A history and politics trip to Alsace always starts off in Strasbourg, the heart of so many Pan-European developments. Extend your students' understanding in their studies of the EU with an opportunity to visit the European Parliament and The Council of Europe.
The history of the region is fascinating, dating back to Roman times. The region has changed hands between France and Germany several times over the centuries. The German influences are still very strong and can be seen in the architecture (with a number of extremely pretty timbered buildings), the restaurants, and in the names of many of the surrounding towns and villages such as Bischoffsheim and Kaysersberg.
Strasbourg’s city centre, the “Grande Île” has been named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is a beautiful and fascinating place to visit at any time of the year. The exceptional heritage of the area is very well preserved. Along with numerous Romanesque and Gothic churches, the Cathedral, built between 1176 and 1439, is undoubtedly one of the major highlights, as is the incredibly beautiful “Petite France” area of the city, best seen either on foot or from one of the “bateau–mouche” river boat tours.
Our Suggested Itinerary
5 days 4 nights, by Coach from £359
Depart school in the evening for an overnight trip to France.
Arrive at your accommodation in Strasbourg. Take a guided tour of this beautiful historical city including the Grande Île neighbourhood and canals, Notre-Dame cathedral, its astronomical clock and more.
Visit the official seat of the European Parliament. The group program consists of a guided tour of the European Parliament, including the plenary chamber, a short film and a general presentation by a member of staff about Parliament.
Spend the morning in the charming town of Colmar! Stroll through the Old Town and visit the Benedictine Church.
Visit Eguisheim, officially classed as one of the most beautiful villages in France.
Enjoy a morning market in a French town and sample some of the food.
A guided tour of the Council of Europe, where your students can get a glimpse of the life of parliamentary officials, diplomats and other representatives who work towards solving contemporary issues in the Palais de L’Europe.
Depart your accommodation and head to the town of Verdun.
Guided tour of the Verdun Battlefield: You will visit the Fort Vaux, a symbol of French heroicism, Douaumont Ossuary, home to the remains of 130,000 unidentified soldiers and the chilling “Trench of Bayonets”.
Overnight journey home.
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