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2022 Beautiful Bruges

Europe
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TCRU8385

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

4 days

Carpet of Flowers (August)

With its lacework of narrow cobbled streets, gabled houses and tree lined canals, together with the friendliness of the Flanders people, Bruges is one of the most beautiful towns in Europe. Often described as the 'Venice of the North', Bruges was untouched by the industrial revolution that ravaged other European cities in the 19th century. You can stroll through the photogenic old streets or take a delightful trip on the dreamy canals. Time seems to stand still in these unspoilt surroundings where lace makers work at their intricate craft. Watch the horse drawn carriages trot past and sample the delicious handmade chocolates. A programme of optional excursions are available 

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Itinerary

DAY 1 - After joining your holiday coach, travel to Dover for the short sea crossing to Calais and the short distance to Belgium and your centrally located hotel in Bruges for your 3 night stay. Bed & breakfast. 

DAY 2 - 3 - At leisure in Bruges.
Explore the many delights of Bruges, one of the best preserved cities in Europe. Life in Bruges is centred around the 't Zand Market Square, bordered by historic houses, old guildhalls, restaurants and the market buildings. You make like to join the optional excursions available during your stay. 

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
Optional Bruges Walking Tour & Canal Cruise (All tours)
Join the guided walking tour and canal cruise. All the major sights are close by and a gentle stroll through level streets is the ideal way to appreciate this historic town. A network of canals plays an important part in Bruges and the cruise allows you to see a very different aspect of the town. 

Blankenberge (available in May, July & Sept only)
Infinite sandy beach, a warren of shopping streets, beach huts, beach bars and a promenade that stretches far into the sea. Sit and watch the bustling harbour with innumerable fishing and yachting boats, effervescent Blankenberge is one of the most popular seaside cities on the coast.

Ghent (available in April & October only)
Visit one of Belgium's oldest cities with its wealth of medieval and classical architecture, rich history, culture and trendy city vibe. Ghent offers a vibrant canalside, an abundance of quirky bars and restaurants, some fantastic museums (including the Museum of Fine Arts - entrance not included approx. €12 pp in 2021), the world heritage Ghent belfry and a wonderful pedestrian shopping zone with a great range of authentic boutiques, big name stores and independent shops.

INCLUDED EXCURSION - AUGUST ONLY
Brussels with the Carpet of Flowers
Enjoy a day in the Belgian capital with an included entrance to the balcony of the City Hall for the best view of the show-stopping 'Flower Carpet'.  NB Brussels City Hall is a historic building with one very small lift which will result in queueing if you need to use it. The entrance tickets allows approximately 15 minutes' viewing time on the open air balcony for a 'wide'angle' panorama of the Flower Carpet. First created in 1971, this extraordinary spectacle is assembled by a hundred volunteers in just 8 hours every other year for just one weekend on the Grand Place, one of Europe's most beautiful squares. The 2022 Flower Carpet makes a welcome return and will be 70m long by 24m wide and contain over 500,000 colourful begonias. You can also access the Grand Place itself to walk around the Flower Carpet and enjoy some free time in the capital before heading back to Bruges. 

DAY 4 - Late morning, travel back through Belgium and France to Calais for the return to England.

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Accommodation

Your Hotels

Academie HotelBruges 
The 4* Academie Hotel is situated right in the historic 'golden triangle' of Bruges. The hotel boasts a lovely winter garden and terrace as well as a lift, bar and easy access on foot to the city centre. All 82 en-suite bedrooms offer satellite TV and hairdryer. Due to the historic nature of Bruges, the street is too narrow for coaches and so you will be dropped off 100 yards from the hotel entrance. No porterage available. Please note that twin rooms with a walk-in shower may incur a supplement - please enquire. Singles are double for sole use.

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