Belgium Christmas Markets
Bruges, Lille and Sluis
Friday 7 December 2018 (4 Days)
If you set out to design a fairy-tale medieval town, it would be hard to improve on central Bruges (Brugge in Dutch). Picturesque cobbled lanes and dreamy canals link photogenic market squares lined with soaring towers, historic churches and old whitewashed almshouses. And there’s plenty of it
With Christmas approaching, Lille is decked out in lights and colour. Around the Christmas market, the whole town is covered in a huge crown of garlands.
On Place Rihour, 90 wooden chalets teem with gift ideas, nativity figurines, Christmas decorations and festive food. You can find regional specialities here, and you can also find arts and crafts from Russia, Canada and Poland! And that's not to forget the gingerbread and other delicacies, which you can take away or eat on the spot with a glass of mulled wine...
Lille has a lot to offer visitors throughout the year but in the heart of winter the entire city of Lille sparkles and glows with Christmas magic to welcome you to its winter wonderland. Be dazzled by hundreds of twinkling lights as Christmas carols fill the air and the 50-metre high Big Wheel turns majestically, providing a fantastic view over the whole city and the artificial snow-covered village which fills the entire Grand Place square.
Sluis is a little 'taste' of Holland. A windmill dominates the skyline, along with the Belfort tower of the church, which was used as a lookout in times past. This can be climbed in the summer months in order to see the super view over the Zwin in nearby Knokke Heist on the coast.
It is a very popular little town. There is a good range of shops including alternative medicine, cheese and sex shops but NO coffee shops like in Amsterdam!.
Mussels from the North Sea feature on many menus in the restaurants and you can dine in style at Michelen starred establishments.
There is a super fresh fish market and lots of inviting cafes bordering the pretty waterfront.
Sluis exists because of the silting up of the Zwin, which (along with Damme) made it a port of Bruges. Nowadays Sluis is cut off from the sea, but thrives as a tourist destination.
Hotel in Bruges
4* Academie Hotel is less than 100 metres from the famous Minnewater in a scenic and peaceful area of Bruges. The hotel includes a cosy bar, underground parking and a terrace with a garden. Free WiFi is available throughout the entire property. Air conditioning, a TV and refrigerator are provided as standard in the rooms at Academie. Each room also has a private bathroom with a shower and a bath. The Beguinage and De Halve Maan Brewery are less than 150 metres away. Academie is a 10-minute walk from both the Grote Markt and Bruges Railway Station. A daily buffet breakfast is served in the the hotel and includes pastries, breads and fresh coffee. There is also a lounge with tourist information. Free WiFi is available in the public areas.
• Coach from M1 Junc 40, Rotherham, Catcliffe, Sheffield, Norton & Chesterfield
• Short Sea Ferry Crossing
• 3 Night’s Bed & Breakfast
• 4* Academie Hotel in centre of Bruges
• Excursion to Lille Christmas Market
• Visit to Beer/Wine/Tobacco Warehouse
• All Road and City Taxes
• Tour Manager
Optional Visit to Sluis on Sunday (Subject to minimum numbers) £10pp
Child under 12 yrs: £259 (sharing with 2 adults)
Single Supplement: £20 per night