Belgium is a small and beautiful country in northwestern Europe and offers many places of interest for every tourist. There are many interesting architectural buildings, monuments, museums to visit and nature lovers can enjoy their time in the beautiful parks, on the beach or even in the hilly Ardennes.
The country is divided into two ethnic regions, Dutch-speaking Flanders to the north and French-speaking Wallonia to the south. Dividing them is an imaginary east-west line that bisects the country at Brussels, which is claimed by both. Although this is a major political conundrum for the Belgians, for the traveler it’s inconsequential. Enjoy Belgium
Brussels is quickly gaining a reputation as one of Europe’s must-see destinations. With its central location in the heart of Europe, Brussels is easily accessible by air or high-speed rail from neighboring countries. It is an international metropolis – a mosaic of languages, cultures, and traditions – and the home of the European Union, NATO and hundreds of international organizations, English is widely spoken, making it a great place for even a novice French-speaker to get by without an issue.
Known for its vibrant nightlife, its funky bars and restaurants and numerous festivals, Belgians see Antwerp as the “capital of cool.” The Antwerp Fashion Academy produced a group of avant-garde designers who made a big splash on the fashion scene in the 1980′s and became known as “The Antwerp Six”.
The historic center of Bruges is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is teeming with places of interest. With the city center closed off to cars, all the stunning beauty and culture of this unforgettable city can be easily explored on foot, by boat along quiet canals, or by horse-drawn carriage on cobblestoned streets.
On arrival in Brussels, you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy this beautiful city full of history and culture. Overnight in Brussels.
This morning, explore the various city sights on an Open Bus tour with a 24 hour ticket. You can hop on and off as many times as you like aboard this open-top double-decker bus. 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. Overnight in Brussels. (B)
Board your train to Ghent- a city of history. Streets of Ghent are always full of young people, thanks to Ghent being a University City. Enjoy a walking city tour of Ghent. Overnight in Ghent. (B)
This morning, board your train to Bruges and check into your hotel. Known as the ‘Venice of the North’ and home to Europe’s best-preserved medieval buildings, Bruges is Belgium’s most visited town. Suspended in time 500 years ago by the silting of its river, this 13th century city is blessed with two medieval cores, the Market and the Burg, and some of the country’s most compelling art. Later, enjoy the hidden treasures of Bruges on a City tour. Visit historical Bruges, well known for its old churches, museums, botanical gardens, fish markets, the Beguinage Court, lace making and its pleasant shopping centre. Overnight in Bruges. (B)
Travel to Antwerp by train and discover the city which is the birthplace of Rubens and also the home of Belgium’s largest gothic church. The country’s 2nd largest city and Europe’s 2nd largest harbour, it is also a famous world diamond centre. Tour the city on your own – drive to the Market Square and see the beautiful ancient houses and Our Lady’s Cathedral and visit a diamond workshop. Overnight in Antwerp. (B)
Board your train to Brussels. Day is at leisure or you can take an optional tour to Mini Europe, the only park where you can tour around Europe in a few short hours. Stroll amid the typical ambiance of the most beautiful towns of the Old Continent, the incomparable chimes of Big Ben welcome you to the heart of London, the gondola and mandolins will invite you to discover the charms of Venice. Overnight in Brussels. (B)
Today you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight back home. (B).