Capital of Belgium – Discover the Treasures of Brussels
The capital of Belgium and a city of many contrasts, Brussels offers something for everyone.
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!
Explore the beautiful area of Laeken, Brussels’ royal district. Perhaps, visit the futuristic Atomium. Now a symbol of the city, the spheres of this unusual structure encase fascinating museums. Furthermore, the uppermost sphere is a viewing platform offering spectacular panoramas. While in Belgium, don’t forget to indulge in the country’s most famous exports – beer and chocolate! Enjoy them at leisure or attend a beer tasting or chocolate making workshop.
Brussels is a fascinating and inviting city. With stunning buildings, delicious beer and world class attractions, it’s a fantastic destination!
Dates throughout 2022
Suggested itinerary by coach
Arrive in Belgium
Travel to Belgium via a short sea crossing to Calais then make your way to the hotel in Brussels.
Discover Belgium’s famous delicacies
This morning take some time to get acquainted with the city. The highlight is undoubtedly the spectacular Grand Place, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the city’s most interesting architecture. The cobbled square is dominated by the Gothic splendour of the Town Hall and opulent guildhalls. Not far away is the famous Manneken Pis. The small fountain is very popular particularly when, on special occasions, the flow of water turns to beer! See the imposing Stock Exchange, the Royal Palace, St. Nicolas Church and the Galeries Royales St-Hubert. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour exploring the history of this European capital and perhaps see some of Belgium’s best delicacies.
This morning why not take another stroll around the Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert to visit some of the many of the designer shops. Then, head to the delightful Chez Leon, a traditional Belgian restaurant with some of the finest food Brussels has to offer. Here, enjoy a lovely lunch. Afterwards, enjoy some free time to explore this wonderful city. Why not venture to Laeken to visit the famous Atomium, built for the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair, and featuring nine stainless steel spheres. The top-most sphere offers panoramic views over the city. Close by, Mini-Europe faithfully recreates around 80 European cities and 350 buildings, in miniature. This unusual museum promises fun and fantastic photo opportunities!
Return to the UK
It’s time to leave Brussels and return to the UK.
Why not include an excursion to the enchanting city of Bruges, with its winding lanes and cobbled bridges. Perhaps visit the attraction, Historium Brugge, and look back at the history of Bruges from 1435 in 5S – a new concept that stimulates the five senses. From a cinematic panorama to breathing in different aromas you will have a magical experience. This can be combined with a one hour guided walking tour of the city. See the Beguinage, enjoy a chocolate tasting or take a canal cruise to see the town from a different perspective.
Suggested hotels – Inspected by Greatdays Staff in January 2020
The Bedford Hotel ***
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.
Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre****
Located in the business district near Place Rogier and the Botanical Gardens, just a short walk from Brussels city centre. The Grand Place is located only a short distance away; Coach parking on the street next to hotel.
Crowne Plaza Le Palace ****
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.
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|Dates throughout 2022||From £195.00 per person||From £85.00 per person|
Prices by air or by Eurostar are available on request.