September 23rd, 2014 - by Pei Yeng
If visiting Paris for a few days, you shouldn’t miss the world famous Champagne-producing region that lies only 160km (100 miles) away.
Everybody knows the historical, romantic and cosmopolitan side of Paris, but very less people take time to discover its surrounding Champagne region and quaint vineyards. Right at the outskirts of Paris, one can visit impressive underground chalk cellars, meet wine makers to understand the Champagne-making processes, and discover different types of locally produced Champagne.
As a tour operator based in Paris, we offer day tours to the Champagne region with convenient hotel pick up and drop off within Paris metro. Our private Champagne tours are available in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and French language. Our private wine tours are catered for a maximum of 6 people, but more guests can be accommodated via special request.
You and your party will be the exclusive protagonists of our tours. We’ll make sure that your trip will be both great fun and leisure, without you having to worry about driving in a foreign country and planning your itinerary. By taking our tour, you’ll have more flexibility and freedom during your visit as we can adapt the pace and activities according to your interest.
I, Peggy, holder of a Master degree in Wine Studies at Burgundy, will take care of the selection of the wineries based on your preferences. Also, I will choose a nice restaurant for your lunch, and take you through the most scenic country roads I know. Also, as a passionate wine professional, during our day together I’ll share all my knowledge about the Champagne we both love.
You can either choose one of our suggested itineraries, or you can customize the tour according to your preferences.
Here are some of our suggested itineraries:
Authentic Champagne Tour
We’ll visit two small Champagne producers operating with different producing styles and one well-known Champagne house. Depending on your choice of Champagne house, we may have time to visit the resting place of Dom Perignon, or Reims’ Cathedral. Please see this itinerary’s example here.
This private wine tour feels more authentic because you will observe a more traditional way of making Champagne, and you will be able to ask questions directly to the wine makers. Another perk is the visit to one of the bigger Champagne houses – such as Veuve Clicquot, Taitinger, Pommery, Ruinart, Billecart Salmon, Mercier, Moët, Dom Perignon, and Mumm (upon availability) – , because their cellars are really impressive. At the end of the tour, you’ll be able to compare the luxury brands of Champagne against the taste of artisanally produced Champagne.
Champagne and Local Savoir-Faire Tour
We’ll visit one small producer, one bigger Champagne house and one local artisan of your choice amongst cooperage/snail farm/foie gras farm/cheese factory.
* Please Note that Snail farm is not available from October to mid March.
Champagne Cellar Tour
We’ll visit two well-known Champagne houses with different style of cellars in Reims and in Epernay, and one smaller producer.
Champagne Hot Air Balloon 2 Days Tour
Flying in a hot air balloon over the Champagne region is a fabulous experience and a highlight of any trip to France. We’ll prepare the hot air balloon together by unfolding it, inflating it with hot air and, of course, we’ll jump in before it takes off!
Your hot air balloon ride will start near Reims at sunrise or sunset. You’ll be able to get a unique bird’s eye view of the beautiful countryside, vineyards, farmlands and forest. After landing, we’ll celebrate this magical experience with a glass of Champagne while watching the sunrise or sunset.
You can further customize your itinerary with different activities listed in the tours above.
This tour includes an overnight stay in the Champagne region, because flying at sunrise requires an early start (around 6 a.m.), while the sunset trip ends too late to return to Paris (about 10/10.30 p.m.). Please also note that, since the hot air balloon tour depend largely on the weather, it might be canceled in case of averse conditions. An overnight on site gives you at least two chances to successfully take off.
We’ll suggest the accommodation based on your preferred style and your budget. Champagne producers run cozy and comfortable bed and breakfast operations nearby. Staying in a Champagne-producing small village is a unique experience.
* Please Note that Hot air balloon rides are not available from November to March
Some Customer Comments on Our private Tours
“Peggy and Aurelien did an amazing job creating a memorable day for us in Champagne. We have 2 young kids with us so they made an extra efforts to include some items of interest which were kid friendly. Both Aurelien and Peggy were knowledgeable about the area and were very easy to talk to. They have a working relationship with some smaller boutique wineries so you can have an opportunity to get a close look at the wine making process with a family owned property. There are plenty of big corporate wineries in Champagne so its nice to visit with a smaller wine maker. Their vehicle was very comfortable and they kept the day full of activities. Thanks again for a wonderful time in Champagne.” – Darius J, August 2015
“I found Peggy through a Google search on Champagne tours from Paris, and I am so glad we selected this tour. From start to finish, my communication with Peggy was effortless – she responded to my queries promptly and thoroughly. We were a party of 10, and Peggy and her husband Aurelien did a wonderful job to accommodate our larger group. They are both knowledgeable, friendly and thoughtful, going out of their way to ensure we had a memorable experience. While it was interesting to also see Moet & Chandon, we particularly loved the first two smaller wineries we visited, where tastings were plentiful and the owners were delightful, and we even got to experience sabrage. We enjoyed a 3-course meal at Le Caveau in between wineries, and Peggy and Aurelien also made sure we had fantastic photo opportunities in the vineyards, where they graciously took many pictures while we posed our large group. The day concluded with a fun game in a tranquil park setting, during which we tried to identify various wine scents and smells. Altogether a unique and awesome day…..a highlight of our trip to Paris, and well worth the tour price! Thanks Peggy and Aurelien!! “ – Idelise, Aug 2014
“Going to Champagne with Peggy is educational and entertaining. We worked with Peggy to schedule private tours of a small family owned winery and the Moet & Chandon Dom Perignon underground cellar and tasting. Spend the money to do the Moet & Chandon Dom Perignon tour and tasting!!! How often do you get to sit in a room where Napolean was entertained and sip vintage Dom Perignon? Peggy has an extensive knowledge of champagne from grape to glass. Make sure you play here game of scents. The lunch was quite good, but go hungry as you get a lot of food. ” – Cemckeon, Oct 2013
“This is the most intimate and personalized tour you’ll find for a visit in Reims! Pei Yeng had leisurely paced our first day but included an array of experience, starting with a visit/tasting at an escargot farm, followed by a sumptuous lunch in Hautvillers, visits/tastings at a family owned champagne house in Cumieres and later at Mercier located at the infamous Rue de Champagne, and finally ending the day with an incredible hot air balloon flight with Air Tonic!
On the following day, Pei Yeng took us on another visit/tasting at Mumm before driving us to Versailles and Paris thereafter!
Pei Yeng not only has a wealth of knowledge to share, she had been extremely accommodating and helpful, especially for a family like ours travelling with children. She speaks fluent French and translated our tour at the escargot farm and on the hot air balloon flight.
We had such an amazing experience and felt sad to part with her in Paris. Thank you very much for making our stay in Reims so enriching and memorable! “ – Charmzs, Aug 2013
You can read more reviews on our Tripadvisor.
Here are some photos of the customized private Champagne tours from Paris.
Don’t hesitate to contact us to let us know your ideal dates and itinerary ideas, and we’ll promptly provide you a price quote.