Departures by Eurostar from London are available throughout the year. (We can also arrange UK regional rail travel and overnight stays in London if required. Please let us know if you would like this included in your personalised quotation.)The lead-in price from £399pp is available in the low season from November through to March. April to October prices start from £429pp. The price is based on two people sharing a twin/double room and may vary depending on choice of departure date. All holidays are tailor-made with extra nights, single rooms and hotel upgrades available at a supplement.
Travel by Eurostar to Brussels with onward connection by regional train to Bruges where you will spend 3 nights.
Bruges: On the must see list should be the Groeninge Museum, with an amazing collection of Flemish art spanning several centuries. The Markt is the main market square and from here a climb up the Belfry’s 366 steps will reward with unforgettable views of Bruges, but be sure to wear comfortable shoes! The Burg, the smaller of the two main squares, cannot fail to impress with its superb gothic town hall ‘Stadhuis’ the place of rule for over 700 years.
Bruges: Belgium is well known for its Chocolate and so a visit to the Choco-story museum is another recommended visit, or why not pop into the Halve Maan Brewery where you can have a peek into the other popular export of Belgium- beer. For that really romantic touch, horse and carriage rides are available which run into the evening during summer months.
Make your own way to the station for the journey by rail to Brussels. The journey time is approximately 1 hour and there is a choice of departure times.
Brussels: The Grand Place (main market square), surrounded by traditional Flemish baroque and gothic guild houses, is one of the most beautiful squares in Europe and now a UNESCO world heritage site. Dominated by the 13th century Hotel de Ville (Town Hall), the Grand Place also has a discrete selection of chocolate shops, cafes and bars. Overlooking Brussels Park, the Palais Royale (Royal Palace) is home to the King of Belgium and is an impressive Neo-Classical building that is open to the public during the summer months. Also check out the famous statue of a little boy peeing into a fountain on the corner of Rue de L’ Etuve & Stoofstraat. The Maneken Pis has been amusing visitors here since 1619!
Brussels: There are several museums worth seeing including the Museum of Ancient Art, Museum Horta, and MIM -the Museum of Musical Instruments, and the largest dinosaur museum in Europe is located within the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. Built for the World Fair in 1958, the Atomium is Brussels most recognised landmark, representing a molecule’s nine atoms magnified 165 billion times! The spheres, linked by escalators, are open to the public and with spectacular views from the top, it is possible to see Antwerp on a clear day. No doubt in need of refreshment during your stay, there are a number of brewery tours available to see how the famous local beer is produced, with the opportunity to sample the wares of one of Belgium’s biggest exports.
Make your own way to the station for the return journey by Eurostar to the UK.
Our opinion… The Bryghia is a quaint and small family-run hotel located in the heart of Bruges and overlooking the canal. An excellent base from which to explore the centre of Bruges.
Location… Oosterlingen Plein 4 Bruges, 8000. The Market is an 8-minute walk and all attractions are within walking distance.
Accommodation… The facilities in the 18 bedrooms include tea/coffee making facilities.
Facilities… Very cosy lounge area and pleasant breakfast room traditionally decorated.
Our opinion… Situated right in the heart of Brussels, the Queen Anne is a friendly hotel offering comfortable accommodation.
Location… Within walking distance of the famous Grand Place and halfway between the De Brouckère and Rogier Metro stations.
Accommodation… Rooms are well maintained and simply furnished. Facilities include Wi-Fi access (for a fee), direct telephone and cable TV with 45 international channels.
Facilities… The hotel has a breakfast room and is well placed to explore the down town restaurants, brasseries, clubs and cafés
Transport…3 minute walk to the nearest metro station (de brouckere/rogier)