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 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. Prepare for check out and make your way to the train station for your scenic train journey to Bruges. On arrival to Bruges make your way to your hotel and check-in.
Bruges, the capital of West Flanders in northwest Belgium, is distinguished by its canals, cobbled streets and medieval buildings. Its port, Zeebrugge, is an important center for fishing and European trade. In the city center’s Burg square, the 14th-century Stadhuis (City Hall) has an ornate carved ceiling. Nearby, Markt square features a 13th-century belfry with a 47-bell carillon and 83m tower with panoramic views.
Overnight in Bruges.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Explore Bruges on this most interesting Architectural Tour. The highlights of the tours include; The Minnewater Lake, the famous lake of love and the motivation beyond the name of Brugge: The City of Love. Continue your tour to the Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, Begijnhof. The historical Nuns order of Brugge under the famous vow of poverty, simplicity, and preaching. Visit Walpole, the famous old square where the old walls once protected the city before it becomes the home of Zeus and Maes bier. During our visit we will taste handmade artisan chocolates. Bruges Art Route, Kunstroute Vzw Korte Vuldersstraat. Wherever sailors arrive, it comes with one thing: Redlight District of Brugges. well, it was the red light district in the old times but now it is just a narrow street full of chocolate shops. Another famous attraction that you done need to missed is Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk, Mariastraat. The home of the masterpiece of Michael Angelo: The madonna and the child. The highest tower of the city and the famous flemish gothic cathedral. The Site Oud Sint-Jan, Mariastraat, the medieval hospital of St. John that started something so different from a hospital in the contemporary context. The home of early, mid and late gothic buildings together with baroque exhibitions. Gruuthusemuseum, Dijver, the City Museum and the famous Gruuthus family house before it was donated to the city. We will enjoy the old architecture, the rich history of the family and secrets of their success. Rozenhoedkaai, the traditional flower market in Brugge, where you can take the typical magnificent pictures of Bruges. Huidenvettersplein, the break every artist in town asked was in this square since the medieval time. Do not forget to ask why there is a column in the middle of the square. Fish Market Vismarkt, let's get introduced to the fish market of a city known for fish as the main element in its cuisine. The architecture of the fish market here which is unique in Belgium. Burg Square, Hoogstraat and Breidelstraat, the oldest main square of the town and the UNESCO heritage site for the diversity of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture... Do not forget to ask me where is the old cathedral. Belfort, Mark. Saving the best to the last, the Grand Place of Bruges is the shining architecture destination in Bruges with no competition. Belfry tower, guild houses, Provincial hall, and Historium are main architecture elements to see in this square.
After breakfast. The day is free until checkout time. Make your way to the train station, board the train from Bruges to Brussels central station and connect to the airport for your onward flight.
AED 4,890/- per person, prices are based on twin sharing.
Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights.
Destinations: Brussels & Bruges.
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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Economy class, Dubai / Belgium / Dubai.
2 nights in Belgium based on twin sharing basis.
2 nights in Bruges based on twin sharing basis.
2nd class train ticket from Brussels-Bruges-Brussels.
Arrival airport transfer in Brussels on private car.
City tours in Brussels & Bruges 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.
Transportation: Figuring out how to get around is one of your biggest pre-trip decisions. Get our holiday expert best advice on deciding between your options. Based on your trip itinerary, our experts will help you choose wisely. You'll also find a wealth of practical travel tips.
Money: Use your money wisely. Know the best time to use cash or card — and how to avoid unnecessary fees either way — as well as tipping etiquette, and how shoppers can take advantage of VAT refunds.
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Health & Hygiene: Take comfort: Doctors, hospitals, launderettes, and bathrooms aren’t that different. Dealing with them can even be part of the fun of travel.
Sightseeing & Activities: Once you're on the ground, the real fun begins…but it pays to have a thoughtful plan. Our experts will help you get oriented to your surroundings, use your sightseeing hours wisely, and find your way off the beaten path.
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.