This morning, you will discover the city of Reims. Your visit to Reims will focus in the centre and around the cathedral and other major monuments, and the main squares: the Place Royale, with a statue of Louis XV, and the Place Cardinal-Luçon, with an equestrian statue of Joan of Arc. Rich of traditions and centuries-old know-how, Reims has also become a modern and lively regional capital thanks to its location, at the crossroad of several European routes, its economy and its first-rate teaching and research Centre.
Reims is most famous for its Cathedral (1211-1480), which is one of the finest examples of the 'French Gothic' architecture style. Reims was evangelized around the third century AD and a Christian basilica was first constructed here around the year 400, consecrated to the Virgin by the Bisho p Nicasius. It was in this church that St. Nicasius was martyred, when the city was taken by the Vandals.
In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour and tasting at world famous Grande Maison de Champagne Moët & Chandon (Vintage Tour).
Founded in 1743 by Claude Möet it becomes within 40 year the first international brand in the world. Its history is linked to some famous figures such as The Marquise de Pompadour and Napoleon 1st. This Champagne is also sold to many important historical events among which King Edwards VII’s coronation, Cannes Film Festival, the 120th anniversary of the Liberty Statue, etc…It is probably nowadays the most famous Champagne brand around the world.