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Christmas Markets of Bruges & Brussels

(Tour code: BRM17)Discover the charm of Bruges' Christmas Markets

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.

Tour Highlights
  • Beautiful Bruges and its Christmas Market
  • Guided walking tour of Bruges
  • Chocolate-making demonstration
  • Excursion to Brussels
  • Brussels Christmas Market
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Standard Class Rail
  • 3* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. 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

After meeting at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras, we travel by Eurostar from London to Lille. On arrival, we continue by coach to Bruges, where we spend three nights at the 3-Star Novotel Brugge Centrum, close to the city's famous medieval Belfry. Tonight we dine together 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's 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 chocolatier. Here we witness a mouth-watering demonstration of the art of chocolate making from a local expert. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Bruges, enjoying the twinkling lights and added sparkle, as it is decorated for the festive season. You may wish to explore the Christmas Market, held in the city's main square. The small array of stalls is filled with chocolate, lace and local delicacies. Other options for this afternoon could include a visit to one of Bruges's breweries, a stroll along the pretty canals, or a visit to the Historium Museum, where the medieval history of the city is brought to life.

  • Breakfast
  • Guided City Tour
Day 3

Brussels Christmas Market

Today we travel by train to the Belgian capital of Brussels. Dating back to the 11th century, this is a city with plenty to offer, from Art Nouveau architecture, to a range of plentiful museums and an array of restaurants, bars and cafés. Your time here is free to spend as you wish; one of the highlights is Brussels' main Christmas Market which is located around the Grand Place, one of the most beautiful city squares in Europe. As you absorb the magnificent atmosphere around the 230 artisan stalls here, you may find yourself tempted by some of the Belgian chocolate on offer. A real highlight of the market takes place in the evening, when an hourly Sound & Light show illuminates the Grand Place and its spectacular architecture in all its glory. The Grand Place is also home to the elegant Maison du Roi, having served both as the residence of the ruling Spanish monarchs and also as a guild-house of bakers. Today the building is open as a museum, featuring stunning tapestries and paintings from the 16th century, and is well worth a visit. Another of Brussels's 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.

  • Breakfast
  • Free Day
Eurostar to London
Day 4

Homeward bound

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

  • Breakfast

Please note

If requesting a twin room, please note the room layout of the Novotel Hotel will be a double bed and a sofa bed.


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