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: €145/per person
During the course of ten hours on this guided tour you will get a chance to explore some of the most famous Champagne houses of France. Between Reims and Epernay, customise your own trip, with Mumm, Veuve Clicquot, Moët & Chandon, and if booked in advance, Dom Perignon on the list of places to visit. This tour may seem much cheaper and that’s because lunch, entrance and tasting fees are not included. There is also the option to choose to visit Reims Cathedral and the burial place of Dom Perignon if so desired.
From €299/ 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 €265/ per person
For history buffs there is a great combined trip that takes in Reims. Its UNESCO-listed old town is renowned as the place where many of the French monarchs were crowned. The tour then moves into more rural climes to visit a winery to experience the wine-making process. All of the exertion is rewarded at the end with a multi-course meal, typical of this region of France, and paired with four separate Champagne tastings to boot.