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Bruges Christmas Markets 2024

Europe
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TLEI9160

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

3 days

BE3AAN

A festive beauty! Bruges is always an incredibly romantic and beautiful city to visit and the run up to Christmas is the perfect time to go!

Give in to that warm, fuzzy feeling during Christmas in Bruges. This pretty medieval city takes on fairytale airs as the temperatures drop. The intoxicating scent of fresh waffles lingers in the air and the streets are dressed like gingerbread houses with festive fairy lights reflected in the canal. Hop on a horse-drawn carriage for a snow-dusted tour of the cobbles or linger in one of Europe’s most charming Christmas Markets.

The main Bruges Christmas market is in Grote Markt, with its gorgeous wooden chalets surrounding a glittering ice rink, where skaters swish and stumble in the shadow of the 83m-high belfry. If you can face the 366 steps to the bells at the top, you'll be rewarded with stunning views of the chocolate-box city below. There’s another smaller market near tree-lined Simon Stevinplein but, with no shortage of tempting chocolatiers and cosy cafés en route, the short walk might take longer than you’d expect. Alternatively sample a local beer - there’s every flavour of beer you could want here with one establishment offering 500 different ones. If you’ve over-indulged, a brisk walk will help blow away the cobwebs and work up an appetite for the next course: a plate of warm, crisp kroketten made with shrimp or gorgeously oozing cheese. Perfect for a quick pit-stop before the serious business of shopping begins!

This short break to Bruges is a great little pre-Christmas treat. The prices aren't bad either, especially as you will be staying in the heart of the city at the comfortable Ibis Bruges Centre with breakfast and dinner INCLUDED!

An ideal choice for:

* Friends and family looking to get away together and have some fun
* Anyone wanting to just enjoy a great value Christmas Markets break
* Anyone wanting to experience a short European weekend
* People who love staying in the centre of a magical medieval town
* Anyone who likes dinner included in the holiday price!

Valid passport required for travel

PRICE FROM ? £279 per person
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Itinerary

Day 1

Join your coach at your convenient local pick-up point, and get comfortable as we head to Kent for the crossing to France.

On arrival in Calais, we continue on to the beautiful city of Bruges and our centrally located hotel. Check in and then enjoy an included 3-course set menu dinner and relax or head out into the historic city.

Day 2

After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, today is all about the festive. Explore Bruges and its beautiful Christmas Markets celebrations - and maybe even get some bargains and unique gifts! Otherwise, just kick back and relax in some of the most romantic and beautiful surroundings in Europe. Head back to the hotel for dinner, before wandering back out into the atmospheric streets of Bruges if you wish. Should you prefer to eat out at one of the many local restaurants in Bruges, you are of course more than welcome to do so. Please just advise the hotel reception of this.

Day 3

A final breakfast and a morning free for a last bit of exploration. Join the coach and bid farewell to Bruges as you head back towards the port. After crossing the channel back to the UK, sit back and relax as we whisk you back home expecting to arrive back mid to late evening, between around 830 and 1130 pm subject to traffic and travel.

Bruges

The enchanting town of Bruges remain one of the most popular places to visit in Belgium and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its picturesque canals and winding streets of medieval buildings and remarkable architecture including the beautiful 13th century Belfry and Market Square. Why not enjoy a carriage ride along the historic streets or see the beauty of Bruges from the water with a boat trip on the canals around the city. Visit one of the many chocolate shops or or sample a beer in one of the traditional Belgian breweries.

Bruges Winter Glow

A wonderful winter experience – that’s what Winter Glow is all about. A winter festival packed with fascinating experiences, sparkle-filled special moments including a new Light experience trail, ice skating with unique decor on the Minnewater (Lake of love), a cosy winter bar, two Christmas markets, shopping fun during the many shopping days and a lovely walking trail to wander through the historic centre with its beautiful atmospheric lighting and Christmas decorations. Winter Glow will wrap you in its embrace and warm you up. In other words, there are more than enough reasons to stay in Bruges overnight and experience wintry Bruges at its most beautiful.

Tour includes

  • 2 nights dinner, bed and Breakfast
  • Dinner is 3-course set menu
  • Hot & cold buffet breakfast
  • Return ferry crossing Dover / Calais
  • Free time in Bruges including time at Bruges Christmas Markets
  • Direct Coach Travel
  • Net Zero Carbon Offset Certificate
Please note that a valid passport is required for travel
£50 deposit per person applies on these departures
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Accommodation

Ibis Bruges Centrum

The ibis Brugge Centrum is located in a pretty medieval building, which really adds an authentic touch to your trip! All rooms include free WiFi, a work desk, private bathroom with products, flat-screen TV and Sweet Beds. The hotel restaurant offers regional specialties, so you can live and eat like a real local. Fancy a drink after dinner? The bar is open 24 hours a day. With a location in the heart of the city, you cannot miss Bruges' highlights such as the Lake of Love, Belfry Tower and Basilica of the Holy Blood. The bedrooms are all well appointed and come with the facilities you would expect from a 3* hotel in Belgium (please note that as with many such hotels in Europe, there are no complimentary tea & coffee making facilities in the bedrooms).

For more information on the hotel, please click here for their website (opens in a new window)

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