Summary of The Day: Discover the famous region of Champagne, birthplace of the drink of kings, on a fantastic day trip from Paris to Champagne. Relax and escape the bustle of the city for a fully guided tour aboard our air-conditioned coach as we travel into the heart of French luxury.
Let the excitement flow through as your guide’s regales you of the grand history of the Champagne region - their passion for the Champagne region leaves them eager to share their extensive knowledge - before you arrive at your first top on the tour: the quaint town of Epernay. A charming hamlet plays host to the Avenue de Champagne, famously known as the most expensive avenue in the world thanks to the hordes of champagne stowed in the chalk cellars that stretch for miles underneath it. Here we'll descend into these underground tunnels and explore them for yourself as you visit the esteemed champagne house of Mercier, known for being the number one selling champagne in France. Our guide will show how these cellars were considered revolutionary at the time of their construction and learn about their architect - the visionary founder of this house.
After stepping back into the daylight, we'll have free time to explore this charming enclave. Take a walk down this luxurious avenue, passing by stunning mansions, or sample some of the traditional local cuisine. Feel free to ask your guide for any tailored recommendations on how best to enjoy this lap of luxury.
Then, we'll settle back into our comfortable coach and continue our journey along the Route de Champagne, following a winding tour through the rolling vineyards to your next destination, Hautvillers. The birthplace of Champagne, this lovely village shoulders a rich history within the region, in part due to the Benedictine Abbey, who's cellar master was the monk Dom Perignon, who's research improved the quality of wine throughout Champagne.
We'll take a walking tour through the village, uncovering the history of this beautiful region, including the myths and tales of Dom Perignon. While Perignon’s tomb in the local church is a monument to his legacy, Hautvillers also has a fascinating way of recognizing the talents of its other inhabitants - beautiful forged iron signs decorate the faces of shops and houses, revealing the trade of those who dwell within.
After exploring two of the most iconic Champagne villages in France, we'll enter a family-run boutique estate who's legacy extends for generations. Join us as a local expert teaches you every detail of the champagne-making process. Stroll through the vineyard, learning everything from planting to the harvest, before visiting the pressoir where these carefully cultivated fruits are pressed, and where the estate’s award-winning champagne is delicately assembled.
Our tour will lead us through their candle-lit cellars, revealing trade secrets on how best to mature and store champagne, before allowing us a peek at their incredible collection of rare vintages. This estate has long been home to the very finest of champagnes - you will be thrilled to come across the stunning private chateau of Veuve Clicquot on your tour of these grounds.
A long day of touring and exploring will surely work up a thirst, and we'll end the day with a tasting of 3 of the estate's champagnes. Relax on the beautiful terrace overseeing the vineyards stretching before you as you enjoy a much earned toast. With your palate honed and possibly with stars dancing in your mouth, board your private coach back to Paris and ordinary life, happy in the knowledge that you have experienced a drop of paradise.
|USD $161.93||USD $151.07|
* Adult: 15 and older|
* Child: 4-14 years of age
* Participation is free for children under the age of 4.
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