Come Thirsty to Our Champagne Day Trip
Enjoy a full day excursion from Paris to the region known all over the world for its production and preservation of a product that is linked to ship launchings, wedding toasts, and victory celebrations: Champagne!
Our first stop in the Champagne region takes you back some 300 years with a visit to the Benedictine Abbey in Hautvillers, where the famous Dom Perignon pioneered some of the production methods that made champagne the drink it is today. As you tour the abbey and see where Perignon himself worked, you’ll learn about the dangers of exploding wine bottles and how the search to stop this phenomenon actually drove many of Perignon’s innovations, much more than his love of sparkling wine. Before leaving Hautvillers, you’ll stop by a scenic overlook to enjoy a light breakfast and an amazing view.
The story of champagne will make you thirsty and we have just the solution: your next stop is a family-run winery where the owner will show you around and teach you how his family has been making champagne for three generations. As you learn to distinguish the tasting notes of good champagne, you’ll be treated to a little surprise: The owner will demonstrate the proper method for ‘sabering’ a bottle of champagne, and as you taste its contents, you’all also learn the myth-filled history of the practice. Like many French traditions, Napoleon was involved.
Your next stop is the champagne capital of the world; the town of Epernay, where you’ll break for lunch. It’s not included but your guide will be happy to direct you toward their favorite restaurants for champagne’s hearty Cuisine du Terroir.
After lunch, you’ll head to a centuries-old former mansion owned by a husband and wife team, each from different parts of Champagne who've combined their family vineyards to make a new blend.
Afterwards, you’ll hop in the mini-bus and return to Paris, arriving around 6:00pm; just in time to get a few more recommendations from your guide and head out to dinner. Be sure to come thirsty, we take care of all the driving and logistics so you can enjoy the five champagne tastings included in the price of the trip.
Please ensure that all members of your party have a valid ID on them on the day of the visit. This is particularly important for guests who have qualified for child reduction.