Verzenay Lighthouse (Phare de Verzenay) Tours
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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.
Verzenay. Open Tue–Thur 10am–5pm, Sat–Sun 10am–5.30pm. The lighthouse is not accessible between Jan 1 and mid-Mar but the museum remains open. Admission adults €9, seniors & students €7.5, children aged between 6 and 16 €5. Best accessed by car along the A4, Verzenay is 93 miles (150 km) from Paris and 15 minutes from Reims.
Address: Verzenay, Reims, Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine 51360, France
Hours: Tue–Thur 10am–5pm, Sat–Sun 10am–5.30pm. The lighthouse is not accessible between Jan 1 and mid-Mar but the museum remains open
Admission: adults €9, seniors & students €7.5, children aged between 6 and 16 €5
5 Tours and Activities to Experience Verzenay Lighthouse (Phare de Verzenay)
You will be pick up directly at your place in Reims or Epernay. Visit the well-known cellars of Ruinart. Enjoy a tasting of 2 different Ruinart champagnes in the tasting room. Go shopping in the branding Ruinart shop. Enjoy a drive in the UNESCO classified landscapes and vineyards of Champagne.
Enjoy an immersive and intimate way to explore the UNESCO-listed landscapes, vineyards, and wineries of the Champagne region on this private driving tour. Pick between several tour times, meet your guide at your area hotel, and hop aboard your private vehicle. You’ll receive an introduction to the area’s landmarks (including the Moulin de Verzenay, the Reims Mountain, and more), will hear Champagne-themed tales, and will even indulge in a wine tasting.
We will drive on the touristic road of the champagne area. You will enjoy views, discover the vineyards, landscapes of the area which are listed as UNESCO world heritage and go on with a champagne cellar visit and tasting. The vineyards are planted on the hillside of the mountain of Reims. At each stop, I will give you informations through funny stories and explain you why the place is unique but the Champagne too : the grappe varieties, the plants growing, the harvest and the most important the tasting ! My friend winemaker will welcome us at his place and we will visit his family exploitation. He will explain you his daily work and show you the different steps of production of champagne : from the press to the cellar going through the tanks room where the juices are stock waiting for the bottleling. We will save a lot of time for the tasting which is the most important. I also orgonise more complete tours in an all day with lunch and visits.
Experience a total private champagne experience ! Specialy organised for honeymoon or anniversary. The 2 of or your friends group will be driven all the day to discover the champagne and taste champagne. An all day dedicated to fun, photos, tastings & champagne culture. Transportation, breakfast, lunch, visits and tastings are included. This is a private experience : you will be the only ones during the visit at Pommery champagne and the tour will last as you want. You will be the only ones for the meeting with the champagne winemaker and the guided tasting with him. Only you in the car or the minibus depending if you're a couple or with friends. This experience can be customized too. Let us know if you special things.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are Verzenay Lighthouse (Phare de Verzenay) hours of operation?
Verzenay Lighthouse (Phare de Verzenay) hours of operation: Tue–Thur 10am–5pm, Sat–Sun 10am–5.30pm. The lighthouse is not accessible between Jan 1 and mid-Mar but the museum remains open. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
What's the best way to experience Verzenay Lighthouse (Phare de Verzenay)?
The best ways to experience Verzenay Lighthouse (Phare de Verzenay) are:
- Ruinart champagne special tour
- Champagne UNESCO Tour
- Champagne half-day tour
- Honeymoon or anniversary celebration
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