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Champagne, Strasbourg and the Alsace

  • Mountain national park of Reims and Verzenay mill ©Atout France-Fabian Charaffi

    Mountain national park of Reims and Verzenay mill ©About France-Fabian Charaffi
  • GH Mumm Cellars © Reims Tourist Office - Carmen Moya

    France, Champagne, Reims, GH Mumm Cellars, Group Travel, (c) Reims Tourist Office - Carmen Moya
  • Sunlight reflecting on a wine glass

    Lake Garda
  • Grand Place ©OT Lille / © Laurent Ghesquière/www.lilletourism.com

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7 day tour
From £442 per person - minimum 25 passengers

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

A tour combining the Champagne region’s capital, Reims, and the scenic Alsace. Sip the bubbly wines produced in this UNESCO heritage region, surrounded by vine clad hillsides. Then journey into Strasbourg, a quaint, medieval town. With cosy taverns found beside little canals down twisting alleys, this could easily serve as the setting for a host of fairytales.

The historic city of Reims is in the heart of France’s Champagne region. Its highlight is the imposing and altogether magnificent Gothic Cathédrale Notre Dame, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the site of the kings of Frances’ coronations since the 11th Century. Furthermore, there’s the opportunity to visit major champagne houses for cellar tours and tastings.

Strasbourg is a historic town, whose heart is a web of twisting streets and gabled buildings. The town centre, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers plenty in the way of culture and cuisine. Explore La Petite France, a district of timber-framed houses and canals harking back to the city’s medieval trades of tanning and dyeing. We highly recommend a sightseeing cruise in order to take in all this remarkable city has to offer.

The final stop is Lille, a town known for its outstanding Flemish architecture. It also has a rich history. Perhaps uncover the town’s past at the ornate 17th century Vieille Bourse, the city’s finest building. Be sure to explore the Grand Place, the favourite meeting place of the Lillois.


Dates

Dates throughout 2021


Suggested Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in France

Cross the Channel to Calais, then continue south to Reims, capital of the Champagne area.

Day 2

Reims and Champagne

A tour reveals Reim’s highlights, including the Gothic cathedral of Notre Dame, where French kings were crowned from the 11th Century. Visiting a famous Champagne house such as MUMM, Mercier or Moet & Chandon is a must!

Day 3

Reims to Strasbourg

Stopping en-route for an optional visit of the new Musée Lalique, continue to Strasbourg for three nights.

Day 4

Strasbourg and River Cruise

Dominated by its towering Gothic cathedral, the pretty canals and medieval half-timbered houses contrast with the ultra-modern buildings of the European Parliament. Enjoy a relaxing river cruise along the meandering River Ill through some of the main tourist sites. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore further.

Day 5

Heart of the Vineyards – Wine and Castles

Perhaps visit the nearby Chateau du Haut-Koenigsbourg, the most-visited attraction in the Alsace, situated high in the Vosges Mountains. Return via the famous Alsatian Wine Route, where you will discover some of the most beautiful small cities of this picturesque region, such as Riquewihr which rightfully deserves its nickname as the “pearl of the vineyard”.

Day 6

Lille

Depart for the journey north to Lille for a final overnight stay. Enjoy some free time in the late afternoon, and perhaps start exploring the local area.

Day 7

Return to the UK

An optional short orientation tour will show you the 17th Century Vieille Bourse, the Grand Place and the Place Rihour before returning to the UK via Calais.


Suggested hotels

Ibis Reims Tinqueux ***

The Ibis Reims Tinqueux hotel is 5 km from both the central Reims train station and the 13th-century Reims Cathedral and 8 km from the Abbey of St-Remi. The modern rooms feature work desks and TVs. Free wifi is also available. There is also a barbecue restaurant, a bar and a business centre.

Mercure Strasbourg Centre ****

The Mercure Strasbourg Centre in the heart of Strasbourg, 700 yards from Notre Dame Cathedral and the picturesque district known as Petite France. The hotel features a unique panoramic view from the 7th floor where the buffet breakfast is served. Guests have free access to the fitness centre which is open daily. Guest rooms are decorated with modern furniture. All air-conditioned rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV and Wi-Fi access, while a bottle of water is also provided in the room. Each room has a private bathroom with bath or shower.

Ibis Styles Lille Marcq en Baroeul ***

The Ibis Styles Lille Marcq en Baroeul is a 15-minute drive from the city centre and a 11-minute drive from the city hall. The modern rooms, feature free Wi-Fi, TVs, desks and tea and coffee-making facilities. Additional amenities include a business centre, restaurant serving traditional French food and terrace dining, plus a 24-hour bar serving light snacks.



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2021 dates From £442.00 per person From £145.00 per person
Price based on exchange rate of £1.00 = €1.17. All prices are per person based on sharing a double or twin room and a free place in a single room, both are based on a minimum 25 full fare paying passengers. Prices do not include UK coach hire or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Greatdays Holidays Limited are a member of ABTA (Y0380) which means you have the benefit of ABTA's assistance and Code of Conduct. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. Greatdays Holidays Limited has an ATOL licence (4279) and all of our air package tours are protected under this licence. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the Civil Aviation Authority will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any monies you have paid to us for an advance booking. All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this tour are 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 our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate. Our website policy is to use only copyright free images or images which have been authorised to us for free use by the owner. If you consider an image to be unauthorised or to be your property, please contact us immediately and if invalid we will have the image removed. If your image requires crediting or is missing a copyright statement then we will be pleased to add this to the webpage, contact us at info@greatdays.co.uk

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