Bruges has outstanding art, twisting medieval streets, traditional bars, outstanding cuisine but when the unique charms of the carillon sound from the iconic belfry its ambience is complete. Unwind with a relaxing few days on our escorted tour to Bruges - with its picturesque canals and medieval charm. Coupled with a compelling visit to Ypres including the thought-provoking First World War battlefields your trip will be a truly memorable experience.

There can be few places left where you can totally switch off for a few days from the pressures of modern day living as completely as Bruges. Its beauty and tranquillity are outstanding, as befits the most perfectly preserved medieval town in Europe and its atmosphere is totally unique. 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 in the background, or perhaps a gentle trip around the town by horse and carriage, its serenity will captivate you and it has something for all tastes.

For art lovers, Bruges is a must – Jan Van Eyck being the city’s most famous resident. There are three excellent museums housing many fine works by Dutch and Flemish artists including Van Eyck himself, Rembrandt, and many more. In the church of Our Lady you can see the carving of the Madonna and Child by Michelangelo, perhaps the greatest sculptor of them all. In the Basilica of the Holy Blood is a phial, said to contain Jesus’ blood, which was brought back from the Holy Land after one of the crusades. The richness of the interior decoration will amaze you.

Bruges is also very famous for its chocolates, some of which are still hand made from the finest ingredients including cream, strawberries, nougat and nuts. The results are absolutely mouth- watering. They do not do very much for your waistline but they do for your taste buds! The food in Belgium, and Bruges in particular, combines the best in cuisine: French quality and flair, with German sized portions. The speciality is mussels; there are forty ways of cooking them, and of course Belgian chips topped with mayonnaise are recognised the world over as the best there are. But there is no one thing you can put your finger on which makes Bruges such an attractive place to stay for a few days. It is a combination of old world charm, the friendliness of the people (indeed it is difficult to find anyone who doesn’t speak fluent English), culture and perhaps its sheer tranquillity. So come with us and see.

Holiday Highlights

  • Guided walking tour of historic Bruges, arguably Europe’s most perfectly preserved medieval town
  • Visit to Ypres including the thought-provoking First World War battlefields
  • Visit to a traditional chocolatier creating exquisite Belgian chocolates, probably the world’s finest
  • Services of our experienced tour manager
  • Three nights' accommodation, including all local taxes, in a choice of quality three-, four- or four-star superior centrally located hotels with breakfast
  • Return rail connections available on selected dates from over fifty regional stations
  • Return standard class reserved seat on Eurostar from London St Pancras International and transfers to and from your hotel included

What's Included

  • The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are subject to availability at the relevant supplement. The price includes a return standard class reserved seat on Eurostar coach transfer from Lille to your hotel in Bruges (approximate transfer time one hour), three nights’ accommodation with breakfast, all local accommodation taxes and the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager.
  • For Dublin dates the price includes all details above except that transport is return flights from Dublin to Brussels with coach transfer from Brussels to Bruges.
  • Included excursions are a walking tour of Bruges, a chocolate making demonstration, a visit to the First World War battlefields. 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.
  • Not included in the price is entrance fee to the ‘Halve Maan’ brewery museum which is approximately €7.50 and payable locally, the boat trip which is approximately €6.40 and payable locally, entrance to the Flanders Field museum which is approximately €7 and payable locally, entrance to the Passchendaele Memorial Museum which is approximately €7 payable locally.
  • Please note there is a £10, £20, £30 or £50 supplement for certain regional stations. If your preferred station is not available, please contact the office, as we may be able to request it for you.

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