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A Short Break in Bruges

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Immerse yourself in historic Bruges

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2020 Tour code: 20BGB

Itinerary

Day 1 - London to Bruges

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.

To Bruges
Day 2 - Exploring Bruges

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.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Bruges
Day 3 - The Belgium of WWI

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.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Tyne Cot Cemetery
Day 4 - Return to London

Depart Bruges by coach and travel across the French border to Lille, where you will join the Eurostar service back to London.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Return to London