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  • Bruges & Continental Shopper

    This wonderful coach day trip takes you to one of Europe's most beautiful and best-preserved medieval cities, with something to see at every turn.

    Not many people realise that the historic Belgian town of Bruges, or Brugge in Flemish, is in fact within easy driving distance from Calais to make an ideal day trip destination. Bruges has been called "The Venice of the North" due to its canal-lined streets and stunning architecture. It is easy to explore on foot, by horse-drawn carriage or canal cruiser. Tempting Belgian chocolates, beautiful hand-made lace and world-famous beers make Bruges one of our most popular destinations.

    Bruges boasts a rich cultural heritage. The majestic past of Bruges lives on in the many works of art that can be seen in the many museums, often housed in historic buildings. The many places of interest, too, are silent witnesses to the city’s rich heritage. Bruges has a lot to offer from a culinary perspective too. Many restaurants, cafes and bars offer typical regional dishes of Bruges as well as exotic delicacies for different tastes and budgets. Trip Advisor may be able to help you choose a suitable venue.

    So as to preserve its unique heritage for locals and visitors alike,coaches are not allowed into the inner city. We therefore park at the coach park which is a flat, leisurely 20 minute walk to the main city centre or closeby there is a bus stop where a frequent bus service runs to and from the city centre.

    We will drop all passengers in Bruges but will also offer a further stop at a Chocolate Factory/Warehouse.

    Price includes return travel by coach and scheduled Eurotunnel crossing.

    For our other trips to Bruges, please click here

    For more information on Bruges including maps and other practical information plus city highlights and places of interest, please click here

    Sun 15 October 2017

    1 Day

    £35 per adult

  • Bruges Christmas Market Break & Hallé Orchestra

    A short break by coach from Kent to enjoy the Christmas Market in Bruges, with a half day in Ghent, a trip on the coastal tramway between Nieuwpoort and De Panne, and the chance to include a wonderful concert by the Hallé Orchestra at the Bruges Concertgebouw.

    We leave Kent on Saturday by Eurotunnel, aiming to be checking-in at our hotel, the highly rated 4* Best Western Weinebrugge at around 1pm local time.  The afternoon is then free to enjoy the Christmas Market and the many other attractions of Bruges' medieval centre.  The hotel is situated on the southern outskirts of Bruges and offers a regular shuttle service into the city centre which our coach will supplement as necessary. 

    For those who choose to include concert tickets in their Buzzlines booking, we would advise arriving at the Concert Hall by around 19:00.  The concert itself doesn't start until 20:00 but there is an introduction at 19:15 so we should take our seats by then.

    Led by its conductor Sir Mark Elder, the Hallé presents us with a wonderful programme comprising:

    • Mozart's Clarinet Concerto (soloist Sabine Meyer)
    • Wagner's Overture to Tannhauser
    • Dvorak Symphony No 7

     Our seats are normally in the forward Dress Circle and are in the second price band for Concertgebouw performances. The coach will pick-up at the bus terminal at 22:30 to get our concert-goers and anyone else who has spent the evening in the city centre back to the hotel.

    On Sunday we will leave the morning clear, to be followed by an afternoon excursion to the lovely medieval town of Gent, regarded by many as being just as attractive as Bruges but not as "touristy". As with Bruges, there are many attractions in Ghent's network of medieval architecture, intricate waterways and bridges, and cobbled streets, with every chance to enjoy some local hospitality in one of the many brasseries and cafés. We return to Bruges later in the afternoon, allowing plenty of time for those who would like to head back into Bruges to enjoy the market and lights after dark.

    Incidentally there is always the option on Sunday of taking the train into Brussels for its Christmas Market, there are regular services from Bruges and the journey takes only an hour or so.

    On Monday we check-out of the hotel for our return journey but as Calais is so close we can still make much of the day.  Leaving Bruges mid-morning, we will head first for Middelkerke where those interested can join the regular coastal tramway service for the journey of about an hour through to De Panne.  You will need to budget just 5-6 Euros apiece for the flat fare on this fascinating service. 

     

    The Coastal Tram – acknowledgements to Wikimedia and author Marc Ryckaert

    Anyone not keen on the tram ride can stay aboard the coach, which will proceed along the tram route to be waiting to pick-up tram passengers at De Panne - it's the terminus so there's no risk of getting off at the wrong stop. 

    From De Panne we will continue towards Calais, but we will make a two-hour stop spanning lunchtime at the Auchan Hypermarket in Dunkirk before reaching Calais mid-afternoon.  There are good lunch facilities at the hypermarket and a range of other shops in immediate proximity.

     

    DEPARTURE FROM KENT

    Anyone from further afield please feel welcome to join us on this or any other Buzzlines tour.  We are happy to arrange parking for you here in Kent, or we will pick you up from Ashford International Station – only 37 minutes by HS1 from London St Pancras – and help you to find overnight hotel or B&B stops. 

    Sat 25 November 2017

    3 Days

    £249 per adult

  • Bruges at Christmas

    Bruges is a magical city, especially at Christmas when its cobbled streets are alive with festivities, glowing with Christmas lights. To add to the atmosphere, an ice rink is built on the Market Square close to many food and festive gift stalls, which offer traditional seasonal delights and a wealth of gift ideas, ranging from handmade crafts to delicious local delicacies.

    Bruges is a unique ancient Flemish city with a captivating medieval centre. Much of the architecture is lovingly preserved and the streets are largely traffic free, which makes it a joy to explore on foot. Bruges is also a chocolate lover's paradise! As well as numerous chocolate shops, why not try the Chocolate Museum or Pralinette - known as Bruges' largest and best praline store.

    Belgium is an ideal Christmas shopping destination so why not visit the Christmas Markets in Bruges this year.

     

    Brugge Photo 17

    The Bruges Photo Exhibition 2017 features 15 exhibitions all within easy walking distance of each other, featuring photos by established and fledgling photographers.  The Exhibition runs throughout the period 1st December to 7th January.

    You can admire work by more than 30 Belgian and international photographers during this fifth edition of city photo-festival.  Eye-catching locations, such as the Poortersloge (Burgher’s Lodge), the Karmelietenklooster (Carmelite monastery) plus the Concert Hall’s new entrance hall, display the great diversity of the photographic world: documentary reports, photographic essays, intimate avant-garde and conceptual photography.  Details of the exhibition and other things to do and see in Bruges will be available from the Tourist Information Office, situated alongside the concert hall.

     

    Price includes return travel by coach & scheduled Eurotunnel crossing with free time in Bruges. Our tunnel crossing times vary but there should be a minimum of 4 hours free time on arrival and we are normally back in the UK around 730 to 8pm.

    For more information on Bruges, please click here

    Sun 26 November 2017

    1 Day

    £39 per adult

  • Bruges at Christmas

    Bruges is a magical city, especially at Christmas when its cobbled streets are alive with festivities, glowing with Christmas lights. To add to the atmosphere, an ice rink is built on the Market Square close to many food and festive gift stalls, which offer traditional seasonal delights and a wealth of gift ideas, ranging from handmade crafts to delicious local delicacies.

    Bruges is a unique ancient Flemish city with a captivating medieval centre. Much of the architecture is lovingly preserved and the streets are largely traffic free, which makes it a joy to explore on foot. Bruges is also a chocolate lover's paradise! As well as numerous chocolate shops, why not try the Chocolate Museum or Pralinette - known as Bruges' largest and best praline store.

    Belgium is an ideal Christmas shopping destination so why not visit the Christmas Markets in Bruges this year.

     

    Brugge Photo 17

    The Bruges Photo Exhibition 2017 features 15 exhibitions all within easy walking distance of each other, featuring photos by established and fledgling photographers.  The Exhibition runs throughout the period 1st December to 7th January.

    You can admire work by more than 30 Belgian and international photographers during this fifth edition of city photo-festival.  Eye-catching locations, such as the Poortersloge (Burgher’s Lodge), the Karmelietenklooster (Carmelite monastery) plus the Concert Hall’s new entrance hall, display the great diversity of the photographic world: documentary reports, photographic essays, intimate avant-garde and conceptual photography.  Details of the exhibition and other things to do and see in Bruges will be available from the Tourist Information Office, situated alongside the concert hall.

     

    Price includes return travel by coach & scheduled Eurotunnel crossing with free time in Bruges. Our tunnel crossing times vary but there should be a minimum of 4 hours free time on arrival and we are normally back in the UK around 730 to 8pm.

    For more information on Bruges, please click here

    Sun 26 November 2017

    1 Day

    £39 per adult

  • Bruges at Christmas

    Bruges is a magical city, especially at Christmas when its cobbled streets are alive with festivities, glowing with Christmas lights. To add to the atmosphere, an ice rink is built on the Market Square close to many food and festive gift stalls, which offer traditional seasonal delights and a wealth of gift ideas, ranging from handmade crafts to delicious local delicacies.

    Bruges is a unique ancient Flemish city with a captivating medieval centre. Much of the architecture is lovingly preserved and the streets are largely traffic free, which makes it a joy to explore on foot. Bruges is also a chocolate lover's paradise! As well as numerous chocolate shops, why not try the Chocolate Museum or Pralinette - known as Bruges' largest and best praline store.

    Belgium is an ideal Christmas shopping destination so why not visit the Christmas Markets in Bruges this year.

     

    Brugge Photo 17

    The Bruges Photo Exhibition 2017 features 15 exhibitions all within easy walking distance of each other, featuring photos by established and fledgling photographers.  The Exhibition runs throughout the period 1st December to 7th January.

    You can admire work by more than 30 Belgian and international photographers during this fifth edition of city photo-festival.  Eye-catching locations, such as the Poortersloge (Burgher’s Lodge), the Karmelietenklooster (Carmelite monastery) plus the Concert Hall’s new entrance hall, display the great diversity of the photographic world: documentary reports, photographic essays, intimate avant-garde and conceptual photography.  Details of the exhibition and other things to do and see in Bruges will be available from the Tourist Information Office, situated alongside the concert hall.

     

    Price includes return travel by coach & scheduled Eurotunnel crossing with free time in Bruges. Our tunnel crossing times vary but there should be a minimum of 4 hours free time on arrival and we are normally back in the UK around 730 to 8pm.

    For more information on Bruges, please click here

    Sun 03 December 2017

    1 Day

    £39 per adult

  • Bruges at Christmas

    Bruges is a magical city, especially at Christmas when its cobbled streets are alive with festivities, glowing with Christmas lights. To add to the atmosphere, an ice rink is built on the Market Square close to many food and festive gift stalls, which offer traditional seasonal delights and a wealth of gift ideas, ranging from handmade crafts to delicious local delicacies.

    Bruges is a unique ancient Flemish city with a captivating medieval centre. Much of the architecture is lovingly preserved and the streets are largely traffic free, which makes it a joy to explore on foot. Bruges is also a chocolate lover's paradise! As well as numerous chocolate shops, why not try the Chocolate Museum or Pralinette - known as Bruges' largest and best praline store.

    Belgium is an ideal Christmas shopping destination so why not visit the Christmas Markets in Bruges this year.

     

    Brugge Photo 17

    The Bruges Photo Exhibition 2017 features 15 exhibitions all within easy walking distance of each other, featuring photos by established and fledgling photographers.  The Exhibition runs throughout the period 1st December to 7th January.

    You can admire work by more than 30 Belgian and international photographers during this fifth edition of city photo-festival.  Eye-catching locations, such as the Poortersloge (Burgher’s Lodge), the Karmelietenklooster (Carmelite monastery) plus the Concert Hall’s new entrance hall, display the great diversity of the photographic world: documentary reports, photographic essays, intimate avant-garde and conceptual photography.  Details of the exhibition and other things to do and see in Bruges will be available from the Tourist Information Office, situated alongside the concert hall.

     

    Price includes return travel by coach & scheduled Eurotunnel crossing with free time in Bruges. Our tunnel crossing times vary but there should be a minimum of 4 hours free time on arrival and we are normally back in the UK around 730 to 8pm.

    For more information on Bruges, please click here

    Sat 09 December 2017

    1 Day

    £39 per adult

  • Bruges at Christmas

    Bruges is a magical city, especially at Christmas when its cobbled streets are alive with festivities, glowing with Christmas lights. To add to the atmosphere, an ice rink is built on the Market Square close to many food and festive gift stalls, which offer traditional seasonal delights and a wealth of gift ideas, ranging from handmade crafts to delicious local delicacies.

    Bruges is a unique ancient Flemish city with a captivating medieval centre. Much of the architecture is lovingly preserved and the streets are largely traffic free, which makes it a joy to explore on foot. Bruges is also a chocolate lover's paradise! As well as numerous chocolate shops, why not try the Chocolate Museum or Pralinette - known as Bruges' largest and best praline store.

    Belgium is an ideal Christmas shopping destination so why not visit the Christmas Markets in Bruges this year.

     

    Brugge Photo 17

    The Bruges Photo Exhibition 2017 features 15 exhibitions all within easy walking distance of each other, featuring photos by established and fledgling photographers.  The Exhibition runs throughout the period 1st December to 7th January.

    You can admire work by more than 30 Belgian and international photographers during this fifth edition of city photo-festival.  Eye-catching locations, such as the Poortersloge (Burgher’s Lodge), the Karmelietenklooster (Carmelite monastery) plus the Concert Hall’s new entrance hall, display the great diversity of the photographic world: documentary reports, photographic essays, intimate avant-garde and conceptual photography.  Details of the exhibition and other things to do and see in Bruges will be available from the Tourist Information Office, situated alongside the concert hall.

     

    Price includes return travel by coach & scheduled Eurotunnel crossing with free time in Bruges. Our tunnel crossing times vary but there should be a minimum of 4 hours free time on arrival and we are normally back in the UK around 730 to 8pm.

    For more information on Bruges, please click here

    Sat 09 December 2017

    1 Day

    £39 per adult

  • Bruges at Christmas

    Bruges is a magical city, especially at Christmas when its cobbled streets are alive with festivities, glowing with Christmas lights. To add to the atmosphere, an ice rink is built on the Market Square close to many food and festive gift stalls, which offer traditional seasonal delights and a wealth of gift ideas, ranging from handmade crafts to delicious local delicacies.

    Bruges is a unique ancient Flemish city with a captivating medieval centre. Much of the architecture is lovingly preserved and the streets are largely traffic free, which makes it a joy to explore on foot. Bruges is also a chocolate lover's paradise! As well as numerous chocolate shops, why not try the Chocolate Museum or Pralinette - known as Bruges' largest and best praline store.

    Belgium is an ideal Christmas shopping destination so why not visit the Christmas Markets in Bruges this year.

     

    Brugge Photo 17

    The Bruges Photo Exhibition 2017 features 15 exhibitions all within easy walking distance of each other, featuring photos by established and fledgling photographers.  The Exhibition runs throughout the period 1st December to 7th January.

    You can admire work by more than 30 Belgian and international photographers during this fifth edition of city photo-festival.  Eye-catching locations, such as the Poortersloge (Burgher’s Lodge), the Karmelietenklooster (Carmelite monastery) plus the Concert Hall’s new entrance hall, display the great diversity of the photographic world: documentary reports, photographic essays, intimate avant-garde and conceptual photography.  Details of the exhibition and other things to do and see in Bruges will be available from the Tourist Information Office, situated alongside the concert hall.

     

    Price includes return travel by coach & scheduled Eurotunnel crossing with free time in Bruges. Our tunnel crossing times vary but there should be a minimum of 4 hours free time on arrival and we are normally back in the UK around 730 to 8pm.

    For more information on Bruges, please click here

    Sun 17 December 2017

    1 Day

    £39 per adult

  • Bruges at Christmas

    Bruges is a magical city, especially at Christmas when its cobbled streets are alive with festivities, glowing with Christmas lights. To add to the atmosphere, an ice rink is built on the Market Square close to many food and festive gift stalls, which offer traditional seasonal delights and a wealth of gift ideas, ranging from handmade crafts to delicious local delicacies.

    Bruges is a unique ancient Flemish city with a captivating medieval centre. Much of the architecture is lovingly preserved and the streets are largely traffic free, which makes it a joy to explore on foot. Bruges is also a chocolate lover's paradise! As well as numerous chocolate shops, why not try the Chocolate Museum or Pralinette - known as Bruges' largest and best praline store.

    Belgium is an ideal Christmas shopping destination so why not visit the Christmas Markets in Bruges this year.

     

    Brugge Photo 17

    The Bruges Photo Exhibition 2017 features 15 exhibitions all within easy walking distance of each other, featuring photos by established and fledgling photographers.  The Exhibition runs throughout the period 1st December to 7th January.

    You can admire work by more than 30 Belgian and international photographers during this fifth edition of city photo-festival.  Eye-catching locations, such as the Poortersloge (Burgher’s Lodge), the Karmelietenklooster (Carmelite monastery) plus the Concert Hall’s new entrance hall, display the great diversity of the photographic world: documentary reports, photographic essays, intimate avant-garde and conceptual photography.  Details of the exhibition and other things to do and see in Bruges will be available from the Tourist Information Office, situated alongside the concert hall.

     

    Price includes return travel by coach & scheduled Eurotunnel crossing with free time in Bruges. Our tunnel crossing times vary but there should be a minimum of 4 hours free time on arrival and we are normally back in the UK around 730 to 8pm.

    For more information on Bruges, please click here

    Wed 20 December 2017

    1 Day

    £39 per adult

  • Bruges at Christmas

    Bruges is a magical city, especially at Christmas when its cobbled streets are alive with festivities, glowing with Christmas lights. To add to the atmosphere, an ice rink is built on the Market Square close to many food and festive gift stalls, which offer traditional seasonal delights and a wealth of gift ideas, ranging from handmade crafts to delicious local delicacies.

    Bruges is a unique ancient Flemish city with a captivating medieval centre. Much of the architecture is lovingly preserved and the streets are largely traffic free, which makes it a joy to explore on foot. Bruges is also a chocolate lover's paradise! As well as numerous chocolate shops, why not try the Chocolate Museum or Pralinette - known as Bruges' largest and best praline store.

    Belgium is an ideal Christmas shopping destination so why not visit the Christmas Markets in Bruges this year.

     

    Brugge Photo 17

    The Bruges Photo Exhibition 2017 features 15 exhibitions all within easy walking distance of each other, featuring photos by established and fledgling photographers.  The Exhibition runs throughout the period 1st December to 7th January.

    You can admire work by more than 30 Belgian and international photographers during this fifth edition of city photo-festival.  Eye-catching locations, such as the Poortersloge (Burgher’s Lodge), the Karmelietenklooster (Carmelite monastery) plus the Concert Hall’s new entrance hall, display the great diversity of the photographic world: documentary reports, photographic essays, intimate avant-garde and conceptual photography.  Details of the exhibition and other things to do and see in Bruges will be available from the Tourist Information Office, situated alongside the concert hall.

     

    Price includes return travel by coach & scheduled Eurotunnel crossing with free time in Bruges. Our tunnel crossing times vary but there should be a minimum of 4 hours free time on arrival and we are normally back in the UK around 730 to 8pm.

    For more information on Bruges, please click here

    Sun 24 December 2017

    1 Day

    £39 per adult