23 September 2014 - par 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.
We based in Paris and we offer day tours to the Champagne region with convenient hotel pick up and drop off within Paris city. Our private Champagne tours are available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin and Cantonese language. Our private wine tours are catered for a maximum of 7 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 private Champagne tour 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 private 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, will take care of the selection of the wineries based on your preferences. Also, I will choose a nice restaurant for your lunch, and plan the most scenic country roads I know. Our passionate and experienced licensed guides will make sure you have a fun and informative day. You’ll not only learn about Champagne, you’ll also get to know some interesting history and stories related to the Champagne region, as well as learning about Paris and France in general!
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. 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 maker or the person in charge. Another perk is the visit to one of the bigger Champagne houses – such as Veuve Clicquot, Taittinger, 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 Reims Cathedral / Hautvillers Church Tour
We’ll visit one well-known Champagne house and one small Champagne producer. Besides, we can add in a cultural visit such as the cathedral in Reims or the resting place of Dom Perignon in Hautvillers village, the birthplace of Champagne in our private Champagne tours from Paris.
The cathedral in Reims is one of the most stunning masterpieces of 13th century Gothic art in France and was classified as World Heritage of UNESCO. This is the place where King Clovis, the first king of France was baptized and almost all the French kings were crowned.
Dom Perignon, the spiritual father of Champagne, was the prosecutor and cellarer at the Benedictine abbey in Hautvillers village for 47 years, until his death in 1715. You’ll find his resting place in the abbey church. Dom Perignon contributed several major elements to Champagne making, which remain the important components of the Champagne making process to this day.
Champagne and Local Savoir-Faire Tour
Our private Champagne tours from Paris will bring you to visit one well-known Champagne house and one local artisan of your choice amongst cooperage/snail farm/foie gras farm. These local artisans could include Champagne tasting in their visit as well.
* 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. Depending on your choice of Champagne house, we might be able to add a cultural visit such as the resting place of Dom Perignon, or Reims Cathedral in your private Champagne tour.
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 private Champagne tour from Paris 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 Champagne Tours from Paris
”Peggy was very communicative prior to the trip. We did a private tour for 4 people. She picked us up in Paris and drove to Champagne region and back. She set up the entire day according to our preference–we did 2 small growers and Dom Perignon. Peggy is very knowledgeable and professional. The entire day was informative and special. I would highly recommend this company to anyone wanting to visit the Champagne region.” – Morgan_daigle, Sept 2017
”My wife and I went on a Champagne tour with Peggy during our honeymoon in France, and it was wonderful! We got to see everything from the small, family-owned wineries to the big-name conglomerates, plus vineyards. Needless to say, we learned a ton about Champagne and had a very personalized experience, including being picked up and dropped off at our hotel in Paris. Peggy was very organized, punctual, and friendly, and gave us a wealth of information. This is the perfect experience for honeymooners or for anyone else who is interested in Champagne or wine generally.” – tsk070, Jul 2017
“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, Aug 2015
“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
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.