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Luxury Small Group Champagne Day Trip from Paris with Tastings and Hot Air Balloon

18 reviews

11 hrs

Max 15

Why take this tour?

Immerse yourself in the effervescent story of the world's most prestigious wine in this Champagne tour from Paris. You'll explore the abbeys of Benedictine monks, walk the most expensive street in France and of course, taste some of the finest sparkling wine on earth. Be sure to arrive thirsty, we take care of all the transportation so you can sip 5 different champagnes throughout the course of the day.

Highlights

  • Created with Sketch.Tethered hot air balloon ride
  • Created with Sketch.Hautvillers visit including the tomb of Dom Perignon
  • Created with Sketch.Epernay visit
  • Created with Sketch.5 champagne tastings
  • Created with Sketch.Sabrage demonstration and other old world techniques
  • Created with Sketch.Small group of 15 people or fewer

Take a sip of some of the world's finest wines

Your Champagne tour from Paris begins in Central Paris where you'll hop aboard a private minibus and meet your expert guide and 14 fellow travelers. It's only a 2-hour ride to the Champagne Region, so settle in and watch the city fall away as you head into one of the most lovely countrysides in France.

Your first stop is a pilgrimage spot for champagne lovers: the Benedictine Abbey in Hautvillers where the legendary Dom Perignon developed some of the production methods that still characterize the making of champagne. As you see the tomb of the most famous forefather of champagne, you might be surprised to learn that he wasn't necessarily the biggest fan of bubbly and a lot of his research...

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Your Champagne tour from Paris begins in Central Paris where you'll hop aboard a private minibus and meet your expert guide and 14 fellow travelers. It's only a 2-hour ride to the Champagne Region, so settle in and watch the city fall away as you head into one of the most lovely countrysides in France.

Your first stop is a pilgrimage spot for champagne lovers: the Benedictine Abbey in Hautvillers where the legendary Dom Perignon developed some of the production methods that still characterize the making of champagne. As you see the tomb of the most famous forefather of champagne, you might be surprised to learn that he wasn't necessarily the biggest fan of bubbly and a lot of his research was actually aimed at slowing down the double-fermentation process that created it. With a bit of history under your belt, you'll head to a scenic overlook to enjoy a light breakfast as you gaze out over the countryside.

Next, we'll take you to the nearby town of Epernay to visit a family-run winery whose production process has changed very little for the last 300 years. Your tour of the winery will include every step of the champagne-making process and also teach you about the many ancient traditions of champagne making. Afterwards, you'll taste four spectacular versions from their stocks. As you enjoy a crash course on how to distinguish the various tastes hidden within this legendary wine, you'll also learn how to open a bottle the 'proper' way, i.e., with a saber. As you taste the champagne from this bottle, you'll also learn the history behind this bombastic and showy way of chopping the head off a glass bottle. Hint: Napoleon was involved.

Afterwards, you'll head into Epernay and break for lunch. It isn't included in the price of your Champagne tour, but your guide will give you plenty of recommendations for where you can go to enjoy authentic versions of the region's famously hearty cuisine.

Epernay is the world capital of champagne production and the caves under the city streets are literally packed with a treasure-trove of aging champagne. After lunch, you’ll head over to a centuries-old mansion to taste the champagne of a husband-and-wife-run winery and step onto a tethered hot air balloon that will take you up over the valley for panoramic views.

Back on solid ground, you’ll hop in the mini-bus and return to Paris, arriving around 6.30pm; just in time to get a few more recommendations from your guide and head out to dinner.

  • Sites Visited
  • Benedictine Abbey in Hautvillers
  • Epernay
  • Two Wineries
  • Hot Air Balloon
  • Tour Includes
  • Champagne Tastings (5)
  • Private transport
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride
The Town of Hautvillers is one of the champagne capitals of the world
Stop by the Benedictine Abbey Hautvillers
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The tour would have felt incomplete without the stop at the second vineyard. The hotair balloon ride could easily be dropped.

We had a wonderful time with Walks in Champagne. It was a beautiful tour, the venues are amazing and the champagne was just perfect. Great day trip in the French countryside. Thank you Walks and Rene our lovely guide!