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Belgium - De Kluis

Looking for a perfect way to introduce your group to Europe? Look no further! A short journey from Calais lands you in Belgium, one of Europe's hidden gems. Lying between France and Holland, this small country will leave you mesmerised by its vibrant towns, exciting activity programmes and engaging culture. As part of the First World War Centenary, groups travelling in 2016 have the opportunity to become part of history and pay their respects with a visit to the battlefields. For a truly moving experience, groups can also attend the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate and lay a poppy wreath as an act of remembrance.

Located on the edge of the Meerdaal Forest, De Kluis will be your gateway to Belgium and beyond. Visit Europe in a morning at Mini-Europe, experience the thrill of Walibi Theme Park and make a splash at Oceade Water Park all in one week. Perfect for the adventurous, De Kluis offers a superb range of on-site activities to keep your group entertained; climbing is a must, whilst the high ropes course tests your bravery. Whether it's an energetic, activity packed week or a more relaxing holiday discovering the sights, Belgium has it all!

The operation of this tour is subject to minimum and maximum participant numbers. Your booking is accepted on this basis. In the event that the total number of paying participants falls below the minimum number (including as a result of cancellation), we reserve the right to adjust the price payable by each participant accordingly or to cancel your booking and the tour/departure date. If any adjusted price is not accepted by you or a sufficient number of participants or we have to cancel the tour in these circumstances, you will receive a full refund of all monies paid to us (other than any amendment or cancellation charges which have already been incurred). No compensation will be payable in addition.

A WWI Battlefields Experience!

WWI Centenary Logo

2014–2018 marks the centenary of WWI, meaning your group can enjoy a trip to Belgium with a unique educational edge. As well as visiting the historic battlefields and memorials of Ypres and the Somme, there is the opportunity to take part in remembrance ceremonies and walk the reconstructed trenches at the newly refurbished Passchendaele Experience.

Find out what the Venture Abroad reps got up to in India, Iceland, Adelboden, Kandersteg and De Kluis.

Tot Ziens De Kluis!

Posted on 21 August 2016, Category: Belgium

Wow this summer has gone quick! This is my final goodbye post and goodbye from De Kluis! The campsite is now down and fully packed away. Thank you so much to Hydra and Rutland Explorers for helping put down camp. It is very much appreciated! The past 6 weeks have included exploring new cities and...

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The Last Night!

Posted on 20 August 2016, Category: Belgium

Last night was the final night here at De Kluis for our final groups Hydra and Rutland Explorers. Thank you Hydra for cooking a delicious dinner for us, the burritos and birthday cake were yummy. You did a fab job! Rutland held a camp awards ceremony after dinner. Well done to William and Catherine for...

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Ending the week on a high!

Posted on 19 August 2016, Category: Belgium

Ending the week on a high for hydra as they took to the trees on the high ropes course! The explorers worked really well in a team to get each member through the various parts of the high ropes course. As a photo speaks 1000 words, here are a selection photos to demonstrate just how...

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Activities

De Kluis has plenty of space and is perfectly equipped to deliver an excellent programme of outdoor activities. We also recommend you take advantage of Belgium's excellent transport links (both train and bus) and head out to explore the local area during your stay.

Activities Include...

  • Swimming
  • Forest biking
  • Pioneering poles
  • Tree-top assault course
  • Climbing wall
  • Hiking
  • Day trip to Bruges
  • Day trip to Brussels
  • Day trip to Leuven
  • Walibi Theme Park
Meals

Prices are based on a self-catering option and all equipment is provided.

Prices
Depart UK Accommodation Board basis Days/Nights Price per person
Sat 29th July 2017 Tents Self-catering 8/7 £254
Sat 5th Aug 2017 Tents Self-catering 8/7 £244
Sat 12th Aug 2017 Tents Self-catering 8/7 £244
Sat 19th Aug 2017 Tents Self-catering 8/7 £254

What's Included

Free Regional Pick Ups
  • Return coach journey on a 49 seat executive coach on our unique shuttle programme
  • Free regional pick-up for groups of 20 passengers or more in England and Wales, and 40 or more passengers in Scotland.
  • Euro Tunnel crossings Folkestone / Calais / Folkestone
  • 7 nights’ accommodation in tents provided by Venture Abroad
  • All camping equipment
  • Onsite representative services
  • Full tour and itinerary planning
  • 1 x drawstring bag per passenger
  • Luggage labels for the group
  • VAT (at current rate) on tour operator’s margin (non-reclaimable)
  • No currency surcharges (guaranteed upon confirmation of booking)
  • The reassurance of an externally audited safety management system and the security of our 24-hour emergency contact service throughout your tour

Every group will receive our brand new Fun Files Booklet free of charge – find out more!

Sample Itinerary

This sample of tour days in Belgium is provided as an example only, as inspiration for your discussions with your group.

Day 1: The excitement begins as soon as you set off for Belgium and, after arriving in Calais, there's not long to go until you're settling into camp. Get to know your surroundings quickly as you attempt the onsite orienteering course and meet your VA Rep.

Day 2: Take the train from Sint-Joris-Weert to the nearby university town of Leuven and visit the Scout Museum which is only open on Sundays. Leuven is a beautiful town with an extremely well maintained town centre. Admire the impressive gothic Town Hall (which houses the information bureau) and St. Peters Church which are both located in the Great Market Square, and wander along the many narrow streets, packed with shops, bars, cafes and restaurants. Spend the afternoon at the indoor climbing and caving centre, bowling centre or swimming pool. (Minimum age: 17 yrs).

Day 3: Spend a day exploring the activities on site and try your hand at the Adventure Ropes Course and BMX course.

Adventure Ropes Course
Teamwork is the key to a successful session high up in the tree tops at De Kluis Scout Centre. Your group will be shown the ropes by a qualified instructor before heading onto the course where the adventure begins. There are a number of different parts to the tree top course, each posing an exciting challenge! All necessary equipment is provided and instructors speak good English.

Guided BMX course
Take part in a brand new activity on site. Follow your guide through the forested area at De Kluis and enjoy the thrills and spills of the exhilarating track. All necessary equipment is provided and instructors speak good English.

Day 4: Take the train or bus to the beautiful city of Bruges, where you can visit the diamond museum or taste some of the famous Belgian chocolate at Choco-Story. After shopping, gaze with awe at the stunning architecture on a canal cruise, or being guided through the city by bike, stay in town for your evening meal.

Day 5: De Kluis is set in 20 acres of forest with plenty of hiking trails from the site. Why not hire mountain bikes and discover the surrounding area on two wheels or don your boots and go by foot. There is a total of 30 km of bike trails round the site that will keep the fittest of you occupied. You can obtain maps of the area from reception for free.

Day 6: Pay your respects today to those who fought in World War One as you visit the battlefields and memorials of Ypres and the Somme. This is an emotional visit which can be combined with a trip to the Menin Gate in Ypres to witness the Last Post Ceremony which has been held at 8.00pm, every evening since the end of the war.

Day 7: Visit a Belgian theme park – either Brupark or Walibi.

Day 8: Say goodbye to your camp as you pack up and head home.

Accommodation Belgium

De Kluis consists of 20 campsites spread over 35 hectares of forest and Venture Abroad has the exclusive use of one campsite throughout the summer months. With wash rooms, tents and cooking facilities all provided on-site for your exclusive use all you really need to bring with you is your sense of adventure and fun.

 

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