The Cities of Flanders

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* Theater Hotel in Antwerp – dinner in the hotel.

Day 2 – Antwerp guided tour, Rubens House & cruise of the Port of Antwerp

Guided tour of Antwerp takes in sights such as the Great Market Square, Town Hall, Butchers’ Guild House and the Cathedral of Our Lady – a guided tour of Rubens House, the former house of Peter Rubens from 1616 until his death in 1640, introduces us to the life and works of Rubens, 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 – a ninety minute cruise through the Port of Antwerp, the second largest port in Europe.

Day 3 – Bruges guided tour & Choco Story

Guided tour of Bruges, famous for lace making, chocolate and its picturesque network of canals and whose historic city centre is included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List – visit Choco Story, a museum dedicated to chocolate – an optional short cruise on the picturesque canals of Bruges to see the city from a different perspective.

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

Guided tour of Ghent, once the ancient capital of Flanders and birthplace of Emperor Charles V, includes a visit St Bavo Cathedral with the famous 24-panel altarpiece ‘The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’ – the collection at Ghent Museum of Fine Arts ranges from 19th century Realism, Romanticism, Impressionism, Symbolism and Expressionism to 20th century Surrealism including two works by Hieronymus Bosch.

Day 5 – Ypres & ‘In Flanders Field’

At Ypres you may choose to visit the arch of the Menin Gate which bears the names of almost 55,000 men lost in First World War and whose bodies were never found – the ‘In Flanders Field’ interactive museum creates an impression of life during the First World War through the use of historical objects, documentary films, audio visual reminders and scale models – 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* hotel

Full programme of included excursions

Welcome dinner

Professional tour manager

Return Channel ferry crossings

Executive coach throughout

One free place per 10 paying passengers

Antwerp - guided tour

Rubens House - guided tour

Cruise of the Port of Antwerp

Bruges - guided tour

Choco Story

Ghent - guided tour

Ghent Museum of Fine Arts

Ypres

‘In Flanders Field’

Hotel

Four nights at the 4* Theater Hotel in Antwerp. Located a fifteen minute walk from the cathedral, facilities at the hotel include a restaurant and bar and all rooms are en suite. A welcome dinner is served 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 you might like to include:

  • Brussels - a guided tour takes in the Grand Place, the Royal District and the Louise District
  • Ghent canal cruise - to see the splendid Gothic merchants’ houses from their best side
  • Lille - a guided tour, time at leisure or visit the Palais des Beaux Arts, one of France’s most important galleries

Tour Reviews

Reviews for The Cities of Flanders

Date of tour: October 2014

Unfortunately just before my holiday I started with a bad back and hip and had to take along with me a three wheeler stroller walking aid. I want to tell you how very helpful your tour leader and your driver - Lance and David were for me. Nothing was too much trouble for them and without their help I wouldn't have managed the holiday. I want to thank them and recommend them for the future for anyone who wishes to take this kind of holiday which is no mean task with 27 elderly people.

JN, Leeds

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Remember this itinerary is just our suggestion. Tailor make this tour exclusively for your group to suit your members’ budget or preferences. You could:

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

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