5 day/4 night tour starts from £449 per pupil
Day 1 – Travel and Arrival
Travel by Executive Coach and Eurotunnel or Ferry to France, with occasional stops on the Motorway route to Strasbourg. You will arrive at your residential venue (click here fore details) in time to unpack before dinner and an evening stroll in the surrounding parkland.
Day 2 – Discover Strasbourg – Uncover History
After breakfast, you will board your coach for the city centre. You will be joined there by a professional English-speaking guide for a two-part tour.
Firstly you will be taken on your coach along the banks of the river and through the various quarters of the city including the ‘German’ quarter and the European quarter – home to the Palais de l’Europe, the Human Rights Building and the European Parliament.
Then leaving the coach behind, you will be led on a walk through the pedestrian heart of the old city around the Cathedral and Petite France. Sights include the Maison Kammerzell, place Gutenberg, St-Thomas church, the former tanners’ houses, the Covered Bridges, the Vauban dam, the old Customs House and the former Butchery.
After a break for your picnic lunch, you will get a further aspect of the city after climbing the 332 steps up the Gothic tower of Notre Dame Cathedral. The view should impress – the church was the World’s tallest building for over 200 years until 1874! The afternoon concludes at the ‘Secrets of Chocolate’ Museum to learn about the history and production of one of the region’s favourite flavours and major exports! The visit is enhanced with a film, demonstrations and workshops to whet your appetites before heading back to dinner at your residence.
Day 3 – Classic Alsace – Mulhouse Market and Colourful Colmar
You will drive south to Mulhouse to experience its covered market – Marché du Canal Couvert – the largest in Eastern France featuring 350-plus retailers selling a variety of goods, fresh produce and regional specialities.
Having had time to try out your French at the stalls and take lunch in the park, you can then head back up to Colmar where you will be treated to a guided tour. Escaping any great damage during or since the French Revolution, the architecture reflects this charming town’s mixed German and French heritage with many fine examples of classic Alsatian buildings dating from the 14th to 19th Centuries.
Day 4 – Rivers
After breakfast, you will pop straight into the city for an early sightseeing cruise on the River Ill. The boat trip is accompanied by English language commentary on personal headsets. The ’20 Centuries of History’ river tour lasts 1 hour 10 minutes, departing from the Palais Rohan and meanders around the whole of the ‘Grande Île’ World Heritage Site and onwards to the European Institutions.
Back on dry land, following a short preview film, you can witness the ‘Parade of the Apostles’ as the intricate mechanism of the Cathedral’s Astronomical Clock performs its once-daily show. After taking your picnic lunch in a nearby park, you can choose an afternoon visit to one of the city’s municipal museums – perhaps the Alsatian Museum, Historical Museum or Fine Arts Museum in the Palais Rohan.
After dinner back at your residential centre, you will be able to stroll across the pedestrian bridge over the River Rhein to Germany. There you can climb the panoramic tower on the riverbank for a view spanning across two countries with the square of the peaceful border-town Kehl waiting for you nearby.
Day 5 – A Bientôt
After breakfast you will board your coach with a packed meal and your luggage to make the journey home. The trip back to the port will break for lunch in Verdun. Here you will have time to sample the centre of the city which will forever be a symbol of French resistance and sacrifice and visit the Underground Citadel. The fortress sheltered thousands of French soldiers during the epic Battle of Verdun during the Great War and it was here that the Unknown Soldier was selected for burial beneath the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The subterranean site is visited on a small train through various rooms and passages and includes a reconstruction of a trench battle scene.
Leaving Verdun behind, you will make your return Channel Crossing to arrive back at School late that evening.
Prices for the above programme start from as low as £449 per pupil based upon 44 pupils travelling with 5 Teachers free of charge.
The price quoted includes:
* Executive coach travel to and from France via Eurotunnel or Ferry
* Four nights full board accommodation (first meal – dinner on day 1/last meal – packed lunch on day 5)
* Entrance fees as per the above itinerary
* Help with provision of Risk Assessments
* Tour planning guidance
* Comprehensive Leaders’ Information Packs for travel
* 24/7 Emergency support contact throughout your visit
* Fully Protected Travel Arrangements – Travel Regulation Insolvency Protection Insurance provided by Towergate. For more details please click here.
Please note the programme and quote price may vary due to coach driving hours regulations and the type and timing of the Channel Crossing.