This morning your private guide will meet you at your hotel in Paris (8/8:30am) & you will depart for a full day tour of the Champagne region.
Champagne is the name of the infamous sparkling wine, but is also the name of the region where this wine is produced, located approximately 2 hours from Paris.
You will start the day with a tour of the town of Reims, the capital of the Champagne region. You will discover the 800 year old Gothic cathedral, Notre Dame de Reims, where all but 2 of the French kings were crowned.
Reims is also the home to the Champagne houses which have been established in the town for decades & whose cellars hold some of the most prestigious Champagnes in the world. We will arrange a tour & tasting at one of the major Maisons de Champagne such as Ruinart, Pommery, Veuve Cliquot or Mumm (please let us know if you have a preference).
After lunch at a local brasserie, you will leave the town of Reims & drive through the Montagne de Reims – some of the finest French vineyards.
We will make a stop in the charming village of Hautvillers, known around the world thanks to the Benedictine monk Dom Perignon who is buried in the village. You will discover the narrow streets & alleys lined with colorful wrought irons signs revealing the activities taking place behind the doors of the village houses & buildings, as well as the breathtaking panorama over the surrounding vineyards.
We will then take you for a tour & tasting at one of the numerous smaller producers in the area. You will discover firsthand the techniques of Champagne making before enjoying a tasting.
Back to your hotel in Paris at the end of the day.