With Brits drinking more champagne than any other nation, many parents would love to visit the champagne region themselves to learn more about their favourite tipple, but are reluctant to take young children who might get bored easily.
With this in mind, The Champagne Tour Company has developed a private guided tour to please both kids and parents. It offers short and interactive visits, starting with a drive through the Marne Valley to Chatillon sur Marne for panoramic views. Here the kids can get out and let off some steam and close by is a family producer, which has discovered a treasure trove of fossil shells of superb quality on their land, presented in the rock as they were found.
Guests then head to Epernay and Avenue de Champagne, to visit Champagne Mercier. Here the group can take the panoramic lift 30m underground and board a laser guided train to travel along part of 18km of chalk tunnels, which then ends with a tasting. Lunch is a child-friendly picnic in the village of Hautvillers, followed by a visit to the abbey of Dom Perignon. Depending on the age of the children, the afternoon could then include a visit to an interactive Champagne museum; a visit and aperitif at a Champagne Bar up in the treetops with views of the Montagne de Reims; a visit to Reims Cathedral; or a horse and cart ride through the vineyards.
The eight-hour tour costs 800 euros with pick-up from Reims, or a ten-hour tour for 1,100 euros with pick-up from Paris. Each tour is for up to six guests and excludes entries, tastings and lunch. Until May 31, the company is offering 25% off the bookable price for tours taken in 2016. It is also 12% commission to agents.
For details see champagne-tour.com
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