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Aerial view of Esch-sur-Sure, medieval town in Luxembourg, dominated by castle

Overview

A totally immersive experience

Gain unprecedented access to the frontlines of international governance while traveling beside faculty leader Christophe Crombez, PhD ’94, a political economist who specializes in the European Union. Marvel at the architectural mastery of the hemicycle in Strasbourg, the seat of the European Parliament, during a personalized briefing on the body’s powers and then sit in on a parliamentary session.

Attend a hearing of the International Criminal Court in The Hague and learn about this august court’s inner workings from a member of the staff. Savor regional specialties at a private chocolate-making workshop in Brussels and a wine tasting in the heart of Alsace.

Dates

September 3–12, 2023

Duration

10 days

Trip size

35 participants

Minimum age

18 years

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Faculty leader

A different kind of classroom

With renowned Stanford faculty and scholars leading the way, every Travel/Study trip is a one-of-a-kind educational experience.

Christophe Crombez

Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

Christophe Crombez, PhD ’94, has been at The Europe Center (TEC) at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies since 1999 and specializes in European Union (EU) politics and business-government relations in Europe.

Itinerary

Inside the heart of the European Union

Begin in the architecturally stunning city of Brussels, Belgium, where we explore the cultural and culinary delights of the city. Travel to Luxembourg, one of the four European Union headquarter capitals. Continue to Strasbourg, France, where we stay in a luxurious, converted 17th-century mill. Our trip ends with an excursion into the Alsatian countryside to the charming town of Colmar.

  • Brussels, Belgium

    Arrive in Brussels and transfer to our luxury hotel in the heart of the city. After settling in set out on a walking tour of the Grand Place, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The historic city square is renowned for its ornate architecture and soaring Town Hall tower. This evening enjoy a welcome reception and dinner.

    Accommodations:

    Hotel Amigo

    Included meal: Dinner
  • Brussels

    Spend the day in the European Quarter of Brussels. Begin with a guided tour of the European Commission, the European Union’s executive arm, and develop a better understanding of its policies and priorities from a professional staff member. Following lunch, join an information session at the Council of the European Union led by a council expert. Participate in the interactive and multimedia activities at the visitors’ center that demonstrate how European nations work together toward a legislative consensus. Spend the evening at leisure.

    Accommodations:

    Hotel Amigo

    Included meals: Breakfast and lunch
  • Brussels

    Walk to the nearby Museum of the City of Brussels, housed in the iconic 16th-century King’s House (called Maison du Roi in French and Broodhuis in Dutch), where centuries of Bruxellois history come to life through paintings, decorative arts, photos and models. At a celebrated chocolatier, hear about the history of fine chocolate, try your hand at chocolate making and be treated to delicious sweets! After lunch, enjoy a free afternoon in Brussels or a special afternoon at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s headquarters, if conditions allow.

    Accommodations:

    Hotel Amigo

    Included meals: Breakfast and lunch
  • The Hague, the Netherlands

    Take a day trip across the border into the Netherlands. This morning head out on a walking tour through the Binnenhof, past the Noordeinde Palace, the regal site of the Dutch king’s offices that date to the 16th century. Next visit the Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery. View several Dutch masterpieces from the golden age, including Vermeer’s Girl With a Pearl Earring, Fabritius’s The Goldfinch, and Rembrandt’s The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp. After lunch visit the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague and listen to a staff presentation of the court. The ICC hears cases related to war crimes, genocides, aggression and crimes against humanity. Journey back to Brussels for a free evening.

    Accommodations:

    Hotel Amigo

    Included meals: Breakfast and lunch
  • Brussels

    Return to the European Quarter to observe the operations of the European government. Start at the European Parliament Hemicycle, the architectural masterpiece where the European Parliament meets. Admire the European Parliament’s impressive art collection, which includes notable examples of the various trends that have defined the European art scene over the past four decades. Stroll through Leopold Park to the House of European History Museum and view highlights from its permanent collection. Enjoy lunch on our own and an afternoon free for independent exploration. This evening, we bid adieu to Brussels at a local restaurant and sample traditional styles of beer and savor Bruxellois cuisine.

    Accommodations:

    Hotel Amigo

    Included meals: Breakfast and dinner
  • Luxembourg / Strasbourg, France

    Depart Brussels for Luxembourg, one of the smallest sovereign states in Europe. Arrive in Luxembourg City, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the four European Union headquarter capitals. Discover the historical fortifications of the duchy, which were built over the course of nine centuries. After lunch at a restaurant in the picturesque Old City, continue to the Court of Justice, the EU’s supreme court responsible for interpreting and ensuring the equal application of EU laws for all member states. Next, we take a guided tour of the new Palais, which houses the court’s collection of art pieces, before departing the city for Strasbourg.

    Accommodations:

    Hôtel & Spa Régent Petite France

    Included meals: Breakfast and lunch
  • Strasbourg

    Embark on a guided walking tour of Strasbourg’s charming historical center, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to absorb the fascinating and complex past of this multicultural region. Enjoy a delicious lunch of traditional Alsatian fare, then view the Strasbourg Cathedral, one of the finest examples of high Gothic architecture in Europe. Marvel at the towering spire, once the tallest in Europe, and the astronomical clock. Finish at the Rohan Palace, “the little Versailles of Alsace,” a remarkable 18th-century baroque palace, then enjoy a treat of savory galettes and sweet crêpes at a local crêperie.

    Accommodations:

    Hôtel & Spa Régent Petite France

    Included meals: Breakfast and lunch
  • Strasbourg

    Head to Strasbourg’s Place de la République and stroll through this huge park-like square dominated by neo-Renaissance buildings, all historical monuments. Continue to the official seat of the European Parliament and view the European Parliament Strasbourg Hemicycle, an ultramodern chamber that can seat all 785 members, linguistic interpreters and over 600 visitors, where we attend a private briefing by an expert staff member. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to soak up the atmosphere of Strasbourg’s delightful city center.

    Accommodations:

    Hôtel & Spa Régent Petite France

    Included meals: Breakfast and lunch
  • Colmar

    Venture into the Alsatian countryside to the scenic town of Colmar. At the Unterlinden Museum, take a guided tour of the collection’s highlights, including the acclaimed medieval Isenheim Altarpiece with its remarkable painted panels. The museum also has notable works by Dubuffet, Monet and Picasso. Enjoy time at leisure to wander along the picturesque canals, perhaps stopping to visit one of the quaint town’s small museums. Celebrate Alsace’s rich enological tradition during a tasting at one of the oldest wine brotherhoods in France. This evening say goodbye to Europe at a festive farewell dinner.

    Accommodations:

    Hôtel & Spa Régent Petite France

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Strasbourg / Home

    After breakfast, transfer to the Strasbourg airport for independent flights home.

    Included meal: Breakfast

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European Flags at the European Parliament, Strasbourg, France

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