17 Apr LUXEMBOURG – WHAT IT ISN’T IS BORING !!
Here is a packed 5 Day programme which allows you to discover the land of history, taste and adventure that is Luxembourg. The capital city of this small European country share the same name – LUXEMBOURG. The rivers Alzette and Pétrusse and their deep ravines cross the city. The capital has a fairy-tale quality to its UNESCO-listed historic core, memorably perched along a dramatic cliff top.
Particularly well known are the remains of their medieval fortifications and the old town. The large cave system of the Bock casemates includes a dungeon, a prison and the archaeological crypt, which is considered the birthplace of the city. On the ramparts, the “Chemin de la Corniche” promenade offers spectacular views.
Leaving the capital, you rapidly find yourself surrounded by partially forested hills and a string of beguiling villages that form attractive huddles beneath stunning medieval castles. Afterwards there is all the fun of the fizz in Moselle wine country and some loveable walks to take in the pretty micro-gorges of Mullerthal. All in all, this little country has plenty of surprises.
Day 1 – Welcome to Luxembourg – discover the capital
Arrival at Findel Airport or Luxembourg central station. Private transfer to your chosen hotel, check-in. After these first impressions of Luxembourg you have the choice:
Sightseeing by a open-top bus and discovering the surroundings of the city centre such as the “Plateau de Kirchberg” with its important government buildings, the European Court of Justice and the Secretariat of the European Parliament.
Take the “Pétrusse Express” to discover the historic old town of the former “Gibraltar of the North”.
Discover Luxembourg City on a Segway – also possible by night.
Welcome Dinner – Luxembourg offers an excellent cuisine with a fabulous mix of cultures and flavours.
Day 2 – Discover the Ardennes of Luxembourg – the Éislek region
After breakfast at your hotel, you discover the northeast of Luxembourg – the Luxembourg Ardennes.
Explore the most beautiful mountain bike tracks of the Éislek region with your qualified local mountain bike guide. The different tours take you through a varied terrain and enchant you with wonderful panoramic views over the hills, valleys and the unspoiled nature of the Éislek.
Visit of one of the imposing castles of Vianden, Bourscheid or Esch-sur-Sûre. Bourscheid Castle was probably built in the tenth century and underwent important extensions including the erection of a fortification wall flanked by six towers during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Until today the castle has lost none of its impressiveness.
Visit of the copper mine Stolzembourg. The copper mine offers many surprises. The curtain of water, the evident veins of copper and the turbulent history of the mine are simply incredible. In the museum visitors discover the geology of the Oesling and the landscape of the Our Valley. The history of mining, countless minerals and a report presented by former miners complement the exhibition. The visit includes a hike of 3 kilometres. A good physical condition is required.
Dinner at one of the most extraordinary places in the north of Luxembourg with panoramic windows and a terrace, to enjoy delicious food and drinks.
Day 3 – Discover the south of Luxembourg
After breakfast at your hotel, you discover the south of Luxembourg and its wine region “La Moselle”.
In the morning you see the blast furnace during a visit of the new upcoming University quarter Belval which is home to the University’s campus – the so-called City of Science. Here you have the opportunity to get an insight into the urban development of the site Belval and the production process of raw iron. The visit allows you to understand the urban concept behind this new quarter, as well as the operation and the conservation of the blast furnaces.
The visit starts with a brief introduction in the former industrial building known as the “massenoire”, which is now the visitor and information centre. Subsequently you participate in a guided tour of the neighbourhood, before climbing up to a platform with a height of 40 m (180 steps) from which you have a breath taking view of the new district of Belval and its surroundings.
After this tour, transfer to the River Moselle, the wine region of Luxembourg. Visit of a traditional winery with tasting. Immerse yourself into oenology and be captivated by the outstanding quality produced on the vineyards alongside the Moselle.
The day ends with a river cruise on the Moselle and stunning views of the region.
Day 4 – Discover Mullerthal Region, Luxembourg’s Little Switzerland
After breakfast at your hotel, you discover the east of Luxembourg and its trails. The Mullerthal is above all a unique biotope characterised by rock formations that are as beguiling as they are surprising. It is the unique composition of the rock and soil erosion that have contributed to the creation of this landscape so typical of Little Switzerland.
It is your choice if you want to discover the region on a bike or mountain bike tour or on a hiking tour.
Guided bike tour with regional products. During this 32 kilometres long tour, you can combine a bike tour with tasting regional specialities. The tour starts in Echternach and passes alternately on the Luxembourgish and on the German side of the River Sûre towards Hinkel. During the tour the group enjoys an ample lunch with regional products. The tour ends in Echternach.
A guided mountain bike tour is also possible. This tour starts at the lake of Echternach and takes you from there up to the forests. On fascinating single trails, you ride along the bizarre rock formations of Luxembourg’s Little Switzerland.
The Mullerthal Trail takes the experienced hiker through 112 kilometres of magnificent valley trails. Rock formations dotted with difficult sounding names – Piteschkummer, Geyerslay or Hohllay, to name only a few – the footpaths of Mullerthal lead you through fields and forests into the heart of a natural setting that is almost intact. Besides the demanding hiking, the Mullerthal offers a network of pleasant walks amidst plethora of breath taking panoramas.
There are various different tours available. For instance the Kuelscheier tour – the distinctive feature about this guided hike is that you pass through a narrow and dark crevice called Kuelscheier more than 100 metres long. You also pass by bizarre rock formations called Rittergang and Déiwepëtz.
Farewell dinner with typical Luxembourgish cuisine or Dinner Hopping. The concept of Dinner Hopping is built on the idea of moving from one restaurant to the next, to enjoy a variety of meals while passing by the most beautiful streets of Luxembourg.
Day 5 – Time to say good bye
Breakfast at the hotel, check-out.
At the indicated time private transfer to the airport or train station.