Brussels: Belgium Mini Break
- 4 Days
- 4 Days
- On request
Enjoy the highlights of not only the city of Brussels but also the interesting and attractive cities of Ghent and Bruges plus a day to the historic city of Antwerp. All offer exceptional historical and cultural attractions to enhance your stay in Belgium.
AT YOUR SERVICE. This is a great idea for experiencing Brussels where you can choose your preferred level of accommodation. It can, of course, be modified and/or extended. As we are experts in customizing itineraries to suit your personal interests, time available and budget, we at Goway are at your service!
Your discovery of Belgium begins with a day to Ghent and Bruges. Ghent is known for its lace making. Here you will have a tour taking in St. Bravo’s Cathedral with its famous “Mystic Lamb” painting, the Belfry, St. Nicholas Church, the famous Graslei street with its historic buildings and the fortified castle of the Count of Flanders. Continue to Bruges, a city of immense character and a network of attractive canals. Have a walking tour here taking in the cobblestone streets and quaint bridges.
The next morning, head to Antwerp with its preserved historic character. A tour here will include the Market Square with its ancient houses and our Lady’s Cathedral which showcases 4 of Rubens masterworks. Also visit the new MAS museum where you can have an excellent view of the city.
Your final day brings a tour of Brussels starting with the magnificent gothic St. Michael’s Cathedral and the Laeken District which includes the Royal Palace, the Chinese Pavillion and the pagoda, the Japanese Tower. Also visit the Atomium, built for the World’s Fair in 1958, now a museum. Continue to the Basilica of Koekelberg with its art deco interior and situated 53 metres/206 feet above the ground affording excellent views of the city and go to the Sablon district, an interesting and colourful neighbourhood in the historic part of Brussels. Then return to the centre of the city to view the buildings and offices of the European Parliament and the magnificent Grand Place.
STAY LONGER IN BRUSSELS. This idea can be extended and/or modified: Go to Day Trips for some ideas. They are just a sample as we can personalize your stay according to your interests, time available and budget. We look forward to being of service and organizing an awesome travel experience…for you!
- 4 Days
- 4 Days
- On request
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Upon arrival in Brussels you will be met by your driver and transferred to hotel. You have the rest of today at leisure.
EXE Grand Place
EXE Grand Place
Exe Hotel Grand Place Hotel in Brussels is set in a 19th century, neo-classical style building with a handsome facade. The exterior classicism is contrasted with the modern, minimalist interior decoration, where the universal lounge allows one to absorb the different ambiances of the Brussels ...
Exe Hotel Grand Place Hotel in Brussels is set in a 19th century, neo-classical style building with a handsome facade. The exterior classicism is contrasted with the modern, minimalist interior decoration, where the universal lounge allows one to absorb the different ambiances of the Brussels hotel. Undoubtedly, the ensign is the central atrium lined in beige marble with a skylight letting in the light. Guests immediately take a liking to this rest area where the fireplace, the bar and the comfortable armchairs transmit a universe of tranquillity in the very centre of Brussels.
- 24 Hour Reception
- Banquet Facilities
- Business Centre
- Internet Access - Wireless
- Luggage Storage
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Burges and Ghent
After breakfast at the hotel you will head out to the starting location for your day trip to Bruges and Ghent. After an hour's drive, you arrive in Ghent and visit St Bavo's Cathedral, home of the world famous late medieval "Mystic Lamb" painting (optional visit, closed on Sundays). During the city tour you will see all important ancient buildings for which the city is so famous: the Belfry, St Nicholas' Church and the famous Graslei with its historic buildings, the fortified castle of the Count of Flanders. Next you go to Bruges, where you first visit the dreamy Lake of Love and the beguinage where you can find peace and quiet. Time for lunch (own account).
Afterwards start your walking tour and discover all the highlights of the city: Saint John's Hospital, Our Lady's Church with the statue by Michelangelo (optional), the Market Square with the Belfry and the medieval Chapel of the Holy Blood. Don't forget your walking shoes! Return to Brussels for the night.
This morning you can enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, and then have the morning free. In the afternoon you will head to the starting location for an excursion to Antwerp. Antwerp is Belgium's 2nd largest city and Europe's 2nd largest harbor. The city has preserved its historic character and many buildings remind us of its rich past. Above all, it is the city of Rubens, the world famous master of the 17th century.
Drive to the ancient fortress of the city. Here you start your walking tour along the "Meathouse" to the Market Square with its ancient houses and Our Lady's Cathedral (entrance fee included). This cathedral boasts many treasures among which 4 of Rubens' masterworks: "The Erection of and the Descent from the Cross, the Ascension of the Virgin and the Resurrection". You will have some free time in the city center.
Then you will travel by coach to the beginning of the port with its splendid new MASmuseum that has been opened. You have a great view from the 9th floor of the port. Also here you can have a look at the Diamonds of the Diamond Pavilion as Antwerp is the world's diamond center. MAS is closed on Mondays. Free access to the Panorama. Return to Brussels for the night.
Your morning begins with breakfast at the hotel, and then you will head out to the starting location for a sightseeing visit of Brussels. Start your visit by driving along the magnificent St. Michaels' cathedral towards the Laeken District: you see the Royal Residence, the Chinese Pavillion, the Japanese Tower and the world-famous Atomium. You will then continue to the national Basilica of Koekelberg, with its splendid art-deco interior and one of the most imposing churches in the world. Situated on a hill, 2 lifts bring you some 53 meters above the ground where you will have a splendid view on the city (visit included).
Driving back to the city center, pass along the column of Congres towards the stately Place Royale, the Sablon district with its elegant stores selling beautiful antiques, and the impressive Law Courts. Then you reach the Royal Palace and enter the European district with the buildings and offices of the European Parliament, the European Commission and Council of Ministers. In the Park of the Jubilee you will marvel at the monumental Triumphal Arch and some excellent examples of Art Nouveau houses. Passing the Royal Parc and the Belgian Parliament drive back to the city center: your tour ends on the beautiful Grand Place where your guide tells you the history of the unique city hall and splendid guild houses. Your trip concludes with a private transfer back to the airport or train station.
2017: Departure Dates On Request
- 3 hotel overnights in Brussels Hotel EXE Grand Place (or similar)
- Private arrival and departure transfers
- Group tour to Bruges and Ghent Group tour to Antwerp
- Group sightseeing tour of Brussels.
- All other meals and beverages
- Transfers to meet the day tours
- Items of a personal nature.
TERMS & CONDITIONS:
Prices are "from", per person, based on twin/double rooms and include all taxes. Subject to availability.
22 Nov 2016