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Things to do in  Champagne

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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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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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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Pommery Champagne (Domaine Pommery)

Pommery Champagne (Domaine Pommery)

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One of the Champagne region’s largest and most influential producers, Champagne Pommery is best known for pioneering the dry, brut-style sparkling wine. Today, Pommery is renowned for its sprawling network of chalk caves and its colorful, Elizabethan-style headquarters.More
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Tau Palace (Palais du Tau)

Tau Palace (Palais du Tau)

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A former residence for French monarchs, previously occupied by the Archbishop of Reims, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991, the Tau Palace (Palais du Tau is one of Burgundy’s key historical landmarks. The palace’s name comes from its distinctive “T” shape (tau is the Greek equivalent of “T”, and its history dates back to the 6th century.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
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Abbey of Saint-Remi (Abbaye Saint-Rémi)

Abbey of Saint-Remi (Abbaye Saint-Rémi)

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The picturesque Abbey of Saint-Remi (Abbaye Saint-Rémi)—also known as the Saint-Remi Basilica (Basilique Saint-Rémi)—was founded in the sixth century and offers travelers a classic taste of French religious architecture. Two towering stone spires bookend a regal entryway marked by a round stained glass window dating back hundreds of years. Travelers will find a collection of 16th century tapestries depicting the life of Saint Remi in this spiritual oasis that offers a relaxing escape from the chaos of the city.Visitors love the quiet, spacious interior and agree that Abbey of Saint-Remi (Abbaye Saint-Rémi) never seems to get crowded. Travelers can explore the stark halls and impressive altars while they learn about the abbey’s destruction during World War I, as well as restoration efforts to return the structure to its original Roman Gothic splendor.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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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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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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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 sparkling wine, it’s a pilgrimage destination—as the birthplace of champagne. The town's Saint-Pierre Abbey is where Dom Pérignon first made the bubbly elixir; the abbey is now owned by Moët & Chandon.More

Top activities in Champagne

Small Group - Champagne Full Day Tour - Visit of 3 Champagne Producers / Growers
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Champagne Moet et Chandon & Taittinger Small-Group Tour with Tasting from Reims
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Small-Group afternoon Champagne Tour with Champagne Tastings from Reims
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Small Group - Half Day Champagne Tour - Visit of 2 Small Producers/Growers
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Champagne Day Trip to Moët & Chandon and Family Winery with Lunch from Reims
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Small group tour Champagne Tasting Lunch Grand Cru Family Domain & Famous House
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Reims: Small-Group Champagne Tour with Champagne Tastings and Lunch
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Reims: Small-Group Morning Tour with Taittinger and Family Winery
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Reims: Champagne Day Trip with E-Bike including Family-run Winery and Lunch
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Full Day Private Tour to The Heart of Champagne
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Champagne Day Tours

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Recent reviews from experiences in Champagne

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5 starts!
Bree_F, May 2022
Small Group - Half Day Champagne Tour - Visit of 2 Small Producers/Growers
The vines were so neat to see and the history of champagne was so fascinating.
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Brilliant guide, great tour, would recommend!
Nikki_B, Apr 2022
Champagne Day Trip to Moët & Chandon and Family Winery with Lunch from Reims
Suzanne was a brilliant guide, so knowledgeable and her English is fantastic.
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Must do!!
Brianna_C, Mar 2022
Small-Group afternoon Champagne Tour with Champagne Tastings from Reims
Seeing the vineyards and the cellars was so cool because you got to see just how complex making champagne is!
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Fabulous experience
Susanne_M, Feb 2022
Small Group - Champagne Full Day Tour - Visit of 3 Champagne Producers / Growers
Visited vineyards were great and English was widely spoken.
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Good afternoon tour
Mauricio_A, Jan 2022
Small-Group afternoon Champagne Tour with Champagne Tastings from Reims
Overall a great opportunity to visit the champagne area .
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Stephane rocks!
Beth_L, May 2022
Champagne half-day tour
He deftly communicated everything in English and in French, shared history, local facts, terroir, politics, .
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Great tour
Rana_E, Mar 2022
Small Group - Half Day Champagne Tour - Visit of 2 Small Producers/Growers
We travailed from/to Paris on the same day but we regret the decision since there is so much to see in Reims.
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Excellent champagne tour
Marion_K, Sep 2021
Champagne Lamiable: Traditional Tour & Tasting
Helene was a very friendly and knowledgable tour guide whose English was perfect.
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Great!
Jasper_B, Sep 2020
Champagne Lamiable: Traditional Tour & Tasting
The kind woman who gave us the tour spoke perfect English as well.
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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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Very well organized and quality food...
yeshe, Sep 2017
Small group tour Champagne Tasting Lunch Grand Cru Family Domain & Famous House
You get to visit a negotiant or large producer, visit a cooperative and a boutique producer.
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Amazing tour. It was the prefect...
Richard R, Oct 2017
Small group tour Champagne Tasting Lunch Grand Cru Family Domain & Famous House
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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This was a really good tour where...
Jonathan S, Aug 2017
Champagne Moet et Chandon & Taittinger Small-Group Tour with 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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Brilliant trip - highly recommend
Steve_K, Apr 2022
Small-Group afternoon Champagne Tour with Champagne Tastings from Reims
Susan clearly explained the champagne making process and we got to see the whole process from beginning to end, which was extremely interesting.
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This was a comprehensive tour of...
JOHN_S, Sep 2017
Champagne Moet et Chandon & Taittinger Small-Group Tour with 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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Our tour gave us a chance to see...
Jennifer_H, 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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Best hour you’ll spend if you have time to fit it in
Richard_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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