8.2 European history

Type of Tours: Longer tours for groups

When and where does the European history start? Difficult to say, but in Belgium we can easily look at its heart, way back in time to the Roman invasions, the Franks or the Carolingian dynasty. We can pass by the birthplace of Charles V or where Napoleon was finally defeated at Waterloo, and also discover the latest structures of the European Union.

1st day Brussels

  • AM: Half-day city sightseeing to discover the Grand Place and its guilds’ houses, the St. Hubert Galleries, Manneken-pis, the St. Michel Cathedral, the Sablon squares along with the gothic Notre Dame church, the Law Court, the Royal Palace, Brussels Park, Laeken Palace, and of course the European district.
  • PM: The excursion will continue to Waterloo where Napoleon lost his last battle leading to the collapse of his empire.
    Accommodation in Brussels.

2nd day Gent – Bruges

  • AM: In the morning, a half-day sightseeing on foot in Ghent to discover the birthplace of Charles V, the Belfry, the City Hall, St. Nicolas Church, the St Michel bridge and to visit St. Bavo’s Cathedral with its world-famous “Mystical Lamb” painting by the Van Eyck brothers.
  • PM: The excursion will continue in Bruges to discover the Grote-Markt, the Belfry and Halles, the Basilica of the Holy Blood, the City Hall, the Beguinage, the Lake of Love – and to enjoy a canal cruise.
    Accommodation in Brussels.

3rd day Namur – Dinant – Luxembourg

  • AM: The journey to Luxembourg will stop at Namur to see the fortified citadel then on to visit Dinant for its unique scenery and role as the southern gateway for all invasions.
  • PM: The tour will arrive in the afternoon in Luxembourg, for sightseeing near the second administrative centre of the European institutions in Luxembourg City.
    Accommodation in Luxembourg.

4th day Luxembourg – Liège – Maastricht

  • AM: Leaving Luxembourg in the morning to head to Maastricht, we will make a stop in Liège, Wallonia’s “ardent city”, for sightseeing.
  • PM: In the afternoon we will reach Maastricht where the famous European treaty was signed and discover this very cute little town with a two-hour sightseeing tour: the market square, the Onze Lieve and the St. Servaas basilica. We return to Brussels at the end of the afternoon.
    Accommodation in Brussels.

5th day Brussels

  • AM: A visit to the European Parliament with a special guide to understand how exactly these different institutions operate.
  • PM: The last afternoon will be free for shopping or to enjoy your personal interests in the city.
    Accommodation in Brussels.

Lunches and dinners are selected according to the proposals.
Guides and assistants can accompany all transfers and sightseeing.
Changes to accommodation location are possible.

All services are only available upon request and upon availability.