An Incredible Wine Trip to the Champagne Region

5 Days | Honeymoons & Romance

Add four nights to your trip to explore Champagne in romance and style.

Luxury | From $4,499 pp

During this tour, you'll experience the best that Champagne has to offer. You'll visit Champagne houses of varying sizes, including the largest producer and incredible family-owned estates. You'll also take a unique cruise along the Marne River while sipping Champagne and enjoy the stunning views from above in a hot air balloon.

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Day 1: Reims

Private Transfer in a Luxury Vehicle: Reims Train Station to Reims

A chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer between Reims Train Station and Reims.

Overnight Stay with Breakfast at a 5-star Luxury Château-Hôtel in Reims

Day 2: Reims

Full-Day Private Driving Tour of the Champagne Region

Your private driver-guide will pick you up in a luxury vehicle from your accommodation for an immersion in the world of Champagne. You will enjoy a commented drive along the Champagne scenic roads and discover the villages that are part of the Champagne appellation area. Stop at the charming UNESCO-listed small town of Hautvillers, where you can visit the church where the famous monk Dom Pierre Pérignon is buried.

After many postcard-worthy views, you will visit a family-run boutique winery (“Premier Cru area”). You will learn about how a well-known beverage is made. Enjoy tastings of champagnes conducted in the cellar (independent producer). You will also drive through the picturesque Avenue De Champagne in Epernay, where several prestigious Champagne Houses have their headquarters.

Next, you will get to uncover the secrets behind the signature taste of the largest producer of Champagne: Moët & Chandon. You will taste some of its finest Champagnes in the refined setting of a private salon of the House! Finally, you will visit the oldest producer of Champagne: Ruinart. Learn the fascinating history of this Champagne House, founded in 1729. A tasting session of its unique Champagne is in store for you!

Overnight Stay with Breakfast at a 5-star Luxury Château-Hôtel in Reims

tour group in champagne vineyard

Day 3: Épernay

Full-Day Custom Private Tour in a Luxury Vehicle

Enjoy a custom-built tour from Reims with an English-speaking driver-guide.

Private Hot Air Balloon Ride Over Champagne

Want a new perspective on Champagne? See the patchwork of vine-strewn hills from above during a one-hour hot air balloon ride. Watch the sky come to life in an explosion of colors as you drift lazily in the ethereal light of dusk.

Passengers are allowed to get involved with different parts of the journey, whether preparing the canvas and basket or firing up the balloon while you are airborne. Experience that elusive moment of stillness as you hang silently in the air, with the open skies and panoramic views stretching out for miles ahead of you.

Enjoy a glass of Champagne on board or on the ground. After the experience, the pilot will provide you with a personalized flight certificate.

Suggestion: Explore Reims

Capital of the Champagne region, Reims is a listed Town of Art and History. It offers the culture of a big city with the charm of a smaller town. Stroll along its handsome boulevards lined with striking Art-Déco facades and prepare to be bowled over by its architectural features. There are nine champagne houses to visit in Reims (some of whose cellars have Gallo-Roman origins) plus five Michelin-starred restaurants.

See the monumental Notre Dame cathedral, recognized internationally as a model of Gothic architecture. It played a central role in France’s history for 800 years as the venue for the coronations of 25 sovereigns.

Smell champagne cellars. The sweet, musty aroma of wood and stone deep underground combined with the sour tang of barrel-aged alcohol…it’s one of the Champagne region’s most unmistakable and trademark smells. All the city’s champagne houses offer guided tours; the oldest is Ruinart, founded in 1729. Taste pink biscuits. Les biscuits roses de Reims are light, crunchy, vanilla-flavored biscuits dating from the 17th century, typically dipped into a glass of champagne.

Overnight Stay with Breakfast at a 5-star Luxury Château-Hôtel in Reims

Day 4: Reims - Epernay

Full-Day Custom Private Tour in a Luxury Vehicle

Enjoy a custom-built tour from Reims with an English-speaking driver guide.

Private Cruise on the Marne River

Sipping champagne and cruising in a lovely wooden boat from the ’20s is the best way to visit champagne. Enjoy a private boat trip in a 1927 Dutch cruiser – a vintage vessel that is agile, comfortable, and fast. The front deck is raised to host a small living room, a kitchen, and a restroom.

Your local, knowledgeable skipper will take you where one of the great French rivers meets France’s most celebrated wine. You’ll travel from one village to another according to your wishes. A serene and peaceful way to see the vineyards from a different angle. You will discover the listed UNESCO World Heritage sites from an unexpected point of view.

While cruising, you will be offered a bottle of champagne from a small winemaker of the valley. End your cruise with a picnic and try some regional specialties (charcuterie, cheeses, crudites).

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Suggestion: Explore Epernay

Epernay is well known as the capital of the Champagne-producing region of France: it is a wealthy-looking town because of the expensive 19th-century townhouses and other mansions constructed with the wealth derived from the champagne trade. The town sits below the vine-covered hills typical of the region. It is the perfect location to discover various well-known champagne producers.

Start your tour of the grand champagne houses on Avenue de Champagne. Some of these have the most remarkable and extensive caves below the buildings. Along this avenue stand many of the most impressive Champagne houses and chateaux in Epernay. Moët-et-Chandon and Mercier are the most renowned champagne houses. They will introduce you to the champagne experience (called a dégustation in French). But there are also many smaller producers open to visits in the town. The garden at the Chateau Moët-et-Chandon will be the highlight of your day.

Epernay is best known as a mecca for those with an interest in champagne. But the town and the surrounding region also contain places of interest. Because of its geographical location near the French border, Epernay has been attacked and almost destroyed numerous times during its long history. As a result, there is little remaining here from the medieval period: most architecture in the town dates from the 19th and 20th centuries. The Portail Saint Martin is the oldest monument in Epernay. It is an impressive stone doorway and all that remains of the 16th century Church of Notre Dame.

Private Guided Tour of a Historical Champagne Winery

In 1927 Charlotte’s ancestors bought the Domain of Boursault, formerly owned by Madame (Veuve) Clicquot. In 1843, 10 kilometers west of Epernay, she built a magnificent neo-renaissance-style castle. The mansion quickly became one of the most popular places in the region. Memorable dinners took place at the court of the “Queen of Reims.” Champagne flowed lavishly among the members of the local high society.

Many generations have passed. Charlotte still runs a part of the domain: seven plots in the exclusive familial clos, overlooking the Marne Valley. Press, cellars, and the winery are located in the clos too, only a few hundred meters away. It guarantees superior fruit freshness when it comes to being pressed and transformed.

During this tour, you will discover the Champagne production process, from the vine to the flute. Visit the modern press, the vat room, and the aging cellars underneath the 16th-century family manor. Stroll in the heart of the vineyard and learn more about traditional growing, harvesting, and wine-making methods. After the tour, you will be able to taste three Champagnes on the Terrasse des Abbayes, offering a panoramic view of the Marne Valley and the Château de Boursault. Enjoy wine and food pairing with local cheeses.

Overnight Stay with Breakfast at a 5-star Luxury Château-Hôtel in Reims

couple in winery, France

Day 5: Reims

Private Transfer in a Luxury Vehicle: Reims to Reims Train Station

A chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer between Reims and Reims Train Station.

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About This Trip:

    • Enjoy 24/7 English-spoken telephone assistance while traveling
    • This itinerary includes transport, activities, guides, accommodations with breakfasts, and other listed services
    • Price is in USD per person, assuming double occupancy. Note that prices and availability are subject to change.

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