FBTD2 - GRANDES MAISONS DE CHAMPAGNE DAY TOUR DAILY – 8H - $297.50 – minimum 2 persons
Available from 01 March to 23 December
Departure from Reims at 09.00
Tour and Champagne tasting at Taittinger* (Visit included: L’Instant Premier with one glass of Champagne)
Taittinger is one of the last Grandes Maisons de Champagne to be independant and owned by the grandson of the founder, Pierre Taittinger. Taittinger's style is characterised by a high proportion of Chardonnay, synonymous with finesse and elegance in the Champagne region.
Taittinger vineyards cover 288 hectares which 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 from the old Benedictine abbey of St Nicaise dating back to the 13th century and the old Romain chalk quarries dating from the 4th century listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. The tour is followed by a tasting of one glass of Brut Réserve.
And there is the possibility for you to try other kinds of Champagnes. You just have to pay for the extra tastings directly on our website or at the end of the tour.
Sightseeing of the city of Reims: Grandes Maisons de Champagne, Cathedral...
We will drive through the streets of Reims to show you famous Champagne Houses, the beautiful city centre and its imposing Cathedral. We will show you places like the Royal Square, the City Hall, the Roman Ruins ans the widest Roman Arch in the world. Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage, 13th century Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral is one of Europe's most important Gothic structures, where most kings of France were crowned.
On the way to Epernay, we take you to the Marne River Valley on a journey through the vineyards to meet a prestigious personality of the area: Dom Pérignon, Champagne Wine's Spiritual Father. He contributed heavily to the fame of Champagne and is now buried in the church of the former Benedictine Abbey, in the countryside village of Hautvillers.
Lunch at your leisure in Epernay
Or optional Champagne tasting and lunch, including 1 glass of Dom Pérignon ! (+ $122.50)
We will introduce you to local specialties which will be paired with different kinds of Champagne!
You will taste 3 glasses, as follows:
While you taste these Champagnes, you will enjoy some regional products such as Ham from Reims and Chaource Cheese, but also some Foie Gras and Smoked Salmon. With this lunch, taste the French terroir and appreciate the legendary Dom Pérignon Champagne!
Sightseeing of Avenue de Champagne in Epernay
Located in the heart of Epernay, the town internationally known as the "Capital of Champagne", its stunning main street displays a 1 kilometre long exhibition of opulent mansions housing some of the most illustrious Maisons de Champagne: Moët & Chandon, Perrier-Jouet, Pol Roger, Mercier, etc. Not to mention the dozens of kilometres under the pavement!
Guided tour and tasting at world famous Grande Maison de Champagne Moët & Chandon* (Visit included: Imperial tour with 2 glasses of Champagne)
Founded in 1743 by Claude Moët, it became within 40 years the first international brand in the world. Its history is linked with some famous figures such as The Marquise de Pompadour and Napoleon 1st, and many historical events among which King Edwards VII’s coronation, Cannes Film Festival, the Golden Globes, the 120th anniversary of the Liberty Statue, etc… You are going to visit the largest cellar in champagne. The House will reveal to you all its secrets. The Tour ends with a glass of Moët Impérial and a glass of Moët Impérial Rosé.
Drop off: 17.20 Reims Centre Train Station forecourt.
*Subject to availability: Taittinger could be replaced by Mumm or Pommery. Moët & Chandon could be replaced by Mercier, Feuillatte or De Castellane.
Transportation in a comfortable full options minivan, semi private English speaking escort guide, entrance fees and tastings at Moët & Chandon and Taittinger, Avenue de Champagne tour, Dom Perignon’s tomb and stop in the vineyards in Hautvillers, sightseeing of Reims' monuments and famous champagne houses.
Personal expenses, hotel pick up $26.25 per person (hotels located in the immediate surroundings of Reims), gratuities, lunch (except as an option described above).