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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.
Full Day: Bruges
Enjoy the exquisitely preserved medieval city of Bruges during this excursion. Charming Bruges is known for its winding cobbled streets, pretty gabled houses and attractive tree-lined canals, each crossed by a humpback bridge.
Half Day: Veurne Market And Coastal Drive
The Belgian city of Veurne is known for its large market square, which is surrounded by beautiful Renaissance-style buildings, one of which - the belfry - is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is of course a regular open-air market held at the square each week, and we’ll get the chance to visit during our holiday. We’ll be able to shop for souvenirs and mementoes of our break, as well as enjoying the busy atmosphere here.
After our time at the Veurne Market, we’ll take a pleasant scenic coastal drive in order to soak up the wonderful views.
Bruges Guided Walking Tour
Bruges is a fascinating city, and we’ll be able to enjoy a guided walking tour of the city while we’re there. This will provide us with more information about the city, as well as showing us some of the most famous attractions and landmarks.
Evening: Ypres and the Last Post
Ypres was the sight of intense fighting during World War I due to the town’s position - it was the gateway to Belgium and France for German forces. Due to the sheer level of fighting which occurred in the town, it saw tens of thousands of casualties throughout the various battles which took place in Ypres, and so it was decided once the war ended that a memorial be built to commemorate those who lost their lives and have no known graves.
This monument is the Menin Gate, and during our visit we’ll get to stay to watch the Last Post - the bugle call which is carried out every night at 8pm to give thanks to those who fought so bravely.
From Bruges we’ll make our way to Sluis in neighbouring Holland, where we’ll have free time to explore this enticing town. With its popular shopping areas and lovely atmosphere, it’s easy to fall in love with this excellent destination. Sluis is often thought of as the most Flemish town in the Netherlands, and its Flemish-style belfry certainly proves this!