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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 2015 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 MUST IN 2015...
A WWI Battlefields Experience!
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.
This is my final blog post :( Over the weekend, the tent team and I took down camp, therefore my time in Belgium is over, I have waved farewell to De Kluis and I am now back in England, getting ready for my next adventure. This summer, the groups have completed a wide variety of...Read more
We had a few technical difficulties from De Kluis last week, but here is an update from what the groups got up to at the end of the week. On Wednesday, 3rd Newbury did the Adventure Ropes course and they absolutely loved it! Meanwhile, 23rd Croydon went to Ypres where they enjoyed their day exploring...Read more
I have had one very busy weekend, saying goodbye to 1st Uddingston Explorers and 1st Fenstanton and Hilton Scouts, they were lovely groups to have on camp, and I hope they enjoyed themselves! I wonder what their highlights were? I loved our day trip to Brugges. On Saturday, we had 23rd Croydon Scouts and 3rd...Read more
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.
- Forest biking
- Pioneering poles
- Tree-top assault course
- Climbing wall
- Indoor caving
- Day trip to Bruges
- Day trip to Brussels
- Day trip to Leuven
- Walibi Theme Park
Prices are based on a self-catering option and all equipment is provided.
|Depart UK||Accommodation||Board basis||Days/Nights||Price per person|
|Sat 23rd July 2016||Tents||Self-catering||8/7||£233|
|Sat 30th July 2016||Tents||Self-catering||8/7||£223|
|Sat 6th Aug 2016||Tents||Self-catering||8/7||£223|
|Sat 13th Aug 2016||Tents||Self-catering||8/7||£223|
|Sat 20th Aug 2016||Tents||Self-catering||8/7||£233|
- 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 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!
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.
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.