After midmorning pick up at your Paris hotel, ride through the beautiful French countryside on the approximately 1.5-hour journey to the town of Reims in France’s Champagne-Ardenne region. Learn about the important history of the town, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has ancient Roman roots dating back to the first century BC. Visit the 13th-century Notre-Dame de Reims cathedral, celebrated as the coronation site of many French kings including Charles VIII, Louis IX, François II and Louis XVI.
Continue on to a local winery known as one of the best in the world-famous region. On a tour of the historic cellars, learn about the traditional méthode champenoise wine-making process as you follow the journey of the grape from vine all the way through the secondary fermentation process that gives Champagne its distinctive effervescence.
Sample four different kinds of Champagne, artfully paired with a multicourse lunch including specialty Reims ham prepared with dried tomatoes and fruits, local cheeses and a Champagne lentil salad with foie gras. Finish on a sweet note with red fruit tiramisu and pink Reims biscuits.
After this delicious feast, you’re sure to be feeling the French art de vivre (‘art of life’) on the scenic return drive to Paris.