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Celebrate the New Year with a superb holiday to scenic Ostend, famous for its excellent atmosphere and great attractions. We’ll enjoy two included excursions during our break, as we explore the amazing cities of Bruges and Sluis, as well as taking a scenic coastal drive to explore the area during this great break.
Going away for the New Year is one of the best ways to celebrate the season, and this holiday to Ostend will give us a chance to properly relax over a four-night period. We’ll be staying at the excellent Hotel Royal Astrid in the heart of Ostend, travelling to a number of nearby destinations on included excursions. There will be the possibility of taking optional excursions as well!
We will visit the medieval city of Bruges, where we’ll find an assortment of museums, as well as the famous belfry. Then, we’ll take a trip to Sluis, where we’ll enjoy a coastal drive in order to make the most of the wonderful scenery.
We’ll see in the New Year with a gala dinner and included drinks at our hotel.Value Added
Package includes New Years Eve with inclusive drinks and New Years Day brunch with inclusive drinks
Day One: UK to Ostend
We’ll make our way from the UK to Ostend, via Calais, where we’ll stay at the Hotel Royal Astrid for the next four nights. (D)
Days Two to Four: Ostend
Over the three days we have in Ostend we will take two included excursions. We travel to the fascinating city of Bruges where we’ll enjoy a guided walking tour of the city giving us an opportunity to see its most famous attractions and landmarks. We’ll also take a scenic coastal drive to Sluis, a lovely town with lots of things to do, from visiting the windmill fortress in the town centre to seeing Sluis’ Gothic Belfort. The other day is free to enjoy at leisure, there will be an additional optional excursion to Ghent, a beautiful city which combines a mixture of French and Flemish cultures. (B,D)
Day Five: Ostend to UK
Time to say goodbye today; we depart Ostend and travel back to the UK via Calais. (B)
Royal Astrid Hotel
The Royal Astrid Hotel in Ostend provides comfortable accommodation within easy reach of the shops, bars, harbour and parks. The cosy bar with fireplace is the perfect place to unwind with a drink in the evening.
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.