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4 Nights in 4* hotel in Tours & Reims.

Day Tours available from Monday to Saturday, NO Day Tours on Sundays.
Private tours available.

 

CHAMPAGNE TOURS
MONDAY: Bubbles day tour
TUESDAY: Reims Heritage & Grandes Maisons de Champagne

 

LOIRE VALLEY TOURS
THURSDAY : Blois / Chambord /Cheverny
FRIDAY: Chenonceau / Amboise / Clos Lucé
SATURDAY: Azay / Langeais / Villandry

 

Our philosophy being to be serious without taking ourselves too seriously, our guides will not give you a lecture but will take you as a friend and in a relaxed way, reveal plenty of anecdotes about the Grandes Maisons de Champagne and will tell you about our daily life in this beautiful region.
All our guides are licensed and bilingual. Each of them will give you detailed historical and architectural visits of the highlights of the Champagne region. He or she is qualified and entitled to take you through any indoor and outdoor site such as the Grandes Maisons de Champagne, the vineyards, the family estates, Reims Cathedral, etc.

Champagne region

 

Monday: Bubbles day tour

Pick up: 09:30 AM at  Reims Train Station forecourt

 

Tour and Champagne tasting at Taittinger* (Visit included: L’Instant Premier with one glass of Champagne)

Taittinger is one of the last Grandes Maisons de Champagne to be independant and owned by the grandson of the founder, Pierre Taittinger. Taittinger's style is characterised by a high proportion of Chardonnay, synonymous with finesse and elegance in the Champagne region.

Taittinger vineyards cover 288 hectares which include some of the appellation's finest. This Grande Maison's treasure is not only the millions of bottles in the cellars but the remains from the old benedictine abbey of St Nicaise dating back to the 13th century and the old Romain chalk quarries dating from the 4th century listed as a Unesco world heritage site. The tour is followed by a tasting of one glass of Brut Réserve.

And there is the possibility for you to try other kinds of Champagnes. You just have to pay for the extra tastings directly on our website or at the end of the tour.

champagne tasting taittinger

 

Sightseeing of the city of Reims: Grandes Maisons de Champagne, Cathedral... 

We will drive through the streets of Reims to show you famous Champagne Houses, the beautiful city center and its imposing Cathedral. We will show you places like the Royal Square, the City Hall, the Roman Ruins ans the widest Roman Arch in the world. Listed in the Unesco World Heritage, 13th century Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral is one of the Europe's most important Gothic structures, where most kings of France were crowned.

cathedral - reims

 

Hautvillers sightseeing

On the way to Epernay, we take you to the Marne Valley on a journey through the vineyard to meet with a prestigious figure of the area: Dom Pérignon, Champagne Wine's Spiritual Father. He contributed heavily to the frame of Champagne and is now buried in the church of the former Benedictine Abbey, in the countryside village of Hautvillers.

dom perignon - hautvilliers

 

Lunch at your leisure in Epernay

Or optional Champagne tasting and lunch, including 1 glass of Dom Pérignon ! (+70 €)


We will introduce you to local specialities which will be assorted which will be assorted with different sorts of Champagne !
You will taste 3 glasses, as follows

  • 1 glass of the world famous Dom Pérignon
  • 1 glass of Blanc de Blancs or 1 glass of Blanc de Noirs
  • 1 glass of Champagne Rosé or 1 glass of Riceys rosé wine (a product of exception as it is produced in very small quantity)

While you will be tasting these Champagnes, you will enjoy some regional products such as Ham from Reims and Chaource Cheese, but also some Foie Gras and Smoked Salmon. With this lunch, taste the French terroir and appreciate the legendary Dom Pérignon Champagne !

Sightseeing of Avenue de Champagne in Epernay

Located in the heart of town, Epernay is internationally known as the "Capital of Champagne". Epernay’s stunning main street appears like an exhibition of opulent mansions housing the most illustrious Maisons de Champagne: Moët & Chandon, Perrier-Jouet, Mercier, etc. Not to mention the dozens of kilometers under the pavement!

Montagne de Reims vineyards

 

Guided tour and tasting at world famous Grande Maison de Champagne Moët & Chandon* (Visit included: Imperial tour with 2 glasses of Champagne)

Founded in 1743 by Claude Möet it became within 40 year the first international brand in the world. Its history is linked with some famous figures such as The Marquise de Pompadour and Napoleon 1st, and  many historical events among which King Edwards VII’s coronation, Cannes Film Festival, the Golden Globes, the 120th anniversary of the Liberty Statue, etc… You are going to visit the largest cellar in champagne. The house will reveal to you all its secrets. The Tour ends with a glass of Moet Impérial Rosé.

 

moet & chandon


Drop off: 05.20 PM Reims Centre Train Station forecourt. 

  *Subject to availability: Taittinger could be replaced by Mumm or Pommery. Moet & Chandon could be replaced by Mercier, Feuillatte or De Castellane.

English being the most common language for our customers, the tours in the Grandes Maisons de Champagne will be in English.

 

 

YOUR HOTEL IN REIMS FOR 2 NIGHTS

Check in hotel**** La Paix - superior room
Located in the heart of Reims, in an exceptional setting, a stone's throw from the Cathedral and the shops, Hotel de La Paix combines modernity and cultural heritage. Among contemporary lines, designer furniture, old stones and colourful variations, there reigns a serene, fluid and light atmosphere.

Hotel may change according to their availability. Should a provider be unavailable we will offer alternatives of the same standard.

Loire Valley Tours and Champagne Tours Combo

Dinners at your leisure.


 

Tuesday : Reims Scenic

Sightseeing of the Grandes Maisons de Champagne in Reims, guided tour of Reims Cathedral, tour and Champagne tasting at Veuve Clicquot, Champagne tasting lunch, tour and Champagne tasting at family estate in the Montagne de Reims vineyard.

 

Pick up: 08:50 AM at your hotel****



You start your day with a sightseeing of Reims.
City of coronation, the City of Kings, Reims is also the city of Champagne, definitely the most celebrated and festive of wines! You will enjoy the sight of the Reims Grandes Maisons de Champagne: Veuve Clicquot, Taittinger, Pommery, many names that will make you think of a great party or a romantic dinner with a glass of champagne… And this day you are going to have more than one!

Reims - city of Champagne



Guided tour and tasting at world famous Grande Maison de Champagne Veuve Clicquot* (Visit included: Discovery tour with 1 glass of Champagne).

Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin is a Champagne House founded in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot that became famous thanks to Madam Barbe Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin. You will learn about this visionary young widow who built an empire, and became a legend in her time: “la Grande Dame of the Champagne". For a while, take a dip into the heart of this House, its heritage, its savoir-faire. And discover its unique Roman chalk-cellars and the making-process of Champagne.
At the end of the tour, enjoy a tasting of one glass of Brut Yellow Label cuvée.

*According to the availability, Veuve Clicquot could be replaced by Mumm, Pommery or Taittinger.

Guided tour and Champagne tasting at Veuve Clicquot - Small group tour in Champagne with France Bubbles Tours


Guided tour of the Cathedral of Reims.

Listed in the Unesco World Heritage, 13th century Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral is one of Europe's most important Gothic structures. You will be captivated by the unique stained glasses and the exceptionally rich statuary – over 2 300 statues among which the famous Smiling Angel. It is here that King Clovis was baptized around year 498 giving birth to the Kingdom of the Franks, starting a long lasting tradition: between 1027 and 1825, all but tow Kings of France were crowned here!

Cathedral of Reims



Reims Mountain Grand Cru Vineyards.

From the city we will drive you through tje Grand Cru vineyards of Reims Mountain, where the scenic Route du Champagnewinds its way between fields of barley, plains, grapevines, forests and picturesque villages such as Verzy, Verzenay and Mailly. Realm of the Pinot Noir varietal, the Mountain of Reims is know for its special "terroir" that gives to the Champagne much of its power and character. Let's stop in the vineyard to discover together!

Montagne de Reims vineyards

Champagne tasting lunchChampagne Tasting Lunch and Cellar Tours at a Champagne Grower Family Domain.
In the heart of the Champagne’s Vineyards, you will be welcomed at a beautiful Champagne Grower Family Estate. More that 4000 family winemakers contribute to the prestige of Champagne and maintain the Tradition alive from generation to generation, with a common goal: the true expression of Champagne.



First you will experience a refined meal with typical French ingredients and Champagne specialities, which will be harmonized with different glasses of Champagne (Brut non vintage, Blanc de Noirs, Rosé). The Family of Growers is a Champagne Expert in assembling Pinot Noir with Chardonnay and Meunier grapes from Grand and Premier Cru vines in Reims Mountain.

Then we will walk to the production site to see how Champagne is made: the press, the winery with vats and barrels, the chalky cellar, the labelling machine.

We finish the lovely afternoon program with another tasting of 2 glasses of different Champagne wines and a glass of Ratafia (sweet liquor made with Champagne brandy mixed with grape juice aged in barrel), and we take you back to Reims.














Lunch at local winery may change according to their availability, it could be replaced by a local restaurant

English being the most common language for our customers, the tours in the Grandes Maisons de Champagne will be in English.

Drop-off: 05:10 PM at your hotel****, dinner at leisure 

 

Wednesday : Transfer from Champagne to Loire Valley

Taxi transfer from your hotel to Reims Champagne-Ardenne train station.
TGV transfer from  Reims Champagne-Ardenne TGV train station to Saint-Pierre-des-Corps train station

Taxi Transfer from Saint-Pierre-des-Corps train station to your hotel****

Champagne Tours

 

YOUR HOTEL IN TOURS FOR 3 NIGHTS

Check in hotel**** de l'Univers - superior room.
Very easy acces from Tours train station only 150 meters away.
This hotel has been the most prestigious address in Tours since 1846. Many large personalities of the Europe and the New World stayed in this best hotel of Tours. In addition to its rich and historic past, as underlined by its celebrated portrait gallery, it offers all the comfort of a grand hotel established in the best traditions of hospitality and elegance "à la Française".

Hotel may change according to their availability. Should a provider be unavailable we will offer alternatives of the same standard.

Hotel de l'Univers**** in the city centre of Tours

Dinners at your leisure.

 

 

Thursday : Blois, Cheverny et Chambord.

Pick-up: 08.50 AM at your hotel**** in Tours.

Chateau of BloisGuided tour of the Chateau of Blois.
The chateau of Blois is unique by its combination of 4 styles: medieval, gothic, renaissance and classical. Home of kings Louis XII and François I, it keeps the souvenir of a tragic historical event.




Loire Valley wine tasting lunch, part of guided Loire Valley Day tour D2Tour and tasting at an organic local winery.
Enjoy an exclusive and convivial tasting of Cheverny and Cour-Cheverny wines, king François 1st 's favourite wines at a local winery. Wines of the domain and terroir specialities.

Lunch at your leisure.


Château of ChevernyGuided tour of the Château of Cheverny.
He has been owned by the same family since the XIII. The Marquis Hurault de Vibraye, thanks to one of the most beautiful furniture in the Loire Valley, has succeeded in giving warmth and life to his chateau. The Chateau, which led to the creation of Moulinsart in the famous comic book Tintin, is also famous for the tradition of the horse-back hunt and its impressive pack of 100 dogs. You may have a chance to witness the spectacular daily event of "the dogs' soup".


Chateau of ChambordGuided tour of the Château of Chambord.
Drive to the Estate of Chambord, a national game reserve as large as the town of Paris. The chateau de Chambord is a unique monument by its architecture and proportions. Leonardo da Vinci probably took part in the conception of the project. With more than 400 rooms and its double spiral staircase, Chambord is a highlight of the Loire Valley.


 Drop-off : 05.40 PM at your hotel**** in Tours

 



Friday: Chenonceau, Château Royal d'Amboise and Clos Lucé.



Pick-up at your hotel**** in Tours at 08.50 AM

 

 

Chateau, castle, château, Chenonceau, Loire ValleyGuided tour of the Chateau of Chenonceau.
Arriving in the Loire Valley, you’ll start your day tour touring the château de Chenonceau.
The “Chateau des Dames”, bridge built across the Cher, is famous for the great feminine figures who lived in it (Diane de Poitiers, Catherine de Medicis…) and for the beauty of its Renaissance gardens.





Vouvray cellar, tour ans tasting, part of the guided Loire Valley Day tour D3

Tour and wine tasting at a wine specialist’s in matured Loire Valley vintages.
Pascal and his team, welcome you in his caves, former tuff stone quarries, for a tour followed by a wine tasting of 3 local wines.

Lunch at your leisure.

Château, chateau, castle, Amboise, Loire Valley

Guided tour of the Royal Chateau of Amboise.
After lunch, you will tour the Royal Castle of Amboise, residence of Charles VIII and young François d’Angoulème, future Francois I. You will discover in this wonderful castle, perfect example of transition from Gothic to Renaissance, the Saint Hubert Chapel which shelters today the grave of Leonardo da Vinci.


Chateau, château, castle, Clos Lucé, Loire ValleyGuided tour of the Chateau of the Clos Lucé.
In order to make your tour thorough, we take you to meet the Genius in his Chateau du Clos Lucé, a few yards away from the Royal Castle.
Leonardo da Vinci spent there the last three years of his life and died there in 1519. After you tour his bedroom, office, reception room and kitchen, you will be in awe in front of the invention room, displaying models of the most spectacular machines Leonardo invented.

 

Drop-off : 05.40 PM at your hotel**** in Tours

 

 

Saturday: Azay le Rideau, Rivau, Villandry.

Check out after breakfast. Pick-up: 09.40 at your hotel**** in Tours


Guided tour of the chateau of Azay le Rideau.

This is one of the purest gems of Renaissance architecture in the Loire Valley. Financer Gilles Berthelot’s Chateau, delicately placed on an island on the Indre river, still shines today thanks to the lightness and balance of its mullioned, pepper pots, dormers and above all its graceful staircase.

We will not forget to admire the Chateau under every angle with a stroll around the English style garden, a jewel case of greenness for what is considered today as one of the most beautiful stone diamonds in Touraine.

Fortress, Azay le rideau, Loire Valley, Langeais, Villandry

Chateau of Langeais, part of guided Loire Valley Day tour D1

Wine tasting at an organic local domain.

The vines of this estate are ideally spread out over the entire « terroir » covered by the appellation, from the gravel shores along the Loire River to the clay, limestone and silica (mineral) soils of the hills overlooking the valley.
The red and rosé wines produced on the domain are presented under the appellation « Bourgueil » AOC. They stem 100% from the « Cabernet Franc » grape, introduced by the monks of the Abbey in the XIth century. 

Lunch at your leisure

Chateau of Langeais, part of guided Loire Valley Day tour D1

Guided tour of Chateau of Langeais.

Best reconstitution of everyday life in the Middle Ages, the royal castle of Langeais, built under king Louis XI, was the scene of the wedding of king Charles VIII and Ann of Brittany. In the spectacular banquet and wedding halls, you will discover amazing original sets of tapestries and furniture.

Chateau of Villandry, part of guided Loire Valley Day tour D1Guided tour of one of the most spectacular gardens of Touraine, Villandry.

By its diversity and originality (Love Garden, Kitchen Garden, Aromatic and Medicine Plant Garden, Water Garden and the brand new Sun Garden) and by its size (15 acres, 1150 linden trees), Villandry is the Loire Valley garden not to be missed. With your guide, learn to speak the language of a medieval and Renaissance garden, discover the power of thyme and basil on your health.

 Drop-off 05:40 PM at Tours Tourist Office

 

Champagne Day tours from Paris

Reims being only 60 minutes away from Paris by TGV, here is our train time stable recommendation.

From Reims return to Paris : to be advised

 

This tour includes

Transportation in a comfortable full options minivan, semi-private English speaking escort guide, 2 nights in a hotel**** in Reims and 2 breakfast, entrance fees and tastings at Moët & Chandon and at Taittinger, Avenue des Champagne tour, Dom Perignon with Hauvillers stop, tour of Reims Cathedral, sightseeing of Reims Grandes Maisons de Champagne, entrance fees and tastings at Veuve Clicquot and at a family a estate, 1 Champagne tasting lunch with drinks included lunch  3 nights in a hotel**** in Tours and 3 breakfasts, , entrance tickets and tour of the Chateaux of Amboise, Clos Lucé, Chenonceau, Chambord, Blois, Cheverny, Azay le Rideau, Langeais and Gardens of Villandry, 3 tours and wine tastings at a cellar cave, TGV from Champagne to Loire Valley.
8 passengers maximum per vehicle.

This tour does not include

Personal expenses, extra, other drinks, other meals, 4 lunches

 
Features
Duration of the tour5 days
Type of tourSmall group
LanguageWe authorize a maximum of 2 different languages per minivan. In that case, your guide will lead the tour in 2 languages.
MinivanSemi private or private tour. The transportation of this excursion is operated in a comfortable full options minibus. Maximum 8 passengers per minibus.
ChildrenReduced price for children under 12 years old. Free of charge for infants under 3 years old.
GuideSemi private or private tour. This tour is escorted by an official Guide Interpreter. The guide gives you a tour of the monuments and presents you the history and architecture of the visited sites and towns.
LunchTraditional wine maker lunch and drinks are included in the tour. Lunches are hosted by winemakers to present you local specialties and good local wines. (Specific diets have to be mentioned 72h in advance).
 
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