8.1 Belgium at its best

Type of Tours: Longer tours for groups

Belgium may be a small country, but its deep roots in European history and the influence of its larger neighbours mean that there is much to discover: Brussels, Bruges, Antwerp, the Ardennes, medieval castles, baroque paintings and churches, Art Nouveau buildings, its Comics Strips culture, a variety of gastronomic treats, and of course the pleasure of its world-famous beers and chocolate. And thanks to its size, Belgium at its best can be seen in just 9 days!

1st day Brussels

  • AM: Sightseeing including the Law Court, the Royal Palace, Brussels Park, the St. Hubert Galleries, Mannekenpis, the St. Michel Cathedral, the Sablon squares and the Grand Place with its guilds’ houses where the Guild Beer Museum is situated.
  • PM: Free time for shopping and to enjoy your personal interests in the city.
    Accommodation in Brussels.

2nd day Brussels

  • AM: A chocolate workshop shop in the city centre or a visit to the Cantillon Brewery, a family of craft brewers.
  • PM: “Lip-smacking Brussels” walking tour through the city centre to discover beer gastronomy and Brussels specialities in the best taverns of the city.
    Accommodation in Brussels.

3rd day Mechelen – Leuven

  • AM: Mechelen preceded Brussels as the formal capital of the Low Countries, hence its huge St. Rumbold’s tower and church.
  • PM: Leuven, the oldest and the biggest Belgian University Town with the Main Square, the Market Place, the late medieval heart with the St. Peter church, the wonderful City Hall and the Beguinage.
    Accommodation in Brussels.

4th day Antwerp

  • AM: The Grand Place, City Hall, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Ruben’s house and the diamond district.
  • PM: Antwerp is also famous for fashion design and very popular for shopping or you may prefer to take a moment to rest on one of the numerous terraces in the old city before leaving for Bruges.
    Accommodation in Bruges.

5th day Bruges

  • AM: The Grote Markt, the Belfry, the Basilica of the Holy Blood, the City Hall, the Beguinage, the Lake of Love, a canal cruise and the local brewery Halve Maan.
  • PM: Free time for shopping and to enjoy your personal interests in the city.
    Accommodation in Bruges.

6th day Flanders fields

  • One full day to enjoy an excursion from Bruges to the Flanders fields and the history of the WWI or to discover the best of Flanders with castles, nature and food.
    Accommodation in Bruges.

7th day Ghent

  • AM: The Belfry, the St. Nicholas Church, St. Bavo’s Cathedral with its world-famous “Mystic Lamb” painting by the Van Eyck brothers.
  • PM: Visit the Castle of the Counts of Flanders followed by free time in a city full of possibilities for personal discoveries.
    Accommodation in Ghent.

8th Namur – Dinant – Durbuy

  • AM: Namur, capital of Wallonia with its Citadel, then to Dinant with its unique church and scenery, and native town of saxophone inventor Adolph Sax.
  • PM: Modave Castle and Durbuy, gastronomic centre of the French speaking part of the country.
    Accommodation in Durbuy or at the Chateau D’Hassonville.

9th day Bouillon – Orval

  • AM: Bouillon, the Castel of Godfroid, leader of the first crusaders and the great scenery along the Semois river.
  • PM: Orval Trappist abbey, with its beer, cheeses and long history.
    Accommodation back 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.