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For a fantastic European short break, join us as we travel to Ostend and enjoy a great time away in this popular seaside resort at the Royal Astrid Hotel. We’ll explore medieval Bruges and will visit the bustling Veurne Market to buy souvenirs of our stay.
Travelling to Northern France, we’ll make our way to our hotel in Ostend and will settle in, making the most of our time on holiday. The next day will begin with an exciting trip into Bruges, famous for its iconic medieval belfry and beautiful architecture.
After this, we’ll enjoy an included trip to the Veurne Market, held on the busy market square. Surrounded by stunning neo-Renaissance buildings, this market is always a delight, as we’ll be able to buy everything from souvenirs to local produce here. We’ll then take a relaxing coastal drive to enjoy the scenery in this part of Belgium.
Day One - UK to Ostend
Departing from the UK, we travel to Northern France before continuing to Ostend and arriving at the Hotel Royal Astrid. (D)
Days Two to Four - Ostend
A chance to relax at leisure in this popular seaside resort, where you can enjoy its range of shops, bars and restaurants, or simply wander along the promenade, harbour and gardens, before settling down on the golden sands. Enjoy two included excursions to historical Bruges and the charming town of Veurne. (B,D)
Day Five - Ostend to UK
We’ll say goodbye to Ostend today, as we depart for our return journey to the UK. (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.
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!