DAY 1: Brussels
Arrival at Brussels airport Welcome by our guide and city tour of Brussels upon arrival
We start our sightseeing tour by bus covering all Brussels places of interest outside the historical city center: the Atomium (photo stop), the Royal Palace of Laeken, the Japanese tower and the Chinese pavilion,the Cinquantenaire Park,the EU-quarter,the Palace of Justice,the Warande park, Rue de la Loi,the Cathedral of the Saints Michael and Gudule, … . Transfer to the center for lunch.
Lunch in a typical Brussels restaurant on the Grand Place
On foot we discover the historical center of Brussels. Through the St Hubertus galleries, over the Grand Place with the beautiful guild house gables, the notoriously small Manneken Pis, the square Place de Brpooouckère with the imposing 19th century Stock Market, the Kathelijneplein/Place St Cathérine, the Munt/la Monnaie opera, …
We end the afternoon with a visit of the Cantillon brewery in Anderlecht / Brussels museum of the Geuze (= this type of beer is only brown in the Brussels area). Visit with local guide followed by a tasting Transfer to the hotel
Night and dinner in Brussels
DAY 2 : Bruges + Ghent
Welcome by our guide at the hotel Transfer from Brussels to Bruges
Visit on foot of the historical center including the highlights of the Venice of the North: the Square Zand with the new concert building, stroll along the main shopping street direction Market Square with a stop along the way to visit the Saint Saviour cathedral. Visit of the Market Square with the Belfry, next we walk toward the Burg Square with its beautiful Town Hall in Gothic. We end the morning with a cruise on the canals (duration: 30’)
Lunch in typical restaurant with a unique historical setting (former guidhouse of the tanners guild)
3 course regional menu in a private room with view on the canals.
We continue our visit of Bruges: Dijver, Our Lady Church, the Princely beguinage,…
Transfer to Ghent by coach. Upon arrival, transfer by taxi-boat towards the center of Ghent.
Disembark at the Korenlei followed by a 3 hour visit on foot of the historical city center and its main highlights: Graslei and Korenlei, Saint Bavo cathedral (including the famous painting The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb by the van Eyck brothers), the Town Hall, the Square Vrijdagsmark’ and a quick stroll through the Patershol district.
Transfer back to Brussels Dinner is served in a typical restaurant situated on the Brussels’ Grand’Place (private room with view on the Market Square)
Night in Brussels
DAY 3: Antwerp-Zaventem
Welcome by our guide at the hotel
Transfer to Antwerp We start our excursion with a visit of the Central Train. Due to its late 19th century eclectic style the building is dubbed ‘The Railway Cathedral’ by Antwerp’s inhabitants. Then we continue towards the diamond district. For centuries Antwerp has been synonymous with diamonds. Although diamond processing has been largely relocated to other continents, the diamond trade itself is still firmly rooted in Antwerp. With people from all nationalities it is a colorful quarter where the Jewish community makes its presence very much felt.
Lunch (3 course beer menu, drinks not included) Belgian cuisine and beer go very well together. Certainly in Flanders dishes made on the base of beer are very popular.
We continue our walk over the Keyserlei and the Meir and pass some landmarks put on the international fashion map by the Antwerp Six. On our way to the old center we visit the Rubenshouse , for twenty five years the house and atelier of the Baroque painter Pieter Paul Rubens. Via the Groenplaats we arrive at the Our Lady Cathedral. This magnificent Gothic church has great pieces of art by a.o. P.P. Rubens and other Flemish masters. Almost next to it we find the main square, the old market Place ( the Grote Markt). The Brabo fountain, the Renaissance City Hall and the 16th and 17th century guild houses catch the eye. A little bit further runs the Scheldt river. The statue of Lange Wapper, a local demon, scrutinizes everything and everybody. We finish with a stroll through the ‘Vlaeykensgang’, a medieval quarter full of narrow streets and blind alleys. On our way back we make stop in Berchem for visit of the Art Nouveau district Zurenborg (we drive along some of the most beautiful houses build in art nouveau style)
Transfer back to Brussels or Brussels airport
Minimum 15 pax
Program subject to modifications