Flemish Masters

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 – Antwerp

Board our private executive coach at your designated pick up points – take the cross Channel ferry from your preferred port – continue to the 4* Leopold Hotel in Antwerp – dinner in the hotel.

Day 2 – Antwerp guided tour, Rubens House & Museum Mayer van den Bergh

Full day in Antwerp – guided city tour of the Great Market Square, Town Hall, Butchers Guild House and the Cathedral of our Lady – guided tour of Rubens House, the former house of Peter Rubens from 1616 until his death in 1640, introduces us to his life and works including his self-portrait, ‘Adam and Eve in Paradise’, ‘Henry IV in the battle for Paris’ and a portrait of Sir Anthony Van Dyck as a boy – guided tour of the Museum Mayer van den Bergh, home to a collection of paintings, sculpture, pottery, porcelain, stained glass, manuscripts, coins and tapestries from antiquity until 1800 including the ‘Dulle Griet’ by Pieter Bruegel the Elder.

Day 3 – Brussels guided tour & Museum of Ancient Art

Guided coach tour of Brussels taking in the city’s main districts including the Grand Place, the Royal District and the Louise District – guided tour of the Museum of Ancient Art, housing a vast collection of paintings, sculptures and drawings from the 15th to the 18th century including an internationally renowned Rubens collection.

Day 4 – Ghent guided tour & Ghent Museum of Fine Arts

Full day in Ghent, once the ancient capital of Flanders and birthplace of Emperor Charles V and boasting more historical buildings than any other Flemish city – guided city tour taking in sights such as the Bridge of St Michael, the Belfry, the Cloth Hall and Van Eyck’s ‘The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’ at St Bavo Cathedral – guided tour of the collection of the Ghent Museum of Fine Arts with works ranging from 19th century Realism, Romanticism, Impressionism, Symbolism and Expressionism to 20th century Surrealism including two works by Hieronymus Bosch.

Day 5 – Palais des Beaux-Arts, Lille

Travel to Lille for a guided tour of the Palais des Beaux-Arts, considered by many to be one of France’s most important galleries – continue for our Channel crossing back to the UK and then return to our original departure points with comfort stops en route.

Tour Features

4* Antwerp hotel

Welcome dinner

All excursions & guided tours included

Professional local guide in Belgium

Executive coach throughout

Return Channel ferry crossings

One free place per 10 paying passengers

Antwerp - guided tour

Rubens House

Museum Mayer van den Bergh - guided tour

Brussels - guided tour

Museum of Ancient Art - guided tour

Ghent - guided tour

Ghent Museum of Fine Arts - guided tour

Palais des Beaux-Arts, Lille - guided tour

Hotel

Four nights at the 4* Leopold Hotel in Antwerp. Located a twenty minute walk from the cathedral, the hotel has a bar and all rooms are en suite. Dinner is served in the hotel on the first evening and the remaining nights are on bed and breakfast basis.

Tailor-make this tour

Your tailor made tour

Here are some more suggested places of interest:

  • World War I anniversary tour - a full day with a specialist battlefield guide takes us to some of the sights and monuments that formed part of the infamous Ypres Salient in Belgium finishing at the deeply moving ‘Last Post’ Ceremony under the Menin Gate
  • Rockox House, Antwerp - the 17th century home of Antwerp mayor, Nicolaas Rockox, a friend of Rubens, contains a fine collection of paintings by artists such as van der Weyden, Memling, van Eyck, Rubens and van Dyck
  • Guided tour of Bruges - Bruges’ historic city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and known as the ‘Venice of the North’

 

Tour Reviews

Reviews for Flemish Masters

Date of tour: September 2015

An excellent trip. We have all come back enthused and refreshed, though many are saying they can’t remember which cathedral goes with which town! It was a very packed visit, but it was a taster of the locations. The journeys both ways were good. The driver was excellent friendly and unfazed and his driving was smooth and efficient. Terence, our tour manager, was his usual excellent self. The hotel was excellent and enjoyed by everyone. It was well situated and the evening meal was good. The staff were very friendly helpful and accommodating. The breakfasts were superb especially with a fresh orange squeezing machine! All in all one of our best trips, and the patience and efficient support of Becca in your office was key.

JB, Bishop’s Cleeve

Date of tour: September 2013

Thank you for wonderfully organised trip last week. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute and saw a good deal that I had not seen before. I do hope that you did not feel in any daunted by the presence of someone who had lived in Antwerp for five years. All the credit is due to you but you were backed up by a great team. The coach arrangements were superb. Paul could not have been more obliging. The local guides were excellent too. I thought they all struck the right note in the galleries of talking in some detail about a few paintings, rather than rushing us through at three or four pictures per minute! I liked the hotel very much but found the attitude of the bar staff disappointing. Once again, thank you for all you did to make everything go well.

RK, Leamington Spa

Date of tour: June 2012

We got back from our Flemish Art Tour and Floriade trip on Friday evening and I must say that a wonderful time was had by all! All the arrangements went without a hitch: the Club Class on the ferry was a great success, our coach driver was patient and most caring of our safety and the hotel was lovely too. We enjoyed all we saw – we could have done with more time at Lille but I’m not sure how we could have fitted that in. I wanted to thank you very, very much for all the time and planning you put into our tour - overall it worked a treat and our party had a thoroughly good time.

MF, Bristol

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Remember this is just our suggestion. Every one of our tours is exclusively for your group and your group alone so each one can be tailor made to suit the interests and profile of your members. You could:

  • travel by Eurostar
  • stay at a 3* or 5* hotel
  • with more (or less) dinners included
  • for more (or fewer) days
  • include different excursions – see ‘Tailor-make this tour’ tab for suggestions
  • bring a specialist lecturer
  • include all entrance fees & gratuities

 

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