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The 3 B’s of Belgium – Blankenberge, Battlefields and Bruges

  • Blankenberge Marina, Belgium ©Tourism office Blankenberge

    Blankenberge Marina, Belgium ©Tourism office Blankenberge
  • Blankenberge Pier ©Tourist Office Blankenberge

    Belgium, Blankenberge, Coast, Beach, Pier, group tour, group travel ©Tourist Office Blankenberge
  • Blankenberge Promenade

    Blankenberge Promenade
  • Begijnhof, Bruges ©VisitBruges, JanDHondt

    Begijnhof, Bruges ©VisitBruges, JanDHondt
  • Burg, Bruges © Toerisme Brugge / Jan DHondt

    Burg, Bruges © Toerisme Brugge / Jan DHondt
  • Tyne Cot WW1 Cemetery © Commonwealth war graves commission

    Tyne Cot cemetery ©Commonwealth war graves commission
  • Menin Gate, Ypres

    Menin Gate, Ypres, WW1 Battlefields Armistice
5 day tour
From £179 per person - minimum 25 passengers

A short journey from the Channel ports, you’ll find the charming Belgian seaside town of Blankenberge. This proves an ideal base from which to explore the picturesque coast, as well as Ostend and Bruges. The tour is based at the Alfa Inn, in the heart of the town and a favourite of Greatdays’ groups. With newly renovated rooms and excellent hospitality, you are sure to enjoy your stay.

Blankenberge has many Art Nouveau buildings, seafood restaurants and boasts Belgium’s only pier. During your stay, you will explore the beautiful Belgian coast, including the remains of the German Atlantikwall from WW1.

Additionally, a visit to Ypres allows further exploration of WW1 military history. The evocative ‘In Flanders Fields’ Museum is a particularly insightful museum, looking into personal accounts of the locals during the battles in Flanders. With your Battlefields guide, visit some of the area’s best-known memorial sites and war cemeteries which lie in the fields around Ypres. If time permits, perhaps stay for the emotional ‘Last Post’ ceremony each evening at the Menin Gate.

Furthermore, this tour features the chance to explore Bruges. This charming medieval town is simply beautiful and a firm favourite destination with Greatdays’ groups. It’s easy to spend a day admiring the dramatic architecture while a guided tour will bring the cobbled streets to life. Take to the canals to cruise under bridges and past the quaint houses.


Dates

24th February 2020 and 23rd March 2020


Suggested itinerary by coach

Day 1

Arrive in Belgium

Travel to your hotel in Blankenberge, your base for the next four nights.

Day 2

Belgian Coast, Ostend and Blankenberge

This morning we travel along the coast to cosmopolitan Ostend, with 9km of wide sandy beach and a spacious promenade. Perhaps call in at the former home of impressionist painter James Ensor.  Now a museum, the ground floor is presented as a 19th-century souvenir shop. Along the coast, there are more than 60 World War 1 bunkers, observation posts and artillery positions: the remains of the German ‘Atlantikwall’.

In the afternoon, we return to Blankenberge with free time to explore the town and see the many Art Nouveau buildings. Take a stroll along the promenade that runs alongside the vast sandy beach, and explore the marina and Belgium’s only pier.

Day 3

Ypres and WWI Flanders Battlefields

We travel to Ypres to visit ‘In Flanders Fields’. Located in the imposing Cloth Hall, this interactive museum looks at the story of WWI through the eyes of those who were involved.

In the afternoon, we take a guided tour of the ‘14-18 Route’ with visits to sites and memorials including Tyne Cot and Langemark cemeteries. There is an option to have dinner in Ypres and then watch the emotional ‘Last Post’ ceremony at the Menin Gate.

Day 4

Bruges Sightseeing

Today we spend the day in Bruges, the ‘Venice of the North’. Enjoy a guided tour to discover the medieval city, which boasts many canals and waterways, a maze of winding cobbled streets, some remarkable architecture, and more than a few specialist chocolatiers. Cruise leisurely along the waterways on a canal cruise, and perhaps visit the ‘Historium’ in the main square, a popular virtual reality experience that reveals the history of this fascinating place.

Day 5

Return to the UK

It’s time to leave Belgium and return to the UK.


Suggested hotel

Alfa Inn, Blankenberge***

The family-run Alfa Inn is 5 minutes walk from Blankenberge’s beach. This hotel, situated in an old monastery, offers modern guest rooms, with cable TV and a work desk. Each morning a continental buffet style breakfast is served, and you will also enjoy soft piano music in the bright breakfast room one morning during your stay. The hotel also features a wellness area and a tranquil garden terrace. Rooms have been refurbished in 2018 and 2019.


Looking for an alternative tour to Belgium? Then here’s some inspiration:

https://www.greatdays.co.uk/europe-group-travel/belgium/

https://www.greatdays.co.uk/tour/gardens-belgian-ardennes/

https://www.greatdays.co.uk/tour/ww1-battlefields-mini-cruise-belgium/


 5 days by Land and Sea Half Twin Single Supplement Half Board Supplement
24th February 2020

23rd March 2020

From £179.00 per person

From £179.00 per person

From £49.00 per person

From £49.00 per person

From £21.00 per person per night

From £21.00 per person per night

Prices are available on request for travel by overnight North Sea crossings or by air. Dinner is optional and is a 3 course set menu. No drinks are included. 

Price based on exchange rate of £1.00 = €1.138. All prices are per person based on sharing a double or twin room and with one free place in a single room, based on a minimum 25 full fare paying passengers. Prices do not include UK coach hire or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Greatdays Holidays Limited is a member of ABTA (Y0380) which means you have the benefit of ABTA's assistance and Code of Conduct. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. Greatdays Holidays Limited has an ATOL licence (4279) and all of our air package tours are protected under this licence. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the Civil Aviation Authority will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any monies you have paid to us for an advance booking. All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this tour are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate. Our website policy is to use only copyright free images or images which have been authorised to us for free use by the owner. If you consider an image to be unauthorised or to be your property, please contact us immediately and if invalid we will have the image removed. If your image requires crediting or is missing a copyright statement then we will be pleased to add this to the webpage, contact us at info@greatdays.co.uk

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