Alsace - Black Forest

Package No: SP3239
Departures: 22, 23, 28, 29/12 & 02/01

Romantic cities, medieval castles and palaces show a different face of Germany we know. Come with us on a journey that uniquely combines the "Wine Road" and is complemented by the incredible natural landscapes in the Black Forest with its picturesque villages and houses. We will also, go on a journey to the beautiful Alsace and we will get to know the capital, the picturesque Strasbourg, the seat of the European Parliament. Excellent hotels that make your stay wonderful and relaxing.

DepartureCyprus-Larnaca
DestinationFrance
Month AvailabilityDecember 2020, January 2021
Flights

Larnaca - Athens    06.00 07.45
Athens - Frankfurt  08.35 10.35

Frankfurt - Athens  18.30 22.20
Athens - Larnaca    08.30 10.10

INCLUDED

Airline ticket Larnaca-Athens-Frankfurt with Aegean flight

Airport taxes

Nights in selected 4 , 4 sup hotels: Hilton (Strasbourg) and Movenpick / Leonardo (Frankfurt) or similar and 1 night in Athens in a 4 hotel

Breakfast buffet daily

Transfers, excursions, tours as described in the program

Experienced head / attendant of our office

Municipal and hotel taxes

Tips / VAT

Travel folder with useful information

NOT INCLUDED

Drinks / soft drinks during meals / dinners

Optional individual travel insurance

What is not mentioned in the offers or is listed as optional / suggested

Note

The program flow may vary without omitting anything.

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Day 1: Larnaca - Athens - (Frankfurt, Heidelberg) Strasbourg

Flight to Frankfurt with a stopover in Athens. Arrival in Frankfurt and direct departure for the country's oldest university campus, historic Heidelberg. Heidelberg's medieval town, with more than three million visitors a year, is at the top of the list in Germany. Old Heidelberg, a dream city and center of German Romanticism, will enchant us on our walking tour. The medieval stone bridge over the river Neckar dominates at its northern end with the emblematic bronze sculpture of the "Heidelberg Monkey". Crossing the bridge with its magnificent railings we will be photographed overlooking the medieval town crowned by the amphitheater castle on Mount Königstuhl, also referred to as the "Palace".

The historic city center which we will walk around has a lot to show us. We will see the most central point of the city, the Market Square (Marktplatz) with the fountain of Hercules and the point where the criminals were chained to face the people. Further back the old City Hall building and opposite the famous Gothic Church of the Holy Spirit built between 1398 and 1441. We will continue on the main pedestrian street Haupstrasse and to the buildings of the distinguished University of Heidelberg, the oldest in Germany with 30,000 students. We will see the old building of 1735, which today is the Rector's Office, the University Square, the New University, the Library, the student prison of the naughty students, that is, those who were drunk, noisy, publicly arguing or fighting, etc. We also see, among others, the Kornmarkt Cereal Market Square, with its fountain and the sculpture of the angel-supported Virgin Mary. And the next square, Karlsplatz, a little further east, is decorated with a fountain, which contrasts with the cosmography of the famous humanist Sebastian Münster. Not at all unlikely for Heidelberg, who determined the spiritual life of the scholars and not just the leaders.

 Late afternoon arrival and check-in at our hotel in Strasbourg.

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Day 2: Strasbourg

Strasbourg, the capital and center of Alsace, is built on the west bank of the Rhine and is crossed by the river Ill through the canals that stretch to it. Our walking tour focuses on the historic center protected by Unesco as a World Heritage Site. We pass the Republic Square where we see the National Library, the building of the Administrative District of the Rhine and the National Theater. This is followed by the Strasbourg Opera House and the City Hall. We continue to Kleber Square, at the northern end of which is the "trademark" of the city and the most important tram hub, the Homme de Fer, a rotunda made of metal and glass named after the soldier with the armor standing in the side building, four meters higher. Kleber Square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, named after the French Revolutionary Guardsman who was buried in a crypt under his statue in the center of the square. The symbol of the city is the Cathedral of Notre Dam with a height of 142 meters and made of a kind of unusual rock that requires constant restoration. Then, a walk in the oldest neighborhood of the city, "Little France", as well as in the beautiful little alleys with the exceptional buildings of Gothic and Renaissance style.

We end up at the famous Christmas market of the city which hosts dozens of open-air shops with all kinds of Christmas decorations as well as excellent open-air restaurants with delicious local delicacies.

Afternoon free to take a boat ride and get to know the city canals.

Optional festive dinner 24/12 & 31/12 - information coming soon.

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Day 3: Strasbourg (Wine Routes: Rikvir - Colmar - Eguisheim)

Today we will dedicate it to an exceptional trek through the famous Wine Streets, between romantic towns of medieval architecture with a long reproductive tradition, respect for nature and lush vineyards with scattered wineries.

Our first stop will be the small town of Rikvir, built among large vineyards on the eastern slope of the Vosges. It retains part of its fortifications, cobbled streets and towers, old fountains, beautiful roofs of houses, wood carvings, a feast of colors on the walls, a variety of flowers on the windows.

We continue to Colmar, a city reminiscent of a painting. Wooden houses in pastel colors on canals and colorful flowers give a special atmosphere to perhaps the most beautiful city in Alsace. Its historic center is crossed by the Lauch tributary of the Ill, which flows into the Rhine. Do not forget to try a glass of the excellent white wine produced by the area in one of the many shops in Colmar, which is called and not unjustly the capital of wine.

We continue to Eguisheim, our last destination that has kept intact all of its traditional architecture. Built in concentric circles around the octagonal castle, it is surrounded by vineyards of two local varieties. The central square is not inferior in beauty with its fountain, the castle of the city, the outer wall and the chapel of the reformer Pope Leo IX who was born here. Other historical sights are the church of Peter and Paul, which combines Romanesque and Gothic architectural style, the two renaissance fountains of the city and the statue of John of Lorraine.

Return to Strasbourg late in the afternoon.

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Day 4: Strasbourg (Black Forest, Trimberg, Lake Titise, Freiburg, Baden-Baden) Frankfurt

We leave Strasbourg and we will go to one of the most famous mountain complexes in Central Europe, the famous Black Forest that will reveal a unique natural landscape that despite its name is not at all "dark". Picturesque villageswith lakes, waterfalls, pine trees and firs accompany us throughout our journey.

First stop in Trimberg, a small mountain town with the famous Guttah River waterfalls and the traditional wood-carved cuckoo clocks available in countless variety in the town's shops. Next short stop at the seductive Lake Titise with its lush green landscape, before arriving in Freiburg, one of the most famous German campuses and at the same time a major producer of quality wines. Freiburg is the southern border of the Black Forest and is the sunniest city in Germany. One of the most ecological cities in the country that produces as much electricity from the sun as the whole of Great Britain in the same way. We begin our acquaintance with the giant Gothic Cathedral with the 116 m. Bell tower rising arrogantly. East of the Cathedral in the square attracts the eye with its bright red color, its ornate facade and its colorful towers, the historic commercial building (Kaufhaus). We visit the Town Hall Square with the Old and New Town Hall and the Dominican Church of St. Martinou with the adjacent hermitage as well as the house - whale, a wonderful architectural contrast in the space with its post-Gothic prominent windows. We continue to Baden-Baden, known for its baths, magnificent architecture and cosmopolitan life to reach Frankfurt late in the afternoon.

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Day 5: Frankfurt (Wiesbaden) - Athens – Larnaca

After breakfast we depart for Wiesbaden in the state of Hesse, famous for its hot springs and baths. And because Frankfurt, apart from being an entrance / exit station, is worth getting to know a little more, today we will have a walking tour of the city to see its most important sights with the impressive skyscrapers of the financial center that have given it the nickname "Manhattan". of Germany ", the attractive historical center and together with the attendant we will walk in the old town with the City Hall but also in the main commercial pedestrian street of the city with the nice cafes and the modern department stores. Transfer to the airport for our return flight to Athens. Arrival and overnight

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Day 6: Athens – Larnaca

Flight from Athens to Larnaca.

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