Discover the best of breath-taking Bruges with its winding canals and cobbled streets alongside a visit to the city of Ghent with its medieval towers, bridges and turrets on our Bruges & Ghent tour.
After taking the Eurostar from London St Pancras, you will make your way to Bruges via Brussels, why not begin your discovery of Bruges with a romantic horse-drawn carriage tour. It's the perfect way to experience the unique atmosphere and spellbinding architecture of the city. Alternatively, explore the city on foot to find delightful meandering alleys and charming waterways.
Designated a UNESCO world heritage site, the city of Bruges combines an enchanting mix of medieval mystery and modern-day charm. Bruges' religious artefacts are both fascinating and plentiful, from the Basilica of the Holy Blood - resting place of the city's most revered relic, to The Church of Our Lady with its sculpture of Madonna and Child by Michelangelo. No trip here would be complete without taking in the majesty of Sint- Salvatorskathedraal, the oldest church in Bruges where you'll discover medieval tombs, tapestries and a rich collection of Flemish paintings.
Just a short journey by rail, Ghent is a delightful destination for a day trip. A city of marvellous contrasts, it boasts medieval towers, bridges and turrets alongside a thriving cultural scene. Pay a visit to Saint Bavo's Cathedral - this treasure trove of artistic delights is home to the world's most stolen work of art, The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb by the Van Eyck brothers.
On your final day in Bruges, perhaps head to Minnewater for a relaxing boat tour. As you drift gently past the fairy-tale architecture, you'll understand why Bruges is fully deserving of its moniker, the Venice of the North. After bidding farewell to Bruges, you'll depart for London by train via Brussels.
The itinerary above is just a suggestion and you are free to make adjustments to suit your exact requirements. Please call 01904 734 358 to speak to one of our Tailor-Made Holiday Specialists about tailoring your holiday with GRJ independent.
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The high speed Eurostar trains link St Pancras International in London with Paris and Lille in France as well as Brussels in Belgium.
Eurostar's Standard Class coaches feature two seats on either side of the central aisle, most of which is arranged in an 'airline' seating configuration with drop down tray tables. There are two tables for four per carriage. Passengers travelling in Eurostar Standard Class coaches can take advantage of the Bar-Buffet which sells a range of snacks, meals, hot and cold drinks - including Champagne!
The highest class of Eurostar travel available for leisure customers is Standard Premier Class. In your dedicated Standard Premier carriage you'll find a less dense seat configuration, meaning the seats are larger and you have ample space to relax and stretch out. As part of the service you'll enjoy complimentary drinks and refreshments, served at your seat by friendly, helpful waiting staff.
For the class of travel used on your chosen tour, please refer to the 'What's Included' section of the tour page.
The welcoming Hotel Aragon (4-star), which has been beautifully converted from historic buildings, is situated in the heart of Bruges' medieval centre and only a few steps from the Markt Square. The hotel's facilities include a breakfast room, lounge and bar. It has 42 spacious and comfortable rooms are equipped with air conditioning, television, telephone, hairdryer, minibar and safe.
Over the years, the Hotel Aragon has won a number of Great Rail Journeys' awards, which are based solely on customer feedback. Awards include two Gold Awards for its outstanding customer service, a Bronze Award for "Best Hotel in the France & Benelux Region" in 2012 and a Gold Award for "Best Hotel in the France and Benelux Region" in 2013.
We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!
Please call one of our Tour Advisors on 01904 734 358 to discuss upgrading your rail travel to First Class and/or upgrading your hotel to a 5-star option.