|Travel by Coach||0 Days|
|2 Included Excursions|
Join us in the popular seaside town of Ostend this New Year, enjoying a fantastic celebration with likeminded holiday-makers. Enjoy a wonderful drinks inclusive package to really celebrate the season, and explore the local area with our included and optional excursions.
We’ll stay at the Hotel Ostend throughout this great break, enjoying a gala dinner with music and dancing on New Year’s Eve. As well as this, we’ll sit down to brunch on New Year’s Day, and we’ll also make the most of inclusive drinks each evening between 6.30pm to 8.30pm or 9pm.
Discover the magnificent medieval city of Bruges with us as well, as we take a guided walking tour of this beautiful destination. Take in its many museums and famous belfry, before we enjoy our next included excursion - a scenic coastal drive to Sluis. This charming town is known for its wonderful scenery, and we’ll be able to enjoy time at leisure here.
Day One: UK to Ostend
We’ll make our way from the UK to Ostend, via Calais, where we’ll stay at the Hotel Ostend for the next four nights. (D)
Days Two to Four: Ostend
We’ll have a great time, with a trip to Bruges for a guided walking tour, and a scenic drive to Sluis in the Netherlands. On New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, enjoy inclusive drinks at our hotel between 6.30pm and 8.30pm or 9pm, and celebrate with a gala dinner on New Year’s Eve, followed by brunch on New Year’s Day. (B,D)
Day Five: Ostend to UK
Time to say goodbye today; we depart Ostend and travel back to the UK via Calais. (B)
New Year's Eve Package at the Hotel Ostend
Enjoy a New Year's Eve gala dinner with music and dancing, as well as inclusive drinks each evening between 6.30pm to 8.30pm or 9pm.
The hotel enjoys a central location, close to the promenade and the resort’s large selection of shops, bars and restaurants.
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Bruges Guided Walking Tour
Join us as we explore the beautiful and historic town of Bruges. We will enjoy a guided walk around the historical centre which will be a fantastic way to learn the culture and history of the town from a local. The charm of Bruges is in its historic houses and pretty canals that encircle the middle of town and we’ll explore these beautiful examples of centuries old buildings and infrastructure. On the tour we’ll also visit the city’s two most famous sights, the Church of Our Lady, with the second largest brickwork church tower in the world and the Market Square, which is surrounded by historical sites including the 12th century Belfry.
Half Day: Sluis and Coastal Drive
Well take a scenic coastal drive crossing just over the border into The Netherlands, visiting the small town of Sluis. Despite being a small town there is a wealth of history here, with the place itself being more than 700 years old. The town was one of the first to be captured by the Spanish, being held by them for almost 20 years before gaining freedom in the Eighty Years War, which ultimately led to the Netherlands regaining its independence. There is a pretty canal here which is a great place to relax and enjoy a drink from a local cafe.
Ghent Guided Walking Tour
When visiting the lovely city of Ghent, we’ll be given the option of taking a guided walking tour in order to find out more about its history and culture, travelling to some of the city’s most interesting attractions. The city was at one time the second largest city north of the Alps and evidence of this is apparent throughout Ghent in the number of historic buildings that are here. Some of the most impressive of these historic buildings are the city's Belfry, St Bavo's Cathedral, the castle and St Nicholas' Church.
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.
Half Day: Ypres with Battlefields
Ypres’ location in Belgium made it a strategic centre for German forces during World War I, as it was seen as the gateway to the rest of Belgium, as well as being their entry into France. Due to this, a number of fierce battles took place in the city, which caused a tragic loss of life on both the German and allied sides.
We’ll be able to learn more about the events of World War I and their effects on Ypres during this interesting Battlefields tour, which will take us to some of the important monuments and locations in and around the Ypres area.
While we’re in Ypres, we’ll also get to admire the beautiful Cloth Hall, which dates from medieval times, as well as other attractions such as Saint Martin's Cathedral and the Menin Gate.