Immerse yourself in historic Bruges
Immerse yourself in historic Bruges, the medieval port town that has retained much of its striking architecture. Enjoy fine Belgian chocolate and step back in time to when the area was dominated by the First World War.
Meet in Rail Discoveries' dedicated Departure Office at London St Pancras International before travelling by Eurostar to Lille followed by an onward coach journey to Bruges, a charming city with a picture postcard centre. On arrival, check in to your hotel, the Ibis Brugge Centrum, where you will spend the next three nights.
Set off on a guided tour of Bruges which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000, and as you walk through the winding cobbled alleys and alongside romantic canals, it is easy to see why. Your tour begins at a famous artisan chocolate maker's in the heart of the city, where you have a chance to observe how the delicious confectionery is made. You will then go on explore many reminders of its prosperous past, as much of its medieval architecture has been preserved, as you explore with your guide. Continue wandering its secret nooks and crannies during some free time this afternoon.
Today's excursion begins in the tiny western Belgian village of Passchendaele, site of one of the most controversial battles of World War One - the Third Battle of Ypres. Here you make a moving visit to the museum, erected to commemorate the 500,000 fallen allied soldiers. Continue to Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest Commonwealth war memorial and cemetery in the world as well as Hill 60, where it's still possible to see a preserved section of the German front line trenches. This evening transfer to the Menin Gate in nearby Ypres to witness the tradition of the Last Post ceremony, played every day at 8pm by the volunteer fire brigade.
Depart Bruges by coach and travel across the French border to Lille, where you will join the Eurostar service back to London.
Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.
Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.
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Excellent visits itinerary with really knowledgeable guides made this short break a very memorable one.
We had a lovely holiday. However we were in Bruges on Monday when some places close for the day - then in Passchendale on Tuesday when some places close for the day. Would have been good to swap those days.
The travel manage was excellent. The hotel good, transport and tur bus very good. The organised tours on the second day were very well done and the local tour guide very good indeed.
Short break to Bruges, well thought out tour. Most enjoyable.
It was well organised and very informative.
We were very happy our overall holiday, it was exactly as stated in brochure, just what we were looking for, our courier was friendly , informative , always at hand to help, the hotel breakfast was very good. we throughly enjoyed it. and would recommend the trip Couple of problems to bring to your attention We had problem with coach not arriving on time, causing couple of hours wait at Lille before onward journey to Brugge, we were very disappointed with our hotel room which was closely overlooked by other rooms,) window could not be opened or closed due to heavy curtain, which when closed, hung down over a shelf , making very small shelf space impossible to use, so very frustrating we felt a window blind would have made our stay much easier. hanging space too small for double room , nowhere to hang outside coats, We would have asked to be moved to another room if our stay had been longer,
I enjoyed the holiday.Due to admin. problems we were sranded on Lille Station for two hours no refreshments available the bar was closed.Security came to check our being there.This was not a good start to a short break.A friend had booked the holiday because I was going and I felt I had let her in for a poor experience.The party was too many in number .The hotel was good also the local guides.
Lovely short break to Bruges and Ypres and Menin Gate. Very smooth journey on Eurostar. Hotel clean and central. Caroline, tour guide very friendly and professional. Have booked another trip next year. Highly recommended.
Well organised. Very enjoyable and Ros was delightful.
Enjoyed the whole experience, nice people, good hotel and I was able to see everything I had planed.
Immerse yourself in historic Bruges