(Brussels, Ghent, Bruges)
Belgium is one of the gems of Europe that gets little press or publicity. Unfairly, it is a destination that may not come to mind at first (or second) when one is considering a trip to the continent. And perhaps that’s exactly as the locals would have it. Unassuming, friendly, and sophisticated without an ounce of snobbery, the Belgians live life to the fullest, surrounded by magnificent architecture spanning over millennia (Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, and Art Nouveau), enjoy incredible cuisine, all the while immersed in a wealth of culture. With a private airport transfer at both ends of your trip, and 1st class train rides from city to city, this 6 day Premium tour offers you a balance of being shown all of the highlights of Brussels, Ghent and Bruges while having enough time to explore by yourself (with some suggestions of things to do).
Airport (Zaventem) transfer with private vehicle and English speaking Driver.
A welcome package with your vouchers, a city map, train tickets (if relevant) and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Enjoy a half day private sightseeing tour of Brussels with your English speaking guide. Begin your visit with a short stroll in the old city centre. Stroll through the world-famous Grand Place with its unique city hall and splendid guild houses before continuing by vehicle to the magnificent St. Michaels Cathedral, the Congress Column, the Heizel district with the renowned Atomium, the remarkable Chinese pavilion and the Japanese tower. Drive back to the centre via the Palace of Laken. After the impressive Court of Justice and the elegant Louiza Square, drive to the stately Place Royale, the Royal Palace and the old Palace of the Nations which is now the home of Parliament. Around the corner, the heart of Europe beats: the buildings of the Commission, the Council of Ministers and the Place Royale.
Situated in the center of downtown Brussels, within yards of Gare du Nord station and in close proximity to the Rue Neuve shopping district and the World Trade Center, the Hilton Brussels City Hotel (4*) is the ideal place to stay when you are visiting Belgium’s capital. All the facilities are in place to allow you to remain productive during your stay.
Visit the sites that are of personal interest to you and get around the easy way by availing of the hop-on hop-off bus goes around the city. With this hop-on hop-off tour you can get on and off at any stop an unlimited number of times for a full day's sightseeing. The coach passes all the main sights in the city, including St Michael Cathedral, the Congress Column, the Atomium, Grand Place, Palace of Justice, the Royal Museum of Art and History and the Royal Palace, so you'll be able to see as much as you like in your own time. With bus departures every 30 minutes and tickets valid for 24 hours after first use, this is the perfect way to orientate yourself with Belgium's capital.
Train station transfer with private vehicle and English speaking Driver.
Enjoy your train ride from Brussels to Ghent with an intercity train. The journey takes approximately one hour.
Enjoy the afternoon exploring the city of Ghent with your own English speaking Guide including a visit to St. Bavo's Cathedral, home of the world famous 'Mystic Lamb' painting, the important buildings from the Middle Ages, such as the Belfry, St Nicholas' Church and the Earl's Castle.
Within this charming medieval city, standing in the shadow of the Town Hall, the NH Ghent Belfort Hotel (4*) waits for you to discover the riches it has to offer. The 174 room hotel maintains the ideal proximity to a wide range of architectural highlights and recreational delights for you to enjoy. Begin your day with breakfast at Restaurant De Drake then journey to nearby Belfry tower, St Baafssquare, Gravensteen Castle, Korenmarkt, Designmuseum, or picturesque Graslei harbor—just some of the area attractions within walking distance to the NH Gent Belfort hotel.
Enjoy some time at leisure today and visit the stunning Town Hall. It was built for the town and guild's representatives who met here in the 15th century. It is constructed in late-gothic and Renaissance style. The black pillars and golden ornaments make it very special.
This street on the other side of the Leie opposite to the Graslei and this whole area is beautiful to visit. Don't miss it! You can sit along the waterfront or have a drink or meal at one of the many restaurants or terrasses here.
Enjoy your train journey from Ghent to Bruges. The ride takes approximately thirty minutes.
Bruges is the most romantic city in Belgium and maybe in the whole of Europe with medieval bridges spanning meandering canals. Discover the 'Venice of the North' with your own English speaking guide as you walk through the city. Your guide will introduce you to the main sights and give you the history of the town as you stroll by the artistic wealth of the innumerable monuments, historical buildings and churches. You will also get the chance to admire the marvelous market square, city hall, the belfry and its halls and the numerous canals and the typical God houses (late medieval-looking houses bearing a name and a year on the outside wall) which can be seen everywhere in the city. (The city centre is car free allowing for a pleasant, trafic-free walking tour). (No transportation included).
Enjoy lunch and dinner at leisure in Bruges.
Hotel Die Swaene (4*) overlooks one the most picturesque canals of Bruges. It is considered one of the most romantic hotels in Europe. The rooms are elegantly furnised and all uniquely decorated. The hotel's public areas have an atmosphere of times past. A magnificent new wing, the Canal House, which has been inaugurated, has eight rooms and two suites. The sunny terrace provides spectacular views of the canals and water activities. Die Swaene has everything you need to make your visit unforgettable.
Enjoy the day at leisure. You may like to check out the fish market, take a stroll through the Botanical gardens, visit the Guido Museum, and take a peek inside the Jerusalem Church, all of which are worthwhile. Alternatively, you could hop in a boat and tour the city by the canal network. An absolute must is the Memling museum housed in the 12th century Hospital of St, John. Other options include a visit to the Chapel of the Holy Blood, the Town Hall, the Groeninghe Museum, and a climb up the the Belfry. Bruges is known for its quality lace - you may want to purchase some in one for the lace shops in town.
Enjoy your train ride from Bruges to Brussels. The journey will be done with an intercity train and will take approximately 2 hours.
Citizens of other countries may require a visa. Please ask your Sales Advisor. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Belgium for the most up to date visa information.
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