Project Description

Explore Belgium
Brussels – Ghent – Bruges – Dinant

 

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7-days package designed for you to discover Belgium, with its capital Brussels, the Northern Flanders and Southern Walloon region, tuned with an Indian accent. It is developed for independent travelers who like to have every detail planned and organised for them so you can relax and enjoy the benefits of a fully organised tour without being locked into a rigid group tour itinerary

 

The program is not overloaded and leaves room for shopping or a relaxed time on a sunny terrace. You don’t have to rush from one place to the other. You travel from city to city by train. The hotels are selected in the proximity of the railway stations and suggested Indian restaurants. Breakfasts are included.

 

  

Validity – 30September18

Day 1 Brussels – The heart of Europe

On your arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Aboard an open-top double-decker bus you explore the various city sights. You can hop on and off as many times. With great views from the top of the bus, strategically placed stops and an interesting commentary, this truly is the best way to see the landmarks of Brussels.  Located at the foot of the Atomium, Mini-Europe is the only park where you can have a tour around Europe in a few hours. A truly unique voyage! Stroll amid the typical ambiance of the most beautiful towns of Europe Union.

Visit the famous Grand Place, the remarkable city hall and guild houses.  Overnight in Brussels.

 

Day 2 Ypres – The Great War

Leaving for Ypres by train (2 hours). A guided tour will take you to the battlefields where the Indian troops withstood the German attacks in 1914. You visit Poperinge, where the Indian troops were encamped. The Ferozepore Brigade was also transferred from Ypres to the Indian sector near Neuve-Chapelle (France), where you visit the Indian Memorial.

The In Flanders Fields Museum presents the story of the First World War in the West Flanders front region. It is located in the renovated Cloth Halls of Ypres.  Visit of the Indian Forces Memorial.

One hour train to Ghent and overnight in Ghent.

 

Day 3 Ghent – Europe’s best kept secret

Explore the city, by public transport and use of hop on hop off water-tramway. The streets of Ghent are always full of young people, thanks to Ghent being a University City. You will have access to the main historical houses, museums and attractions. You will enjoy a guided boat tour. You visit the Brewery for demonstrations, and to taste one (or more) of the five distinct beers made available for the ale connoisseur: Gruut White, Blond, Amber, Brown and Inferno.

25 minutes train to and overnight in Bruges.

 

Day 4 Bruges – Picture perfect

You will discover Bruges, the best preserved example of medieval Flanders. The entire historical city centre is a Unesco World Heritage site, known as ‘the Venice of the North’.

A horse drawn carriage will pick you up from the hotel for a romantic ride along the canals and historical small bridges, relaxing to the gentle sound of the hoof beat of the horse. Along the way, you will find many small picturesque corners, several museums and other historical places.

 

You can follow the traces of the making of Peekay. The Love Song “Chaar Kadaam” was shot in Bruges. You start in the south part of Bruges. Surrounded by trees you’ll find the Lake of Love, an exceptionally romantic spot. From here you can walk and explore the other shooting locations.

The cyclist can opt for an alternative. See windmills, cross the country side along an ancient canal to Damme, a small historic city.

You halt for a visit of ‘De Halve Maan’, an authentic and historic brewery, where panorama shots were taken from the roof top terrace. This ‘home’ brewery is a family business with a tradition going back six generations to 1856. You will be treated to the blond version of the ‘Brugse Zot’, the Bruges city beer.

In the chocolate museum you will go on a journey of discovery through the rich history of chocolate in all its facets. You will learn how chocolate is made and why Belgian chocolate is so famous the world over.

Overnight in Bruges.

 

Day 5 Antwerp – Diamonds, fashion and shopping 

90 minutes train to Antwerp.

During a fashion walk, you will discover the lively fashion Mecca of Antwerp. This walk takes you past modern design, architecture and celebrated style icons to Antwerp’s early years as a worldclass, trend-setting fashion centre. A hip city exploration.

In the heart of the famous diamond district, at a walking distance from the renowned Diamond Bourse, lies the largest diamond showroom, with diamond polishers and goldsmiths at work.  The expert guide will tell you about the rich history of Antwerp and the relationship it had with diamonds for more than 400 years. You will see the world’s most fascinating diamond rings, necklaces, bracelet, pendants and a large collection of rough and polished unset diamonds in all shapes and sizes.

The Grand Bazar Shopping Center, with 50 shops under one roof, is the largest shopping centre in the inner city. It offers everything from lingerie to electronics.

In the historic city centre, characterised by cozy, winding streets you encounter an endless supply of antique or collectibles. Its many antiques, vintage and second-hand shops make it highly recommended.

Traverse Belgium by train. 2,5 hours from Antwerp to Dinant, located in the South of Belgium. Overnight in Dinant.

 

Day 6 The Ardennes – Outdoors

Fan of sports of the great outdoors? The Lesse valley invites you to an unforgettable experience. You have several options to reach the place where you onboard the kayak. You can get there by cross country cycling, hiking through the forest or by train.

A kayak trip down the river Lesse, winds around and through natural wooded landscapes, medieval castles, natural parks, prehistoric caves, impressive rocks, and rapids.

Overnight in Dinant.

 

 

Day 7 Dinant – The gateway to the Ardennes

In order to storm the Dinant Citadel, on a rock high above the city of Dinant, you can choose between the stairs with 408 steps (dated 1577) and the cable car. Enjoy unsurpassed views on the city of Dinant and the Meuse Valley.

In the “Dutch” citadel, you can explore the corridors of time, including a look at the prison of a disciplinary regiment and even a meeting with the guillotine, the perils of a soldier of the Great War.

2 hours by train from Dinant to the Brussels airport to connect your flight home.

 

Tour Price

Per person on twin sharing basis           EUR 1,390.00

 

Tour price includes

  1. 1 night accommodation in Brussels on B&B basis
  2. 1 night accommodation on Ghent on B&B basis
  3. 2 nights’ accommodation in Bruges on B&B basis
  4. 2 nights’ accommodation in Dinant on B&B basis.
  5. Arrival transfer from Airport to hotel.
  6. Intercity-train travel
  7. Open Bus tour in Brussels with a 24-hour ticket.
  8. Mini-Europe in Brussels.
  9. Four hours guided tour in Flanders fields and Somme valley with a minibus.
  10. Carriage ride in Bruges.
  11. Boat tour in Ghent.
  12. Entry in main historical houses, museums and attractions in Ghent.
  13. Riverboat from Dinant, bicycle, kayak trip down the river Lesse.
  14. Museums, breweries, etc. mentioned in the program.
  15. English speaking driver-guide for all transfers & tours

Tour Price does not include

  1. Flight tickets.
  2. Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  3. Anything not mentioned in the itinerary
  4. Tips and gratitude
  5. Government Service Tax.

Note:

  • Tour cost is based on the best available prices at the time of costing and are subject to available at the time of booking.
  • High Season Surcharge will be applied wherever applicable.

 

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