(Brussels, Ghent, Bruges)
A country whose Trappist Monks brew strong brown ales is a country worth drinking in completely.
Belgium is like no other nation in Europe. Here you can experience magnificent architecture, incredible cuisine, beautifully-appointed cultural centers and landscapes straight out of fairytales; yet at the same time a population that’s unassuming , friendly, and sophisticated without being pretentious. Explore the numerous offerings of this jewel of a nation and feel what it’s truly like to live the good life. In the evenings unwind from all that good life in elegance and sophistication in our hand-selected accommodations.
Tour the highlights of Brussels with your private guide and visit the old city center, the world-famous Grand Place with its splendid guild houses, and magnificent St. Michaels Cathedral. In Ghent, a sort of funky medieval city, tour glorious buildings from the middle ages such as the Belfry, St Nicholas' Church and the Earl's Castle. With medieval bridges that span meandering canals and old church spires that reach for Heaven, you’ll quickly understand why Bruges is considered the most romantic city in Belgium. Stroll through the marvelous market square, city hall, and the sumptuous Botanical gardens. From a boat tour through breathtaking canals, to glimpsing fine art in the Groeninghe Museum, to perusing the colorful open markets, your journey through Belgium will be as sweet as Belgian chocolates.
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A private vehicle transfer with driver between the airport, the city and your hotel is provided.
A welcome package with 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 tour with a short stroll in the old city centre. You will get to see the world-famous Grand Place with its unique city hall and splendid guild houses before continuing by vehicle to the magnificent St. Michael’s Cathedral, the Congress Column, the Heizel district with the renowned Atomium, the remarkable Chinese pavilion, and the Japanese Tower. After the impressive Court of Justice and the elegant Louiza Square, you will drive to the stately Place Royale, the Royal Palace, and the old Palace of the Nations, which is now the home of Parliament.
A private vehicle transfer between the train station and your hotel or city with a driver is provided.
Enjoy a transfer by train from Brussels to Ghent with an intercity train. Travel time is approximately 1 hour.
A private vehicle transfer between the train station and your hotel or city with driver is provided.
Your guide will walk you through Ghent’s historical center, with old houses dating from the period between the 12th and 17th century, visit the St Baafscathedral (with the famous painting called The Mystic Lamb of Van Eyck) and the Gravensteen medieval castle.
Enjoy some time at leisure today to visit the stunning Town Hall. It was built for the town and guild's representatives in the 15th century and 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 is a beautiful area to visit. Enjoy your leisure time to explore these areas. You can sit along the waterfront or have lunch at one of the many restaurants or terraces here.
Enjoy a transfer by train from Ghent to Bruges on an intercity train. Travel time is approximately 30 minutes.
Meet your driver for a private train station transfer.
Bruges is the most romantic city in Belgium with its medieval bridges and 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. Stand in admiration of the marvelous market square, the city hall, the belfry and its halls, 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, traffic-free walking tour.
Enjoy the day at leisure. You may want to consider taking a stroll through the Botanical gardens, visiting the Guido Museum, checking out the fish market or taking a peek inside the Jerusalem Church. Alternatively, you could hop on a boat and tour the city by the canal network, visit the Chapel of the Holy Blood, the Town Hall, the Groeninghe Museum, or climb up the Belfry. An absolute must is a visit to the Memling museum housed in the 12th century Hospital of St, John. Bruges is known for its quality lace – you may want to purchase some in one of the lace shops in town.
Enjoy a transfer by train from Bruges to Brussels on an intercity train. Travel time is approximately 2 hours.
The Hilton Brussels City Hotel (4*) is situated in the centre 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 is the ideal place to stay when you are visiting Belgium’s capital. After a busy day in Brussels or a long journey, you can relax and rejuvenate in the Scandinavian Wellness and Health Club and sample the delicious Flemish cuisine on offer in the Bien Belge Living Lounge restaurant and bar. Offering responsive service and stylish contemporary comfort in an enviable location, this Brussels hotel has everything you need to make the most of your stay in one of Europe’s most vibrant cities.
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 the picturesque Graslei harbour—just some of the area attractions within walking distance to the NH Gent Belfort hotel.
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 furnished 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.
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April 21, 2014
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April 21, 2014
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November 06, 2013
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November 05, 2013
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October 22, 2013
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October 19, 2013
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November 07, 2013
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October 07, 2013
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September 24, 2013
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