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Strasbourg & Cologne Tour 2014 - Itinerary

Scoil Mhuire Tour

Sunday 13th – Thursday 17th April 2014


 

Day 1 – Sunday 13th April 2014

Funicular to Heidelberg Castle

  • The group leaves Dublin Airport Terminal 2 at at 07.00am arriving into Frankfurt Airport – Terminal 2 at 10.05am.
  • Transfer to the university city of Heidelberg. Journey time is approximately 1 ½ hours.
    There will be a guided walking tour of the old town at 1.00pm.  The tour lasts 1 hour with the opportunity to discover the beauty of this romantic town with its picturesque lanes.  Sights to watch out for include the Church of the Holy Ghost, the Oldest University of Germany, the Old Bridge etc.
  • Following this, take the funicular to Heidelberg Castle, one of Germany’s most important cultural monuments, perched over the city.  A visit to its ruins is a must.  The castle is home to reputedly the largest wine barrel in the world, The Heidelberg Tun, built in 1751 by Prince Elector Karl Theodor to house the wine paid as taxes by the wine growers of the Palatine. It stands seven metres high, is eight and a half metres wide, holds 220,000 litres (58,124 gallons) of wine, and has a dance floor built on top of it! Enjoy the spectacular views from the Castle over the Neckar Valley.
  • At 15.30 continue to Strasbourg. Journey time is approximately 2 hours.
  • Upon arrival enjoy a 70 minute relaxing cruise down the Fluvial taking in all the historic sights of Strasbourg. The tour will depart from the Palais Rohan.
  • Evening activities

 

 


 

Day 2 – Monday 14th April 2014

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  • Travel to the picturesque city of Freiburg which is steeped in history.  Journey time is approximately 1 hour. Explore this picturesque city which is steeped in history.  A visit to the impressive Minster Cathedral is not to be missed. Dominating the skyline, the cathedral’s tower stretches 116 metres high and has once been described ‘as the most beautiful tower in Christendom’.  Climb to the viewing platform in the cathedral for a panoramic view over the city. 

  • Afterwards Group travels to Germany’s longest chair lift, the Schauinsland cable car which is 3.6 km in length.  Enjoy the spectacular views of the Black Forest Mountains and valleys, the Rhine valley, the Vosges Mountains and the Swiss Alps.

  • In the afternoon continue to Eble to visit Uhren-Park.  Here it is possible to view the World’s Biggest Cuckoo Clock.  - guided tour.

  • En route back to Strasbourg there will be a brief stop in Offenburg.  

  • Then there will be a guided walking tour of the old town of Strasbourg. The tour lasts 1.5 hours and covers the pedestrian areas around the Cathedral and La Petite France.  See all the iconic sights such as the Maison Kammerzell, the former tanners’ houses, the covered bridges, the Vauban dam, the former customs-house, the Palais Rohan – the list is endless!

  • Evening activities

 


 


Day 3 – Tuesday 15th April 2014

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  • We are departing for Cologne to-day. At 09:15 depart for Natzweiller.  Journey time is over an hour 1 hour. Here you will visit the Natzweiler-Struthof Concentration Camp.  This was the only concentration camp established by the Nazis on present-day French territory.  Today, it is possible to visit the remains of the camp whose barracks – one housing a museum – are still surrounded by guard towers and two rows of barbed wire.

  • At 12.00 SHARP depart for the picturesque town of Rüdesheim.  Journey time is approximately 3.5 hours.

  • At 16.15 there will be a boat trip along the Rhine to St. Goarshausen.  In St. Goarshausen you can see the famous ‘cat’ and ‘mouse’ castles as well as the Loreley Rock – this is a treacherous part of the river, where legend has it that a mermaid singing from the rock lured many sailors to their death!

  • Transfer to hotel in Cologne for check-in and evening meal.  Journey time is approximately 2 hours.

  • Evening activities.

 


 

Day 4 – Wednesday 16th April 2014


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  • 08.30 depart for the town of Nürburg, which is a 1 ½ hour drive south west of Cologne.  Here a backstage tour of the Nürburg ring has been arranged by the group leader for 10.30.
  • Afterwards depart for Königswinter. Here you can take with a ride on the oldest cog railway in Germany. At the summit you can visit Drachenburg Castle, which was built between 1882 and 1884. This neo-Gothic chateau shows an insight into the luxurious life at the end of the 19th century.

  • A reservation has been confirmed for the 14.00 cogwheel train.

  • Return to Cologne to visit one of its most famous landmarks: the Lindt Chocolate Museum. Take a self-guided tour through the chocolate museum where you can learn about the chocolate making process and from how the cocoa bean becomes a chocolate bar from start to finish. Sample the chocolate coated waffles which have been dipped in the 10 feet high chocolate fountain – a real treat!

  • Your evening meal will be served in your hotel at 18.00.

  • Evening activities: Tickets have been arranged by the group leader tonight for the show in the LANXESS Arena. The performance will commence at 20.00.

 


 

Day 5 – Thursday 17th April 2014

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  • Check out, at 08.15 and depart to spend a fun-filled day at Phantasialand. Located in Brühl, 30 minutes driver drive from Cologne, this is Germany's second most visited theme park and is divided into themed villages including Mexico, Old Berlin and Chinatown.
    Its ‘Space Center’ gives you a ride to the moon, and its ‘Temple of the Nighthawk’ takes you on a ride through the black of night on the back of a virtual hawk. Do not miss the ‘Black Mamba’, an inverted roller coaster which travels through ravines and tunnels, similar to Nemisis at Alton Towers.

  • At 17.00 travel by coach to Düsseldorf Airport.

  • Depart Dusseldorf at 21.15 arriving into Dublin Airport – Terminal 2 at 22:10.

 


 

 

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