Medieval Bruges, with its beautiful setting, is host to one of the most famous Christmas markets in Belgium. Bruges' Grote Markt and tree-lined Simon Stevinplein are adorned with a fairytale scene of pretty wooden chalets. In the picturesque Grote Markt, the chalets are arranged around a sparkling ice rink overlooked by the medieval belfry. The market at Simon Stevinplein is a short walk away and smaller than that in the Grote Markt but nonetheless populated with pretty market stalls selling original gifts.
Two full days to explore Brugge, Visit to Ypres.
After collection from your home we make our way to Folkestone for our Eurotunnel crossing to Calais and on to Bruges where after check-in, if time allows you are free to explore this medieval city.
Have a full day at leisure to explore this attractive city of Brugge. The Christmas markets are held on Market Square with traditional stalls selling gifts and speciality foods, and an ice-skating rink for the adventurous. Life in Bruges centres on the market square which is overlooked by the Belfry Tower, the most imposing in Belgium (please note: there are over 300 steps to the summit of the Belfry). The massive tower dates back to the 13th century and the view from the top looks out over all of Bruges and its surroundings.
After breakfast we travel to Ypres for a day at leisure. Once a medieval trading centre, Ypres is a city with a long and rich history. During the First World War, Ypres was largely reduced to rubble, the city was rebuilt with a respect for the past. The Christmas market in Ypres consists of chalets where vendors sell winter clothing, a wide selection of beer, and plenty of food and hot gluhwine. Shops selling local products, including local and novelty beer, are at every step. There are also plenty of restaurants and cafes nearby.
Spend another full day in Bruges exploring the city's canals and maze of atmospheric cobbled streets. Well known for its chocolate shops see how many of the 49 shops you can spot as you stroll through the centre of the town. Why not enjoy a 30 minute carriage ride along Bruges' historic winding streets with expert commentary from your coachman? (Not included) Alternatively, see the beauty of Bruges from the water with a 30 minute boat trip on the canals around the city (Not included).
It's time to head home - make sure you bring all your Christmas gifts with you! We make our way back to Calais for our Eurotunnel crossing back to Folkestone. Making comfort stops en route before arriving home.
|Hotel:||Academie Hotel, Brugge|
|Basis:||Bed & Breakfast|
|Price:||£399 per person sharing|