The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
Luxembourg officially the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (Luxembourgish: Groussherzogtum Lëtzebuerg, French: Grand-Duché de Luxembourg, German: Großherzogtum Luxemburg), is a landlocked country in western Europe, bordered by Belgium, France, and Germany. It has two principal regions: the Oesling in the north as part of the Ardennes massif, and the Gutland (\"good country\") in the south. Luxembourg has a population of 524,853 (as of October 2012) in an area of 2,586 square kilometres (998 sq mi).
As a representative democracy with a constitutional monarch, it is headed by a grand duke and is the world\'s only remaining grand duchy. Luxembourg is a developed country, with an advanced economy and the world\'s highest GDP (PPP) per capita, according to the World Bank. Its historic and strategic importance dates back to its founding as a Roman Era fortress and Frankish counts castle site in the Early Middle Ages. It was an important bastion along the Spanish Road when Spain was the principal European power influencing the whole western hemisphere and beyond in the 16th–17th centuries.
Luxembourg is a member of the European Union, NATO, OECD, the United Nations, and Benelux, reflecting the political consensus in favour of economic, political, and military integration. The city of Luxembourg, the largest and capital city, is the seat of several institutions and agencies of the EU.
Reflecting its geographic position, Luxembourg\'s culture is a fusion of Romance and Germanic Europe, borrowing customs from each of the distinct traditions. Luxembourg is a trilingual country: Luxembourgish, French and German are official languages. Although a secular state, Luxembourg is predominantly Roman Catholic.
Our tour is based in the Our Valley in the picturesque town of Vianden at the foot of the hill housing the impressive castle and just one hour from the capital Luxembourg. The Ardennes countryside around Luxembourg boasts forests, rivers, valleys, vineyards and quaint little villages.
Suggested itinerary for Coach Tour Holidays & Group Travel
Depart the UK.
Travel to Dover for the crossing to Calais and onward to our hotel for the next 4 nights. Enjoy a welcome drink on arrival.
Vianden and afternoon wine tasting.
Morning at leisure to enjoy your surroundings in Vianden. Stroll around the lovely town of Vianden based on the River Our and visit the famous Orange Castle perched high above the town. In the afternoon, we travel to Grevenmacher to visit Bernard-Massard champagne house for a tour of the cellars and a tasting. Enjoy a tasting overlooking the river after the tour. Tonight we enjoy an evening of live music in the hotel.
Full day Luxembourg City.
Today, we enjoy a full day in Luxembourg City, the capital of Luxembourg. Stroll through the Petrusse Gorge or the old town and see the remains of one of the most imposing fortresses in Europe. Visit the Casemates underground tunnels cut deep into the rocks. See the Ducal Palace or wander the cobbled streets with their shops, bars & restaurants. If all this is too energetic then sit back and relax on one of the many guided tours including open top buses and a little tourist train. Tonight, we enjoy another night of live music in the hotel.
Morning free for last minute shopping before retracing our journey back to Calais for the ferry crossing to Dover and journey home.