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The Christmas Markets of Bruges & Lille

(Tour code: 17GHM)A superb Christmas Markets short break by train

Savour the delights of two wonderful European cities - medieval Bruges and bustling Lille - and their enchanting Christmas Markets. Discover delicious local flavours and festive gifts for friends and family back home.

Tour Highlights
  • Bruges and a guided walking tour
  • Visit to a Bruges chocolate maker
  • Bruges' Christmas Market
  • Lille and its Christmas Market
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Standard Class Rail
  • Breakfast Every Day
    3 Nights' Hotel Accommodation
  • Optional Bag Concierge

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

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Day 1

To Bruges

Travel from London St Pancras to Lille on the Eurostar service today. From here, continue your journey by coach to Bruges and the Ibis Brugge Centrum, where on arrival you enjoy a glass of mulled wine.

Day 2


This morning discover Bruges, its rich past and ancient architecture during a guided walking tour. Having originally prospered as a port, many of Bruges' beautiful buildings have been preserved, and the city's historic centre is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Following the tour, experience one of the country's favourite exports with a visit to an artisan chocolate maker.

The rest of the day is free for you to spend in Bruges. The city is truly wonderful at Christmas, as the centre of Bruges is transformed by the small but captivating Christmas Market. The stalls offer a variety of treats, including unusual handmade decorations, gifts, chocolates and lace as well as brightly coloured sweets. Following your shopping, you may wish to enjoy a warming glass of mulled wine, a mouthwatering Belgian waffle, or to relax in one of the intimate tea rooms.

  • Breakfast
  • Guided City Tour
  • Chocolate Maker Visit
Day 3

At leisure

You are free to spend today as you wish. You could visit some of the city's well-known art museums, many of which celebrate works by Belgian and Flemish painters such as Jan van Eyck.

  • Breakfast
  • Free Day
Day 4

Lille and homeward bound

Depart Bruges today and travel by coach to Lille where you will enjoy free time to visit its many attractions including the Christmas Market. Perhaps sample the chestnut and hazelnut doughnuts and the reviving hot spiced apple cider, or take a ride on the Ferris Wheel for great views over the city. Held in the Place Rihour, Lille's small Christmas Market features arts, crafts, decorations and local cuisine. The city is illuminated for the festivities; the bright Christmas lights create a walkway down the Rue Nationale, making it a delight to wander around. After time to explore, take the Eurostar back to London St Pancras.

  • Breakfast
  • Lille Christmas Market

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.


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