Saturday 23 November 2019
07h00 – 01h30 (next day)
Strasbourg, la Capitale de Noël
4* luxury coach with reclining comfort seats
Strasbourg calls itself The Capital of Christmas, and justifiably so. The city celebrates Christmas with big markets since 1570, so for nearly 450 years. It is the oldest Christmas market in France, and even the oldest in the world. Due to the fact that Strasbourg used to be German several times throughout history, you may believe you’re walking around at a German Christmas market. Expat Club will travel this year in one day up and down to Eastern France to visit this amazing event. It will be a long day, but we guarantee it’s totally worth it and that you will enough time to visit the most parts of this fully UNESCO-protected historic city.
- Trip by 4* luxury coach with extra leg space
- Bottled water on board
- Professionally guided city tour by foot by local experts
- Great group of international people from Brussels
- A lifetime memory
- 1h15 guided boat tour around the historic center + European quarter
Coach pick-up points
- Place Schuman (bus stop next to KBC bank on roundabout)
- La Chasse (bus stop on Chaussée d’Auderghem, right before intersection)
- Metro Delta (bus stop on Avenue Beaulieu next to Metro exit)
- Metro Hermann-Debroux (long bus stop “under elevated highway” next to Loxam)
- Belair Parc Hotel, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Coach drop-off point
Since we come back after closure of Brussels public transportation, the bus will stop at all the above drop-off points, but also at Merode, Montgomery, Diamant, Meiser and Evere. For other parts of Brussels, we try to coordinate shared (taxi) rides, e.g. towards Ixelles.
Who can join?
- Members & non-members
- Expats & (international) Belgians
- All ages, including children
- Singles / couples / retirees / friends / colleagues / families
- Yes, for €60 (including boat ticket)
As with all Expat Club trips, our schedule is carefully designed to ensure you can enjoy this day optimally. Please note that the schedule may still change for various circumstances such as weather or traffic conditions. Your host, the bus driver, guide and receiving destinations will always do their best to give the best experience. Thank you for your understanding.
- 07h00 Departure Brussels
- 10h00 Departure Luxembourg
- 12h45 Arrival Strasbourg
- 13h00 Guided tour Strasbourg (by foot)
- 15h00 Free time
- 17h15 Boat tour (optional)
- 20h30 Departure to Brussels
- 01h30 Arrival Brussels
We depart from Place Schuman at 07h00 by 4* luxury coach and we also make a short stop at La Chasse, Metro Delta, Metro Hermann-Debroux and finally in Luxembourg City. We travel with a 4* luxury coach with an on-board toilet, AC, DVC and TV. Our return departure time to Brussels is around 21h00 and the arrival time around 01h30 on Sunday early morning.
Due to late arrival time the bus will after Place Schuman also stop at Merode, Montgomery, Diamant, Meiser and Evere. For other parts of Brussels we will ask participants during the trip to share a cab / ride upon return in Brussels. This way everybody should be able to arrive home safely.
About our visit to Strasbourg
Christmas in Strasbourg is something unique. Hundreds of lovely Christmas stalls can be found all over the city. Shop windows are nicely decorated, special Christmas drinks and treats can be found on every street corner, a huge spectacular Christmas tree lights up the Place Kleber, and an ice skating rink can be found at the foot of the Cathedral.
But even without this happy seasonal display, Strasbourg is an extraordinarily beautiful city. Home to 250.000 inhabitants (and about 750.000 in the metropolitan area) it was the world’s first city of which the entire centre was declared a UNESCO world heritage site. No wonder, because it is simply a stunning historical place with countless exquisite buildings, streets, parks and squares. On top of that it is home to various international institutions, such as the Council of Europe, and hosts the European Parliament one week every month.
The main purpose of this trip is to see the wonderful Christmas markets and to enjoy the magical Christmas atmosphere of Strasbourg. Expat Club trips are also a way to socialise and meet new friends, as well as to get to know new places. That is why we have a fixed program for everyone (guided tour) and an optional program part (boat tour). Directly after arrival we will discover the city during a 2 hours professionally guided tour. We will see the old pedestrian areas around the majestic Cathedral, the Maison Kammerzell, Place Gutenberg, the Tanners’ House, the Covered Bridges, the Vauban Dam, the former customs-house and former town-butchery, as well as the Palais Rohan.
After the guided tour you have some free time for shopping, strolling along the Christmas stalls or to get some delicious food in one of the many excellent restaurants in town. At 17h15 you can optionally join us for a 1h15 guided boat tour around the city center, through la Petite France and the European district. It’s a perfect way to see the city from a different perspective.