By USAG Benelux Public AffairsMay 3, 2010
CHIEVRES, Belgium - USAG Schinnen and SHAPE both offer Trips & Tours services for military and civilian personnel and their families. The excursions range from day-long outings to week-long vacation packages with tours, lodging and meals all at special prices. Check out the trips planned for Summer 2010.
USAG SCHINNEN UPCOMING TOURS
+31(0)46-443-7561 DSN 360-7561 e-mail SchinnenFC@benelux.army.mil
July 11-17 - Italian Getaway
Visit Italy and explore the cities of Venice, Verona, Padova and Vicenza. The $799 double/$949 single cost includes transportation, six overnights (breakfast and dinners included) at 3-star hotels. Register by May 31.
Aug. 13-16 - Escape to Paris
Enjoy a weekend trip to Paris, France. The $369 double/$469 single cost includes transportation and three nights in a 3-star hotel with breakfast. Register with $169 down payment by June 30.
Sept. 4-5 - Wine Festival in Germany
Enjoy a festive atmosphere on the banks of the Mosel River in Bernkastel-Kues and linger for the evening fireworks display. The $49 cost includes transportation. Register with full payment by Aug. 28.
Oct. 30-Nov. 1 - NFL Returns to London
Watch the San Francisco 49-ers play against the Denver Broncos Oct. 31 at Wembley Stadium in London. This year the game is part of the NFL's regular season play. The $525 double/$625 single cost includes transportation, two nights in a 3-star Bed and Breakfast and game ticket. Register with 50 percent deposit and pay the total amount by Sept. 1.
SHAPE UPCOMING TOURS
+32(0)65-44-3884 DSN 423-3884 e-mail email@example.com
May 15 - Palace of Versailles
Tour the historic palace of Louis XIII, XIV and XV. Explore the original fountains, Queen Marie-Antoinette's fanciful gardens and other buildings of the grand estate. Enjoy lunch in an outdoor cafAfA or shop in the nearby town. Ticket includes entrance to the Grandes Eaux Musicales.
May 22 - Hampton Court Palace
Spend the day exploring all London has to offer or spend the day at Henry VIII's Hampton Court Palace and its 17th century Baroque architecture. The history and enchanting stories are brought to life by costumed guides. After the tour, spend time touring London, time permitting.
May 29-30 - Loire valley overnight
Spend a magical weekend exploring France's famed Loire Valley and its castles. A personal guide will take the group through the castle of Amboise, where Leonardo Da Vinci is buried. The next day, enjoy a self-guided tour of Blois Castle. The final stop will be at Chambord Castle. Take a self guided tour, explore the gardens or perhaps watch a horse show. In addition to the castles, there will be a wine tasting and free time for exploring or going on local tours.
May 29 - Paris with optional Segway tour
Travel to Paris with Trips & Tours and explore all Paris has to offer, or take a four-hour Segway tour through the city of lights. The Segway tour includes rental of the Segways and helmets, a guided four-hour tour of the city of Paris by a professional tour guide (including some historic information about the city), and the services of a SHAPE Trips & Tours Representative.
June 5 - Medieval jousting at Leed's Castle in England
Come spend a summer day exploring a beautifully restored castle with its own maze, aviary and falcon show. Then watch medieval jousting tournaments. With thrilling jousts from knights on horseback and men at arms, all set against the backdrop of the 1,000 year old Leed's Castle.
June 12-13 - London overnight and Queen's Birthday Parade
Trooping The Colour celebrates the pomp and pageantry of the Sovereign's official birthday. The ceremony dates back to the 18th century when the colours (flags) of the battalion were carried (or trooped) down the ranks so that they could be seen and recognized by the Soldiers.
June 19 - Amsterdam
Spend the day in Amsterdam. Visit the new Hermitage Exhibit that will only be on display this summer, or stop by the Van Gogh Museum or Anne Frank House. Sip coffee at outdoor cafes or enjoy a day of leisure along the canals.
June 19-20 - Verdun
Relive the Battle of Verdun with a live reenactment show. Also included is a guided tour to the underground Citadel, Fort Douaumont, Ossuary, Vanquois with craters and underground tunnels, memorial and the destroyed Village Fleury. Price includes hotel accommodation, breakfast, one lunch, guided tours and entrance to open air reenactment show.
June 26 - Rhine River Cruise
Hop on or hop off at any point between Bonn, Cologne, Koblenz or Mainz. With the Rhine River Pass, enjoy the Rhine Valley with its numerous castles, endless vineyards, the Loreley and much more.
July 10 - Amsterdam and Dutch Windmills
The first stop is the UNESCO world heritage site Kinderdijk, famed for its many windmills and beautiful setting. Zaanse Schans is a popular destination for visitors in search of a bit of Oud Holland (Old Holland). The last stop will be Amsterdam, where tourists will have three hours in the city to eat dinner, walk the unique streets or take a carriage ride through the city.
July 17 - London & Stonehenge The group will travel to London and drop off those interested in spending the day in the city. Then, they will proceed to Stonehenge to walk around the mysterious stones and learn the history through an audio guide. Following Stonehenge, the bus will return to London where tourists can explore.
July 21-23 - Passion play, Oberammergau
The Passion Play was first acted out in Oberammergau in 1633, during The Thirty Years' War. At that time, the town vowed to act the history of Jesus Christ every 10 years. Enjoy a once in a lifetime experience with the 41st production of the Passion Play. Includes two-night stay, breakfast, dinner on day of arrival, lunch in Oberammergau before the play starts, dinner with several courses during the play interval, shuttle service in Oberammergau and nearby villages, admission ticket to Passion Play, program book and admission to Oberammergau Museum.
July 24 - Castles of Germany
Visit three of Germany's most picturesque castles. The first stop is Burg Eltz. Next is Burg Pyrmont with more than 800 years of history to explore. The final stop is at Cochem Castle situated high above the traditional German town of Cochem.
July 25 - Tour de France in Paris
Witness the biggest bike race in the world. Thousands of people line the Champs d' Elysees in Paris to see the last stage of this international cycling competition.