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Christmas Markets of Bruges & Ypres

(Tour code: BRM5)Discover two wonderful Belgian cities on our festive tour

Explore beautifully preserved Bruges and historic Ypres - along with their charming Christmas Markets - on this festive tour. We also discover some of Belgium's most poignant memorials of the First World War.

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Tour Highlights
  • Beautiful Bruges and its Christmas Market
  • Chocolate making demonstration
  • Ypres and its Christmas Market
  • Tyne Cot Cemetery
  • ‘In Flanders Field’ Museum
  • The Last Post Ceremony
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Standard Class Rail
  • 3-4* Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge
Additional Information Departure Times

Our tours typically depart between 8:30am and 1:00pm.

We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Eurostar at St Pancras
Day 1

London to Bruges

We depart St Pancras International and travel by Eurostar to Lille, where we continue by coach to Bruges. We stay here for three nights at the wonderful Hotel Aragon or Martin's Brugge, and tonight we dine at a traditional Flemish restaurant.

  • Dinner
Day 2

A taste of historic Bruges

This morning we discover Bruges and its rich history during a guided walking tour. Much of Bruges' beautiful medieval architecture has been preserved, and the city's historic centre is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. We then experience one of the country's most popular exports, with a visit to a chocolate maker. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Bruges as it is decorated for the festive season. You may wish to explore the charming Christmas Market, held in the city's main square. The small array of stalls is filled with gift ideas including chocolate, lace and local delicacies. Other options for this afternoon could include a tour of one of Bruges' breweries, a cruise along the pretty canals, or a visit to the Historium museum.

  • Breakfast
  • Tour of Bruges
In Flanders Fields Museum
Day 3

Tyne Cot, Ypres and the Last Post

After a morning at leisure, we travel by coach to Ypres, a medieval town that saw intense fighting during the First World War. On the way we visit Tyne Cot Cemetery, which is Belgium's largest war cemetery and one of the most famous sights associated with the war. We also visit the compelling 'In Flanders Fields' Museum. The fascinating museum details the invasion of Belgium, and the area's subsequent trench warfare. Following this you have some free time to perhaps explore Ypres' Christmas Market. Held in front of the Cloth Hall, the small market is decorated with trees and fairy lights, and offers many regional specialities along with warming mulled wine. Later we dine together in a restaurant in Ypres, before visiting the imposing Menin Gate. Here we see the moving Last Post Ceremony.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Ypres excursions
  • The Last Post Cemetary
Eurostar to London
Day 4

Homeward bound

Following a leisurely morning, we leave Bruges by coach to Lille, where we join the Eurostar to London.

  • Breakfast

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

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