Unwind with a relaxing few days on our escorted tour to Bruges – with its picturesque canals and medieval charm.
You take the late morning/early afternoon Eurostar service from London St. Pancras International to Lille (exact time will be indicated on travel documents), arriving approximately 1 hour 30 minutes later. A coach will then take you to your hotel in the heart of Bruges old town.
After breakfast you have a guided walk of this beautiful town which really does show off its charm perfectly. The whole atmosphere of Bruges is pure romance and really reflects the true spirit of medieval Flanders. Its streets are crammed with fascination and yet it is so compact that the walking tour emphasises the main sights and attractions perfectly. Bruges has so much to offer and is centred around the main square, dominated by the Belfry and when the unique old Flemish chimes are heard, the atmosphere is perfect. You can climb this tower, if you can face the 366 steps: the view is breath-taking. You will also see the City Hall, the old Law Courts and the ‘Basilica of the Holy Blood’ in which is housed some of Jesus’ blood. Another must is the Notre Dame Church which houses Michelangelo’s beautiful Madonna and Child, carved in pure white marble. Belgium, and Flanders in particular, is very famous for brewing beer, indeed there are over 500 varieties throughout the country. One of the features of brewing in Belgium is the great variety of types of beer and ingredients used, even things as diverse as cherries and oats! So a tour to Bruges would not be complete without a visit to a brewery! Some of you may choose to take the short walk to the “Halve Maan” brewery museum to learn the ins and outs of brewing in this quaint and very traditional establishment and then unwind with a tasting.
After breakfast we will arrange an optional tour by boat of some of Bruges’ canals, which gives an interesting view of the town (subject to seasonal operation). Late morning, for those who are interested, you visit some of the places made famous during the First World War in nearby Ypres, the centre of British activity during those turbulent times and home of the Menin Gate. You then visit Passchendaele Memorial Museum to see a fascinating recreation of life in the trenches (2016 tours visit Hill 62, more commonly known as Sanctuary Wood), but perhaps the most moving part of the afternoon is the visit to Tyne Cot cemetery – all in all, a fascinating and yet poignant afternoon.
Bruges chocolates are known throughout the world and so this morning you visit one of the few establishments which still makes chocolates by traditional methods. They are only made from the finest ingredients and during the demonstration you learn all about this delicious craft. A coach will later return you to nearby Lille to take an afternoon Eurostar service back to London St Pancras International..
Selected departures Jun to November 2017 (Based on London St. Pancras Departures, please call for other regional departure availabilities and prices.)
|DATE||DEPARTURE TIME||DEPARTURE POINT||ACCOMMODATION||PRICE FROM (pp)|
|07 Jun 2017||12:58||St Pancras||Martin’s Brugge||£319.00|
|28 Jun 2017||12:58||St Pancras||Academie Hotel||£359.00|
|05 Jul 2017||12:58||St Pancras||Martin’s Brugge||£309.00|
|09 Jul 2017||15:04||St Pancras||Grand Hotel Casselbergh||£399.00|
|16 Jul 2017||15:04||St Pancras||Martin’s Brugge||£309.00|
|23 Jul 2017||12:58||St Pancras||Golden Tree Hotel||£289.00|
|23 Jul 2017||15:04||St Pancras||Academie Hotel||£359.00|
|30 Jul 2017||15:04||St Pancras||Martin’s Brugge||£299.00|
|06 Aug 2017||12:58||St Pancras||Martin’s Brugge||£319.00|
|09 Aug 2017||12:58||St Pancras||Academie Hotel||£359.00|
|13 Aug 2017||15:04||St Pancras||Martin’s Brugge||£319.00|
|20 Aug 2017||15:04||St Pancras||Martin’s Brugge||£319.00|
|23 Aug 2017||12:58||St Pancras||Academie Hotel||£359.00|
|03 Sep 2017||12:58||St Pancras||Grand Hotel Casselbergh||£399.00|
|03 Sep 2017||15:04||St Pancras||Martin’s Brugge||£319.00|
|06 Sep 2017||12:58||St Pancras||Academie Hotel||£359.00|
|10 Sep 2017||12:58||St Pancras||Academie Hotel||£359.00|
|10 Sep 2017||15:04||St Pancras||Martin’s Brugge||£319.00|
|13 Sep 2017||12:58||St Pancras||Martin’s Brugge||£319.00|
|17 Sep 2017||12:58||St Pancras||Golden Tree Hotel||£299.00|
|17 Sep 2017||15:04||St Pancras||Academie Hotel||£349.00|
|20 Sep 2017||12:58||St Pancras||Academie Hotel||£349.00|
|20 Sep 2017||15:04||St Pancras||Martin’s Brugge||£319.00|
|24 Sep 2017||12:58||St Pancras||Academie Hotel||£349.00|
24 Sep 2017
|01 Oct 2017||12:58||St Pancras||Golden Tree Hotel||£299.00|
|01 Oct 2017||15:04||St Pancras||Martin’s Brugge||£319.00|
|04 Oct 2017||12:58||St Pancras||Academie Hotel||£339.00|
|11 Oct 2017||12:58||St Pancras||Martin’s Brugge||£319.00|
|15 Oct 2017||12:58||St Pancras||Grand Hotel Casselbergh||£399.00|
|15 Oct 2017||15:04||St Pancras||Academie Hotel||£339.00|
|22 Oct 2017||15:04||St Pancras||Academie Hotel||£339.00|
|25 Oct 2017||12:58||St Pancras||Martin’s Brugge||£319.00|
|29 Oct 2017||12:58||St Pancras||Martin’s Brugge||£299.00|
|05 Nov 2017||12:58||St Pancras||Academie Hotel||£329.00|
|08 Nov 2017||12:58||St Pancras||Martin’s Brugge||£279.00|
|12 Nov 2017||12:58||St Pancras||Golden Tree Hotel||£279.00|
|15 Nov 2017||12:58||St Pancras||Academie Hotel||£329.00|
|19 Nov 2017||12:58||St Pancras||Martin’s Brugge||£279.00|
|26 Nov 2017||12:58||St Pancras||Martin’s Brugge||£269.00|
The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are subject to availability at a supplement of £95 per person or £149 per person at the Hotel Casselbergh. The price includes a return standard class reserved seat on Eurostar, coach transfer from Lille to your hotel in Bruges (approximate transfer time one hour), walking tour of Bruges, three nights bed and buffet breakfast, chocolate making demonstration, visit to the First World War battlefields and the services of an experienced tour manager. Occasionally the opening times of the places of interest vary, and if this happens we may change the order of the visits on this tour.
Not included: Entrance to ‘Halve Mann’ brewery museum €7, boat trip €6.40, Flanders Field museum €5.50, Hill 62 €5, approximate costs, payable locally.
Please note there is a £10, £20, £25 or £50 supplement for certain regional stations.
Standard Premier Class Upgrade
In order to enjoy your Eurostar experience to the full, you may upgrade to Standard Premier Class from only £139 return, subject to availability. This price includes a complimentary light meal, offered from a selection of sweet and savoury cold snacks and includes and a drink appropriate to the time of day, served at your seat while you relax in the spacious comfort of Standard Premier Class.
UK Regional Train Connections
You may upgrade to First Class for only £47 per person, subject to availability. This price excludes departures from Bournemouth, Portsmouth Harbour, Salisbury, Southampton, Winchester and Brighton.
To enquire further or request an upgrade please contact us at 0208 102 8970
Please note that there is a £10, £20 or £50 supplement for certain regional stations. If your preferred station is not available, please contact the office, as we may be able to request it for you.
Please note that where regional trains do not go directly to St Pancras station you will be required to arrange your own transport across London. If you are unsure which station you are due to arrive into, please contact the reservations team.
We offer a choice of hotels as follows:
3* superior Martin’s Brugge – Ideally located opposite the belfry in the historic centre, the hotel has recently undergone a facelift to create a stylish and modern interior and offers a tranquil private garden, bar offering a host of local beers and restaurant serving regional specialities.
3* Golden Tree – A former 19th century railway tycoon’s house just s short stroll from the market square has been recently converted into a beautiful boutique property. Features include a stunning breakfast room with frescoed ceilings and an area in which to relax.
4* Academie – Built around a pleasant courtyard garden, this centrally located hotel is a superb place to relax after a hard day’s sightseeing. Recently renovated it offers excellent facilities and comfortable, stylish accommodation, bar and winter garden.
4* Grand Hotel Casselbergh – This illustrious hotel was created from three historic residencies, owned and inhabited for centuries by local aristocracy, centrally located, it combines elegant modern comfort with 18th century charm. Facilities include a bar and breakfast room, and a wellness centre in the cellars which date back to the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries. This superb property rightly deserves its four-star rating.
Bruges has outstanding art, twisting medieval streets, traditional bars, outstanding cuisine but when the unique charms of the carillon sound from the iconic belfry its ambience is complete. Unwind with a relaxing few days on our escorted tour to Bruges – with its picturesque canals and medieval charm.
There can be few places left where you can totally switch off for a few days from the pressures of modern day living as completely as Bruges. Its beauty and tranquillity are outstanding, as befits the most perfectly preserved medieval town in Europe and its atmosphere is totally unique. Whether it’s a stroll by one of the canals, indeed Bruges is also known as ‘Venice of the North’, sipping a coffee in the Old Market Square with the 13th Century Flemish chimes ringing out from the belfry in the background, or perhaps a gentle trip around the town by horse and carriage, its serenity will captivate you and it has something for all tastes.
For art lovers, Bruges is a must – Jan Van Eyck being the city’s most famous resident. There are three excellent museums housing many fine works by Dutch and Flemish artists including Van Eyck himself, Rembrandt, and many more. In the church of Our Lady you can see the carving of the Madonna and Child by Michelangelo, perhaps the greatest sculptor of them all. In the Basilica of the Holy Blood is a phial, said to contain Jesus’ blood, which was brought back from the Holy Land after one of the crusades. The richness of the interior decoration will amaze you.
Bruges is also very famous for its chocolates, some of which are still hand made from the finest ingredients including cream, strawberries, nougat and nuts. The results are absolutely mouth- watering. They do not do very much for your waistline but they do for your taste buds! The food in Belgium, and Bruges in particular, combines the best in cuisine: French quality and flair, with German sized portions. The speciality is mussels; there are forty ways of cooking them, and of course Belgian chips topped with mayonnaise are recognised the world over as the best there are. But there is no one thing you can put your finger on which makes Bruges such an attractive place to stay for a few days. It is a combination of old world charm, the friendliness of the people (indeed it is difficult to find anyone who doesn’t speak fluent English), culture and perhaps its sheer tranquillity. So come with us and see.