Bruges City Break (4* Hotel Ter Brughe) 2013
Wonderfully preserved Bruges is a beautiful medieval city with narrow twisting lanes and charming waterways. The city boasts a superb selection of shops and museums and is within easy reach of nearby towns and cities including Brussels and Ypres.
This 3-night city break includes accommodation at the charming 4* Hotel Ter Brughe which is set in a house that was built in 1553 and is now a listed building. The oldest part of the hotel is the vaulted cellar, which was used as a warehouse and today it serves as a magnificent setting for the hotel's breakfast room. The hotel is located on one of the most picturesque canals in Bruges close to the 14th century Augustine Bridge and only a few minutes from the central Market Square.
The journey to Bruges begins at London St Pancras International, where you join the Eurostar service to Brussels. Leaving London behind, the train makes its way through the Kent countryside before racing through the Channel Tunnel. You then emerge in France, and continue through Lille to Belgium, arriving at Brussels Midi. Here you change trains, taking the Intercity service to the delightful city of Bruges. Arriving in the city centre, you are just a short walk away from your hotel. After checking in, you are free to begin your exploration of this beautiful city.
Your entire day is free for you to explore the myriad of attractions that Bruges has to offer. Many of Bruges' medieval buildings have been preserved, and its historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Amongst the many highlights, you can find the Basilica of the Holy Blood, and the Church of Our Lady. This is one of the world's tallest brick buildings, and is home to Michelangelo's world-famous Madonna and Child. Other options include De Halve Maan brewery, which is a great place to learn all about Bruges' brewing pedigree. Should you wish to venture further afield, you could visit nearby Ypres, the town infamous for its centre-stage role in the First World War. After a full day of sightseeing, tonight you are free to enjoy dinner in one of Bruges' many fantastic restaurants.
Today you leave Bruges, and travel by rail to Brussels Midi. Here you connect with the Eurostar service for the journey back to London. You can then relax in comfort as the train speeds through the scenery of Belgium, France and the south east of England, before arriving at St Pancras International.