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Escorted Rail Tours to Brussels

Political centre of the European Union

Brussels' location on the shores of the Senne placed it on an important trade route between Bruges, Ghent and Cologne. As a result, the town grew rapidly into a city between the 11th and the 13th centuries. During this period, the Grand Place took shape, and the commercial centre expanded to the Upper Town. Belgium passed from Frankish overlords into the control of the French in the Medieval period. It then passed relatively quickly between the Spanish, the Austrians and then to the Dutch in 1815, and as a result there is a blend of architectural styles present in the city today.

However, tensions mounted at the prospect of being ruled by the Dutch, and Brussels became the centre of the Belgian Revolution in 1830, which saw the country establish its independence and a monarchy with relative ease. After a troubled beginning to the 20th century, Brussels rose from the ashes to become the political centre of a new age, thanks in no small part to its location in the centre of Western Europe.

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Glacier Express in Winter (Chur-Kandersteg)

This adventurous twin-centre rail holiday provides ample opportunity to explore the majestic Swiss Alps cloaked in their winter finery, and to enjoy our trip on the famous Glacier Express, surely the slowest, and certainly one of the most scenic 'express' trains in the world.

Departs from January 2017 to March 2017.
Late departures available
8 days from £1,195per personView tour details
Floralia & the City of Flowers

From the Floralia Spring Flower Show, to one of the world's largest botanical gardens and Ghent's 35th Floraliën celebrations, discover the kaleidoscopic displays of Belgium in the spring on this delightful five day rail tour.

Departs in April 2017.
5 days from £575per personView tour details
Bavaria & Oberammergau

Visits to fairytale castles and whimsical palaces plus the Bavarian Alps form the backdrop to this unique holiday. The Passion Play in Oberammergau takes centre-stage every ten years - an opportunity not to be missed!

7 days from Please call for detailsView tour details
Christmas Markets of Bruges & Brussels

Explore two of Belgium's most popular cities - beautifully preserved Bruges and dynamic Brussels - on this atmospheric festive tour. Be sure to discover the gifts, crafts and mulled wine at their charming Christmas Markets.

4 days from Please call for detailsView tour details
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More about Brussels

The Grand Palace
Brussels is still a testament to its history today, as a lot of the medieval streets, lively squares and beautiful buildings have remained intact. No visit to Brussels would be complete without a visit to the Grand Place, the geographical, commercial and historical heart of the city. Though the Grand Place dates back to the 11th century, the ancient market square remains the civic centre even today, and it offers the finest surviving example in one area of Belgium's ornate 17th century architecture. The Grand Place is home to the elegant Maison du Roi. It has served both as the residence of the ruling Spanish monarchs, and also as a guild-house of breadmakers. Today the building is open as a museum featuring stunning tapestries and paintings from the 16th century, and is well worth a visit.

Manneken Pis
Another of Brussels' most famous sights is Manneken Pis, a statue of a little boy urinating, on Rue de l'Etuve, just a short walk from the Grand Place.

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