If you like France, travel, and sparkling wine Champagne is a great place to be. It is also a great place to learn about history through wine and get a taste of royal luxury whether at a hotel or on a tour of the world’s best Champagne houses. I’ve done this trip with my sister a little while back. Thinking about this itinerary more and more I made a few changes based on our experience. This three-day Champagne itinerary is now my dream itinerary for visiting the region, especially for the first time. 

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Day One: A laid-back arrival

There is a direct train from Paris to Gare de Champagne Ardenne station and it takes under an hour ($58+ CA per person). For day one my recommendation is to start slow at a beautiful wine country hotel. Château de Sacy (full review here) is located in the heart of the Sacy commune, surrounded by vineyards from all sides. You can go for a walk through the greenery, explore the small town center, and then take full advantage of the hotel spa. Your stay includes access to the outdoor loungers and barrel tubs with a phenomenal view of the sunset. A glass of champagne is optional but highly recommended. 

The restaurant at Château de Sacy* is a local favourite. The terrace looks over the vineyards while the interior creates an atmosphere of royal luxury. The menu features a selection of classic French dishes, a range of proteins, and sharable mains [make reservations]. In the morning there is a buffet-style breakfast but it is no average buffet breakfast. Here glass domes cover an impressive selection of fresh cheeses, baked goods, small snacks and so much more. I would go back just for the breakfast. And the tub. That tub is a dream

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Getting around:

If you have a designated driver renting a car would allow you to see more of the region and make casual scenic stops. If, however, you intend to enjoy all the samples and beyond or simply just don’t want to drive there are many options for chauffeured transport. You can hire a car with a guide, with an English-speaking driver, or simply someone to just chauffer you around with minimal expectations. 

A quick search will pull up plenty of options. Mydriverinparis.com seems to have good options and you can send them a WhatsApp message for instant reply. I strongly recommend booking well in advance, at least a week, between people’s schedules, time difference, and the email back and forth time will pass quickly. You will also see options to hire cars with Viator* or Get Your Guide* which can be better offers but make sure to do a comparative search for the exact company. 

Tip: If you do book with Viator make sure to for through the Aeroplan store for the extra points. 

Day  Two: Let there be bubbly!

Make sure to check the tour schedules for all Champagne houses beforehand and book in advance. They might sell out, some champagne houses are closed on strange days, some have off hours, or there might not be an English-speaking guide available.

Having made all of the reservations in advance we begin our Champagne tour. 

Champagne Veuve Clicquot

Veuve Clicquot offers a few tours from one to four hours in duration. Each tour includes a cellar visit and tasting, you choose which wines. The cellars are impressive and the story of Maison Veuve Clicquot is certainly one worth knowing. This woman was a pioneer in winemaking at a time when women were not even allowed to have bank accounts. The tour can be made private at an additional cost. 

Reservations: veuveclicquot.com

Quick note: the links as they are spelled out go to the homepage, but if you click on them they’ll go to reservations directly.

Three day Champagne itinerary, Champagne Veuve Clicquot cellar tour guide holding up a bottle

Champagne Taittinger

Taittinger is one of the largest and most respectable champagne producers in the world. You might recognize their silver box packaging with red bubbles on the lid. This visit will also include a cellar tour, but the cellars are a bit different from those you saw at Veuve. The tour will conclude in the tasting room where you can explore their champagne lineup at your own pace. 

Reservations: taittinger.com

Lunch at Château Les Crayères, Reims

Another stunning hotel with an exceptional culinary team. There are two restaurants and one bar, we opted for a three-course lunch at Le Jardin. Nestled at the back of the hotel grounds the restaurant is shaded by greenery and nature. Guests can make an a la carte selection or opt-in for a coursed lunch [4 images above are from this meal]. 

Reservations: lescrayeres.com

Champagne Ruinart

This visit is unique in more ways than one. The property itself feels like an armory, once you are past the gates you are greeted by a mansion that houses not just wine but an impressive art collection (Ruin-art). These small group tours are informative and entertaining (at least our guide was). As you navigate through these oddly shaped cellars you will continually cross various unique, often custom-made pieces of art. The tour ends back in the small tasting room with a guided tasting.

Reservations: ruinart.com

Three day Champagne itinerary, Champagne Ruinart tasting

Day Three: With a casual strolling pace

A short scenic drive will take us to Avenue de Champagne in Epernay. The street is just about a kilometre long so you can walk it at all with a leisurely stroll which makes it perfect for an overnight stay. But first, champagne! Some of the houses can only be visited with a tour, some you will notice have open terraces that welcome walk-ins. 

Champagne Moët & Chandon

Moët & Chandon needs no introduction and despite having done cellar tours yesterday we will go on this one as well. The shape of the cellars varies based on location and the ones that run under Avenue de Champagne are quite different. The tours are 1.5 hours and there is an option for a small group 2-hour Tasting Workshop or a 2-hour Grand Vintage Collection tasting.

Reservations: moet.com

Three day Champagne itinerary, Champagne Moët & Chandon
Champagne Moët & Chandon tasting room, wine being poured

Champagne Mercier

A champagne house founded by twenty-year-old Eugène Mercier who was on a mission to make champagne available to the casual folk. The tour takes you through 18km of cellars on a driverless train and includes a stop at the working production site. The range of tours includes one, two, or three glasses of wine. The train cars look adorable, I’m looking forward to trying this!

Reserations: champagnemercier.com

Atelier 1834, Champagne Boizel

Another historic mansion and home to a long generation of winemakers founded by a young couple in 1834. There are three different tours available, all of which include a journey through the Boizel House from the cellars to the stainless-steel vats. The difference, of course, is in the champagnes you taste.  

Reservations: boizel.com

Three day Champagne itinerary, Atelier 1834, Champagne Boizel

Check-in at La Villa Eugene

For our last night, we unpack at La Villa Eugene*, 19th century Mercer family hotel. There are only 15 rooms, a lovely pool, and a classy little bar. The idea is to stay directly on Avenue de Champagne so we can have dinner and a nightcap without having to call a car. 

Dinner at Symbiose

A modern restaurant just off Avenue de Champagne. The chef owners Justine and Maxime take a creative approach to food breaking down traditional techniques while taking advantage of fresh local ingredients. This restaurant has a Michelin mention. 

Reservations: symbiose-restaurant.com

For more Eperany restaurants visit epernay-tourisme.com.

Would rather go on a planned tour? Here are some options

Small-group Champagne tour with lunch

From: Reims, small group (max 8ppl)

Inclusions: 6-hour guided tour, visit Avenue de Champagne, workshop on Champagne, tastings, visit to a family winery,  and lunch.

Book on Viator*

Private full-day tour tour with lunch

From: Reims, private (max 2ppl)

Inclusions: 8-hour private guided tour in a Mercedes Minivan, multiple champagne growers and houses visits, historic stops, and lunch in Épernay.

Book on Viator*

Full-day Champagne tour from Paris

From: Paris, Paris’ Gare d’Est train station, small group (max 8ppl)

Inclusions: Train tickets from Paris to Reims, Veuve Clicquot visit and 2 other Champagne houses, ten champagne tastings, and lunch. Roughly 11 hours.

Book on Viator*

Day trip by van in Champagne with lunch

From: Reims, small group (max 8ppl)

Inclusions: 8.5-hour tour with a local guide, visit multiple Champagne houses, traditional French lunch, and historic stops.

Book on Viator*

2 days in Champagne tour

From: Reims or Epernay

Inclusions: One overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in Reims. Visit big Champagne houses and small producers, historic stops, breakfast, and lunch. Ask for 2nd day accommodation

Book on Viator*

3 days in Champagne, “Aromas” experience

From: Reims or Epernay

Inclusions: Two nights at a 4-star hotel in Reims city center and p rivate transportation. Two breakfasts, two lunches, visit big Champagne houses and small producers, and historic stops. Ask for 3rd day accommodation.

Book on Viator*

In the gear bag: Fujifilm X-T100 with an XF50mmF2 R WR lens. To see the trip on Instagram look up #xoParis19.

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  1. Your pictures make champagne look absolutely incredible! Will definitely have to add it to my list of stops in France!

  2. I would adore doing this multi-day tour and tastings of champagne. Lucky you!

  3. I went to Provence last year wine tasting and now after reading your great post on Champagne, I really want to go. Thanks for putting together such a great and informative guide. Saving for a definite future trip!

  4. Wow! This certainly must have been an indulgent trip. Love such guided tours.

  5. This looks wonderful. Do you have a favourite tour? I love sparkling wine, but it doesn’t have to be champagne. In fact, my only sparkling wine experience was in a cave in Moldova (it was cheap, it was really good). Since Champagne is a classic, I would love to visit.

    1. Veuve Clicquot but very closely followed by Ruinart :). And yes there are many great sparkling wine, I’ve been really into Pét-Nat these last couple of years as well

  6. This looks absolutely divine. I love visiting wineries but visiting the home of Champagne would be absolutely next level. And 3 days is probably a good idea so that you don’t have to cram them all into one day!

    1. Absolutely, you could do a day trip if that’s all you have time for of course, but 3 days felt like a good pace

  7. I do enjoy a glass of bubbly or two so would love this part of France. And the food looks good too.

  8. Very informative post! I have a friend who would absolutely love to do this, so I might share it with her. The food and champagne look amazing!

  9. Well this is the post I didn’t know I needed. I’m adding to my list of things to do on my next visit. Your photos are really beautiful.

    1. Thank you! Have the best time when you go 😀

  10. Beautiful pictures and a great Champagne adventure guide, Kateryna! You make planning simple with all the detailed reservations and recommendations for each day.

  11. I’ve been to Reims but sadely was only able to do only one tour. This is making me want to go back and do all the available tours!

  12. It sounds like a perfect itinerary! I’m not a champagne drinker myself, but I would love to have a glass of French wine and enjoy their cuisine.

  13. This sounds like the perfect way to experience this part of France! Adding to my bucket list.

  14. We love bubbly champagne and sadly have not yet visiting this region in France. I like the idea of chauffeured transport so we can sample our way from winery to winery. Veuve Cliquot would definitely be on my list to visit!

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