French & Belgian Christmas Markets Weekend 2023
- Duration: 4 days
- Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast
- Tour Ref: D2TLEI8672
- Travel Type: Coach
Join us for the perfect European Christmas experience.....
If you're looking for a real sense of Christmas magic, or to get your festive shopping done in style, or love beautiful architecture and history in picture perfect settings then this is the Christmas treat for you! This European treat takes in both France and Belgium.
We stay for 3 nights at the excellent, centrally located Mercure Lille Grand Place, perfect for exploring the delights of Lille and its Christmas Market. We’ll also visit nearby Bruges, known for its beguiling canals, pretty bridges and charming architecture plus, of course, its renowned Christmas Market.
An ideal festive choice for:
* Anyone looking to get into the festive spirit
* Couples who love a romantic festive setting
* Friends looking to get away together and have some fun
* Christmas shopaholics
Valid passport required for travel
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1Join your coach at your convenient local pick-up point, and get comfortable as we head to Kent to join our ferry at Dover for the crossing to France.
On arrival in Calais, we continue to our hotel in the centre of Lille to check in. Then have free time to relax or explore Lille and the many fantastic bars and resturants close to your hotel.
Day 2 & 3Enjoy free time to explore Lille with its Grand Place, the main square surrounded by many fine historic buildings and a delightful old town area with cobbled streets. The Christmas Market offers antique wooden chalets decorated with traditional festive foods, arts & crafts as well as an impressive Ferris Wheel, all dominated by a monumental 18ft Christmas Tree in a fantastic location alongside the Grand Place.
Don't miss our included excursion to Bruges in Belgium. With its winding cobbled streets, scenic canals and stunning architecture it is no wonder Bruges is a World Heritage Site. Its compact size means it is easily enjoyed in a day with plenty of sights to take in. The Christmas Market is a very popular event with its wooden huts selling local products and offering great Christmas present ideas. Bruges has something for everyone. From horse carriage rides around town to even enjoying a boat trip, and all surrounded by many shops selling the famous Belgian waffles, lace and of course the vast array of chocolate shops.
Day 4After breakfast, say farewell to your hotel and sit back and relax as we head back towards Calais and the crossing back to the UK and the onward journey home.
- 3 night's hotel with continental breakfast
- Ferry crossing Dover to Calais
- Visit to Bruges for the Christmas Market
- Free time in Lille
- Direct Coach Travel
- Net Zero Carbon Offset Certificate
Lille Christmas MarketINCLUDED Visitor DestinationOnce an important centre of French Flanders, it is clear to see the Flemish influence in this charming city close to the Belgian Border. In the heart of winter, Lille sparkles and glows with joie de vivre! With the wave of a magic wand, the city takes on a festive atmosphere and welcomes you to a winter wonderland! On Place Rihour, more than 80 chalets teem with gift ideas, nativity figurines, Christmas decorations and festive food. You can find regional specialities here, and you can also find arts and crafts from around the world. Soak up the continental flavour of the historic old centre which gives a special festive feel to this lovely setting, and make sure you sample the many beers and delicious chocolate that the city does so well!
Bruges Christmas MarketGive in to that warm, fuzzy feeling during Christmas in Bruges. The 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. 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! Back to top
Mercure Lille Grand Place LilleSet in a beautiful building, the charming Mercure Lille Centre Grand-Place surprises and inspires with its contemporary decor. The stylish en-suite bedrooms come with flat-screen satellite TV, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer and free WIFI connection. Single rooms with be double for sole occupancy. The lounge bar offers a warm and comfortable atmosphere perfect for enjoying a quiet drink and serves a variety of drinks and snacks throughout the day.
Right in the heart of Lille, the hotel is ideally located for exploring the numerous attractions in the city centre. Situated just behind the Lille Opera, you can easily discover the historic neighbourhoods of the Flemish capital. Stroll along the Grand Place, walk through the typical quarter of Vieux Lille and its small picturesque houses, visit the Palais des Beaux Arts, browse the boutiques in old Lille and Euralille and see Citadel Vauban.
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