Prices from £375 per person
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Medieval Bruges is a perfectly preserved gem as befits one of the richest cities of northern Europe during the Middle Ages. The ‘Venice of the North’ is criss-crossed with attractive waterways and boasts some of the finest examples of Flemish and European art, including the richly detailed canvasses by Van Eyck and Memling and Michelangelo’s beautiful Madonna with Child. The heart of the city is dominated by the Markt Square and imposing Basilica of the Holy Blood, whilst step-gabled Merchants’ buildings line the pretty canals.
All around cobbled streets, guild houses, palaces and stone bridges lead to tempting shops, historic cafés and indulgent restaurants. Bruges is an ideal choice all year round whether in spring, summer or autumn or under the sparkling lights of the Christmas Markets in December.
3 night holiday by First Class rail from £375 per person staying at the Hotel Aragon or from £395 per person staying at the Hotel Oud Huis de Peellaert or from £425 per person at the Grand Hotel Casselbergh (all 4 star).
Day 1 – London to Bruges
Your short break begins at iconic St Pancras International. Enjoy the beauty of London’s destination station before the Eurostar service speeds us to Brussels. Sit back in your spacious Standard Premier Class seat and make the most of the light meal and drinks. On arrival in Brussels, you change trains and join the InterCity train to Bruges. A short taxi ride (payable locally) will take you to your hotel for 3 nights the Hotel Aragon (4 star), Hotel Oud Huis de Peellaert or the Grand Hotel Casselbergh, ideally located in the heart of Medieval Bruges.
Days 2 and 3 – Bruges
You have 2 full days in Bruges at the perfectly situated Hotel Aragon (4 star) beautifully converted from historic buildings. The ideal way to get your bearings in the stunning city of Bruges is on a walking tour (payable locally).
Uncover the fascinating history of this medieval masterpiece as you wend your way through hidden corners of this captivating city. You might like to enjoy a relaxing and romantic view of the city on a leisurely canal cruise (payable locallly). You may choose to journey further afield to Yprès and visit some of the monuments that record the tragic events of the First World War, including the Menin Gate and the nearby ‘In Flanders Field Museum’. Why not indulge yourself in two of Belgium’s most celebrated traditions – Chocolate and Beer! You can visit an artisan chocolate-maker and the renowned brewery museum. Whether your interests are cultural or culinary there is something for everyone in Bruges, from Flemish painters to Belgian chocolates.
Day 4 – Bruges to London
As you make your way to Bruges station it heralds the start of the return journey as you travel by InterCity train to Brussels, where you join the Eurostar service back to London. Take time to reflect on the sights, sounds and tastes you have enjoyed on your short break to Bruges, as you sit back and relax with a light meal and drinks before your arrival into London St Pancras.
Make your short break even more special and ask us to include a guided walking tour of Bruges, a canal cruise or an excursion to Yprès to visit the poignant reminders of the First World War.