Enjoy a taste of both Belgium and German cultures and contrast cosmopolitan delights with history and heritage on a tour that encompasses everything from palaces and art to chocolate and beer!
Depart London St Pancras by Eurostar for Brussels, onwards by the Intercity Express to the heart of Cologne. Your hotel is located just minutes away from both the Rhine and Cologne's famous cathedral, the Kölner Dom.
The Kölner Dom is an ideal starting point from which to explore Cologne. The Dom is home to The Shrine of the Three Magi, a precious reliquary that, according to legend, contains the bones of the Three Wise Men. The 533 step trek up the Dom's south tower is well worth the e‑effort; from its observation platform you will be rewarded with a spectacular panorama of the city stretching as far as the Siebengebirge Mountains on a clear day.
Before leaving Cologne today, head to the city's splendid botanical gardens for a leisurely morning spent in the company of 10,000 species of flora and fauna. Alternatively, for a spot of indulgence, visit the Schokoladenmuseum (chocolate museum) for a calorific treat. In the afternoon continue your journey to Brussels and your hotel.
No trip to Brussels would be complete without a visit to the resplendent Grand Place, the city's architectural crowning glory. Alternatively, for a sweet treat, head to Maison Dandoy, a traditional, family-owned Belgian biscuiterie that reportedly offers some of the best Liege waffles available in Belgium.
After a final morning enjoying Brussels, travel on board the Eurostar service back to the UK.
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 InterCity long-distance passenger trains operate throughout Europe, linking the towns and cities within country boundaries. These trains are operated by multiple companies and services vary, though most are air-conditioned and have a buffet coach and/or a restaurant on board.
The 4-star Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre is located in the heart of Brussels, within walking distance of the Grand Place and the main sights and restaurants. The hotel has a restaurant and bar, as well as a top floor relaxation centre with fitness room and sauna.
This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.
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.