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Bruges first came to prominence in the Middle coach will then take you to your hotel in the heart Your main visit is to Ypres, the centre of British We offer a choice of hotels as follows (relevant
Return rail connections on selected dates from over thirty regional stations Ages when weavers, fleeing religious persecution, of Bruges old town, transfer time approximately activity in Belgium and although the town was hotel will be indicated on departure details):
Return standard class reserved seat on Eurostar to Lille, Bruges’ nearest settled in Bruges, which was then a port. They one hour. flattened, it has been restored to its original Three-star superior Martin’s Brugge - Ideally
Eurostar station - journey time around 1 hour 30 minutes made their home here and started the manufacture appearance. Ypres is the home of the Menin Gate, located opposite the belfry in the historic centre,
Return coach transfer from Lille to your hotel (approximately one hour) of very high quality woollen cloth which was the Day 2 After breakfast you have a guided walk of the memorial to the missing where the last post is the hotel has recently undergone a facelift to create
basis of Bruges’ wealth: art collections, churches this beautiful town which really does show off its played every evening at 8 o’clock. a stylish and modern interior, and offers a tranquil
Choice of excellent quality three and four-star hotels, superbly located in the
and many other fine buildings were subsequently charm perfectly. The whole atmosphere of Bruges You also visit Hill 62, more commonly known as private garden, bar offering a host of local beers and
heart of the old preserved town
bequeathed to the town by wealthy merchants. is pure romance and really reflects the true spirit Sanctuary Wood to see some preserved trenches. restaurant serving regional specialities.
Guided walk of historic Bruges, arguably the most perfectly preserved The wool trade then evolved into lacemaking which of medieval Flanders. Its streets are crammed with Perhaps the most moving part of the afternoon is Three-star Golden Tree - A former 19th century
medieval town in Europe was the most lucrative of all the textile trades. By fascination and yet it is so compact that the walking the visit to Tyne Cot cemetery at Passchendaele, railway tycoon’s house just a short stroll from the
Visit to a traditional Chocolate Maker the mid 17th century, Flanders Lace as it was called tour emphasises the main sights and attractions which is the largest in the British sector. You will market square recently converted into a beautiful
Visit to Ypres and the First World War battlefields was famous all over Europe, with the finest being perfectly. Bruges has so much to offer and is return to your hotel in Bruges late afternoon. boutique property. Features include a stunning
the ‘fairy stitch’ which required between 300 and centred around the main square, dominated by the breakfast room with frescoed ceilings, a beautiful
Escorted by our experienced tour manager
700 spindles. You can still see picturesque places Belfry and when the unique old Flemish chimes Day 4 Bruges chocolates are known throughout conservatory and a garden terrace.
within Bruges, where younger and older lace are heard, the atmosphere is perfect. You can climb the world and so this morning you visit one of the Four-star academie - Built around a pleasant
here can be few places left where you you can see the carving of the Madonna and Child makers practise their trade. And of course, on this this tower, if you can face the 366 steps: the view few establishments which still makes chocolates by courtyard garden, this centrally located hotel is a
can totally switch off for a few days from by Michelangelo, perhaps the greatest sculptor of tour you are staying in the old heart of Bruges, only is breathtaking. You will also see the City Hall, the traditional methods. They are only made from the superb place to relax after a hard day’s sightseeing.
the pressures of modern them all. In the Basilica of the a short walk from the Lace Museum, where you can old Law Courts and the ‘Basilica of the Holy Blood’ finest ingredients and during the demonstration Recently renovated it offers excellent facilities
day living so completely as Holy Blood is a phial, said to learn the history of this superb craft with some of in which is housed some of Jesus’ blood. Another you learn all about this delicious craft. A coach will and comfortable, stylish accommodation, bar and
Bruges. Its beauty and tranquility contain Jesus’ blood, which was the finest examples from throughout the ages on must is the Notre Dame Church which houses later return you to nearby Lille to take an afternoon winter garden.
are outstanding, as befits the most brought back from the Holy Land display. Michelangelo’s beautiful Madonna and Child, Eurostar service back to London St Pancras
perfectly preserved medieval town after one of the crusades. The Bruges is also very famous for its chocolates, carved in pure white marble. International (or Ebbsfleet).
in Europe. Its atmosphere is totally richness of the interior decoration some of which are still hand made from the Belgium, and Flanders in particular, is very
unique, whether it’s a stroll by one of will amaze you. finest ingredients including cream, strawberries, famous for brewing beer, indeed there are over
the canals, indeed Bruges is also known nougat and nuts. The results are absolutely 500 varieties throughout the country. One of the
as ‘Venice of the North’, sipping a coffee mouth-watering. They do not do very much for features of brewing in Belgium is the great variety
in the Old Market Square with the 13th your waistline but they do for your taste buds! The of types of beer and ingredients used, even things
Century Flemish chimes ringing out from the food in Belgium, and Bruges in particular, combines as diverse as cherries and oats! So a tour to Bruges
belfry in the background, or perhaps a gentle the best in cuisine: French quality and flair, with would not be complete without a visit to a brewery!
trip around the town by horse and carriage. German sized portions. The speciality is mussels; Some of you may choose to take the short walk
Its serenity will there are forty ways of cooking them, and of to the “Halve Maan” brewery museum to learn
captivate you and it course Belgian chips topped with mayonnaise are the ins and outs of brewing in this quaint and very
has something for all recognised the world over as the best there are. traditional establishment and then unwind with a
tastes. But there is no one thing you can put your finger tasting.
For art lovers, Bruges on which makes Bruges such an attractive place to
is a must – Jan Van Eyck stay for a few days. It is a combination of old world Day 3 After breakfast we will arrange an optional
being the city’s most charm, the friendliness of the people (indeed it is tour by boat of some of Bruges’ canals, which
famous resident. There difficult to find anyone who doesn’t speak fluent gives an interesting view of the town (subject to
are three excellent English), culture and perhaps its sheer tranquility. So seasonal operation). Late morning, for those who
museums housing many come with us and see. are interested, the coach will leave Bruges for a
fine works by Dutch and tour of some of the places made famous during
Flemish artists including Day 1 You take a late morning/early afternoon the First World War. However, the excursion is not
Van Eyck himself, Eurostar service from London St. Pancras compulsory so should you choose to have free time
Rembrandt, and International or Ebbsfleet International to Lille in Bruges, perhaps ride in a horse drawn carriage,
many more. In the (exact time will be indicated on travel documents), or visit one of the many other attractions, this
church of Our Lady arriving approximately 1 hour 30 minutes later. A afternoon is the ideal opportunity to do so.