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Welcome to Champagne

The northeastern province of Champagne, a 45-minute ride from Paris by high-speed train, offers more than just the wine for which it was named. Aside from sipping Champagne during a tasting session at historic wineries such as Veuve Clicquot and Moët and Chandon Champagne, you can explore the historic treasures of Reims and Epernay, sample truffles handcrafted by chocolatiers, and see the birthplace of Dom Pèrignon. Visit for a few hours on a small-group tour from Paris, or devote a couple days to exploring the vine-covered hills along the Champagne Routes.

Top 10 attractions in Champagne

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Epernay

Epernay

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Set along the Marne river amid the vine-clad hills of the Champagne region, the historic town of Epernay is proud of its title as the Champagne Capital of France. Home to many of the region’s most prestigious champagne houses, Epernay is a must for wine lovers looking to sample France’s finest.More
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Champagne Mercier

Champagne Mercier

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Champagne Mercier ranks as one of the region's most popular Champagne houses, and the family brand has been producing quality bubbly since 1858. The historic cellars in Epernay opened their doors in 1869 and tours now offer visitors the chance to not only sample the legendary champagne but to learn about the years of tradition and innovation that have shaped the champagne making process.Descending via a panoramic lift and stepping on board a mini train, visitors explore the labyrinth of 47 tunnels that house the champagne cellars, an impressive 18-kilometers of chalk caves burrowing 30-meters beneath the ground and embellished with artwork by sculptor Gustave Navlet. Additional highlights of a visit include viewing the Mercier Cask, the world's largest wine cask, and of course, visiting the tasting room, where guests can sample various champagne blends and vintages, available to purchase at the on-site shop.More
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Reims Cathedral of Notre Dame (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims)

Reims Cathedral of Notre Dame (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims)

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One of France’s greatest Gothic masterpieces, the Reims Cathedral dates to the 13th century and is hallowed as the coronation site of many French kings. The UNESCO-listed landmark—recognizable for its twin bell towers and rose stained-glass window—was shelled during World War I but has since been restored to its former glory.More
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Moët & Chandon Champagne Cellars (Les Caves Moët & Chandon)

Moët & Chandon Champagne Cellars (Les Caves Moët & Chandon)

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The Moët & Chandon Champagne brand was once a favorite of King Louis XV and is still toast-worthy today, with some 30 million bottles produced annually. Visit the brand’s headquarters in Epernay, France, to tour the vast Moët & Chandon Champagne cellars (Les Caves Moët & Chandon), learn how Champagne is made, and taste a selection of Moët & Chandon products.More
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Hautvillers

Hautvillers

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Just north of popular Épernay, Hautvillers at first may seem like just another village in the countryside. But for true fans of Champagne, it has become a pilgrim's destination. That's because it is the birthplace of Champagne! The town's Saint-Pierre Abbey is where Dom Pérignon first made the bubbly elixir, and today he is buried in the abbey, now owned by Moët & Chandon.But there's more to Hautvillers than simply this historical fact. A stroll through the streets reveals the whimsical iron signs that grace every public or commercial building and what lies within. And there are wine tastings at Au 36, charming dining options and lots of activities nearby. Hautvillers' motto is “Entre Vignes et Forêts,” meaning between the vineyards and the forest–the perfect place to discover the magic of this verdant region.More
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Pommery Champagne (Domaine Pommery)

Pommery Champagne (Domaine Pommery)

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Founded in 1858 by Alexandre Louis Pommery and Narcisse Greno, Pommery Champagne (Domaine Pommery) was at one time better known for its wool trading than for its bubbly. Today, however, this massive house is one of the Champagne region’s largest producers of the popular celebratory beverage and a destination for travelers seeking to sample sparkling glasses in the same setting where it’s produced.Visitors can tour the network of chalk pits that sits beneath the city of Reims, where more than 20 million bottles of champagne are stored in a natural temperature-controlled environment. Guided tours include a trip around the grounds, a visit to the cellars and a detailed explanation of how this favorite beverage is produced, bottled and distributed.More
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Tau Palace (Palais du Tau)

Tau Palace (Palais du Tau)

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The Tau Palace (Palais du Tau) owes its decidedly un-French name to its floor plan, which resembles the letter "T." The site's original structure was a sixth-century Roman villa, which later became a Carolingian palace. Its current moniker stuck after 1131, though that building gave way to Gothic design early in the 16th century and then its current Baroque incarnation in 1671.Prior to their coronations at Nortre Dame of Reims, the kings of France would stay at the palace. Following ceremonies, they would return for a celebration, the most recent of which took place in 1825.In the last quarter of the 20th century, the Palace of Tau became home to the Musée de l'Œuvre, a collection of statues, tapestries and reliquaries from Reims' cathedral. The palace is both a national monument and a UNESCO World Heritage site, declared in 1991. Museum tours display the royal apartments as well as certain antiquities from the cathedral treasury.More
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Verzenay Lighthouse (Phare de Verzenay)

Verzenay Lighthouse (Phare de Verzenay)

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A landmark in the middle of the undulating Champagne region and surrounded by endless vines rather than sea, the Verzenay Lighthouse was the brainchild of Joseph Goulet, a Champagne producer who wanted to publicize his brand. Constructed in 1909, the lighthouse stands high on Mt Rizon and originally had a restaurant and nightclub at its base.Thanks to its proximity to the Front Line, the lighthouse was used as an observation tower during World War I and afterwards it fell into disrepair. The residents of the Grand Cru village of Verzenay bought back the building in 1987 and over the next decade slowly restored it; the entertaining and informative multimedia Musée de la Vigne (Vine Museum) opened there in 1999, detailing the annual cycle of Champagne production with interactive displays, touch screens and movies. It was not until 10 years later that the spiral staircase inside the lighthouse was rebuilt and today visitors can once more climb 82 ft (25 m) to the top for views across the world-famous vineyards of Champagne; after the 102-step climb the tasting bar is a welcome sight, featuring ever-changing guest Champagnes. A stop-off to the Verzenay Lighthouse can be combined with renowned Champagne houses such as Moët et Chandon and Taittinger as well as visiting Reims and Epernay along the Route de Champagne.More
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Taittinger Champagne House (Maison de Champagne Taittinger)

Taittinger Champagne House (Maison de Champagne Taittinger)

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One of the few Reims Champagne houses to have retained its independence, Taittinger is a popular stop for bubbly enthusiasts. With origins dating to 1734, the family-run winery stores and ages its Champagnes in chaulk vaults that date back to Roman times.More
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House of Mumm (Maison Mumm)

House of Mumm (Maison Mumm)

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Founded in 1827, G. H. Mumm & Cie—one of the world’s largest and most-esteemed champagne houses—is a popular destination for oenophiles who are looking to sample and discover more about France’s world-class bubbly. Taste the winery’s famed Cordon Rouge Champagne and tour its underground caves as you learn the history of the House of Mumm.More

Top activities in Champagne

Small-Group afternoon Champagne Tour with Champagne Tastings from Reims
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Private champagne tour (group price)

Private champagne tour (group price)

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Recent reviews from experiences in Champagne

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Great!
Jasper, Sep 2020
Champagne Lamiable: Traditional Tour & Tasting
The kind woman who gave us the tour spoke perfect English as well.
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Awesome Afternoon
jomono19, Jul 2019
Small-Group afternoon Champagne Tour with Champagne Tastings from Reims
Amazing half day tour, perfect amount of time to see some great spots, learns loads about Champagne and how it's made and enjoy some tastings too!
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Champagne tasting
N6251OVmatthews, Jun 2019
Small Group - Champagne Full Day Tour - Visit of 3 Champagne Producers / Growers
We got to see some of the smaller houses and taste their Champagne.
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Wonderful Tour
Dream15140719931, May 2019
Small-Group afternoon Champagne Tour with Champagne Tastings from Reims
This was a great tour and a really good way to see some Champagne houses in Reims.
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Very well organized and quality food...
yeshe, Sep 2017
Veuve Clicquot Tour, Champagne Tasting Lunch 1st & Grand Cru at a Family Domain
You get to visit a negotiant or large producer, visit a cooperative and a boutique producer.
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This was a comprehensive tour of...
John, Sep 2017
Small-Group Day Tour of Moët et Chandon and Taittinger with Champagne Tasting from Reims
This was a comprehensive tour of champagne country and we were able to see the vineyards and both Épernay and Reims.
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This was a really good tour where...
Jonathan S, Aug 2017
Small-Group Day Tour of Moët et Chandon and Taittinger with Champagne Tasting from Reims
Also got to visit the vineyards.
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Learned so much about champagne and...
Jessica A, Sep 2017
Reims: Small-Group Champagne Tour with Champagne Tastings and Lunch
The guides were knowledgeable, spoke English well, and were very fun and friendly.
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Amazing tour. It was the prefect...
Richard R, Oct 2017
Veuve Clicquot Tour, Champagne Tasting Lunch 1st & Grand Cru at a Family Domain
We were able to see a big champagne house, a co-op, and a smaller house - which allowed us to compare and contrast.
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Our tour gave us a chance to see...
jennyh57, Jul 2016
Epernay: Small-Group Champagne Tour with Champagne Tastings and Lunch
Our tour gave us a chance to see more of the countryside around Epernay , including the village of Hautvillers.
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Amazing
DayTrip25904146889, May 2019
Small-Group afternoon Champagne Tour with Champagne Tastings from Reims
We enjoyed 2 wine tastings and got to see the resting place of Dom Perignon.
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Best hour you’ll spend if you have time to fit it in
Dicky_S, Jul 2020
Let's take a walk in the vineyards
We were the only two to visit that afternoon so we were spoiled with Lidie’s attention!
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Would recommend if you understand French
Hally_K, Jul 2020
A unique sensory experience in the vineyards
Would only recommend if you speak French or have a translator the host did his best at English but we were not able to fully follow everything.
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What a wonderful day - highly recommended
Doreen_N, Jun 2020
Champagne Day Trip to Moët et Chandon and Family Winery with Lunch from Epernay
After the 3 months shutdown of corona we got the first tour to visit Moet et Chandon.
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Champagne exploration tour !
MNG, Mar 2020
Small Group - Champagne Full Day Tour - Visit of 3 Champagne Producers / Growers
We hope to visit the region very soon.
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Wish I could give a 6!
Iceland4Me, Nov 2019
Small Group - Half Day Champagne Tour - Visit of 2 Small Producers/Growers
And the stop in the vineyards for the view of the fall colors of the vines was perfect.
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Champagne Day Trip from Paris
LitoinMiami, Oct 2019
Champagne Daytrip to Veuve Clicquot and Family Winery including Lunch from Reims
Next time, we will stay the night in Reims as there is so much to see in this charming French town.
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Wonderful day!
jolynng554, Oct 2019
Champagne Daytrip to Veuve Clicquot and Family Winery including Lunch from Reims
The tour took us to visit three wineries: two family vineyards and one corporate winery - Veuve Cliquot.
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Great 1/2 day champagne region tour!
Sightseer570347, Sep 2018
Small-Group afternoon Champagne Tour with Champagne Tastings from Reims
It was nice to see the vineyards and be able to taste some of the grapes left on the vines.
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Great tour
desmondk41, Sep 2019
Reims: Small-Group Morning Tour with Taittinger and Family Winery
It was really lovely, we were all so pleased we had the opportunity to see this.
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