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Liege Festival of Light – Celebrate La Nocturne des Coteaux

  • Liege, Belgium - Palais des P-E

    Liege, Belgium - Palais des P-E
  • Liege, Belgium - H de ville

    Liege, Belgium
  • Maastricht, Holland ©NBTC

    Holland Group Travel
  • Liege, Belgium - Pl du Marché

    Liege, Belgium -
  • Monschau

    Monschau
4 day tour
From £175 per person - minimum 25 passengers

Discover the illuminations and festivities of Autumnal Liège

Every year, on the first Saturday of October, as the sun slowly sets, the waves of ‘coteaux’ hillsides descending down from the Citadel to Liège’s historic centre, refuse to fall into darkness. Instead a magical, fairy tale illumination of some 22,000 candles and flaming torches light up the never-ending Montagne de Bueren staircase. As well as this, explore the labyrinth of courtyards and alleyways, historic monuments, and ancient convents and cloisters, where subtle lighting, music, entertainment and an atmosphere of celebration await at every turn.

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This is La Nocturne des Coteaux

A unique event inaugurated over twenty years ago that for a single night turns Liège into a romantic City of Light. What began as a tranquil festival essentially for the local Liegeois now attracts some 50,000 visitors, with English, Italian, German and Spanish mixing in with the gentle Walloon dialect. The illuminations are still burning brightly after midnight, with spectators entranced by musicians, street theatre, art displays that are performed right up to the St Leonard quay of the Meuse, with a a dazzling firework display lighting up the sky at 10.30pm. A local resident sums up the atmosphere perfectly, saying, “with the fluttering candles covering every corner of the old city, time just seems to stand still during the Nocturne. This is something everyone should experience once in their lifetime.”

Three Countries in one day, you say?

Due to its location, Liege provides a great base for a three country explorer which includes the wonderful cities of Valkenburg, Aachen and the picturesque town of Monschau. Visit the three countries ‘meeting point’, where Belgium, Holland and Germany come together.

Maastricht, the ‘Paris of the Benelux’

Maastricht is a beautiful university city on the southern tip of the Netherlands and only a half an hour drive from Liège. It is distinguished by its medieval-era architecture and vibrant cultural scene. Here, make sure to take some time out to explore the network of underground passageways and vaults beneath the city. This is where a large number of the Netherlands’ treasured artworks were safeguarded during World War II.

So, don’t let the end of summer get you down and join the local Liegeois for the festivities of La Nocturne des Coteaux.


Dates

October 2021


Suggested Itinerary

Day 1

Travel to Belgium

Take a short sea crossing to Calais and travel to the Belgium. Perhaps, take a stroll through the centre in preparation for tomorrow nights extravaganza.

Day 2

Maastricht sightseeing, Valkenburg and La Nocturne des Coteaux

This morning we cross the border to the southernmost city in the Netherlands, Maastricht is also known as the ‘Paris of the Benelux’. Enjoy a guided walking tour which will show you around the prettiest parts of the old city centre. You will see the Stokstraat Quarter, the Basilica of Our Lady, the Ramparts and the parks plus much more. Afterwards, we visit Valkenburg, sometimes called ‘Marlstone Town’ because of the lime found in the soil and the soft yellow marlstone which has, since Roman times, been quarried as building material. As a result, there is now a network of over 150 miles of underground caves beneath the town. Afterwards, return to Liège to get ready for La Nocturne des Coteaux. Begin by heading to Montagne de Bueren staircase then follow the lights and the sound and become encapsulated by all the festivities.

Day 3

Three Countries point, Aachen and the Eiffel Mountains

Enjoy an excursion to three countries by heading to the three countries  ‘meeting point’, where Belgium, Holland and Germany come together. Continue to Aachen and enjoy some free time exploring the great old town and its cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Moving on, we drive through the stunning scenery of the Eiffel Mountains on our way to the picturesque village of Monschau. We spend some free time exploring this town, famous for its half-timbered buildings overlooked by a medieval castle, before returning to Liège.

Day 4

Departure

Today, you’ll leave Liège. Head back to Calais for your return ferry crossing and continue through the UK to your local area.

Stay an extra day?

Luxembourg

Perhaps you’d like to stay an extra day and visit the Grandy Duchy Luxembourg to visit Vianden and perhaps learn all about it on a guided tour and see the famous Caves of Bernard-Massard in the Moselle, the country’s main producer of traditional sparkling wines. Here, they use the ‘traditional Luxembourg method’ to create their famous wines.

Or perhaps you’d prefer to visit Luxembourg City to discover the capital of the Grand Duchy, perhaps starting with a guided tour or just explore at your own leisure.


Featured hotels

Van der Valk Sélys Liège****

Located in the historic, cultural and commercial heart of the “cite ardente” or “fiery city”. The hotel has a total of 125 rooms, including 8 luxurious suites. They are all modern, top quality and fully equipped. Their restaurant is a subtle mix of bistro and gastronomy, and can seat up to 90 people. The hotel also features a spa, indoor pool and Jacuzzi. Parking is available for a small fee.

Ibis Liege Centre Opera ***

Situated in the city centre, next to the opera house, in the Opéra shopping centre,  the ibis-hotel Liège Centre Opéra is within walking distance of the Archéoforum. Take a journey through time thanks to the archaeological remains on hand. St Paul’s Cathedral, framed by beautiful gardens, is also very close by. Parking is available nearby for a fee.

Mercure Liège City Centre ***

Located next to the river La Meuse and offers guests comfort and modern conveniences in a historic setting in town. The 17th-century restaurant and bar, a former “Recollectines” convent, creates a stunning environment to enjoy a gourmet meal. When the evening falls, relax and sip a drink on the outdoor terrace in the beautiful gardens. The hotel is easily accessible by coach and 10 minutes away from the modern Liège-Guillemins train station . There is secure parking available on-site.


You may also be interested in:

Amsterdam Light Festival

Three Countries Christmas Markets – Belgium, Germany & Holland

Luxembourg: A Group Trip to the Grandy Duchy


5 days Half Twin Single Supplement
1st October 2021 From £175.00 per person From £95.00 per person
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