2nd – 5th December 2022
Christmas markets started on the Continent and they really know how to do them! You’ll find colourful displays and stalls adorned with lights, a host of seasonal culinary delights, carefully crafted trinkets and decorations as well as merry go-rounds, ice-rinks and Nativity scenes. Such a magical time awaits.
Aside from the festivities that line the streets, Bruges and Ghent are packed with culture and history and there is plenty to see and do. As well as these fantastic cities, you will make an evening visit to Ypres where you’ll find the Menin Gate which bears the names of 54,896 British and Commonwealth soldiers who lost their lives with no known grave. At 8pm every evening, you can pay your respects at the Last Post Ceremony.
Prices are per paying passenger and based on 2 people sharing a twin room and a minimum of 30 paying passengers. Single rooms are available at a supplement.
Pick up in Central London. Arrive in Belgium in time for dinner at your accommodation.
After a leisurely start to the day, you will head off to the charming historical city of Ghent. Here, over 100 festive stalls and chalets are spread out from Sint-Baafsplein in areas such as the Botermarkt,and Klein Turkije, to the end of the Korenmarkt. Wander among the stalls selling snacks and drinks, decorative and craft items, taking in the festive sights and why not sample a warming gluhwein? From St. Michael’s bridge there is a wonderful view of the skyline of Ghent, which includes the three impressive towers of St. Nicholas’ Church and Sint Baafs Cathedral with its elaborate stone and marble naves.
This evening is a chance to pay respect in Ypres, and see the moving Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate.
Today you will head to the charming medieval city of Bruges. Bruges boasts quite a unique magic at this time of year, with its stunning buildings including the Gothic clock, town halls and medieval belfry that dominate the main square which will be beautifully illuminated and dressed in festive garlands. You will have free time to explore the Christmas Markets, which are magnificently brought to life, offering an assortment of handmade gifts, decorations, and food, including a tempting array of Belgian chocolates made especially for Christmas.
Enjoy breakfast at your accommodation before departing for home. Drop off in central London.
This modern 4 star hotel is located just outside the pleasant Belgian town of Roeselare, only a short drive from Bruges, Ghent and Ypres. Each of the 87 stylish, modern bedrooms are spacious and equipped with a TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. There is a large, bright restaurant and bar area with floor to ceiling windows as well as an outside seating area.
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