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Beautiful Bruges at Christmas

Overview

Travel by Coach Days
  • Celebrate Christmas with a wonderful getaway to beautiful Bruges
  • Explore Brussels, with its dramatic Grand Place
  • Take a guided walking tour of Bruges
  • Spend time in pretty Ghent

Enjoy the Christmas season in style, as we make our way to beautiful Bruges and celebrate Christmas in one of Belgium’s most beautiful cities! With three wonderful excursions to look forward to, we’ll get to explore the local area, including taking a guided city tour of Bruges, visiting grand Brussels and discovering lovely Ghent.

Bruges is known for its dramatic medieval architecture, and we’ll get to enjoy a superb Christmas break here, staying at the Velotel hotel for a relaxing getaway. During our break, we’ll take three delightful included excursions, so we can admire the pretty seasonal scenery and decorations.

We’ll begin with an excursion to Brussels, Belgium’s largest city and capital. We’ll have free time to explore the city, seeing sights such as the iconic Grand Place, the Cinquantenaire triumphal arch and the Royal Palace.

On Christmas Eve, we’ll be treated to an excellent guided walking tour of Bruges, so we can find out more about this superb city. Bruges enjoys a fascinating past, which we’ll get to further explore during our guided tour. We’ll see the sights too, such as the famous Bruges Belfry, the Basilica of the Holy Blood and St Salvator's Cathedral.

We’ll spend Christmas Day celebrating at our hotel, and on Boxing Day we’ll take a trip to nearby Ghent. Here, we’ll find a charming city with beautiful architecture and a relaxing atmosphere, as well as some fantastic attractions to take in!

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Itinerary

Day One - UK to Bruges
We’ll make our way from the UK to Bruges, via Calais, where we’ll stay at the Velotel for the next five nights. (D)

Days Two to Five - Bruges
We’ll have a great time, with a trip to Brussels, a guided walking tour in Bruges and a chance to explore Ghent to make the most of. We’ll celebrate with an exciting gala dinner on Christmas Eve, and a delicious lunch on Christmas Day, with music and dancing during our evening gala meal. (B,D)

Day Six - Bruges to UK
Time to say goodbye today; we depart Bruges and travel back to the UK via Calais. (B)

Velotel Bruges

This elegant hotel exudes a personal ambience combined with state of the art comfort. Despite a parkland location, the historical centre of Bruges is within a five minute drive.

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The Local Area

Included Excursions

Full Day: Brussels

We’ll make our way to Brussels today, where we’ll be able to marvel at the dramatic sights this city is known for. The capital of Belgium, Brussels is home to a wide range of attractions, as well as boasting truly stunning architecture that ranges from medieval to postmodern.

One of the most well-known attractions is the Grand Place square, which is surrounded by ornate guildhalls and is always filled with the hustle and bustle of Brussels. The Cinquantenaire Park with its triumphal arch is also a fantastic sight, as is the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and the Palace of Justice.

While we’re in Brussels, we’ll also visit Planete Chocolat, where we’ll get to taste some of the incredible chocolate treats that are made there.

 

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Half Day: Bruges

For quaint cobbled streets and attractive medieval architecture, Bruges is the place to go. This city is filled with iconic sights, such as the Belfry, and there are also a lot of museums to make the most of while there. For instance, there’s the Groeningemuseum, which is dedicated to Flemish and Belgian art, as well as the Archaeological Museum, the Museum of Folklore and the museum at the Church of Our Lady.

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Half Day: Ghent

Comprising a mixture of French and Flemish cultures, Ghent is often referred to as the historic heart of Flanders and is certainly filled with wonderful things to do. This charming destination is home to a number of attractions, such as the Graslei port and Saint Bavo Cathedral. It too has a historic belfry which we’ll be able to visit while we’re there, as well as enjoying a spot of shopping or trying out one of the many cafes or restaurants in the city.

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Optional Excursions

Guided city tour of Brussels

Brussels is perhaps most famous for the Grand Place, the city’s main square which is surrounded by ornate medieval guildhalls. Our guided city tour of Brussels will show us the many other amazing attractions and sights here too, so we can enjoy this city to the fullest extent.

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Half Day: Sluis

Visit the quaint Dutch town of Sluis on an optional excursion. Just over the border in the Netherlands Sluis has an attractive Gothic belfry and stone mill.

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