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Breathtaking Bruges & Brussels

  • Rozenhoedkaai, Bruges ©VisitBruges, JanDHondt, Toerisme Brugge

    Belgium, Bruges, Rozenhoedkaai, Canal, Group Travel, ©VisitBruges, JanDHondt, Toerisme Brugge
  • Begijnhof, Bruges ©VisitBruges, JanDHondt

    Begijnhof, Bruges ©VisitBruges, JanDHondt
  • Bruges streets, Belgium, Europe ©Emma Beard

    Bruges mini cruise Bruges Christmas Market Bruges streets, Belgium, Europe ©Emma Beard
  • Burg, Bruges © Toerisme Brugge / Jan DHondt

    Burg, Bruges © Toerisme Brugge / Jan DHondt
  • Bruges at night

    Mini cruises for groups
  • Belgian Chocolatier in Bruges

    Bruges Christmas Market Belgian Chocolatier in Bruges
4 day tour
From £219 per person - minimum 25 passengers

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

This delightful short break gives you two full days to explore Belgium’s biggest most famous cities. One of the best-preserved small cities in Europe, Bruges has long captivated visitors with its mix of medieval architecture, picturesque canals, and quaint, narrow streets. As well as this, explore the centre of European culture; Brussels. The Capital of Belgium is best known for being the home of many European institutions, but the Belgian capital of Brussels is also home to beautiful parks, fascinating walks and trendy restaurants and bars.

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Historic and quaint but full of Life; Bruges

During your time in Bruges, explore the old town and experience the Belgian lifestyle. Another important aspect of visiting Bruges is visiting chocolate shops and sampling the local beers. Around every corner, beautiful architecture and picturesque canals await. Embark on a canal cruise to see the city from a different perspective. During your leisurely cruise, wind through the city and pass under the many bridges. Alternatively, view the city from above. Climb the imposing Belfry, which towers over the market square, for sweeping vistas.

Perhaps visit the fascinating Historium. There you follow the story of a young apprentice in medieval times, thus learning more about life in the city during that era. Gain insight into art, religion and trade. There you can also enjoy a virtual reality tour of the town or relax with a Belgian beer tasting. With so many different types to try, you may stumble upon a new favourite. Or if beer isn’t your cup of tea, there’s plenty of chocolate to be found. Furthermore, the city’s many museums host numerous fine examples of Flemish Art. The chance to visit the Notre Dame church will thrill art lovers because it houses Michelangelo’s Madonna. To admire the art form of lace, visit the Kant Centrum. You can watch demonstrations of this intricate craft above the museum during the afternoon.

Discover the Treasures of Brussels

Brussels is at the centre of European culture with almost 90 museums, beautiful parks, fascinating walks and trendy restaurants and bars. The Capital of Belgium is best known for being the home of many European institutions, the Belgian capital of Brussels has an Old Town full of architectural wonders. During your trip, visit the majestic Grand Place, one of the most magnificent city squares in the world. Admire the opulent guilded houses which line the square. Once you’ve taken in these architectural beauties, the next must-see is Mannekin Pis. This amusing statue of a little boy has a vast wardrobe of costumes. Why not pass by a couple of time during your visit to try and spot different outfits? Although small, he draws a big crowd and this quirky little attractions shows that the Belgians don’t take themselves too seriously!

See Belgium’s most well known cities on this fantastic short-stop trip and stay in either city, and see the other on your spare day!


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Suggested itinerary by coach

Day 1

Travel to Belgium

We depart from our local area and travel to Dover for a ferry crossing to Calais. Continue the short journey through France into Belgium. Arrive at your hotel in Bruges and begin exploring this beautiful medieval town. exploring the historic centre. We can add a guided tour to help bring the stories of Bruges to life for your group, or you can explore at leisure.

Day 2

Bruges Canal Cruise & Sightseeing

This morning, spend free time exploring the historic centre. A good starting point is the Grote Markt, the main square in the centre of Bruges, bounded by colourful, ornate, historic gable-housed buildings. Then enjoy a sightseeing boat cruise to see the sights from a different angle to discover the many waterways that give the city the nickname of the ‘Venice of the North’. Back on dry land you may want to visit the Duvelorium Grand Beer Café to learn about different beers, or simply enjoy one (or two) as you look out across the square.

Day 3

Brussels & Traditional Belgium

This morning, head to Brussels to discover the Belgium capital, whilst here, why not take another stroll around the Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert to visit some of the many of the designer shops but the highlight is undoubtedly the spectacular Grand Place, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the city’s most interesting architecture. Afterwards, head to the delightful Chez Leon, a traditional Belgian restaurant with some of the finest food Brussels has to offer.

Day 4

Return to the UK

It’s time to leave Bruges and return home. We retrace our route back to Calais for a return ferry crossing to the UK.


Suggested hotels

Green Park Hotel, Bruges

Inspected by Greatdays staff in October 2019

A 10-minute drive from Bruges, Green Park Hotel Brugge is surrounded by woodland. It features a heated outdoor pool with terrace, a 24 hour reception and a restaurant which overlooks the garden. The hotel rooms include hot drinks facilities, a TV and seating area. Free WiFi is available throughout, and coach parking is available on site.

Hotel Academie, Bruges

Inspected by Greatdays staff in October 2019

The Hotel Academie is less than 100 metres from the famous Minnewater in a scenic and peaceful area of Bruges. The hotel includes a cosy bar, underground parking and a terrace garden with a fish pond. Air conditioning, a TV and refrigerator are provided as standard in the rooms at Academie. Each room also has a private bathroom with a shower and a bath. The Beguinage and De Halve Maan Brewery are less than 150 metres away. The Academie is a 10-minute walk from both the Grote Markt and coach parking area. A daily buffet breakfast is served in the cellar of the hotel and includes pastries, breads and fresh coffee. There is also a lounge with tourist information and computers with free internet access. Coaches can drop off passengers on arrival approx 200m away.

Parkhotel, Bruges

Inspected by Greatdays staff in October 2019

The Parkhotel, Bruges is located in the centre of medieval Bruges, a 10-minute walk from the Market Square with the Belfry of Bruges, the Basilica of the Holy Blood and the shopping district. Guests can benefit from free WiFi and bicycle rental services are available. The air-conditioned rooms feature a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a minibar and a safety deposit box. The en-suite bathroom is fitted with a bath or shower and free toiletries. Guests of Brugge Parkhotel can enjoy a refreshing drink at the bar. A wide choice of eating facilities can be found in the immediate surroundings of the hotel.

The Bedford Hotel ***

Inspected by Greatdays staff in January 2020

The Bedford Hotel is located only 500 metres from the Grand Place. The contemporary rooms feature TVs and minifridges. There is a high-end dinner restaurant, as well as a piano bar, plus 17 conference rooms. Coaches can park nearby free of charge.

Crowne Plaza Le Palace ****

Inspected by Greatdays staff in January 2020

Excellent hotel located in the centre of Brussels next to the Botanical Gardens. The hotel has a lounge area, onsite bar, gym, sauna, terrace and lift. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner for guests only. Rooms are ensuite with hairdryer and have safe, tea/coffee facilities, air-conditioning and free WiFi.  Coach parking nearby on the street.

NB – Bruges coaching restrictions – Due to local regulations limiting coach access to central Bruges, for arrival/departure transfers, coaches can drop off or collect passengers close to the hotels. However, coaches cannot collect passengers within the city for any day excursions – passengers must walk to the coach park on the edge of town.


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Dates throughout 2023 From £219.00 per person From £112.00 per person
Price based on exchange rate of £1.00 = €1.192. 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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