Departure dates in 2017 will be advised once the Parliament plenary calendar is released.
6 days / 5 nights’ duration
Return Executive Coach Travel with selected local pick up points & short channel ferry crossings to Calais
1 night half board accommodation in the Metz area at a minimum 3* hotel – en suite rooms
4 nights BB accommodation + 2 x 3 course dinners at a minimum 3* hotel within easy reach of Strasbourg
1 x 3 course dinner in Strasbourg day 2 (excluding drinks)
Included excursion package as set out in the sample itinerary
* Other modes of transport are also available *
PRICE & SUPPLEMENTS
Price based on a minimum of 35 paying from £599.00pp Twin / Double share excluding subsidy reduction.
The EU subsidy of approx. Euro 200.00pp will be refunded to you after the Parliament visit in cash.
Failure to attend the Parliament visit will result in no subsidy being paid.
Single supplement from £59.00pp 5 nights – maximum 8 rooms
Day 1 - Departing your last pick-up point this morning we travel to the coast for your crossing to Calais. As we start our journey through France, we will make a lunch stop (approx 1 hr) in Arras the capital of Artois in the heart of the Pas-de-Calais region. Making comfort stop(s) en route we then continue to Metz. This city features buildings such as the Gothic Saint-Stephen Cathedral with the largest expanse of stained glass windows in the world, the Basilica of Saint-Pierre-aux-Nonnains the oldest church in France, the Imperial Station which displays the apartment of the German Kaiser and the oldest working Opera House in France. We check into our overnight Metz hotel where dinner is inlcuded this evening.
Day 2 - You will have a little free time in Metz this morning to explore at your leisure. Continuing into the northern Vosges region we make an included visit to the ‘unique’ Lalique Museum which is located in the village where Rene Lalique set up his factory just after WWI. Reproductions of some of Lalique's older works and contemporary designs are still produced in the company's factory. In addition to displaying the many facets of Rene Lalique's work up to his death in 1945, Lalique Crystal, which his family concentrated on after his death, has also been given prominence in the museum and homage has been paid to the Alsace glassmakers who perpetuate the expertise. We continue onto your allocated hotel where there will be time to freshen up, before your included set 3 course group dinner.
Day 3 - Departing the hotel this morning we travel into the city of Strasbourg, where we begin the day with your pre booked visit to the European Parliament. (Please note that this visit is mandatory to receive the EU subsidy). The visit lasts approximately 2.5 hours and will include a general introduction by an EP official to the role and work of the European Parliament. This Parliament visit may also include the opportunity to talk to an MEP about his work in the Parliament and observe MEP’s debates ‘live’ from the visitors’ gallery. After this visit you will be transferred by coach into the heart of the city where you can purchase lunch and explore this stunning city at your leisure. A must see during is a visit to the stunning Cathedral which has many treasures including stained glass windows dating from the 12th - 14th centuries, the St. Pancrace's Altar (1522), the 17th-century tapestries forming the Virgin's Wall covering and a popular curiosity, the Astronomical Clock housed in a 17th-century casing. There is much to see whilst here including the area known as La Petite France in the historic old quarter or you might choose to take a relaxing cruise taking in the sights from the waterfront. Due to the richness and sheer density of the city’s heritage sites, the entire town centre has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. We remain in the Strasbourg area for your included 3 course group dinner at a local restaurant before being transferred back to the hotel during the evening.
Day 4 - Departing the hotel after breakfast today’s first visit is to Obernai, the second most visited town in Alsace after Strasbourg. This Alsatian town’s charm is built on its ramparts, the traditional half-timbered houses, the Belfry and its town centre, which are all steeped in history. Departing Obernai we continue on to the Castle of Haut-Koenigsberg for your included visit. (Please note that there is a gradient walking and steps involved in this visit). From the moment you step over the threshold of the great door, you will find yourself in the Middle Ages. Cross the lower Courtyard with its inn, forge and mill then climb the spiral stairways leading to the Lord's furnished apartments. Plunge into an environment of architecture and furnishings steeped in history. The omni-present drawbridges, armoury, keep and cannons are a constant reminder of the purpose of this mountain fortress, which has been besieged, destroyed and pillaged numerous times since its construction. Finally, our last visit today is to Colmar, a city full of charm and atmosphere whose streets and alley-ways has been preserved since the Middle Ages. Churches, cloisters, half-timbered houses, balconies, facades with ornate wood sculptures, paintings, gables, and edifices from the Renaissance period, all add to this very special city. A tour of the town by petit train is included so that you get to see most of what Colmar has to offer. We remain in Colmar where you will have free time to purchase an early dinner in one of the many restaurants before returning to the hotel this evening.
Day 5 - Today we spend the day in Heidelberg (Germany), a world-famous city and perennial tourist favourite with a justified international and national reputation as one of Germany's top tourist destinations. It is the blend of different and thoroughly contrasting characteristics which harmonize to make Heidelberg a fascinating and unique place. The charm of this interplay has inspired artists, stimulated scientists and is an unforgettable experience for all visitors to the city. Accompanied by a local guide, you will take an included City Tour by coach, which will include entrance to the romantic Heidelberg Castle. Perched on the slopes of Mount Königstuhl some 70m above the river Neckar, the castle and its neighbouring buildings are amongst the most impressive sights anywhere in Germany. The castle is also home to the largest wine barrel in the world, made from 130 oak trees and is over 7m wide and 8m in length. For the more adventurous, there is a path from the castle which takes you straight into the old town. Following the tour you will have some free time to purchase lunch before an included cruise on The Neckarsonne, a solar powered boat. Experience the most delightful views of the city while the ship gently glides by. During this 50 minute river trip there will be commentary about the highlights of Heidelberg and its outlying areas. There will be free time afterwards to further discover Heidelberg's historical old quarter which is situated at the foot of the castle which enchants visitors with its pretty little squares, ornate Renaissance buildings and imposing churches. At its heart is the market square with its rustic cobblestones and impressive fountain. Towering above this delightful scene is the famous Church of the Holy Spirit. From here it's just a stone's throw to Kornmarkt, for many Heidelberg's prettiest square where the Madonna from 1718, who is held aloft by angels atop a fountain pillar. This was meant to entice Protestants to return to the 'true faith' following the Catholic Revival. We return to the hotel, where dinner is included this evening.
Day 6 - After breakfast we check out of the hotel as we retrace our steps homeward, with a stop being made in the historic city of Reims before we continue on to Calais, with a comfort stop en route for our early eveining crossing to the UK and returning to your original departure point(s).
This is an example itinerary only and can be revised, both in duration and content, to suit your group's requirements.