We meet at our dedicated departure office at St Pancras International then travel by Eurostar to Lille. Here we board a coach for the journey across the border into Belgium. A small and ancient kingdom, sandwiched between France, the Netherlands, Germany and the tiny landlocked duchy of Luxembourg, Belgium possesses a remarkable diversity of attractions for its size. The country's extensive and efficient rail network makes for easy and comfortable exploration by train. Arriving into charming Bruges, our base for the next four nights, we check in to the Hotel Aragon, followed by dinner together in a local restaurant.