Ostend, Bruges & Ypres Christmas Market
- Duration: 4 days
- Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast
- Tour Ref: D2TLEI2433
- Travel Type: Coach
2018 - Leopold - 4 Days (AED0166)
Ostend is a cosmopolitan city with a harbour and yacht-basin. Visitors will be amazed by all there is to see and do. All year round, many activities take place.
At the ‘City by the Sea’, over five and a half miles of sandy beaches invite you to some delightful sunbathing and a refreshing dip in the North Sea. After frolicking in the sun, take a walk down the promenade where you will find many shops, bars, and restaurants. One of Ostend’s main, and maybe lesser known, trump cards is the gastronomy. What better place to sample the sea’s delicacies than at the seaside?
Bustling Ostend is primarily a domestic seaside resort. Along with its wide sandy beach is a spacious promenade surveyed by tea rooms with glassed-in terraces. But it's also rich in history. As a fortified port, ravaged by a four-year siege (1600 to 1604) as the last ‘Belgian’ city to refuse Spanish re-conquest. Later it bloomed as one of Europe’s most stylish seaside resorts. Most of that style got bombed into memories during WWII. German occupying forces went on to rebuild the remarkable Atlantikwall sea defenses. Today these are the town’s most fascinating sight.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
3* Hotel Ostend
You can enjoy the best Ostend at this beautiful 3* hotel. Moreover, you can visit the attractive restaurant which serves the most delicious meals. All meals are buffet-style. If you need to take a breather there is the fitness or sauna. Children can play to their hearts' content in the large play area. There is also a nice hotel bar.
After joining the coach, we head towards Dover for our ferry crossing early afternoon. Departing Calais on the other side of the water, we expect to arrive at our hotel late afternoon.
Days 2 - 3
Continential breakfast followed by free time and included excursions.
After breakfast we make our way home via ferry. We are due to arrive back in South Wales early evening.
Bruges, once a flourishing trading centre, with its wealthy merchants homes built lovingly and to last. Through time, the city slumbered as a forgotten backwater, but its rich heritage and picture-postcard beauty could not remain hidden forever and inevitably Bruges was rediscovered as an unspoilt treasure. Visitors now flock to explore the cobbled streets and old guild houses in the Market Place, but it is the canals, with their ancient humped bridges, that create its unique character and which earned it the title of the ‘Venice of the North’. Small enough to explore by foot, horse-drawn carriage or canal boat, there is much to see - museums and art flourish, good restaurants abound and pretty shops sell lace, Flemish tapestry, specialty beers and chocolates…wonderful!
Ypres is now most famous for its’ World War One heritage and is surrounded by the Ypres Salient battlefields, where many cemeteries, memorials and war museums honour the battles that unfolded in this area during World War I. After being entirely destroyed in the war, many important buildings were carefully reconstructed, including Gothic-style Sint- Maartenskathedraal (St. Martin’s Cathedral) and its soaring spire. Now its museums, memorials and daily Last Post ceremony make Ypres a popular and moving destination for visitors from all nations.
Welsh War Memorial in The Ypres Salient
In conjunction with our visit to Ypres, we visit the memorial dedicated to fallen servicemen from Wales; namely Artillery Wood, the grave of Hedd Wyn and the new Welsh Memorial at Langemark in the Ypres Salient
- Reserved coach travel throughout
- 3 nights, bed & breakfast
- Staying at the Leopold Hotel
- Short sea ferry or shuttle crossings
- Excursions to Bruges
- Excursion to Ypres incorporating a visit to the Welsh War Memorial & Last Post Ceremony
- Visit Bruges Christmas Markets
This tour picks up at the following points:
- Bristol Aztec West
- Cardiff Central
- Cardiff Gate
- Cardiff West
- Port Talbot
- Swansea Central
- Swansea West
Important NotesImportant Notes
Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing. Single rooms may carry a supplement. You will find what rooms are available in the booking process.
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