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Tour: European Legal Centres and UNESCO Paris

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The UNA Westminster European Tour will visit The Hague, Luxembourg and Strasbourg, all hosting important international courts of justice, and Paris to learn about UNESCO’s programmes in culture, science, communications and education.

There will be time in all cities for individual sightseeing. All intercity travel will be by train. Tour members may arrange their own arrival in The Hague and departure from Paris with commensurate cost reduction.

The target cost of less than £700 will apply to two people sharing a room in Ibis hotels or equivalent, to include breakfast, and other meals only if indicated; open-top tour bus in Luxembourg; 10 ticket carnet for the Paris Metro/bus system; and entry to the Peace Palace in The Hague. Further events on some evenings might be arranged.

Please register and answer the two questions if you wish to receive further updates from us. We will request a £100 deposit in May with the balance to be paid in July.

Sunday 23 September

We take the afternoon Eurostar to The Hague, changing at Brussels and Rotterdam, arriving before 9pm local time. It is a ten minute walk to our hotel, the Ibis City Centre. The hotel is close to small cafes, bars and restaurants. The hotel bar also serves snacks.

Monday 24 September

After breakfast, we walk the ten minutes to the Binnenhof to check in. We visit the Hall of Knights, Great Hall of Justice, Small Hall of Justice, the Japanese Room and the Peace Palace Library. After lunch in the Binnenhof cafeteria, we visit the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. The courts will be in session when we visit and besides listening to presentations on the workings of the courts, we hope members of the party will be able to attend court sessions. We will leave the Binnenhof when it closes and walk back to the hotel. We collect our luggage and walk to the station to catch the 6pm train for Luxembourg, changing at Rotterdam and Brussels, arriving before midnight. We walk for 5 minutes, to the Ibis Centre hotel.

Tuesday 25 September

After breakfast, we take the public bus direct to the European Court of Justice. Those who wish to attend a court hearing must leave early as the session starts at 8.30, lasting three hours. Others can leave later, to attend a presentation about the Court, a visit to the library and a guided tour of the buildings. After lunch, we hope to arrange a further presentation, possibly on the EFTA Court, also based in Luxembourg, which has jurisdiction over the European Economic Area in which the UK might find itself after Brexit. Then we take the open top tour bus along the city’s scenic route, returning to the station from where it is a short walk back to the hotel. The evening will be at leisure.

Wednesday 26 September

We leave for the station to catch the train to Strasbourg arriving at about 11am. We walk 10 minutes to check in at the Ibis Strasbourg Centre Historique. We take the bus to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) for a film and presentation on its role and work. We hope to arrange to attend a court hearing. Later, some might wish to stay at the ECHR. Others will join our visit to the Hemicycle (chamber) of the nearby European Parliament (10 mins walk) for a briefing covering its role and powers, and the Hemicycle gallery to follow debates. We might visit the Parliamentarium Simone Veil, an immersive experience showing the Parliament’s work. We return to the hotel and the rest of the day will be at leisure.

Thursday 27 September

There will be time for those who wish to return to the ECHR to attend a further hearing. Others may visit the city’s attractions. At about 3pm, we leave Strasbourg for Paris, travelling on the newest TGV route. We arrive in Paris late afternoon and take the metro to our hotel Ibis Paris Tour Eiffel Cambronne. Evening at leisure.

Friday 28 September

We walk (7 mins) to UNESCO for presentations on the World Heritage Programme, the One Planet, One Ocean programme and UNESCO’s work in the defence of freedom of expression and on education for sustainable development. We leave UNESCO at 4pm and the rest of the day is yours. We will host a farewell dinner (inc) after which the rest of the evening is yours.

Saturday 29 September

Today is free to visit the city. Our Eurostar will leave at about 4pm, arriving home at 6pm.

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