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Ghent & Antwerp: Beer, Chocolate and Diamonds Group Trip

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4 day tour
From £195 per person - minimum 25 passengers

Flanders: the land of beer, chocolate and… dry-aged meat? Take a group city break to Ghent and Antwerp, the region’s two largest cities and experience the fairy tale sparkle firsthand.

Board a coach for your trip around two of Flanders’ most impressive cities and experience the contrasting beauty of each.

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All the beauty of Bruges, without the crowds

Grand quays lined with the cafes and warming aromas of the stunning Graslei and Korenlei provide the backdrop to your cruise through the city canals. Meander and marvel at the stunning Castle of the Count and St Bavo’s Cathedral. But beware the dutiful gaze of the regal dragon perched atop the Belfry tower, overlooking the city.

Ghent is a wonderful city to wander through. Its effortless beauty and compact size means it is simultaneously large enough to surprise without ever overwhelming. Take the opportunity to pause and sample regional specialities as we stop at a Belgian chocolatier, the city’s 15th century meat hall and a confectioners filled with delightful Belgian sweets such as the distinctive purple Cuberdon.

Diamonds and beer, the jewels of Antwerp

A little further along the River Scheldt, take a tour of Antwerp’s world famous – and nearly 200 year old – De Koninck brewery, home to some of Belgium’s most iconic beers. Surely, no trip to Flanders would be complete without Belgian beer and the opportunity to put the world to rights.

They say 85% of the world’s rough diamonds pass through Antwerp’s Diamond Quarter each year. The city’s streets practically shimmer with precious stones. Stroll at ease through the Flemish renaissance architecture surrounding the city’s central Grote Markt, taking in the city’s cosmopolitan charm. Diamond dealers, clubs queens and history lovers alike have found home in Antwerp, there truly is something for everyone.

Ghent and Antwerp offer a fantastic glimpse into the culture and history that put Flanders, and Belgium as a whole, on the map. This tour offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in the very best of Flanders.

Looking for something a little more francophone? Why not take a look at our trip to the spectacular Belgian Ardennes.


Dates

Dates throughout 2021


Suggested itinerary by coach

Day 1

Travel to Belgium

Travel to Belgium via a short sea crossing from Dover – Calais, then travel to your hotel.

Day 2

Canal Cruise & Ghent’s delights!

Today we take to the canals and streets to discover Ghent. Begin with a 40 minute canal cruise followed by tea and coffee. Then, take a 2 hour walking tour around the old squares and along the streets and whilst enjoying the architecture, enjoy 3 stops in the centre for tastings of regional products. Enjoy all the sights the city has to offer such as a large and regal dragon perched atop the Belfry, which soars over the city. The magnificent St. Bavo’s Cathedral, the Castle of the Count and the famous Graslei area with its many canal side cafés and restaurants.  Alternatively, visit the old meat hall, now housing shops and cafés and experience the wonderful aromas, or simply wander around the famous Graslei and Korenlei, a favourite with both locals and tourists.

 

Day 3

Antwerp Sightseeing and Beer

We start our discovery of the city with a guided tour that reveals the beautiful gabled buildings around the cobbled Grote Markt square.  In the afternoon, take the tour at the De Koninck Brewery and sample one of Belgium’s delights – beer. If time permits, why not visit Antwerp’s famous Diamond Quarter to take a peek at this sparkling district.

Day 4

Travel to the UK.

Depart Belgium and make your way back to the ferry port for a short sea sailing back to the UK


Suggested hotels

Holiday Inn Gent Expo ****

The Holiday Inn Gent Expo is a 7-minute walk from the nearest tram stop, this relaxed, 6-minutes walk from Flanders Expo arena and convention centre and 6 km from Gravensteen castle museum.  The hotel features free Wi-Fi, TVs, minifridges and tea and coffee-making facilities. There is a laid-back lounge bar and a gym, as well as a business centre and event space.

The Holiday Inn Gent Expo has free onsite coach parking.

Holiday Inn Express Antwerp City-North ***

The Holiday Inn Express Antwerp is located in the fashionable Eilandje neighborhood and is 2 km from both the Antwerp-Central train station and the Meir shopping street. The modern rooms feature flat-screens, free Wi-Fi and tea and coffeemakers. There is a lounge area, a self-service snack bar and a 24-hour bar with marina views.

Ibis Gent Kathedraal ***

The Ibis Gent Kathedraal is situated directly opposite Saint Bavo’s Cathedral in the centre of Ghent. The contemporary rooms feature air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs.
Other amenities include a cafe/bar and a business centre.

Novotel Gent Centrum ***

The Novotel Gent Centrum is set in a tranquil square in a central location, 3-minutes walk from the Saint Bavo Cathedral, a 5-minute walk from Gravensteen castle and 5 km from the Museum of Fine Arts. The contemporary rooms feature TVs, seating areas and minibars. The stylish restaurant with a terrace serves international cuisine. There are 2 bars, including a fashionable cocktail bar and a Medieval-style cellar. Other amenities include a gym, a pool and saunas, plus an indoor playground and a children’s library.


 You may also be interested in:

Breathtaking Bruges BEST SELLER

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

Antwerp: The City of Diamonds


Dates  Hotel Half Twin Single Supplement
9th August 2021 Holiday Inn Gent Expo From £195.00 per person From £80.00 per person

Alternative hotels and prices by overnight ferry, air and by train are also available on request.

Price based on exchange rate of £1.00 = €1.110. 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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