Welcome to Maastricht
Over recent years, it has been with pleasure that Traveleyes has travelled with students from International Schools to Romania, Morocco, Granada, Prague and Vienna, who have acted as sighted guides for their vision impaired fellow travellers. Following the overwhelming success of these trips, we are proud to announce a new trip to Maastricht, open to vision impaired and sighted travellers who will be accompanied by our International School students. Our vision impaired customers will enjoy the holiday at the same discounted price that’s paid by the sighted travellers. Sighted travellers will have a lighter than usual guiding role on this trip since most of the guiding will be done by our students.
The United World College family of schools were founded by Kurt Hahn with a mission to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. Students at the school come from all over the world with a strong refugee initiative providing scholarships and opportunities. Therefore, rather than meeting the students in a holiday destination, we’ll travel to Maastricht where the school is based and explore this special city that the students call home.
On this trip, we’ll uncover Limburg’s province capital, Maastricht. A city awash with architectural styles from France and Belgium, a plethora of quaint squares decorated with old cobblestone floors and a diverse history dating back to the Celtic Era. Our journey will also take us to the beautiful and historic city of Aachen in Germany. With strong connections to the endearingly referred to father of Europe, Charlemagne, Aachen was the epicentre of early medieval Europe with Charlemagne’s treasury, cathedral and tomb waiting to be discovered. We’ll travel to and from Maastricht by train from London St Pancras via the Eurostar to Brussels, passing by scenic countryside and towns in Belgium and the Netherlands along the way.
- Sample typical Dutch and Germany culinary delicacies
- Visit the breathtaking treasury of Charlemagne in Aachen
- Explore the typically Dutch streets of charming Maastricht
- Knead and bake your own bread Dutch-style
- Enjoy a special dinner at Talentino
Dates & Prices
If you are travelling from outside of the UK, please .
April 23 - April 26, 2019 (4 days)
Standard Blind Price: £479 Book Now
Discounted Sighted Price: £479 Book Now
The prices shown below are for non-UK travellers and do not include return flights and transfers. If you are travelling from within the UK, please .
Standard Blind Price: 379 GBP Book Now
Discounted Sighted Price: 379 GBP Book Now
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- Trains and transfers from the UK (UK prices only)
- 3 nights accommodation at Select Hotel Apple Park in Maastricht
- 3 Breakfasts, 1 lunch and 3 dinners
- Specified excursions
- Services of local guides
- Services of a Traveleyes tour manager
- Bread making workshop in Maastricht
- Maastricht walking tour
- Aachen city tour
Below is the itinerary for the holiday. Please click each day for more information.
Tuesday 23rd April
We’ll begin our journey to Maastricht from Brussels by Eurostar railway departing from London St Pancras Station at 10.58am. We’ll arrive into Brussels at 2.05pm and continue our journey to Maastricht in the Netherlands via Liege where we’ll meet the school students who will be our sighted guides for our itinerary.
Following our welcome briefing and introductions we’ll head out for dinner together and get to know each other better.
Dinner included. Overnight in Maastricht.
Wednesday 24th April
Often considered the crossroads of three countries, Maastricht is a mesh of different cultures. Our tour will begin with Dutch cuisine as we visit a bakery which prides itself on the locality of its produce. Here we will take part in a workshop and learn the art of breadmaking! We’ll knead our own bread and put it in the oven to bake whilst tucking into traditional Dutch vlaai. This experience is sure to delight the senses, the stringy texture of dough, the tantalising aromas of freshly baked bread and the sumptuous flavours we will be rewarded with at the end! Once our bread has risen and baked we’ll take them out of the oven and take them away with us. For a little snack this afternoon, why not buy some typical Dutch cheeses to go with your bread?
This afternoon we’ll explore the historic centre of Maastricht on a walking tour before enjoying some free time in the centre, perhaps you may wish to visit Maastricht’s square, surrounded by greenery and grand architecture- the perfect spot for a coffee and cake break!
We’ll then reconvene and dine together in a very special restaurant in a former Ursuline Monastery called Talentino. This organisation gives opportunities to young adults with disabilities to enjoy their culinary talents in an artisanal manner. By focusing on solutions instead of problems and by creating optimism and hope in tandem with delicious food, we’ll be in store for a delightful dining experience.
Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Maastricht.
Thursday 25th April
Today we’ll journey by coach a short way to Aachen in German Westphalia close to the border between the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium.
A vibrant and historically important city for the whole of Europe, Aachen is home to many typically German delights and Charlemagne’s priceless treasures dating from the days of the sprawling Frankish Empire. A history lovers delight, we’ll explore the stunning Dom which was built in 796AD by Charlemagne before embarking on a walking tour of this magnificently varied city, brimming with old fashioned architecture and eclectic touches of modernity. Many of the sights in the old town have detailed miniature bronze models, providing a hands-on aspect to bring this city to life!
After our tour we will make our way to a gingerbread bakery where traditional Printen is made and may possibly be available to sample. These delightful sweet treats are unique to Aachen and are crafted using centuries old recipes. After our time in Aachen we will return to the bus and journey back to Maastricht for our final dinner together.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Maastricht.
Friday 26th April
Today we will journey home by getting a train to Brussels before boarding the 14:56 Eurostar train to London St Pancras, arriving at 16:05.
Single Supplement is £120, please request this by phone or email.
The sighted students from the United World Collect Maastricht will all be English speakers aged between 14 and 18. Students will be divided into groups of 2 and act as sighted guides for 1 visually impaired traveller.
23/04/2019: Train departs London St Pancras at 10:58am, arriving into Brussels-Midi (South) at 14:05.
26/04/2019: Train departs Brussels-Midi (South) at 14:56, arriving into London St Pancras at 16:05.