2018 Bruges & Gent Festive Cheers

2018 Bruges & Gent Festive Cheers

A tour packed with festive cheer, designed with fans of Belgian beers in mind, but also featuring Christmas Markets amidst the timeless gables, belfries and waterways of Bruges and Gent. We visit three Christmas Markets, three breweries, cruise the waters of Gent and trundle along the North Sea coastline on a privately chartered vintage tram, all from our brand new 4* hotel in Bruges.

5 Days From Only £675.00

 

DEPARTS Sunday 9 December 2018 (5 days)

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Rail travel from London to Belgium and return

Tour & tasting at Halve Maan Brewery in Bruges

Explore Bruges and its Christmas Market

Included boat trip along Gent’s waterways

Tour & tasting at the fascinating Gentse Gruut Brewery

Visit Gent’s excellent Christmas Market

Spend time at Ostend’s Christmas Market

Specially chartered vintage tram on the North Sea Coast Line

Tour & tasting at De Dolle Brouwers, ‘The Mad Brewers’!

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

Breakfast every day, plus one evening meal and three lunches

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

 

 

DAY 1

Our journey begins at London St Pancras International, travelling by Eurostar to Brussels, changing onto the Belgian rail system for Bruges, where we stay at the brand new 4* Radisson Blu Hotel. Get your bearings ahead of dinner in this UNESCO World Heritage site, with canals and quaint streets leading to the stunning Markt square, flanked by its medieval belfry bell-tower.

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DAY 2

We spend today at leisure in Bruges, one of Europe's most beautiful cities. Our stroll to the stunning medieval centre is punctuated with a visit to De Halve Maan Brewery for a tour and taste of Brugse Zot Blond. After lunch together the rest of the day and evening is free in beautiful Bruges to sample its own Christmas Market and special ambiance.

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DAY 3

Today is a varied and interesting day, beginning with a train journey to the coast to Ostend. After a little free time to visit Ostend's Christmas Market, we have arranged a chartered vintage tram ride along the Belgian coast to De Panne. Here we rejoin the Belgian rail system, travelling to Diksmuide in West Flanders for a visit to De Dolle Brouwers Brewery. There has been a brewery on this site since 1835, however, it was purchased by 'The Mad Brewers' in 1980 to brew 'Oerbier' based on their experiments at home and using only natural ingredients. We enjoy lunch in Diksmiude before returning to Bruges for a final night.

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DAY 4

Today's excursion visits Gent by train. Alighting at Gent Dampoort, we walk into the city centre, with its cobbled squares flanked by ornate gabled buildings. There is time to browse around Gent's Christmas Market, boasting 130 festive wooden chalets beneath the magnificent St Baaf's Cathedral and neighbouring squares, following which we visit the fascinating Gruut Brewery. In the middle ages herbs ('Gruyt' or 'Gruut' in Flemish) were used in the brewing process instead of hops. The Gruut Brewery has revived this tradition and you have the chance to taste the difference on our tour and tasting, followed by light lunch. No visit to Gent would be complete without a scenic and relaxing boat trip on its waterways, which we also include before returning by train to Bruges.

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DAY 5

We return to Brussels to join the Eurostar service to London St Pancras.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

HOTEL

Radisson Blu Hotel, Bruges

The brand-new 4* Radisson Blu hotel in Bruges is situated close to the railway station and the historic city centre, with a cosy lounge, bar and restaurant, the station outside your door and all the delights of Bruges within walking distance.

 

FARE

From London St Pancras International

£675

Single Room Supplement

£175

 

4 nights’ bed, breakfast, one evening meal & 3 lunches

Eurostar and rail travel to Bruges and return

All transfers, excursions & admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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London St Pancras Int London St Pancras Int (LNE)

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