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A festive shopping break

Take a short hop across the Channel and visit two of northern Europe's most enjoyable Christmas markets: the enchanting 'Christmas Town' of Arras, with its Flemish Baroque architecture and 1000 years of tradition, and the charming city of Bruges, where cobbled streets and picturesque canals are lined by gorgeous medieval buildings.


Arras Christmas market on the city's Grand Place
Bruges Christmas market, held on the Simon Stevinplein


One night's bed and continental breakfast accommodation in a three-star standard hotel in the Lille area
Return Channel crossings
Coach travel throughout
The services of a friendly Tour Manager

Your Itinerary

Day One: Travel to Paris

Leaving your pick-up point, this morning we'll head to the port for the Channel crossing and the short onward journey to historic Arras. By mid afternoon, we'll arrive at the magnificent Christmas market - the biggest of its kind north of Paris - on the city's Grand Place.

Browse the 130 wooden stalls selling artisan crafts and gifts amid the aroma of mulled wine, traditional sausages and freshly made crepes and waffles. A Ferris wheel, a traditional carousel and an ice rink flanked by Christmas trees offer fun for all the family, while Santa's Grotto keeps the little ones entertained.

Once you've picked up your Christmas gifts, you may like to visit Arras's grand 18th-century cathedral, or the Hotel de Ville with its spiral staircase that leads up to the heady heights of the Belfry. Enjoy an early evening meal (payable locally) before we continue to the hotel for our overnight stay.

Day Two: Visit Bruges before returning home

After breakfast, we'll check out of the hotel and make the short journey to the famous Belgian 'Chocolate and Lace' city of Bruges, with its canals and cobblestones, medieval bell towers and romantic 'Lake of Love.' The city's popular Christmas market, held on the Simon Stevinplein in the heart of the old town, sells an assortment of handmade gifts, Christmas decorations and tasty Christmas delicacies - especially of the chocolate variety!

Wrap up warm and perhaps take a horse-drawn carriage ride along Bruges' medieval streets, or climb the 366 steps of the 13th-century Belfry for stunning views of this fairy-tale city. After time to explore, re-board the coach for the short journey back to the port and our return Channel crossing. We'll arrive back at your pick-up by mid-to-late evening.

Further Information

Meet at port option

To give you greater flexibility, 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

Changes to your itinerary

In order to ensure the smooth operation of your holiday we reserve the right to reverse the itinerary and visit Bruges on Day One.

Coach seating arrangements

Your seats on the main coach will be allocated for you in advance, taking into consideration any special requests wherever possible. Your Tour Manager or driver 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.)

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.

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.

Lille Area Hotel 

You will be staying in a hotel in the Lille area, such as the Kyriad, Novotel or Campanile. All hotels offer comfortable accommodation in rooms with private facilities.
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