Your driver guide picks you up in a comfortable minivan in Paris for the roughly 1.5-hour drive to Champagne, the region where the famous French bubbles are produced. On your way to the vineyards, enjoy croissants and other pastries while your guide tells you about the amazing world of Champagne.
Begin with the visit to a prestigious Champagne house such as Mot and Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, or Mumm (depending on availability). Check out beautiful chalk cellars full of bottles, get lost in a maze of galleries, and enjoy a Champagne tasting at the end of your tour, by which time the mysterious Mthode Champenoise will no longer be a secret to you.
Continue your day trip with a drive through the vineyards of the Montagne de Reims, Cote des Blancs, and Valle de la Marne, between Reims, Ay, and Epernay. While you admire the scenic views, learn how to distinguish the three different Champagne grapes: chardonnay, pinot noir, and pinot meunier. Your next stop is a family-run winery where you'll have lunch. Meet the winemaker and enjoy a meal of traditional food paired with a Champagne tasting.
After lunch, head to Hautvillers to visit its abbey and soak up the atmosphere of a typical French village, where Benedictine monk Dom Perignon made sparkling Champagne for the first time more than 300 years ago. Then visit another family-run winery, and see a sabrage or a dgorgement la vole (depending on availability). Enjoy a tasting of authentic Champagnes that you don't get the chance to enjoy outside of France.
Throughout your day trip, you'll listen to plenty of information about how Champagne is made. Hear about Blanc de Blancs and Blanc de Noirs. Find out how Champagne Ros is made. Discover if Grands Crus and Premiers Crus exist in Champagne. Find out if there is a specific Champagne terroir. Hear about the history of the Champagne region and how the coronation of French kings used to take place in Reims' Gothic cathedral.
Following your third tasting, your guide drives you back and drops you off in central Paris (Htel de Ville)