Reims Tours

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With its UNESCO World Heritage–listed monuments, lively student quarter, and a history dating back to 80 BC, Reims is among the most interesting cities in northern France. Today it’s best known for its booming Champagne industry and serves as the unofficial capital of the famous Champagne region. 

The Basics
At around two hours from Paris, many visitors opt to explore Reims on a day tour from the capital. Reims’ top attractions—including its massive Gothic cathedral, art and military museums, and historical market—are not to be missed before heading out into Champagne country. In fact, many visitors typically combine a city tour of Reims with Champagne tasting at one or more of the region’s wineries. 

Reims is also a strategic starting point for Champagne tours, home to prestigious Champagne houses like Taittinger, Mumm, Veuve-Clicquot, and Pommery. Other popular inclusions on a full-day tour include the Champagne town of Épernay, home to the Moët & Chandon vineyards and cellars, and the village of Hautvillers, the former home of Champagne maverick Dom Pérignon. For a more personalized Champagne-tasting experience, opt for a small-group or private tour.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Reims is a must for lovers of incredibly charming French towns, history, and Champagne.
  • The historic center of Reims is easy to get around on foot, but there is also an extensive tram system.
  • Reims is renowned for its nightlife; most bars, live music venues, and nightclubs are found around Place Drouet-d’Erlon.

How to Get There
Reims is located in northeastern France, not far from the borders of Germany, Belgium, and Luxembourg. From Paris, it’s about a 2-hour drive or a 45-minute journey by high-speed train—the Reims-bound TGV departs from the Gare de l’Est.

When to Get There
The most popular time to visit Reims is during the summer months of July and August, when it’s recommended to book accommodations and tours well in advance. Other atmospheric times to visit are during the springtime Joan of Arc Festival (Les Fêtes Johanniques) and over the holiday season, when a Christmas village and festive markets set up in the city center.

A Walking Tour of Reims
Begin your Reims walking tour at Place Royale, with its imposing statue of Louis XV. From here it’s a short stroll to the city’s trio of UNESCO-listed monuments: the Abbey of Saint-Rémi (Basilique St-Rémi), the Palace of Tau (Palais du Tau), and the magnificent Cathedral of Notre Dame, whose construction began in 1211 and which once served as a royal coronation site. Be sure to admire the equestrian statue of Joan of Arc on Place Cardinal-Luçon before continuing along Boulevard Lundy, lined with grand 19th- and 20th-century mansions, including the Hôtel de Brimont. Loop around to admire the beautiful Town Hall and pay a visit to the Musée des Beaux Arts, then finish your walking tour at Place Drouet-d’Erlon, where many cafés and restaurants make a perfect spot for lunch. 
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Address: Reims, France, France
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Small-Group Champagne Day Trip with Moet et Chandon visit and Lunch included

Discover France’s exquisite Champagne country on this 10.5-hour history and tasting tour from Paris. In a small group, wind through verdant hillsides en route to wine estates, a distinguished Champagne house and the charming city of Reims for a tour of the famous Gothic cathedral. Your tasting adventure includes guided tours of vineyards and champagne cellars, complimentary samples of sparkling wines and a traditional French lunch.
  • Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes
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G.H. Mumm Champagne House Cellar Tour

Pamper your palate with the elegant effervescence of fine champagne on a 1-hour Mumm Champagne cellar tour in Reims. Head to the heart of the picturesque region and descend into the subterranean cellars of the champagne-making establishment to see more than 25 million bottles of fine Champagne. With an accomplished guide, enrich your knowledge of Mumm’s celebrated Champagne-making traditions and delve into the rich history of the ancient cellars. Conclude your tour with a tasting session of the refined beverage, in which you can select from a variety of samples.
  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
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Champagne Region Day Trip with Two Champagne Tastings and Reims Cathedral

Pop a cork in France’s famous Champagne region on a full-day tour from Paris. Visit some of the most famous Champagne cellars in the world at the Mumm and Mercier wineries, where you can taste varieties of beloved bubbly and learn about the time-honored tradition of making Champagne. Delve into regional history with a tour of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Reims, the coronation site for many kings of France.
  • Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes
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Champagne Tour from Paris: Moet and Chandon, Hautvillers, and the House of Mumm

Experience fine French bubbly on a full-day trip to the Champagne region from Paris. Accompanied by a guide, travel through the beautiful vineyards of Epernay and descend into the Champagne cellars of Moet and Chandon. Continue onto Hautvillers, birthplace of Champagne pioneer Dom Pèrignon. Travel onward to Reims for a tour of the House of Mumm Champagne cellars before returning to Paris. Tastings and entrance fees are included.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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