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Bruges By Eurostar

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Bruges by Eurostar

Unwind with a relaxing few days on our escorted tour to Bruges - with its picturesque canals and medieval charm you can totally switch off for a few days from the pressures of modern day living.

Its beauty and tranquility are outstanding, as befits the most perfectly preserved medieval town in Europe. Whether it’s a stroll by one of the canals, indeed Bruges is also known as ‘Venice of the North’, sipping a coffee in the Old Market Square with the 13th Century Flemish chimes ringing out from the belfry, or perhaps a gentle trip around the town by horse and carriage, its serenity will captivate you and it has something for all tastes.

Includes
• Return rail connections on selected dates from Newcastle, Durham or Darlington
• Return standard class reserved seat on Eurostar from London St. Pancras International to Lille, Bruges' nearest Eurostar station
• Return coach transfer to your hotel
• Choice of excellent quality three and four-star hotels, superbly located in the heart of the old preserved town
• Guided walk of historic Bruges
• Visit to a traditional Chocolate Maker
• Visit to Ypres and the First World War battlefields
• Escorted by experienced tour manager

Itinerary

Day 1
Rail connection to London then take a late morning/early afternoon Eurostar service from London St. Pancras International to Lille (exact time will be indicated on travel documents), arriving approximately 1 hour 30 minutes later. A coach will then take you to your hotel in the heart of Bruges old town, transfer time approximately one hour.

Day 2
After breakfast you have a guided walk of this beautiful town which really does show off its charm perfectly. The whole atmosphere of Bruges is pure romance and really reflects the true spirit of medieval Flanders. Its streets are crammed with fascination and yet it is so compact that the walking tour emphasizes the main sights and attractions perfectly. Bruges has so much to offer and is centered on the main square, dominated by the Belfry and when the unique old Flemish chimes are heard, the atmosphere is perfect. You can climb this tower, if you can face the 366 steps: the view is breathtaking. You will also see the City Hall, the old Law Courts and the ‘Basilica of the Holy Blood’ in which is housed some of Jesus’ blood. Another must is the Notre Dame Church which houses Michelangelo’s beautiful Madonna and Child, carved in pure white marble.

Belgium and Flanders in particular, is very famous for brewing beer, indeed there are over 500 varieties throughout the country. One of the features of brewing in Belgium is the great variety of types of beer and ingredients used, even things as diverse as cherries and oats! So a tour to Bruges would not be complete without a visit to a brewery! Some of you may choose to take the short walk to the “Halve Maan” brewery museum to learn the ins and outs of brewing in this quaint and very traditional establishment and then unwind with a tasting.

Day 3
After breakfast we will arrange an optional tour by boat of some of Bruges’ canals, which gives an interesting view of the town (subject to seasonal operation). Late morning, for those who are interested, the coach will leave Bruges for a tour of some of the places made famous during the First World War. However, the excursion is not compulsory so should you choose to have free time in Bruges, perhaps ride in a horse drawn carriage, or visit one of the many other attractions, this afternoon is the ideal opportunity to do so.

Your main visit is to Ypres, the centre of British activity in Belgium and although the town was flattened, it has been restored to its original appearance. Ypres is the home of the Menin Gate, the memorial to the missing where the last post is played every evening at 8 o’clock. You also visit Hill 62, more commonly known as Sanctuary Wood to see some preserved trenches. Perhaps the most moving part of the afternoon is the visit to Tyne Cot cemetery at Passchendaele, which is the largest in the British sector. You will return to your hotel in Bruges late afternoon.

Day 4
Bruges chocolates are known throughout the world and so this morning you visit one of the few establishments which still makes chocolates by traditional methods. They are only made from the finest ingredients and during the demonstration you learn all about this delicious craft. A coach will later return you to nearby Lille to take an afternoon Eurostar service back to London St. Pancras and your rail connection back to your home station.

Accommodation
We offer a choice of hotels as follows:

Three-star superior Martin’s Brugge – Ideally located opposite the belfry in the historic centre, the hotel has recently undergone a facelift to create a stylish and modern interior and offers a tranquil private garden, bar offering a host of local beers and restaurant serving regional specialties.

Three-star Golden Tree - A former 19th century railway tycoon's house just s short stroll from the market square has been recently converted into a beautiful boutique property. Features include a stunning breakfast room with frescoed ceilings and an area in which to relax.
Four-star Academie - Built around a pleasant courtyard garden, this centrally located hotel is a superb place to relax after a hard day’s sightseeing. Recently renovated it offers excellent facilities and comfortable, stylish accommodation, bar and winter garden

Price Includes
• Return standard class reserved seat on Eurostar
• Coach transfer from Lille to your hotel in Bruges (approximate transfer time one hour)
• Walking tour of Bruges
• Three nights bed and buffet breakfast
• Chocolate making demonstration
• Visit to the First World War battlefields
• The services of an experienced tour manager

Not included: entrance to 'Halve Mann' brewery museum €6.50, boat trip €5.80, Flanders Field museum €5.50, Hill 62 €5, approximate costs, payable locally.

Occasionally the opening times of the places of interest vary, and if this happens we may change the order of the visits on this tour.

The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are subject to availability at a supplement of £95 per person.


Standard Premier Class Upgrade

In order to enjoy your Eurostar experience to the full, you may upgrade to Standard Premier Class for only £139 return, subject to availability. This price includes a complimentary light meal, offered from a selection of sweet and savory cold snacks and includes a drink appropriate to the time of day, served at your seat while you relax in the spacious comfort of Standard Premier Class.

DATE DEPARTURE TIME DEPARTURE POINT
ACCOMMODATION
PRICE(PP) FROM
07 Mar 2018 £379 Academie Hotel
11 Mar 2018 £379 Martin's Brugge
18 Mar 2018 £389 Academie Hotel
18 Mar 2018 £379 Martin's Brugge
25 Mar 2018 £389 Academie Hotel
04 Apr 2018 £429 Martin's Brugge
08 Apr 2018 £409 Academie Hotel
11 Apr 2018 £429 Martin's Brugge
22 Apr 2018 £419 Academie Hotel
22 Apr 2018 £499 Grand Hotel Casselbergh
25 Apr 2018 £429 Martin's Brugge
09 May 2018 £429 Martin's Brugge
13 May 2018 £429 Academie Hotel
13 May 2018 £429 Martin's Brugge
14 May 2018 £399 Golden Tree Hotel
03 Jun 2018 £439 Academie Hotel
10 Jun 2018 £419 Martin's Brugge
17 Jun 2018 £439 Academie Hotel
24 Jun 2018 £439 Academie Hotel
25 Jun 2018 £389 Golden Tree Hotel
27 Jun 2018 £419 Martin's Brugge
01 Jul 2018 £439 Academie Hotel
08 Jul 2018 £399 Martin's Brugge
09 Jul 2018 £379 Golden Tree Hotel
15 Jul 2018 £519 Grand Hotel Casselbergh
22 Jul 2018 £399 Martin's Brugge
06 Aug 2018 £389 Golden Tree Hotel
08 Aug 2018 £419 Martin's Brugge
19 Aug 2018 £439 Academie Hotel
22 Aug 2018 £419 Martin's Brugge
02 Sep 2018 £439 Academie Hotel
02 Sep 2018 £519 Grand Hotel Casselbergh
05 Sep 2018 £429 Martin's Brugge
09 Sep 2018 £439 Academie Hotel
09 Sep 2018 £429 Martin's Brugge
16 Sep 2018 £439 Academie Hotel
16 Sep 2018 £429 Martin's Brugge
17 Sep 2018 £399 Golden Tree Hotel
23 Sep 2018 £439 Academie Hotel
26 Sep 2018 £429 Martin's Brugge
03 Oct 2018 £419 Academie Hotel
07 Oct 2018 £419 Martin's Brugge
14 Oct 2018 £419 Martin's Brugge
15 Oct 2018 £389 Golden Tree Hotel
17 Oct 2018 £419 Academie Hotel
21 Oct 2018 £399 Academie Hotel
21 Oct 2018 £419 Martin's Brugge
04 Nov 2018 £379 Academie Hotel
04 Nov 2018 £429 Grand Hotel Casselbergh
05 Nov 2018 £369 Golden Tree Hotel
11 Nov 2018 £379 Martin's Brugge
25 Nov 2018 £379 Martin's Brugge

We also have similar trips by Eurostar to Paris, Normandy Moselle Valley, Loire Valley, Provence and the Rhine Valley

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All passengers must have a valid passport for this tour. Depending on the country issuing your passport, a visa may also be required. More information can be found at the Identity & Passport Service

Identity and Passport service

Customers should ensure that they are fit enough to travel, please check with your General Practitioner and www.fco.gov.uk/travel and www.nathnac.org

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Travel Insurance
You are strongly recommended to take adequate insurance for all passengers for this tour

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