COACH HOLIDAY ITINERARY
DAY 1 Travel to Bruges today, making suitable comfort stops en-route, including the Eurotunnel crossing from Folkestone to Calais. Arrive in Bruges for free time this afternoon. There are many cafes and restaurants for lunch and dinner to be purchased.
DAY 2 After breakfast spend the day at leisure in Bruges. Bruges is considered to be one of the best-preserved cities in Europe and makes an ideal city break. Known as ‘the little Venice of the North’, Bruges is a famous medieval city with all the finer points of Belgian lifestyle and culture, good food, beer and Flemish art. There are many cafes and restaurants within walking distance from the hotel where lunch and evening meals can be purchased. Rijselstraat, the main street running south from the Market Square, is one of the prettiest of streets for shops. But Boterstraat is known for some excellent restaurants, tea rooms and chocolatiers.
DAY 3 After breakfast travel to Ypres where we spend the day at leisure. A city with a very rich and varied past; the memory of the Great War is kept alive here. Ypres has some magnificent shopping streets offering a wide variety of shops with many of them housed in beautifully renovated historical buildings. There are lots of cafes and restaurants to choose from and we could also try some of the world famous Belgian chocolates here - find different chocolate confectioners on the Market Square. Time to purhcase an early dinner in Ypres. At 8pm, The Last Post Ceremony will take place under the Menin Gate. We advise to gather at the Menin Gate in good time. At 7.30pm the traffic is stopped for an hour, the crowds are hushed and a stillness descends over the memorial.
DAY 4 After breakfast travel back to home area making suitable comfort stops along the way. Spend time in Ostend, famous for its seaside esplanade and fine sandy beaches, with time to purchase lunch before continuing to Calais for the return Eurotunnel crossing.
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HOTEL ACADEMIE, BRUGES ***
This 4 star hotel is situated on a charming cobblestone street in the historic ‘golden triangle’ of Bruges, just 50 metres from the famous Minnewater (Lake of Love) and Begijnhof (the Beguine Convent). The hotel boasts a stylish garden terrace, along with a cosy bar and lounge area. Being within easy access on foot to the city centre, it’s the perfect base for us to explore.
AT A GLANCE
√ Exclusive coach travel with Kirbys
√ Return Eurotunnel crossing
√ Bed & breakfast accommodation
√ Welcome glass of wine/ beer at Hotel Academie
√ 1 day at leisure in Bruges
√ 1 day excursion to Ypres, including the Last Post Ceremony
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