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Ostend & The Best Of Belgium

Europe
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast
  • Tour Ref: D2TLEI8944

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

4 days

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Belgium's most popular seaside resort and one of our favourite European destinations!

Enjoy our short break to Belgium with the lovely seaside resort of Ostend as our base. It has long been a firm favourite with Leisuretimers, and it is not hard to see why. With its individual charm, characterful seafront and marina, bustling markets and shops, and great restaurants, Ostend is perfect for a leisurely break.

Discover its cosmopolitan centre and beautiful parks, take a stroll along the pier or promenade lined with midrise architecture and cosy seafront cafes, or simply relax on the white-sandy beach. Ostend has a rich Maritime history and its location on the Belgian coast, of course, opens the doors to a number of culinary delights, so why not head to a seafood restaurant to sample them?

We stay at the popular Royal Astrid Hotel, which features an excellent spa and wellness complex and is located only 100m from the beach.

Spend all your time exploring Ostend and enjoying the facilities at the hotel, or join our excursions to the picturesque medieval cities of Bruges and Ghent.

An ideal choice for:

* Friends and family looking to get away together and have some fun
* Shopping, food, drink or history lovers
* Anyone wanting to experience a short European weekend

Valid passport required for travel

PRICE FROM ? £339 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 to join our ferry at Dover for the crossing to France.

On arrival in Calais, we continue the short distance to our hotel in the centre of Ostend to check in and relax for the evening or pop out to explore some of Ostend's nightlife.

Days 2 & 3

Enjoy hearty breakfasts every morning along with plenty of free time to explore and relax in Ostend with its 7 kilometre white-sandy beach and promenade. This coastal town, has lots to do, with the Atlantic Wall Open Air Museum, Mu.ZEE and Maritime Quarter, and the Mercator, a museum ship with National Heritage status, to name a few! For others looking for a more culinary experience, perhaps head to a local tea room and watch passers-by with a coffee and a Belgian waffle. Not forgetting Belgian beer and chocolate which are hard to resist, so why even try to!

If you wish to sample more of this beautiful region, our included excursions will allow you to see some of the best of Flanders.

We will take you the short distance to Bruges for a day of sightseeing in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Have time at leisure in this historic city, often dubbed ‘the Venice of the North’, and discover its Grande Place, one of the most famous squares in Europe, with beautiful medieval architecture, including the Belfry bell tower and fabulous Church of Our Lady. To see the city in style, why not opt for a horse-drawn carriage ride through the winding streets, or take to the picturesque canals for a boat cruise. Don't forget to visit one of the fine chocolate shops!

We also have a half day visit to the Flemish city of Ghent, which boasts an opera house, museums, ancient churches and dozens of bridges. We spend the morning at leisure in this lovely city. Walk around old squares and along streets enjoying the different architectural styles. Look out for the medieval belfry with its echoing bell, which, in the past, used to alert Belgium’s rulers of enemy advancements. Nowadays, it’s just part of the city’s charm! See St. Bavo’s Cathedral, the Castle of the Count and the famous Graslei with its many canal side cafés and restaurants.

Day 4

After breakfast, say farewell to Ostend and sit back and relax as we head back towards Calais and the crossing back to the UK and the onward journey home.

Ostend

This well known, enchanting Belgian seaside town combines a fascinating history with a thriving modern culture. Described as the cultural capital of the Belgian coast, it has become a firm favourite with British visitors. Ostend is Belgium's premier resort known as the "City by the Sea", with miles of sandy beaches. Stroll down the delightful wide promenades where you will find many shops to browse and buy or perhaps just relax in one of the many bars or restaurants. Ostend has grown from a humble fishing village into a lively and cosmopolitan seaside resort with a pretty harbour, marina, casino and pedestrianised shopping streets. Visitors will be amazed by all there is to see and do with many activities taking place all year round. It is a fine place to sample a wonderful, friendly European ambience.

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.

Ghent

INCLUDED Visitor DestinationGhent is a multifaceted city that beckons visitors to discover a plethora of restaurants, museums and cultural events. It has the perfect mix of urban flair, rich history and an impressive architectural heritage. In short, there’s something for everyone and due to its compact nature Ghent can be discovered on foot!

Affectionately known as the ‘Flower Capital of Belgium’, it is a city of great elegance, boasting a wonderful legacy of medieval architecture and imposing monuments. The city boasts a perfect patchwork of enchanting medieval cobbled streets, quaint market squares, striking churches, an ancient castle and plenty of museums which sit on a peninsula of peaceful waterways. 

During the Middle Ages, Ghent was one of Europe’s most important trading hubs, and many of the magnificent buildings in its historic centre still bear witness to its affluent past. Among them and perhaps the most renowned, is Gravensteen. Erected in the 12th century and also known as ‘the Castle of Counts’, it is the best-preserved medieval fortress in Flanders, and its battlements provide an interesting view of the city.

Hungry or in need of some refreshment? With everything from famous Belgian chocolatiers to fine dining to pubs where you can sample the city’s beers, Ghent has something to suit every taste and budget!

Tour includes

  • Return ferry crossing Dover / Calais
  • 3 nights hotel with breakfast
  • Free time in Ostend
  • Full day visit to Bruges
  • Half day visit to Ghent
  • Direct Coach Travel
  • Net Zero Carbon Offset Certificate
Valid passport required for travel
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Accommodation

Royal Astrid Hotel Ostend

Hotel & Wellness Royal Astrid is a three-star hotel located 100m from the beautiful sandy beach of Ostend. The hotel is known for its warm welcome and all 173 bedrooms are well appointed with Wifi throughout (please note that in keeping with many 3* hotels in Europe, complimentary tea & coffee making facilities are not available). There is a lovely bar and restaurant for those preferring to stay in rather than explore the extensive range of nearby bars are restaurants. The hotel has a spa & wellness complex of about 1000 m², which includes a lovely swimming pool (extra charges apply for some services).

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