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					                                  Pauwels Travel Bureau Ltd.
                         95 Dalhousie Street, Brantford, Ontario N3T 2J1
                               Tel: (519)753-2695 Fax: 753-6376

                                BELGIUM IN DEPTH

                11 days – Saturday, November 2 to Tuesday, November 12, 2002

                                   PROPOSED ITINERARY:

Day 1 - Saturday, November 2:
Evening departure for Amsterdam with KLM. Dinner and a light breakfast will be served on

Day 2 - Sunday, November 3:
Morning arrival in Amsterdam and short connecting flight to Paris. Short drive to the Canadian
War Memorial at Vimy Ridge, and visit to the Monument and its fine Interpretation Centre
staffed by young Canadians. We continue across the Belgian border to Ghent, proud ancient
capital of Flanders, the Dutch-speaking northern part of the country. Check into our comfortable
and centrally located tourist-category hotel, and free time to settle in. Welcome apéritif before
dinner. In the Middle Ages, Ghent - then known in English as "Gaunt" - was the second biggest
city in Western Europe, and in 1500 Charles V, who would become Emperor of Germany and
King of Spain, was born here; today Ghent is a dynamic university town, a seaport, an important
industrial centre, and a major tourist attraction.
PLEASE NOTE: Participants originating in Vancouver will fly with KLM to Amsterdam and
transfer by train directly to Ghent, arriving in mid-afternoon.

Day 3 - Monday, November 4:
After breakfast, leisurely walking tour of the historical city centre, with the imposing 12th-
century Castle of the Counts of Flanders, the historic Friday Market, the wonderful church of St.
Nicholas, and the building where the Treaty of Ghent was signed, which put an end to the War of
1812. In the afternoon, visit to the local Museum of Fine Arts, which features paintings by
Flemish artists such as Brueghel, Bosch, Rubens, and Jordaens. Afterwards you will enjoy a
typical Belgian waffle-eating ritual; this will definitely not spoil your appetite for dinner,
because in Belgium one should "never eat on an empty stomach"!

Day 4 – Tuesday, November 5:
Departure from Ghent after a late breakfast. We motor to the picturesque artist colony of St.
Martens-Latem, situated in a bucolic setting on the banks of the Lys river, and home of a famous
Belgian school of expressionist painters. Then we continue through the Flemish countryside to
the village of Sijsele, where we enjoy a hearty lunch in a typical restaurant. In late afternoon we
arrive in Bruges, perhaps the best-preserved medieval town in Europe. We check into a first-
class hotel, superbly located on the banks of one the city's romantic canals. An introductory
walking tour of Bruges will conclude this very interesting day. Bruges is a veritable treasure-
chest of medieval architecture and art, a wonderful romantic town criss-crossed by canals and
therefore also known as the "Venice of the North"; although once known as "Bruges la Morte,"
this is actually a very lively town with great shops (chocolates, anyone?), cozy cafés, and fine
restaurants, as well as magnificent churches and wonderful museums, so Bruges adds up to a
huge tourist attraction; mercifully, however, the hordes of tourists are gone by this time of the
year . . .

Day 5 – Wednesday, November 6:
Today we tour the countryside around Bruges. First, we explore the region where in the fall of
1944 the Canadian Army fought the "Battle of the Scheldt," which opened up the great seaport of
Antwerp, with sites such as the Leopold Canal and the Canadian War Cemetery in Adegem.
Short reception in the local Canada-Museum and lunch in the museum's restaurant. In the
afternoon we enjoy the sophisticated North Sea resort of Knokke, then return to Bruges via the
picturesque medieval village of Damme.

Day 6 – Thursday, November 7:
In the morning we visit in Bruges: the famous Groeninge museum, with its superb collection of
paintings by Van Eyck, Van der Goes, Bosch, and other masters of the 15th-century school of
the so-called "Flemish Primitives"; the magnificent local cathedral, featuring a Madonna by
Michelangelo, one of the very few sculptures of that master to be found outside of Italy; and the
peaceful and romantic "beguinage," a convent-like institution found only in the Low Countries.
The rest of the day is free to shop and/or explore Bruges on your own. Tonight, optional dinner
with a menu of typical regional specialities, accompanied by medieval music.

Day 7 – Friday, November 8:
Departure from Bruges after breakfast. A short trip through the "polder" landscape along the
Dutch border takes us to the great seaport of Antwerp, Belgium's second biggest city.
Here we visit a diamond centre, the cathedral with various masterpieces by the most famous
local painter, Rubens, the Renaissance city hall, the harbour... Also time for lunch in one of the
many attractive eateries in the vicinity of the cathedral and the city hall. In late afternoon we
continue to Brussels, where we check into a very comfortable first-class Best Western. Dinner at
the hotel. Brussels is not only the capital of Belgium, but also of the European Community, and
the city also serves as the headquarters of NATO; it is a vibrant cosmopolitan and polyglot
community, whose "bon-vivant" lifestyle is enjoyed by French- and Dutch-speaking Belgians as
well as a large international community. Brussels is like a small Paris, with an absolutely
magnificent historical centre, broad boulevards, numerous attractive parks and imposing
monuments, public buildings, and fine museums.

Day 8 - Saturday, November 9:
Morning sightseeing tour of the Belgian capital, with the famous "Grand Place" and town hall,
the Gothic cathedral, the Royal Palace, the Royal Gardens of Laeken, European Community
Headquarters, the "Cinquantenaire"-complex with the Belgian "Arc de Triomphe," the elegant
Avenue Louise, the huge Palace of Justice, and of course the Atomium, the theme building of
Expo '58 which has become the symbol of the city. Also short sidetrip to the neighbouring
battlefield of Waterloo, where we learn the details of what happened there on that fateful day in
1815 on the British as well as on the French side The afternoon is free to shop or to explore
Brussels on your own. This evening, optional dinner of traditional Belgian culinary specialties in
a typical restaurant of old Brussels.
Day 9 – Sunday, November 10:
After breakfast, we visit the Museum of Fine Arts, highlighting the works of famous Belgian
masters of yesterday and today, such as Brueghel, Van Dyck, and the ubiquitous Rubens, but
also the world famous contemporary surrealist, Magritte, and other moders artists, above all the
brilliant but enigmatic James Ensor. Afterwards, free time to explore the antique market on
picturesque Sablon Square. In the afternoon, coffee and traditional Belgian pastries in a typical

Day 10 – Monday, November 11:
This morning we attend the annual Remembrance Day ceremony in the town of Ieper (Ypres),
"capital" of the World War I battlefield area known as "Flanders' Fields." Focal point of this
ceremony, which is always attended by thousands of Belgians and visitors, is the world-famous
"Menin Gate," the paramount British (and Commonwealth) war memorial on the continent.
After a group lunch in a restaurant of old Ypres, we tour the battlefields of the surrounding
"Flanders' Fields" area, such as St. Julian (site of the first gas attack against Canadian troops in
1915), Tyne Cot War Cemetery (the world's biggest British war cemetery), and the famous
village of Passchendaele, in whose muddy fields Canadian troops fought a major battle in 1917.

Day 11 - Tuesday, November 12:
After breakfast, transfer to the Brussels airport, and return flight to Canada, via Amsterdam.

Tour cost: $2,295 from Toronto, $2,595 from Vancouver. "Land only": $1,650 Can. or
1,070 US. (Single room supplement: $395.00 Can.)

Included in the tour price are:
- Return flight in economy class;
- Overland transportation by private coach OR minibus;
- Accommodation in superior tourist and/or first class hotels, based on double occupancy –
    Single room supplement: $395.00
- Airport transfers;
- Meals: buffet breakfast daily and a total of six dinners (or full lunches);
- Sightseeing, visits, and excursions as indicated in the itinerary, including admission;
- Hotel taxes and gratuities.

Not included are:
- Airport taxes;
- Beverages with dinners;
- All expenses of a personal nature;
- Gratuity for coach driver (approx. $25 per person)
- Travel insurance as follows:

      All-inclusive package:                       Non-medical package:
      To age 59: $ 137.70                          To age 59: $109.35
      Ages 60 - 64: $ 171.72                       Ages 60 - 64: $ 125.28
      Ages 65 - 69: $208.44                        Ages 65 - 69: $133.92
      Ages 70 - 79: $298.08                        Ages 70 - 74: $152.28
                                                   Ages 75 - 79: $232.20
                                  APPLICATION FORM
Please book___ seat(s) on the “Belgium in Depth” tour of November 2 - 12, 2002.

Enclosed is my/our deposit of ______ ($500.00 per person plus insurance premium if required.)
Deposit and insurance premium, if taken, are due with registration. All tour participants will
receive an invoice for the balance payment approximately 45 days prior to departure.

I/We agree to the “terms and conditions” attached to the tour program and
accept___ / decline___ the insurance protection offered.


Please enter your legal name as it appears on your passport and add the appropriate title before
each name (Mr., Mrs., Ms., Dr., etc.) and possibly also how you prefer to be addressed by your
fellow travelers, e.g.: Elisabeth (“Betsy”); while your legal name must be shown on your air
ticket, your informal first name will be shown on your name tag.



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If travelling alone, indicate if your are willing to share a twin room      or prefer a single room
__. We will try to find a roommate for those wanting to share, but cannot guarantee success in
doing so. For single travellers we are not able to match, the single supplement will apply.

Special requests such as dietary needs, wheelchair assistance, frequent flyer number, twin beds
instead of double bed for couples, etc... Please list here so we can do our best to assist you:

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                            PAUWELS TRAVEL BUREAU LTD.,
                    95 Dalhousie Street, Brantford, Ontario N3T 2J1 - Canada
                        Tel: (519) 753-2695 or 756-4900 Fax: 753-6376