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Since the Romans created their vineyards on the fertile plains between the Vosges mountains and the Rhine Alsace and Lorraine were desirable lands, the focus of wars between the kingdoms of the Middle Ages and between the great European powers until the 20th century. Despite centuries of annexation and religious strife the provinces produced prosperous Medieval trading towns, glamorous Ducal cities and extraordinary art and architecture. There are mountain fortresses built for Charlemagne, exquisite Gothic Cathedrals, some of the finest sculpture in the west and from 1900 the magical Art Nouveau inspired by the Ecole de Nancy. This tour based in beautiful Strasbourg is designed to introduce you to the fascinating history of Alsace and Lorraine and their unique arts.
Strasbourg rose window

Monday April 4

AM - Morning flight from Gatwick to Basel. By private coach to Strasbourg to check into our hotel.

PM - An introductory boat tour on the waterways encircling Strasbourg’s historical centre.
Group dinner at a local restaurant.

Tuesday April 5

AM - Strasbourg. On foot to the Cathedral of Notre Dame and the glorious Gothic sandstone sculpture of the exterior. Inside it is home to fine, early stained glass and the extraordinary 16th century Astronomical Clock. A short walk to the Musee de l’Oeuvre Notre Dame, a treasure house of works from the Cathedral and Medieval painting and sculpture from Alsace.

PM - A walking tour of the squares and courtyards of Strasbourg’s historical centre including the outrageously photogenic half timbered streets of La Petite France.

Wednesday April 6

AM - Colmar. By private coach to the picturesque town of Colmar set among the vineyards on the river Lauch. After a town walk we visit the collections in the Musee d’Unterlinden, home to Matthias Grunewald’s unforgettable Issenheim Altarpiece.

Group lunch

PM - The Church of the Dominicans for Martin Schongauer’s poetic Madonna of the Rose Bower and on to The Musee Bartholdi, the home of the 19th century Alsace patriot, freedom fighter and creator of The Statue of Liberty.

   

Colmar Strasbourg piano

Thursday April 7

AM - Metz. By private coach to Charlemagne’s city of Metz, the survivor of five hundred years of wars. Our first visit is to the 13th century Cathedral of St Etienne, one of the finest in France with glorious stained glass windows including three designed by Marc Chagall. The crypt and Treasury contain fine and sometimes peculiar objects from the history of St Etienne.
Group lunch

PM - City walk which includes the medieval fortifications, the Esplanade, the Knights Templar Church, the Eglise St-Maximin with windows by Jean Cocteau and the extraordinary neo-Romanesque buildings of ‘modern town’.

Friday April 8

AM - Selestat. By private coach to the Vosges mountains and the tiny city of Selestat which despite its diminutive size was one of the great 15th century Humanist centres attracting scholars from across Europe. The importance of Selestat is evident in the fine houses we see on a town walk and on a visit to the astonishing Bibliotheque Humaniste.
Group lunch

PM -Kintzheim. By private coach to the 13th century Castle of Kintzheim and its beautiful gardens. The Castle is now home to the Volerie des Aigles, a sanctuary for protected birds of prey. Our visit will include a spectacular demonstration of ‘the flight of the birds’.

Saturday April 9

AM - Nancy. By private coach to Nancy the capital of the Dukes of Lorraine and the elegant ensemble of the 18th century buildings created for Louis XV’s father in law Stanislas of Poland. Visits include the impressive Museum of Fine Arts home to a great collection of art, design and Daum glass.
Group lunch

PM - A tour of Nancy’s outstanding Art Nouveau architecture culminating in a visit to the marvellous collection of furniture and interior design in the Musee de l’Ecole de Nancy.
Group dinner at a local restaurant.

Sunday April 10

AM - Strasbourg. On foot to the Palais de Rohan for the Archaeological museum housed in the sumptuous 18th century palace of the bishop of Strasbourg.

Free time until an early afternoon departure for Basel airport for an afternoon flight to Gatwick.

 

The itinerary may be modified if required by local conditions.

Strasbourg Colmar Petite France



Information and prices

£2,025 per person sharing a twin or double room
Single supplement: £425 (double for single use)

Deposit required on this tour is £250 per person

Hotel

4* Hotel Gutenberg,

31 Rue des Serruriers, 67000 Strasbourg

https://www.hotel-gutenberg.com/en/

Tel : +33 3 88 32 17 15 - info@hotel-gutenberg.com


Prices include

Flights with Easyjet
Mon April 4 2022 Gatwick / Basel 08:10/10:50 EZY8431
Sun April 10 2022 Basel / Gatwick 17:25/18:00 EZY8436
All airport taxes, security charges and UK Government levies. 23 kg checked baggage,
priority boarding and pre-allocated seats at the front of the aircraft.
6 x nights at the 4* Hotel Gutenberg in Strasbourg including buffet breakfast.
2 x dinners at local restaurants including 3 course meal, wine ⅓ bottle, mineral water ½ L bottle and coffee/tea per person, see programme for details.
4 x lunches including 3 course meal, wine ⅓ bottle, water ½ L bottle and coffee per person.
All tuition.
Local tour guide(s) for the period and all related expenses.
Services of a tour manager.
De Luxe a/c coach and driver for the period.
City cruise on Batorama.
All entrance fees to the sites listed in the programme.
All local taxes including city tax and VAT .
Millennium Tours travel accessories and guide book.


Not included

1. Transport from/to your UK airport.
2. Items of personal expenditure and personal tips.
3. 4 x dinners and 2 x lunches.
4. Any other meals or drinks except those specified above.
5. Personal travel insurance (please see Millennium Tours booking form).
6. Any other services not stated as included above.

All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays in this brochure are operated by Millennium Tours Ltd ATOL 10040 and financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate.

Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it.
Please see the booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to:

www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate

Nancy Strasbourg
Strasbourg clock Stained glass window