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Bruges is a storybook medieval town with picturesque cobbled lanes and winding, narrow canals. It has exceptionally photogenic market squares that look like they should be the backdrop to a Brothers Grimm fairy-tale or the set for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Bruges has plenty of pubs, bars and cafes especially dotted around the Old Town; this is also a good place to visit if you want to try as many Belgian beers as you can handle – there are loads to choose from. If you want to hang out with the in-crowd, head to the bars around Kuipersstraat and Zilverstraat.
Work is done for the week and now the real fun begins. Grab your bag, print your e-ticket and make sure you've got your passport on you because here we go! Make sure you get to the departure point (on your e-ticket) at least half an hour early and meet our expert staff who will check you and your group on to the coach before setting off. To make the journey fly-by we recommend bringing along some of your favourite DVDs, your comfiest pillow and maybe a blanket too. Stops will be made along the way; but whilst you're travelling you might as well make the most of it!
Welcome to picturesque Bruges. Recognisable by it's canals and cobbled streets, this is the home of contempory art and architecture… if you couldn't tell. Our trained Rep team will give you a welcome talk regarding the city, a breakdown of your groups specific itinerary and be on hand incase you forgot to purchase any excursions online ahead of travelling. Our check-in time is 14:00 so it's probably worth grabbing a bite to eat after stowing your luggage and satisfying your apperitie.
After checking in and freshening up, you are free to explore the city of Bruges. Embrace the city at your first chance, head down to Markt (Market Square). It's neo-gothic architecture and famous Belfry tower will saturate you in culture. If you're peckish we know a great little grill in the South East of the square called De Hobbit that serve up a great range of foods, from cheese on toast to 'Tokeins Thai Prawns'.
The old est and the best way of getting around Bruges is by canal boat and nothing's changed. Our sunset tour of Bruges leaves the dock at 17:00 so if you haven't booked online, make sure you inform the Rep at check-in you want to be involved. Usually after the boat tour we all go for a dinner and drinks at t' Brugs Bertje. Sometimes things escalate and the whole group ends up at Beerwall ; abtley names because of the beer taps scaled up the side of every wall in the bar!
Bruge locals are big fans of breakfast; so whilst breakfast is included in your package at the accommodation, we recommend you indulge in the range of options available locally, our #1 spot in Books & Brunch in the Garenmarkt is a great place to unwind in the morning with some freshly squeezed orange juice and a bagel.
The city, although small in comparison to other cities is densely filled with hidden gems and treasures. If you have opted to go for a visit of either the Diamond Museum or the Chocolate Factory; make sure you listen out to the Rep during their welcome speech. They will confirm the exact times of each of these tours with you then and sell you tickets incase you didn't get a chance to buy them on the booking system.
As your trip is drawing to a close, there's a inifite amount of ways to round up your weekend in Bruges. Whether it's one last boat ride through the canals or an evening spent feasting in t' Zwart Huis… we hope that you have a memorable one.
It's time to get checked-out! Make sure you have gathered all your belongings and have your passport in your hand-luggage as it will be checked at customs. Hand your keys in to the Outgoing rep that will be downstairs in the reception area and then make your way to the pick-up point.
4-8 Per room
In picturesque Bruges, nothing is far away. Nevertheless, our accommodation is always central. The Hi Europa is 15 minutes from the train station. Staffed by locals with diverse and useful experience of the city.
This accommodation is great for a base to explore the city; it even has a bar, gardens and wifi throughout.
4-8 Per room
Staying at the Bauhaus will make you feel like a local. Located just off the waterfront, maybe it's the stereotypical Belgian bar with the giant clock or the cobbled street you have to walk down to get to the entrance; but the Bauhaus should be your #1 choice if you really want to immerse yourself as a Brugger.