Fascinating Flanders - 7 Days

Fascinating Flanders - 7 Days

Brussels & Antwerp

Day 1 : Arrive Brussels

Check in and the rest of the day is free for you to explore this city armed with your One-day Hop On Hop Off Pass. You get on and off at any of the stops an unlimited number of times for 24 hours after first use. On presentation of your ticket: discount in museums and other sights. Sights: Park Royal, Park Theater, Belgian Federal Parliament, Palace of the Academy, Royal Palace, Dynasty museum, equestrian statue of Godfrey de Bouillon, Royal museums of Fine Arts, Old England, museum of Musical instruments. Overnight in Brussels.

Day 2 : Brussels

Wake up to breakfast this morning and proceed to Mini Europe an absolute must experience once you are in Brussels. It is located at the foot of the Atomium, its the only park where you can have a whitlestop tour around Europe in a few short hours. A truly unique voyage ! Stroll amid the typical ambiance of the most beautiful towns of the Old Continent. The incomparable chimes of Big Ben welcome you to the heart of London. The gondolas and mandolins will invite you to discover the charms of Venice. Follow the T.G.V. from Paris to the other end of France. You can make the models work yourself: the eruption of Vesuvius, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the bullfight in Seville and many more. In total 300 models and sites in a quite unequalled craftsmanship. Overnight in Brussels.

Day 3 : Brussels - Trip to Brugges & Ghent

Its time to wake up, have breakfast and proceed to admire the Grand Architecture of Brugge. After an hours drive we arrive in Ghent, where we visit St. Bavos Cathedral, home of the world famous Mystic Lamb painting. During the city tour you will see all the important buildings from the Middle Ages, such as the Belfry, St Nicholas Church - The tower of this church is one of the marvelous "three towers" in the heart of Ghent (the others being the Belfort and the tower of St. Bavos Cathedral) it is one of the oldest churches in Ghent and the Earls Castle. In Brugge, we visit the Lake of Love and the Beguinage. Afterwards we start our walking tour and discover the Church of Our Lady with the statue by Michaelangelo, the Market Square with its belfry and the Holy Blood Chapel. There is a lot of walking so please wear comfortable shoes. St Bavos Cathedral is closed on Sundays. After the 9.5hrs trip you are back in Brussels. Overnight in Brussels

Day 4 : Brussels - Antwerp

Wake up to breakfast this morning and make your way to the station to take the train to Antwerp - Belgiums "second city" which has a personality and pace that make it a favorite destination of both regional folks and tourists and which is just 40 mins away. Conveniently located next door is the Antwerp Zoo, where lions, zebras and other exotics live in Art Nouveau surroundings designed more than 150 years ago. Antwerp has many excellent churches too, and its most famous areSint-Jacobskerk, burial place of Rubens; Sint-Pauluskerk, repository of stunning sculptures and paintings by Flemish masters; and the towering Cathedral of Our Lady, the largest church in the Low Countries. Since Antwerps earliest beginnings were as a port city, no visit is complete without a trip to the Maritime Museum. Overnight in Antwerp.

Day 5 : Antwerp

Day is free to explore the city on your own and do some great shopping. Antwerp is a shopping destination for fashion-conscious Belgians. Even residents of Brussels travel here to buy the hippest vintage clothes or newest designer fashions. Naughty 1 and Fish & Chips are popular for retro and club fashions, while Anna Heylen and Ann Demeulemeester specialize in modern elegance. Antwerps other big commodity is diamonds. More than 80% of the worlds uncut stones pass through the city at one time or another. Absent any middleman, Antwerps workshops sell loose stones and handcrafted jewellery at rock-bottom prices. Especially prized is a local innovation - the "Antwerp cut" - which is said to give diamonds added sparkle and radiance. Antwerp has a youthful vitality that can be seen in its many lively bars and clubs and visitors can enjoy live music and dancing along with traditional entertainment, opera and theatre. Dining out is also a pleasure with numerous restaurants and stylish cafes serving up local Flemish and international cuisine and desserts containing famous Belgian chocolate.

Day 6 : Antwerp - Trip to Leuven & Mechelen (Suggestion)

After breakfast we suggest you to take a trip to Leuven which is 50 mins away by train. Leuven - for centuries this has been Flanders biggest student city. Leuven contains two UNESCO World Heritage Sites; the Groot Begijnhof (Grand Beguinage) is part of the Flemish Beguinages. The Belfry on St Peters Church is a part of the Belfries of Belgium and France. Visit the University Library - huge sculpture of a dead beetle on a needle in front of it, Fonske, the "fountain of wisdom", on the Fochplein, Old Market, filled with bars and restaurants (Oude Markt) and you can then take a train and continue to Mechelen which is 20 mins away from Leuven. Mechelen is apt mainly for families with kids as you can visit The Toy Museum at Nekkerspoel and the animal park Planckendael in Muizen& The Kruidtuin or "Botanique" inner city park with marble statue of the world famous 16th century herbalist Rembert Dodoens alias Dodonæus; the wooded Vrijbroek recreational park with around June its outstanding Rose Gardens and in summer its Dahlia Garden; the Tivoli Park with Childrens Farm. Many churches can be visited one of which is The Sint- St. Rumbolds Cathedral with its dominating tower (UNESCO World Heritage ID 943-016); the Sint-Janskerk (Church of St. John the Evangelist) exhibits The Adoration of the Magi and the Kerk van Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-over-de-Dijle (Church of Our Lady across the river Dijle the former Jesuit church Sint-Pieter enPauluskerk (Saints Peter and Paul). Back to Antwerp late evening which is 20 mins away from Antwerp. Overnight at Antwerp

Day 7 : Depart Antwerp

Wake up to breakfast this morning and its time for you to pack your bag and leave for the Train Station to take your train from Antwerp to Brussels airport which is around 1 hour journey with a change of train at Brussels Nord to catch your flight back. Rest assured your suitcase would have become heavier with the wonderful experiences you have had whilst here!

Inclusions

• 3 Nights stay in Brussels at Best Western City Centre Brussels 3* or similar.
• 3 Nights stay in Antwerp at Keyserlei 3* or similar.
• Daily breakfast.
• Hop On Hop Off - City tour in Brussels.
• Mini Europe Ticket.
• Day trip to Brugge& Ghent from Brussels on seat in coach basis.
• Train ticket from Brussels - Antwerp - Brussels (2nd cls).

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