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Brussels, Bruges and Ghent Christmas Markets

Discover the Christmas markets of Belgium

Visit a trio of Belgium's most famous cities and soak up all the magic of their enchanting Christmas markets on this great-value weekend break. Begin in Ghent, one of Europe's best kept secrets, home to more listed buildings than any other Belgian city. Continue to Brussels, where traditional wooden chalets offer a wealth of festive gifts, and finish in Bruges, strolling along its quaint cobbled streets past medieval architecture and a picturesque network of canals.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • Half-day visits to Brussels, Ghent and Bruges Christmas Markets
  • Two nights' bed and continental breakfast accommodation in a three-star standard hotel in the Brussels area
  • Return Channel crossings
  • Coach travel throughout
  • The services of a friendly Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Itinerary

Day One

Leaving your pick-up in the early morning, we travel to the port, cross the Channel and continue to our hotel in the Brussels area, with a stop en route for an early evening meal (payable locally).

Day Two

After a leisurely breakfast we'll head to Ghent, a beautifully preserved medieval city, where stunning architecture, a 12th-century castle, beautiful waterways and quaint cobbled streets provide a wonderful backdrop for the Christmas market in Sint-Baafsplein. Browse the seasonally-decorated wooden huts selling trinkets and traditional fare, stroll along Graslei past the historic guild houses and enjoy the breathtaking wintry cityscape at St Michael's Bridge.

During the mid afternoon, we'll head to the centre of Brussels to explore the sights of the capital city and its much-celebrated Christmas Markets. Follow the path through the Grand Place, around the Bourse and up to the Marche aux Poissons; discover the sights of the old town, such as picturesque Rue des Bouchers, Saint Hubert Galleries and the cheeky Manneken Pis; and don't miss the Sound and Light Show on the Grand Place. Enjoy an early evening meal (payable locally) before we return to the hotel in the mid evening.

Day Three

After breakfast, we check out of the hotel and make our way to Bruges. Here, the popular Christmas Market, held on the Simonsteven Plein in the heart of the old town, offers an assortment of beautifully wrapped Belgian chocolates, colourful sweets and handmade Christmas decorations. After some time to explore Bruges' gorgeous, fairy-tale streets, we'll make our way back to the port for our return crossing, arriving back at your pick-up point by the late evening.

Departure county Pick-up points
Berkshire
Berkshire Reading
Bristol
Bristol Bristol
Cornwall
Cornwall Liskeard, Penzance, Saltash
Devon
Devon Exmouth, Plymouth
Dorset
Dorset Christchurch, Poole, Shaftesbury
East Sussex
East Sussex Brighton, Eastbourne
Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire Gloucester, Stroud
Gwent
Gwent Abergavenny
Hampshire
Hampshire Andover, Basingstoke, Eastleigh, Farnborough, Southampton
Kent
Kent Bexleyheath, Bromley, Canterbury, Deal, Gravesend, Herne Bay, Maidstone, Margate, Ramsgate, Rochester, Sevenoaks
London
London Ealing, Eltham, Streatham
Mid Glamorgan
Mid Glamorgan Bridgend, Sarn Services M4, Swansea
Middlesex
Middlesex Feltham, Harrow
Oxfordshire
Oxfordshire Oxford
South Glamorgan
South Glamorgan Cardiff
Somerset
Somerset Bath, Taunton, Weston Super Mare, Yeovil
Surrey
Surrey Croydon, Woking
West Sussex
West Sussex Horsham
West Glamorgan
West Glamorgan Swansea City
Wiltshire
Wiltshire Amesbury, Swindon

Three-star Brussels Area Hotel ★★★

You will be staying in a three-star standard hotel in the Brussels area. All rooms offer private facilities, a TV and a telephone.

Further Information

Meet at port option

To give you greater flexibility and allow you to travel on the date that suits you best, you may like to meet the coach at Folkestone Services (called Stop 24) on the M20, which is just a five-minute drive from the Channel Tunnel and a 15-minute drive from Dover. If you wish to do this, please select the county 'Kent' and the pick-up point 'Stop 24 Folkestone Services Saltwood' when booking. You will be notified of the exact pick-up location in your Final Travel Details, which you will receive approximately 7-10 days prior to departure. Further information and car parking charges can be found at www.stop24.co.uk

Joining your holiday

Your final travel documents, including the exact time and place of departure, will be sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure, providing all payments have been made. We are unable to give exact departure times before this.

Your journey

Depending on your departure point, you may leave your pick-up point very early in the morning and return very late at the end of the holiday, in order to meet your scheduled Channel crossing. There will also be a stop to transfer you from a feeder coach to your main coach, on both the outward and return journeys.

Coach seating arrangements

Your Tour Manager will have allocated seats for you on the main coach in advance, taking into consideration any special requests wherever possible, and will advise you where to sit as you board the coach. This will be your seat for the duration of the tour. (Seats are not allocated on any connecting services to and from the main coach.)

Meal arrangements

Where meals are not included, your Tour Manager will ensure there are suitable stops made for you to purchase and enjoy lunch and/or dinner each day.

Triple rooms

The majority of these consist of a double bed and an extra bed that is often only suitable for children. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Channel crossings

Where possible, we will cross the Channel by ferry at the beginning and end of your holiday. However, we reserve the right to substitute crossings by Eurotunnel when necessary.

Foreign Office travel advice

Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

Brussels & Bruges Christmas Markets reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Brussels & Bruges Christmas MarketsScores 8.0 out of 10 based on 368 reviews
(8 out of 10)

VALERIE

Stockport Family
Very nice trip Coach very comfortable Hotel a 10 minute walk to a very good railway link Train fare was a good price Our room was clean and roomy
Confirmed traveller: 17 December 2017
Published on: 16 January 2018
(9 out of 10)

MIKE

Stowmarket Couple
Great value
Confirmed traveller: 17 December 2017
Published on: 15 January 2018
(8 out of 10)

GEORGE

Couple
Transfer to main coach, driver given wrong time so arrived early. Hotel at Brussels was comfortable but breakfast was a disaster, with three coaches with staggered sitting-if you could find a seat! juggling for the food and drink which ran out, but was eventually topped up.
Confirmed traveller: 17 December 2017
Published on: 12 January 2018
(8 out of 10)

GEORGE

Liverpool Couple
Visits to Ghent, Brussels and Bruges Christmas markets.
Confirmed traveller: 17 December 2017
Published on: 12 January 2018
(7 out of 10)

SHARON

oswaldtwistle Couple
good value break, shame we missed the ferry that we should have been on, which ment we were later to our hotel
Confirmed traveller: 17 December 2017
Published on: 09 January 2018
(10 out of 10)

LEE

Malvern Couple
Would liked to have spent more time in Ghent, and later in the evening, than Brussels. Had a brilliant time , coach , and coach driver was brilliant. The trip
Confirmed traveller: 17 December 2017
Published on: 09 January 2018
(3 out of 10)

BARRY

Bradford Couple
The distance to walk after leaving the coach,before we reached the markets was so far
that we only managed to walk to one. One we missed altogether and we had to get a taxi to the third. The tour manager went off with the first few off the coach leaving the slower passengers to find there own way So all in all we were very disappointed.
Confirmed traveller: 17 December 2017
Published on: 08 January 2018