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Reims and Champagne Tasting Full-Day Tour from Paris

1. Reims and Champagne Tasting Full-Day Tour from Paris

Enjoy an exclusive day trip to the city of Reims, and discover where many French kings were crowned before the French Revolution. Transfer from Paris to the historic city in the Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine region of France. Upon arrival, take a guided walk around the city center, and then go to the unique Reims Cathedral. Learn about its place in French history as the traditional coronation place for the kings of France. Marvel at its fine French Gothic architecture, and here about some of the treasures contained within its walls. Next, transfer to the legendary vineyards of the Champagne Province to taste different types of sparkling wine. Then, sit down and take the opportunity to discover local gastronomy. Savor a three-course lunch including a starter, main, and dessert at a local restaurant. You will visit one of the most prestigious wine-growing companies in the region. Learn how Champagne is made, from the pruning of the grape vines, to the grape pressing, blending, and wine storage. See ancient cellars filled with glass containers and valuable contents gathering dust. Taste the wines!

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Palace of Tau Skip-the-Line Ticket

2. Palace of Tau Skip-the-Line Ticket

There was already a palace on the site in antiquity, though at the beginning of the 5th century, Bishop Nicasius lived there. There was also a cathedral dedicated to Our Lady. In memory of the baptism of Clovis in Reims, ca. 496, it became the tradition in the 9th century to crown the kings of France here, a tradition that was carried on until the coronation of Charles X in 1825. The palace was sumptuously decorated. Its T-shaped layout gave it its name, the Palace of Tau. Rebuilt and expanded with a chapel after a fire in 1210, the building was rearranged in flamboyant Gothic style at the end of the 15th century and then, at the end of the 17th century, further work gave it its current classical look. Although it was nationalized during the French Revolution, it was returned to the clergy in 1823. For the coronation of Charles X, it was decorated in Neo-Gothic style. It became State property in 1905 and, after the ravages of World War I, underwent restorations until 1972. The cathedral and the Palace of Tau are on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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Reims City Pass

3. Reims City Pass

Get the keys to the wine-growing region with a Reims City Pass, valid for 1, 2 or 3 days. Choose the pass that suits your schedule, and enjoy free access to the must-see monuments and museums. Travel for free on the public transport system, and get discounts of up to 50% at dozens of other participating attractions and on services such as parking and at restaurants. Take a cellar tour of one of the Champagne houses, look inside the magnificent cathedral where many of the kings of France were crowned and more. 1-Day Pass:  • Free travel on the public transport system • Free entrance to the Palais du Tau • Free open-top minibus tour of Reims • Free entrance to the Saint-Remi Museum • Free guided tour of Reims Cathedral (Notre-Dame de Reims) • Visit to a famous champagne house 2-Day Pass:  • Free travel on the public transport system • Free entrance to the Palais du Tau • Free digital guided tour of Reims • Free entrance to the Saint-Remi Museum • Free entrance to the Musée de la Reddition (Museum of the Surrender) • Free entrance to the Musée des Beaux-Arts (Reims Fine Arts Museum) • Free guided tour of Reims Cathedral (Notre-Dame de Reims) • Guided excursion to the wine-growing area 3-Day Pass: • Free travel on the public transport system • Free entrance to the Palais du Tau • Free open-top minibus tour of Reims • Free entrance to the Saint-Remi Museum • Free guided tour of Reims Cathedral (Notre-Dame de Reims) • Free digital guided tour of Reims • Free entrance to the Musée de la Reddition (Museum of the Surrender) • Free entrance to the Musée des Beaux-Arts (Reims Fine Arts Museum) • Free Art Deco audio tour • Visit to a famous champagne house  • Guided excursion to the wine-growing area

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From Reims: Taittinger Champagne Morning Tour & Tastings

4. From Reims: Taittinger Champagne Morning Tour & Tastings

Start the tour a 9 AM in Reims, where you will be picked up from the meeting point in an air-conditioned minivan. Start the morning by seeing the sights in the fabulous city of Reims. Drive by “Notre Dame de Reims”, one of the first monuments to be registered as a Unesco World Heritage Site. Absorb the historical atmosphere of the city, home of the coronation of more than 25 kings of France. After this, explore the underground cellars of the prestigious Taittinger Champagne House where you will have the opportunity to savor a lovely morning glass of champagne. Take a scenic drive through the northern vineyards of the elegant Montagne de Reims while your guide points out the particularities and peculiarities of the region. Find out why the vines are planted on steep slopes and why the local subsoil is composed of such pure chalk. Continue your bubbly tour when you arrive at a family-run boutique winery. Enjoy a tour of the traditional press and vat room as your guide details the traditional Champagne-making method known as the 'Méthode Champenoise'. Appreciate several tastings of the family's personal production and acquire further knowledge and expertise on the finest sparkling wines. This effervescent tour ends at 1 PM where you will be dropped off back in Reims

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From Reims: Exclusive Tour to Moet et Chandon & Taittinger

5. From Reims: Exclusive Tour to Moet et Chandon & Taittinger

Explore one of the great wine-producing areas of France on a small group tour of the Champagne region. Sample the sparkling produce of this world-renowned area, such as the Champagne Taittinger, one of the last Champagne houses to be owned by the original family.  With varietals consisting of 50% pinot noir, 15% pinot meunier, and 35% chardonnay, the Taittinger vineyard is an unsurpassed example of a Champagne style in which chardonnay plays such a significant role. The vineyards production is supplemented by the contractual acquisition of grapes from independent suppliers operating the finest vineyards in the Champagne region.  En route to Épernay, travel through the Marne Valley vineyards to meet the legendary monk Dom Pérignon who produced the most expensive wines of France in the 17th century and is now buried in the church of the former Benedictine Hautvillers Abbey. Visit Épernay, often referred to as the "Capital of Champagne Wine," where the main street appears like an exhibition of luxurious mansions housing illustrious Maisons de Champagne.  Discover some of the most prestigious names, including Moët & Chandon, Perrier-Jouët, and Pol Roger and learn about the 100 kilometers of tunnels beneath the street. Take a break to enjoy lunch in one of several options in the city center during 1 hour of free time.  Next, take a guided tour and enjoy a tasting at the world famous Maison de Champagne Moët & Chandon. Founded in 1743 by Claude Möet, its history is linked to famous figures such as the Marquise de Pompadour and Napoleon I. Moët & Chandon Champagne has been sold to many important historical events, including the coronation of King Edward VII, the Cannes Film Festival, and the 120th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty.

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From Paris: Small-Group Moët & Chandon Champagne Tour

6. From Paris: Small-Group Moët & Chandon Champagne Tour

The only place in the world that is able to grow and produce Champagne is located just outside Paris. On this full-day (11-hour) excursion you’ll also learn about the history of Champagne master Dom Perignon. Visit the quaint chapel and grave site of Dom Perignon, the father of Champagne and then meet with a local producer to learn about the growing process. Enjoy a fully guided tour at the House of Moët and Chandon, the world’s largest producers of Champagne, or Nicolas Feuillate Champagne if the House of Moet is not available that day. Take a walk through part of their 40 kilometers of cellars. Before heading back to Paris visit the beautiful Cathedral of Reims and have free time to explore inside where all of the French Kings were crowned. During the day you’ll have the opportunity to taste at least 4 different types of Champagne and even pick up some bottles for souvenirs if you’d like. They can accompany you back to Paris in the van.

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Paris: Two Reims Champagne Vineyards with Tastings and Lunch

7. Paris: Two Reims Champagne Vineyards with Tastings and Lunch

Visit the old city of Reims with your local guide on this private day trip from Paris. Explore the vineyards and cellars of two champagne producers. Sample some local champagnes. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a traditional French restaurant. Be greeted by your guide and take a high-speed train to the city of Reims, where a private car will take you into the countryside. Ride through rolling vineyards before stopping to tour two wineries. Learn more about the winemaking process. Breath in the fresh country air and savor a selection of champagnes. Drive to the village of Lude to visit a charming family restaurant. Head back to Reims to stroll through the streets and see the monuments. Admire the large medieval-style cathedral and learn about its rich history. Return to Paris on a high-speed train.

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From Reims: Veuve Clicquot and Grand Cru Tasting with Lunch

8. From Reims: Veuve Clicquot and Grand Cru Tasting with Lunch

This full-day tour begins with a pick-up at 9:00 AM at the forecourt of the Reims-Centre train station (Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday). When you arrive in the Champagne region, you’ll start off with a sightseeing tour of Reims. The city of coronations, Reims is also the city of Champagne, the most celebrated and festive of wines. On the way, hear about Reims, the city where the Kings of France were crowned, and arrive at the Veuve Cliquot Champagne Estate (visit and tasting fees included). Enjoy a guided tour of the grand estate, finishing with an expert-led tasting of Veuve Cliquot Champagne. Pay a visit to the magnificent Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral. Explore inside the UNESCO-listed wonder on a guided tour and admire the 13th-century cathedral, with its striking Gothic architecture and beautiful stained glass windows. After that, take a scenic drive through the vineyards of Montagne de Reims, passing through the Grand Cru villages of Verzenay and Mailly, as your guide explains the Champagne making process. Take a picture at the vineyards and hear about the importance of ‘terroir’ in cultivating the grapes. You will then stop at a Champagne family estate and discover a different side to the prestigious Champagne industry. Savor a 3-course Champagne lunch where you are treated to delicious regional specialties, accompanied by a selection of 3 Champagnes and coffee/tea. After lunch, enjoy a visit to the production site, and discover how Champagne is made. Finish this amazing program with another tasting of 3 Champagne glasses (different ones), one of which may be replaced by a glass of Ratafia (sweet liquor of Champagne brandy with grape juice). On return to Reims, your tour ends back at the train station at 5 PM.

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Reims Champagne Full-Day Tour from Paris

9. Reims Champagne Full-Day Tour from Paris

Taste the famous sparkling wines of the Champagne region and visit the sacred town of Reims, capital of Champagne-Ardenne, on this 11-hour tour from Paris. The Champagne region is famous throughout the world for its sparkling wine, and during the tour you will visit 2 legendary Champagne houses to tour the cellars. Begin with a morning orientation tour of Reims, a major city during Roman times, and at the heart of the French monarchy from the Middle Ages until the French Revolution. Get a guided tour of the Gothic Cathedral, a dedicated UNESCO World Heritage Site and the site of the coronations of almost all French kings. Next, visit the superb cellar of Mumm Champagne (or similar), famous for its Cordon Rouge Champagne. Sample some of the goods as you learn about the delicate Champagne making process. After lunch, tour the picturesque landscape of the Champagne-Ardennes vineyards between Reims and Épernay, one of the most famous communes in the production of Champagne. Visit the wine cellars of Nicolas Feuillatte (or similar). You will, of course, get to sample some of their superb wines.

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From Paris: Prestige Champagne Tour and Tastings

10. From Paris: Prestige Champagne Tour and Tastings

Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Paris, and then journey towards the Champagne wine lands to learn all about its wine-making culture. Visit one of the region's top producers, such as Dom Pérignon or Ruinart, and look inside the cellars to learn how the sparkling wine is made. Drive through the vineyards of Montagne de Reims, Cote des Blancs, and Vallée de la Marne between Reims, Ay and Epernay. Hear about the three different grapes (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier) of the region before lunch at a Michelin star restaurant in a magnificent château located inside a beautiful park. Visit the enchanting village of Hautvillers, and stop at the abbey where the Benedictine monk Dom Perignon worked as a cellar master more than 300 years ago. Be amazed by the tools used to craft exceptional wines and taste three authentic Champagnes typically unavailable in the rest of the world.

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What people are saying about Reims Cathedral of Notre Dame

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 267 reviews

Sebastian, our guide, was amazing! He was very knowledgeable about the region and fun to hang out with during our trip. We were able to see 2 champagne wineries, eat a delicious lunch of local fare, and see/tour the Reims Cathedral. I highly recommend Sebastian and this tour!!

Antoine was an amazing guide. Informative, friendly and 5 stars for navigating the Paris traffic. We ended the day feeling that we understood What makes Champagne - the region and the wine such a treasure.

Victor checked with us in advance, was on time picking us up at our hotel. He shared a lot of information and let us know what to expect during the tour.

A great tour. It was a lot of fun, it was very informative and we could learn a lot. Our tour guide knew her very well. Thanks very much.

It was AMAZING. Exceed my expectations by tons. if you are considering, DONT, JUST BOOK IT BEFORE get sold out.