mueller – Chicago – May 2019

Prices & Departure dates

 

* Price  depends on the number of participants in your group (private tour only)

  • 2 people min: 235 € / pers
  • 3 people : 205 € / pers
  • 4 to 5 people: 195 € / pers
  • 6 to 7 people: 180 € / 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

Optional return by train:

If you wish to avoid the traffic on our way back to Paris (about 2h1/2), you have the option of returning to Paris on the train. The journey from Reims to Paris is 45mn or Epernay to Paris is 1h15mn.   Arrival: Gare de l’Est;  Ticket cost: 50€/person

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.