Day 1 – Ostend
Board our private executive coach at your designated pick up points – take the cross Channel ferry from your preferred port – continue to the 3* Ramada Hotel Ostend – dinner in the hotel.
Day 2 – Bruges guided tour
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 – an optional short cruise on the picturesque canals of Bruges to see the city from a different perspective – rest of the day free at leisure in Bruges.
Day 3 – Ghent, ‘In Flanders Field’ & ‘The Last Post’
Guided tour of Ghent, once the ancient capital of Flanders and birthplace of Emperor Charles V – at the ‘In Flanders Field’ interactive museum we get an impression of life during the First World War through the use of historical objects, documentary films, audio visual reminders and scale models – at Ypres the day concludes with a visit to ‘The Last Post’, a deeply moving ceremony which takes place under the vast arch of the Menin Gate.
Day 4 – Antwerp, Diamond Pavilion & Diamond Land
Guided tour of Antwerp takes in sights such as the Great Market Square, Town Hall, Butcher’s Guild House and the Cathedral of Our Lady – at the Diamond Pavilion we discover the significance of the industry to Antwerp’s economic success since the 15th century and contemplate the origin of diamonds and the glittering ornamental gems they become – at Diamond Land we learn about the diamond grading process.
Day 5 – St Omer & Cristallerie d’Arques
Time at leisure in St Omer to explore its bourgeois 17th century buildings and Flemish style architecture – the glass factory at Cristallerie d’Arques employs 11,000 people and produces 5 million items of glassware each day – continue for our Channel crossing back to the UK and then return to our original departure points with comfort stops en route.
Full programme of included excursions
Professional tour manager
Return Channel ferry crossings
Executive coach throughout
One free place per 10 paying passengers
Historic city of Bruges
‘In Flanders Field’ interactive museum
‘The Last Post’ at Ypres
Guided tour of Antwerp
Diamond Pavilion & Diamond Land
Glass factory at Cristallerie d’Arques
Four nights at the 3* Ramada Hotel Ostend. Located in the centre of Ostend, 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.
Single room supplement £99
Entrance fees to places of interest
Optional Bruges canal cruise
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
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.
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- stay at a 4* hotel
- with more dinners included
- for more (or fewer) days
- include different excursions – see ‘Tailor-make this tour’ tab for suggestions
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