It is safe to say that Champagne from Champagne (the only true version of the beverage) is the drink most associated with luxury and success. From Formula One drivers dousing everybody in sight after a victory, to toasting a major milestone in life, there is something inescapably alluring about the name. The province sits in North West France, bordering Belgium and well within day trip distance from Paris.
At roughly two hours from the city centre of Paris, many of the tours to the Champagne wine making region of France last around ten hours. This gives plenty of time to squeeze in a couple of wineries and grab some food before heading back to Paris. Many of the tours are more exclusive, so expect to find private tours more than coach-loads of people here.
FROM: €255/per person
Few tours of the Champagne region cover the drink’s history and origins quite so comprehensively as this excellent full-day trip. Over the course of roughly 11 hours you will travel from Paris, with the experience starting as soon as you’re on the road. With a wine expert as a guide and group numbers capped at eight people, you will visit one of the prestigious Champagne estates, experience the workings of a smaller, family-run winery, and stop for lunch at a local restaurant, complete with appropriate wine pairings, of course. There’ll be plenty of opportunity to sip wine throughout, as well as paying your respects to Dom Pierre Pérignon himself, the French Benedictine monk whose contributions to the region’s wine made him one of the most celebrated vintners of all time.
From €303/ per person
It’s all in the name with this tour. Although the groups are small, they are not private. But this tour is a great option for anybody looking to experience and explore a few proper Champagne wineries while getting the chance to sample plenty of the end product. Visit both the big players in the form of Moët & Chandon as well as a smaller family-run winery at Paul-Etienne Saint-Germain. Dom Caudron, a winemakers’ collective is the final stop, before which there is a three-course meal at a local restaurant. All fees and lunch are included in the price.
From €199/ per person
Touring the House of Moët and Chandon is best with a guide, given that there are over 40 kilometres of cellars belonging to the world’s biggest producer of Champagne. This full-day, small group tour of no more than eight people enlightens guests about the whole production process of the lauded drink, as well as allowing for a couple of glasses of bubbly so that you can make sure that the end product is up to scratch. You will try at least three different types of Champagne in all, as well as visiting a family wine producer in the region as well. Meals are not provided on this trip, but drinks, samples, an English-speaking guide and transportation are all included.