Welcome to Belgium
On arrival at Brussels International Airport you will be met by our local representative and you will be transferred to the hotel.
The Day is free, for you to explore the city at your own pace.
The City of Brussels is the largest municipality and historical centre of the Brussels-Capital Region, and the capital of Belgium. Besides the strict centre, it also covers the immediate northern outskirts where it borders municipalities in Flanders. Belgium, a country in Western Europe, is known for medieval towns, Renaissance architecture and as headquarters of the European Union and NATO. The country has distinctive regions including Dutch-speaking Flanders to the north, French-speaking Wallonia to the south and a German-speaking community to the east. The bilingual capital, Brussels, has ornate guildhalls at Grand-Place and elegant art-nouveau buildings.
Overnight in Brussels.
After breakfast, Explore Brussels at your own pace with a fantastic a city sightseeing tour around the heart of Europe! With a choice of two routes, freedom to hop-on and hop-off as you please, the city is yours for the taking!
Get to know the city in record-time with two fantastic routes taking in all that historic Brussels has to offer, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to exploring this fascinating city. Both the ‘Atomium’ and ‘Europe’ routes take 75 minutes and both conveniently leave from the central station, though you can hop on and off at will. ‘Atomium’ is named after the attraction of the same name, a zany mid-century structure in the shape of an atom originally constructed for the 1958 Brussels World's Fair. This tour also passes through Arenberg and Rogier, calling at the historic greenhouses of the Royal Serres as well as the huge Roman Catholic National Basilica of the Sacred Heart, offering some of the most beautiful views of the city. At Dansaert Street you can enjoy pubs and cafes, before viewing the Brussels Bourse stock exchange and the iconic Manneken Pis fountain.
The ‘Europe’ routes first heads to the historic Place Royale Square and Sablon Hill, with plenty of beautiful Art Nouveau buildings to catch your eye. See the former Cistercian Abbaye de la Cambre, Flagey Square and leafy Parc Leopold where locals go to picnic and stroll among the old trees. The huge Cinquantenaire park and the Royal Palace of Brussels are also included.
Breakfast at the hotel. Come and discover the two of the most visited and beautiful cities in Belgium: Ghent and Bruges.
Visit Saint Bavo Cathedral, home of the famous Mystic Lamb painting. During the city tour you will admire many important buildings from the Middle Ages; such as the Belfry, St Nicholas Church and the Earl's Castle. In Bruges, discover the Lake of Love, the Church of Our Lady with the statue by Michelangelo and more major attractions. You can take an optional boat tour along the canals (not included). The Saint Bavo Cathedral, named from Saint Bavo of Ghent, is the seat of the diocese of Ghent. The original Chapel of St. John the Baptist, built with a wooden structure, was consecrated in 942. The church became the Cathedral in 1559. Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor was baptised here. Whilst here, you will have the option to view the famous Mystic Lamb Painting (not included).
The Church of Our Lady in Bruges was originally built in the 13th century. Its 122 metres tall tower is the tallest structure in the city and the second tallest brickwork tower in the world. In the choir space behind the altar is the tomb of Charles the Bold, last Valois Duke of Burgundy built-in bronze over the black stone. The main attraction of the site is a white marble sculpture of the Madonna and Child created by Michelangelo around 1504, purchased by a merchant and later donated to this church.
After breakfast. This half-day, fully guided bus and walking tour of Antwerp is a great way to get to know Belgium's second city and one of the most important ports in Europe.
This unspoilt medieval city has recently undergone extensive urban regeneration attracting many artists and quirky shops, bar and restaurants to the area around the old docklands. It is also an important diamond trading centre.
After leaving Brussels, we drive north through Brabant heading for Antwerp, Belgium's second city. Our guided tour takes us from Het Steen, an impressive medieval fortress built to protect the city and its port. Visit the Great Market Square and see the gothic style houses that were once the headquarters of the medieval guilds.
While here you will also visit the Cathedral of Our Lady, one of the most impressive and largest Gothic cathedrals in Northern Europe: built-in 1351 it stands over 400 ft tall. It also houses some of Rubens' most famous paintings. We pass by the famous MAS Museum located along the River Scheldt and visit the incredible Antwerp Central Train Station, regarded as one of the finest examples of railway architecture.
After breakfast. The day is free until checkout time. The driver will pick you up and drop you to Malaga airport for your onward flight.
AED 4,790/- per person, prices are based on twin sharing.
Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights.
The rates are subject to availability at the time of booking request. In the event if there are rate changes due to increase in Govt taxes, or hotel charges a surcharge, or BAR rates (Best available rates), we reserve the right to amend the rates without notice. The exchange rate is subject to change. Please ensure that you have secured the relevant visa / entry permits & valid passport. The best source of visa information is the embassy of the country itself.
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Please ensure that the names given to us for reservations match the names in your passport, as hotels, sightseeing tour companies are very particular about name changes. Mismatched names may result in heavy amendment penalties. We strongly recommend travel insurance as part of your package – we have excellent rates with the world’s best companies – please let us know if you wish us to add this to your package.
Economy class, Dubai / Belgium / Dubai.
4 nights in Brussels based on twin sharing basis.
Return airport transfer in Brussels on private car.
City tours in Brussels, Ghent, Bruges & Antwerp on seat in coach.
Complimentary travel insurance.
All airline and hotel taxes.
Belgium- Belgium is a small nation with a big role to play in European life and world history. If you are interested in either of the world wars, Belgium has a million sites to keep you busy during your visit. If you want to learn about government, it’s the home to the European Union. But what most travelers come for is the beer, chocolate, and fries. There are over 1,000 breweries in this little country and Belgium brewers were some of the first to perfect beer brewing. Belgium’s chocolate rivals the Swiss, and the frites will make you look at French fries differently for the rest of your life. This country usually just gets glossed over as travelers – a day in Brussels, Bruges, and maybe a trip to Ghent – and then onward, but when you look deeper, you see this country has a great many medieval towns, historical sites, and parks worth sticking around for. Belgium, a country in Western Europe, is known for medieval towns, Renaissance architecture and as headquarters of the European Union and NATO. The country has distinctive regions including Dutch-speaking Flanders to the north, French-speaking Wallonia to the south and a German-speaking community to the east. The bilingual capital, Brussels, has ornate guildhalls at Grand-Place and elegant art-nouveau buildings.
Trip Planning: The planning stage of your trip can be instrumental in its success and an enjoyable part of the experience itself. You have a world of options...and plenty to consider.
Entry and Exit formalities: Visitors must hold a passport valid for at least six months & beyond at the time of entering the country. Some nationalities can obtain visa on arrival and for nationalities who requires visa please refer to the Belgium consulate website: www.vfsglobal.com/Belgium/UAE/. Belgium is part of the 26 Schengen State Countries.
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Things do & see:
Brussels-is the administrative center of the European Union – and an awesome city. Visit the Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts for its paintings, the magnificent Grand Place, historic Town Hall, cafes, expansive parks, cobblestone streets, amazing beer, and more.
Belgium- though a small country, Belgium certainly has a few culinary aces up its sleeve. Waffles, chocolate, and frites shops in every street. Beer is produced in massive quantities (there are over 1000 breweries here). Belgium is simply the place to indulge in food and beer.
Bruges-is not to be missed. Key attractions include the 14th-century town hall, the Belfry Tower, the Cathedral of the Holy Saviour, its market squares, and canals. It’s beautiful. Go visit, though keep in mind it is a bit touristy and can be boring if you are there alone for a few days!
Ghent-is often overlooked compared with other cities in the country, but this university town is charming. To visit the city at its liveliest you should go in July when the largest cultural outdoors festival in Europe, the “Gentse Feesten”, takes place with food, music, and street entertainment.
Flanders-was the site of half a million deaths during World War I. There are numerous military cemeteries and ‘Missing Memorials’ commemorating those of all nationalities who fell in battle. At the museum in Ypres, visitors can discover what it was like to be a soldier in the trenches.
Castles-There are more castles per square mile in Belgium than anywhere else in the world, and with over 3000 to explore, it’s hard to know where to start. Castle of Bouillon in the Ardennes is one of the most interesting ones. Other must-sees are Beersel and Gravensteen.
Waterloo-At the site of the famous battle, there is a memorial in the form of a statue of a lion (looking towards France) on a hill, with 226 stairs, called La Butte du Lion. Other attractions related to the battle are the Wellington Museum and the Roman Catholic Church of St. Joseph.
Ardennes Forest-Ardennes Forest is the place to go for skiing or hiking. Aside from sporting pursuits, there is a lot of good meat here: game, wild boar, venison, smoked ham, the region’s famous paté, as well as the world-renowned Trappist beers.
Cathédrale Notre-Dame-The Cathedral of Our Lady in Tournai is one of the most striking examples of Romanesque architecture in Europe and is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The cathedral has five towers, magnificent stained-glass windows, and paintings by Rubens and Jacob Jordaens.
Mannenken Pis & Jeanneken Pis-These two iconic sculptures can be found in Brussels and are considered by many as a ‘must see’. There is always a group of people checking them out. They are simple, nude male and female children’s figures, peeing. The male is often dressed up in costumes. They are pretty weird tourist attractions.
Antwerp Zoo-Located in the center of Antwerp next to the train station, this zoo is a full afternoon attraction. Open since 1843, it is one of the oldest and most famous zoos in the world. There are several exhibits and unusual garden features to be seen, including crazy animal sculptures.
Oostende Fish Market Visserkaai-This is where the Ostend fishing fleet sells their catch. If you’re a fan of seafood, this is an awesome place to check out. There are numerous restaurants along the seafront, and you are guaranteed to get a fresh meal.
Cinquantenaire-This museum complex started in 1880 and has continued to expand over the past several years. It lies on the Southeast side of Brussels and is host to the Army Museum, the Auto World Museum, an art museum, and more.
Basilique de Koekelberg-The Basilica of the Sacred Heart is the 5th largest church in the world. In addition to its amazing architecture and impressive art deco, the height offers beautiful views of the city and the surrounding area. The church is very close to the center of town and inexpensive to see.
Canal tour in Bruges-Take a canal trip down the arteries of Bruges. A half hour boat trip on the waterway takes you around secret gardens, picturesque bridges, and ornately designed medieval buildings. This is a perfect way to capture the magic of the city.
Antwerp-The country’s second largest city, Antwerp is an excellent shopping location and offers an extraordinary variety of local food and beer for visitors to enjoy. For those interested in art, the Royal Fine Arts Museum houses the world’s best collection of the Flemish Masters’ works, including the largest group of Rubens masterpieces in existence.