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Things to do in Champagne

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 13 attractions in Champagne

Reims Cathedral of Notre Dame (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims)

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

Taittinger Champagne House (Maison de Champagne Taittinger)

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

Pommery Champagne (Domaine Pommery)

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

Tau Palace (Palais du Tau)

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

House of Mumm (Maison Mumm)

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

Abbey of Saint-Remi (Abbaye Saint-Rémi)

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


Get your thrills at one of the most popular theme parks in France, Nigloland, which includes rides and entertainment options for visitors of all ages—from roller coasters to animal-themed kiddy rides to puppet shows featuring the theme park’s hedgehog mascot.More

Sens Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Etienne de Sens)

With a history dating back to 1140, Sens Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Etienne de Sens) is one of the oldest Gothic buildings in France and was once one of the most important in the country—Louis IX married here in 1234. Its elaborately decorated facade and exquisite stained-glass windows make it the undisputed star attraction of Sens.More


With its combination of timber-fronted buildings, cobbled lanes, and Gothic churches, a stroll around Troyes transports you back to medieval France. Hidden away in the south of the Champagne region, the atmospheric Old Town is known for its art galleries, striking architecture, and traditional artisan workshops.More


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

Champagne Mercier

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

Verzenay Lighthouse (Phare de Verzenay)

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

Moët & Chandon Champagne Cellars (Les Caves Moët & Chandon)

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

Top activities in Champagne

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Recent reviews from experiences in Champagne

A dream come true champagne experience.
Helen_T, Oct 2022
Small-Group afternoon Champagne Tour with Champagne Tastings from Reims
The drive through champagne country was vivid with fall colours and enchanting vistas.
Kevin_W, Oct 2022
Champagne Moet et Chandon & Taittinger Small-Group Tour with Tasting from Reims
Got to see a lot of local country side and our guide, Sebastian was very knowledgeable about the local towns and history behind them.
It was great!
Anais_R, Sep 2022
Epernay: Small-Group Champagne Tour with Champagne Tastings and Lunch
She spoke fluent English, French and Spanish!
Highly recommend!
Jill_S, Sep 2022
Champagne Daytrip to Veuve Clicquot and Family Winery including Lunch from Reims
We thoroughly enjoyed all of the tastings, and felt really fortunate to visit a small champagne house that we otherwise never would have discovered.
Great day in Reims-Champagne
barbara_w, Sep 2022
Champagne Moet et Chandon & Taittinger Small-Group Tour with Tasting from Reims
Rad Ames is a great English speaking tour guide.
Amazing experience!
Annette_B, Aug 2022
Ruinart champagne special tour
He also went above and beyond in restaurant recommendations and other tourist attractions.
Great small tour
Scott_H, Aug 2022
Reims: Small-Group Champagne Tour with Champagne Tastings and Lunch
Lunch was great and you got to see a lot of the scenery.
Simply a perfect afternoon tour.
Aaron_S, Jul 2022
Small-Group afternoon Champagne Tour with Champagne Tastings from Reims
Our guide was passionate, knowledgeable and kind to English speakers.
Eric was lovely and So...
Kate_G, Jul 2022
Gourmet walk in the heart of the vineyards with Champagne tasting near Epernay
It’s a hot walk in summer.
Fantastic tour - highly recommend!
Deanna_W, Aug 2022
Champagne Moet and Chandon Private Tour with Tastings from Reims or Epernay
Radames was our tour guide and, in addition to being fluent in English and very informative about the region and the champagne making process, we truly enjoyed his company and felt like we were being shown around by an old friend.
Great tour with a wonderful guide
Moniek_P, Aug 2022
Gourmet walk in the heart of the vineyards with Champagne tasting near Epernay
Not in the least, the guide was good at speaking English (which not every French person can say).
Fantastic, educational, amazing tour!
Xtine_M, Jul 2022
Champagne Small Group Tour Tasting Lunch Grand Cru Family Domain & Famous House
We were the only two people on the tour and we were fortunate enough to be guided in French (mostly, sometimes husband needed excellent translation in English) by Sebastien, a true scholar of history, architecture, and yes - oenology.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jasper_B, Sep 2020
Champagne Lamiable: Traditional Tour & Tasting
The kind woman who gave us the tour spoke perfect English as well.
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.
Very well organized and quality food...
yeshe, Sep 2017
Champagne Small Group Tour Tasting Lunch Grand Cru Family Domain & Famous House
You get to visit a negotiant or large producer, visit a cooperative and a boutique producer.
Great tour, specially the...
Luciana_S, Jun 2022
Small-Group afternoon Champagne Tour with Champagne Tastings from Reims
It is fascinating to see how exciting they talk about their business.
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All about Champagne

When to visit

The best time for Champagne-tasting and vineyard tours is between April and mid-October, but people crowd the region’s small towns in July and August. If you don’t mind crowds, visit for the annual La Champenoise wine-tasting marathon in May, the annual Joan of Arc Festival in Reims in June, or the biannual Foire de Châlons agricultural fair (March and September). For wine lovers, the best time to visit is for the grape harvest, which kicks off in late September.

Getting around

Public transport can be patchy and infrequent throughout the Champagne region, and having your own wheels is highly recommended for touring the Champagne houses and wineries. Better yet, hire a private driver or join an organized tasting tour, so you don’t need to worry about designating a driver. Cycling between the vineyards is the most scenic way to get around, but opt for an electric bike, as the region’s hills can quickly slow you down.

Traveler tips

Take a break from Champagne-tasting at the Lac du Der, where you can rent a bike and cycle the 24-mile (38-kilometer) lakeside trail. Outdoor activities abound: Rent a boat to cruise the lake, enjoy water sports such as windsurfing or jet-skiing, and then head to one of the six sandy beaches to picnic by the shore. This is a bird-watching hot spot, too, so look out for cranes swooping across the lake.

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