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.
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).
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.
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.