Questions about your Private Tour

After planning trips throughout the Champagne Region for the last 15 years, I find visitors have many questions and also do not know all the question to ask in order to help us plan the best day possible. This includes knowing what what you have in mind before and after the tour if you are staying overnight and with arrival and departure times. We can advise and save you time researching those options as well as plan our tour to compliment what you might do on your own.

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Planning your ideal day in the Champagne Region

Q. Can we visit both Moet et Chandon and Dom Perignon?
A. No. Dom Perignon Cellars are inside the Moet et Chandon Cellar complex so you must choose one or the other. Dom Perignon is only available with a private guided tour and tasting. Moet is also available as a standard tour with 3 tasting options.


Q. What are our tour options?
A. On a private day tour from Reims or Épernay as an example:

  • Discovery - 1 prestige cellar + 2 multi-tasting vineyard visits + 2 cultural visit like Reims Cathedral
  • Classic - 2 prestige cellars + 1 cultural visit like Reims Cathedral + short tasting visit.
  • Vineyard - 4 small family producer visits, which can include a visit to an Escargot farm.

  • Q. What is a Champagne House?
    A. A Champagne House, (also known as Grande Maison or Prestige House ) are famous Brands with an international reputation. Not all, but some are set up to do Cellar Tours and these are always followed by a tasting: The most popular are:
    Reims : Veuve Clicquot / Ruinart / Taittinger / Mumm / Pommery / Martel Epernay: Moet et Dom Perignon / Mercier / Billecart Salmon (nearby)


    Q. What is a small grower producer visit?
    A. The small producers are smaller family vineyards or domains where you are able to see how the champagne is made and learn all about the champagne making process. These are usually very interactive visits with a multi tasting of their champagnes. This is where you will discover many styles of Champagne there are! Always fun! We can sometimes arrange these tours with the owners themselves and with food pairings.


    Q. Can we select the Champagne House we want to visit?
    A. Yes and No. We always want to start with your wish list (see above) but the Houses you request may not have availability for your dates. Smaller producers, which are in the wine press and have a growing reputation for quality amongst chefs, restaurants and the wine press internationally, tend not to want to open to the general public as oneo-tourism is not their focus. Champagne Houses which are not open for individual public visits are: Laurent Perrier, Perrier Jouet, Krug, Bollinger, Louis Roederer, Cristal. We can sometimes arrange visits for Wine Professionals and Wine Clubs.


    Q. Should we take the train to Champagne from Paris?
    A. It's fast and you spend up to 2 more hours Champagne tasting and visiting versus departing from Paris.

  • Approx. Train Times
  • Depart 7:51am Gare de l'Est / Arrive Reims Central 8.44am
  • Depart 8.20am Gare de l'Est / Arrive Champagne Ardenne 9:20am

  • Cost: Approx 25€pp each way.


    Q. Can we add an extra hour?
    A. Yes. Interestingly, if we add an hour to our half day tour (100€ supplement) we can add an additional small producer visit and this becomes very close in terms of champagne visits to the itineraries of many of our competitors full day tours of one Champagne House and 2 small family producers! Of course we have to move quickly to fit it all in and have to start as early as possible.


    Q. Are there Vegetarian or Vegan restaurants in Champagne?
    A. Very few. We prefer to select a restaurant, which has enough choice so you can pick what you can eat otherwise consider Japanese and Italian options. Please let us know in advance especially if you have allergies or need gluten free, lactose intolerant or the like so we can arrange accordingly.


    Q. Can we visit both Reims and Épernay in a single day?
    A. Yes. One of our most popular itineraries is a visit to Moet et Chandon or Dom Perignon plus the village of Hautvillers in the morning and after lunch, a cellar visit at one of the famous prestige house in Reims ending with a short visit at Reims Cathedral.


    Q. How long does it take to drive to Champagne from Paris and what are the advantage ?
    A. Depending on traffic about 2 hrs each way. This increases if you depart from Paris past 8am Monday to Friday or return past 4:30pm. On a 10 hour tour you will have about 6+ hrs in Champagne itself.
    You can:

  • 1. Save transfers to and from the station.
  • 2. Drive though more of the Route de Champagne, small villages, and stop in Chatillon to see the Panoramic view.
  • 3. Explore the Marne Valley and Pinot Meunier vineyards.

  • Q. Can we visit both Reims and Épernay in a single day?
    A. Yes. One of our most popular itineraries is a visit to Moet et Chandon or Dom Perignon plus the village of Hautvillers in the morning and after lunch, a cellar visit at one of the famous prestige house in Reims ending with a short visit at Reims Cathedral.


    Q. Can we visit/tour at the Champagne House of Krug ?
    A. Yes, it´s possible but you must book a minimum of 3 months in advance.  MORE DETAILS


    Q. Can we reserve a half day tour?
    A. Yes . We can pick you up at the train station for a morning tour at 8.44am or 9:20am or afternoon tour with pick up at 1:45pm. If you are staying in town the times are more flexible and we can also pick you up from Épernay or towns in between.


    Q. Can you pick us up from other locations?
    A. Yes. In addition to Reims, Épernay and hotels in between, we pick up from Charles de Gaulle Airport, Chateau de Fere, and Chateau Etoges. If you can easily train to Épernay or Reims it saves driving time and therefore money.


    Q. Are Champagne Houses open on Sunday?
    A. Basically, Moet, Taittinger, Mumm, Mercier and Pommery are open daily during the season. Small family producers are all closed in the afternoon and a very few are open in the morning.


    Q. Can we sleep in?
    A. We'll do what we can to make it work within the hours you give us. Keep in the mind the houses close for lunch, open around 9:30am, close at 5:30pm This is France where people take their lunch time seriously.


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