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Belgium - De Kluis

*prices based on a minimum 40 passengers per departure

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.

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!

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

Goodbye De Kluis, back in 2014?

Posted on 3 September 2012, Category: De-kluis

So, I just said goodbye to the very last group of the season! And what a great last few days they had. Both groups spent the last day at Walibi. Yeovil spent the day in the theme park, whilst Titan were in the water park, Aqualibi. Just like Dronfield Explrers, Titan spent the majority of...

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Already half way through that last week!

Posted on 29 August 2012, Category: De-kluis

Already half way through my last week, the summer has gone ridiculously fast. the two new groups Yeovil District Explorer Scouts and Titan Explorer Scout Unit from West London arrived Saturday, although the holiday journey for Yeovil started on Friday evening. The Yeovil explorers travelled up to London to stay overnight in Titans’ scout hall. After a pizza dinner,...

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As we enter the final week of the season…

Posted on 25 August 2012, Category: De-kluis

So the past few days have  been just as busy for both groups. On Wednesday, the Guides visited Brussels for the day and combined the hop on, hop off City Bus Tour with a lot of waffles. The Scouts thoroughly enjoyed their hike and canoe, and it really did leave them exhausted – although that didn’t stop them...

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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
  • Canoeing
  • Indoor caving
  • Day trip to Bruges
  • Day trip to Brussels
  • Day trip to Leuven
  • Walibi Theme Park

A MUST IN 2014...

A WWI Battlefields Experience!

WWI Centenary Logo

2014–2018 marks the centenary of WWI and your group can commemorate this with a trip to the battlefields of Ypres. Lay a poppy wreath as a mark of respect, attend the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate or walk the reconstructed trenches at the newly refurbished Passchendaele Experience.

 

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
Saturday 12th July 2014 Tents Self-catering 8/7 £199
Saturday 19th July 2014 Tents Self-catering 8/7 £199
Saturday 26th July 2014 Tents Self-catering 8/7 £209
Saturday 2nd Aug 2014 Tents Self-catering 8/7 £199
Saturday 9th Aug 2014 Tents Self-catering 8/7 £199
Saturday 16th Aug 2014 Tents Self-catering 8/7 £199
Saturday 23rd Aug 2014 Tents Self-catering 8/7 £209

What's Included

  • Return coach journey on a 49 seat executive coach on our unique shuttle programme
  • Pick up from your preferred departure point within 250 miles from Folkestone based on a minimum group size of 40 passengers
  • Euro Tunnel crossings Folkestone / Calais / Folkestone
  • 7 nights’ accommodation in tents provided by Venture Abroad
  • All camping equipment
  • Onsite representative services for Venture Abroad Groups
  • Full tour and itinerary planning
  • 1 x drawstring bag per passenger
  • Luggage labels for the group plus payment cards on request
  • 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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