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Bruges & Brussels Christmas Markets

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Advent in Belgium

Two magical cities dressed for the season, their markets overflowing with traditional gifts and more than a few delicious chocolate treats make this a wonderful Christmas break!

Join us for a special festive trip based in fairy-tale medieval Bruges, the famous Belgian ‘Chocolate and Lace’ city, with its canals and cobblestones, medieval bell towers and romantic ‘Lake of Love’. Bruges’ popular Christmas Market is the place to find unusual gifts, Christmas decorations and tasty Christmas delicacies – especially chocolate-flavoured varieties! You’ll also enjoy a guided tour of Belgian capital Brussels, where a festive fair takes place in the historic Grand Place and the surrounding medieval streets. 

What does this price include?

  • Three nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation at the centrally located Ibis Brugge Centrum or Hotel de’ Medici
  • Return flights to Brussels or Eurostar™ to Bruges via Brussels
  • Included city tours of Bruges and Brussels
  • Coach travel and transfers throughout
  • Fully escorted by an experienced, friendly tour manager

Your Itinerary

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  • Fly to Brussels from your chosen airport and meet your tour manager for a transfer to your hotel in Bruges. Alternatively, you may take the super-fast Eurostar train from London’s St Pancras International or Ebbsfleet International Station, through the Channel Tunnel to Brussels, then on by train to Bruges, and transfer upon arrival to your hotel.

    The rest of the day is free to spend as you wish, perhaps heading to a local restaurant for dinner, or spending the evening soaking up the atmosphere in one of the city’s many traditional pubs and cafés.

  • Enjoy an included city tour of exquisite Bruges, one of the most enchanting places in all of Europe, especially when dressed for the festive season. Get into the Christmas spirit as you explore the centrally located Market Square, which boasts an ice rink and Christmas market stalls selling all manner of seasonal specialities – don't pass on waffles or warming glühwein during your visit. Of course, Bruges is famous for its chocolates and lace, and there will be plenty of 'stocking-filler' ideas to tempt you.

    After a fun-filled day of exploring the Christmas Markets, spend your evening at leisure, perhaps making the brief five-minute walk back to Market Square for dinner.

  • This morning journey to Brussels for an included city tour. The Belgian capital is full of cheer at Christmas time, with the city's celebrated festive market a-buzz with locals and visitors alike. Browse the wonderfully decorated wooden chalets for unusual gift ideas, yuletide decorations and local delicacies, and at nightfall, enjoy a spectacular son et lumière lightshow on the famous Grand Place surrounded by a maze of narrow, cobbled streets.

    Return to spend a last evening in Bruges, perhaps dining out at a local restaurant.

  • Bid farewell to your hosts after a memorable festive break in Belgium. Transfer back to either Brussels Airport or Bruges Train Station to begin your return journey.

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Hotels

Ibis Brugge Centrum, Bruges

The Ibis Brugge Centrum boasts an excellent location in the historic centre of the city, just 950 yards away from the Market Square.

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Hotel de'Medici, Bruges

This four-star hotel stands in an excellent location on the banks of one of Bruges’ most romantic canals, just a 10-minute walk away from the historic Market Square.

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Further Information

  • The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. 

  • This holiday only includes hand luggage on your flights. Additional hold luggage allowance can be purchased direct from the airline when you check in for your flight.

  • We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

  • Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.

  • 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.

  • New rules now apply on travel within Europe.

    Note that these new rules do NOT apply when travelling within the United Kingdom or to the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland. You do require government issued ID when travelling by air though.

    New rules apply when travelling to European Union countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The following are useful guidelines which will help you prepare for your next adventure:

    Passport
    British passport holders need to have at least six months validity left on their passport and it needs to be less than ten years old. These rules do not apply to travel to Ireland where you can continue to use your passport as long as it’s valid for the length of your stay.
    Visa
    If you’re a tourist, you do not need a visa for short trips to most EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. You’ll be able to stay for up to 90 days in any rolling 180-day period. Different rules will apply to Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania; if you visit these countries, visits to other EU countries will not count towards the 90-day total. Travel to Ireland will not change and stays there will not count towards the 90-day total.
    Border Control
    At border control, you may need to show proof of your return journey - your travel documentation issued by us will be sufficient for this. You will also need to use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens if manual checks are required.
    Healthcare Cover
    You should always get appropriate travel insurance with healthcare cover before you go abroad which covers pre-existing conditions. You should understand the terms and conditions of your travel insurance and be happy with its cover for healthcare and travel disruption. Newmarket sell a comprehensive travel insurance policy. Ask our travel consultants for more information.

    The current European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) remains valid although when this expires you will need to apply for a UK Global Heath Insurance Card (GHIC) which lets you get urgent state healthcare in Europe at a reduced cost or sometimes for free. Note both EHIC and GHIC are only valid in EU countries and not in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
    Mobile Roaming
    It seems currently unlikely that roaming charges will be introduced by UK providers when visiting the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Prior to travel though, please do check with your phone operator for the most up to date information.
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