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Day One: UK to Metz
We’ll make our way from the UK to Metz, via Calais, and will spend the next three nights at the Novotel Metz Hauconcourt Hotel.
Days Two to Three: Metz
Over the next three days we’ll enjoy two included excursions, exploring the Christmas markets in Metz, Nancy and nearby Luxembourg to take in the festive atmosphere and treat ourselves to some Christmas shopping. (B,D)
Day Four: Metz to Northern France
Today we’ll make our way from Metz to Northern France, stopping at the Lille Christmas Market when en route and staying at a comfortable hotel overnight. (B,D)
Day Five: Northern France to UK
We’ll return to the UK today, travelling from Northern France via Calais and then continuing home. (B)
Novotel Metz Hauconcourt
Located close to Metz, this hotel offers comfortable accommodation along with a bar and restaurant. Air-conditioning and wi-fi are also available.
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Full Day: Luxembourg Christmas Market
Luxembourg’s annual ‘Winter Lights’ festival celebrates the Christmas and New Year season, and during our visit we’ll be able to take in the best of this event. With its beautifully lit tree-lined streets, busy squares and excellent European Christmas market, there will be lots to enjoy here. Sample some of the European delicacies available at the markets, including traditional Gluhwein (mulled wine), crepes, Mettwurscht and Thuringer sausages, and delicious Gromperekichelcher (potato fritters). Be sure to pick up a souvenir or two during our time here as well!
Half Day: Metz Christmas Market
Metz is a lovely French town, set at the joining of the Seille and Moselle rivers and enjoying beautiful scenery. Around Christmastime, this pretty landscape is highlighted by charming festive decorations, and a superb Christmas market comes to town. With the many stalls selling everything from sweet treats to mulled wine to handcrafted figurines, there’s something for everyone here!
Half Day: Nancy Christmas Market
Spread across four sites in the town the Nancy Christmas Market celebrates Saint Nicolas. A Christmas Market, twinkling Christmas Lights and the grand Christmas tree bring to life the festivities of the season.
Via: Lille Christmas Market
The Lille Christmas Market is always an exciting place to visit, as the city is bedecked in Christmas decor and winter scenery at this time of year. With twinkling lights and festive wreaths, the market square will become home to a winter wonderland, complete with chalets serving delicious hot drinks and snacks, as well as stalls offering handmade wares.
There will be all kinds of presents available to buy, with everything from gifts for children to trinkets that would be absolutely ideal for loved ones. There’s also a big wheel we can take rides on in order to enjoy excellent views over the city.
Luxembourg Guided City Tour
Discover some of Luxembourg’s best sights and explore this wonderful location with a guided city tour. We’ll learn more about the city’s fascinating history, as well as taking in sights such as the grand Luxembourg Castle, Fort Thungen, the city’s very own Notre-Dame Cathedral, and the Grand Ducal Palace.