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This was a fanatastic trip and really enjoyable. Lost count for the amount of champagne we drunk but let's say we felt we got our money's worth. Two highlights were the train at Mercier and the lunch at Penet Chardonnet. Sitting down with the winemakers family was just great - lovely people and the food was beautiful and plentiful.
The guide (and I'm sorry I have forgotten his name) was knowledgable and informative. He seems to have a bias to smaller houses, which could sound over done, but he was right, to our taste anyway, the Champagnes were great. Would definitely recommend this tour but....
The tour was supposed to include return to our accommodation, but a week or so before we were advised they would drop us to a central Paris location. They were graceful enough to not charge us any more for the privelage! (They actually said this in the email.). So if that was not bad enough, the drop off point happens to be their own wine bar! It has all the hallmarks of a setup. In discussion with other tour members, all had the same thing happen.
Again don't get me wrong I highly recommend the tour, but please let's be honest in our advertising - I hope it has been changed now (Viator?)
And the wine bar was really cool and we did stay and partake and even had a plate of meat and cheeses (also very nice).
Our Viator guide was Richard - awesome!!!!! He escorted us to Moet and Chandon and then 2 other independent champagne houses. This was fantastic. There were 8 people on our tour. The first small champagne house served us an incredible lunch. All the veggies were from their garden. The champagne was out of this world! But the best part was that both of the small champagne houses were owned by great people that were willing to share their time with us and give us a tour of their facility and their vineyards. I would do this tour over and over again. Diane
We went to 3 different champagne regions and only had 1 more couple with us which made the trip very enjoyable. Well worth the money.
Great trip! Small group was a pleasure versus some of the larger bus tours, our guide, Daniel, was extremely knowledgeable and enjoyable to spend the day with (a must especially for a small group being together 12 hours!) and the 3 champagne makers they chose were outstanding. A real pleasure to start with the largest and best known (Moet) and then to experience the smaller and, by most standards, higher quality champagne makers in the region. On top of all of that, the lunch at one of the vineyards was truly an outstanding local experience. I would recommend to any and all.
Richard was our guide/driver. Picked us up exactly on time at the Westin in Paris. Comfortable Mercedes van was transportation to Champagne region. Lots of fun information along the way to Champagne. The tour of Moet and Chandon was fantastic--the caves and the tasting. Lunch was a 6 champagne tasting with a display of the locae fare. Then a tour of the vineyards and facilities of local winery Lelarge-Pugeot. Dominique spent hours with us showing her organic method of growing then allowed us a tasting. Magnifique!! --and the Lelarge-Pugeot Champagne's are are available in California. Great Tour! Richard made the experience personal, friendly and a real education about Champagne. I would highly recommend this tour.
Richard was our guide, he was knowledgeable and pleasant. We had two other couples with us, it was a fun group! Great experience!
Fantastic tour. We had the best time. Pierre was a very good and knowledgeable tour guide. The tastings were delicious as was the lunch, even more delicious. Would highly recommend this tour.
This was a great introduction into the champagne world. I don 't think I was expecting it to be so educational but now that I'm home, I feel like I have a new look at what I'm buying and an appreciation for the final product. This is definitely not the cheapest trip but if you look at the big picture, we got transportation to and around the Champagne region, home cooked lunch by the winemaker's family, champagne at several stops and a hell of an education. If you have the money, I think this is the way to do it. Sure you could probably find Moet and organize that part of the tour. You wouldn't find the little places we stopped at or even know that they made champagne for that matter to know to stop at them.
We had the same tour guide that others mentioned named Daniel. He definitely knows his stuff and I doubt you'll stump him if you try. He's like the Ken Jennings of Champagne Jeopardy.
Final Conclusion: Don't expect to get hammered on this tour but do expect to get to taste good champagne (a fair amount of it). Also expect to get very educated and potentially increase your spending habits when you get home. Bring your credit card because there may be opportunities to buy stuff and send it home directly.
I would do it again.
What a day, my wife an I had just a great time driving in the country side and the 3 great stops .
Thanks for a great day. Peter and Liz
One of my highlights to my trip in Paris. Educational, informative and fun experience. I love the fact that we experience the different types of champagne makers. Lunch was excellent! Our tour guide (Daniel) who is the champagne expert is very knowledgeable and made our trip very interesting. Thank you for the fantastic experience. I highly recommend this tour... in fact don't miss it if you are in Paris for a couple of days.
Seemed to be some slight changes to the itinerary from when we booked in January BUT this aside, an outstanding experience . Our tour guide Pierre was a font of knowledge on not only Champagne, but French culture and history which really added to the day.The highlight was the lunch in the sunny backyard garden of the Penet Champagne House- it was like having a backyard lunch at a friends home only much more memorable with plenty of tastings and delectable traditional French cuisine. Great hostess.
The trip gave you a real flavour of a spectacularly beautiful region and was a highlight of our stay in France.
The Grand Crus Penet Champagne was magnifique. Daniel, our guide was not only very knowledgable but added to the experience with his friendly approachable manner. Would recommend this tour to anyone.