Belgium - Blankenburg, Battlefields and Bruges

Belgium - Blankenburg, Battlefields and Bruges

A 6 day tour combining the seaside towns of Blankenberge and Ostend, the Battlefields of WWI and the wonderful medieval town of Bruges.

Alfa Inn, Blankenburg

This hotel in Blankenberg, situated in an old monastery, offers modern guest rooms and apartments in the town centre, 400 yards from the sandy beach and the North Sea. It features a wellness area and a tranquil garden terrace. The family-run Alfa Inn provides accommodation with cable TV and a work desk. Each morning a continental buffet style breakfast is served with soft piano music in the bright breakfast room.


Blankenburg - This small fishing port has become one of Belgium's most popular seaside resorts. Some of its main assets are a casino, a great pier, a huge fine sand beach and pedestrianized streets. It is a very festive resort, with a particularly lively carnival and Harbour Festival (May). The "Paravang" near the marina is a testimony to the Belle Epoque era.


In Flanders Fields Musuem - In Flanders Fields Museum is located in the famous Cloth Hall (called the Lakenhalle in Flemish) in the centre of Ypres (Ieper). In 1998 the original Ypres Salient Memorial Museum was refurbished and renamed In Flanders Fields Museum. In Flanders Fields Museum is an award winning museum which has undergone a major refurbishment for the centenary of 1914-1918. The museum features the latest technological museum applications, providing visitors with touch screens, video projections, soundscapes and an interactive Poppy Bracelet.


Price Includes:


  • Luxury Coach travel with experienced driver

  • P&O ferry crossings Hull to Zeebrugge

  • 3 nights Bed & Breakfast

  • Entrance to In Flanders Fields Museum

  • 3hr Battlefields guide for 14-18 route near Ypres

  • Free time in Bruges, Ghent and Blankenburg


We depart the local area in the morning before breaking our journey for a comfort stop in York where we will spend a few hours for lunch and time to shop before heading towards Hull for the overnight P&O ferry to Zeebrugge.


Disembark in Zeebrugge and travel onward to Ostend, a popular seaside resort offering countless opportunities. A cosmopolitan city, Ostend offers something for everyone from attractions celebrating its rich, historical past to more than 9km of sandy beaches. Later in the afternoon we will make our way to the hotel in Blankenburg.


Today will be an excursion to Ypres, a town with strong associations with the First World War. Visit the 'n Flanders Fields Museum' which has been renovated and improved in recent years. Located in the former cloth halls of Ypres the museum presents the story of WWI in the West Flanders front region. In the afternoon, a tour guide will join us for a tour of the 14-18 route and its major sights including Essex Farm, Tyne Cot Cemetery and the Irish Peace Tower amongst others. We will stay in Ypres this evening until after the Last Post has sounded which will be a very poignant and moving event.


Depart the hotel to spend a day at leisure discovering the delights of Bruges. Perhaps take a horse-drawn carriage ride to discover the picturesque cobbled streets and their irresistible chocolate shops and lace parlours, or maybe a boat ride along the canals to experience the remarkable peace and calm of the city.


We depart the hotel and make our way to Ghent allowing free time to explore this charming city. Late afternoon you will re-join the coach to continue your journey to Zeebrugge for the return ferry.


Departing the ferry around 8.30am, we journey home from Hull, with comfort stops en-route. Arriving back to Cumbria mid-afternoon.

Sunday 3rd June 2018

6 Days

Price per adult twin or double: £439.00

Single supplement: £60.00

Outside cabin supplement: £26.00

Onboard Meal Package: £54.00 (3 course buffet evening meal (no drinks) and buffet breakfast

Price per child:    Please enquire at the time of booking


Full deposit £40.00 per person


Balance due 8 weeks prior to departure


Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Annan Bus Stop at Market Square, Beside the war memorial
Annan DG12 6AN
Aspatria Bus Stop outside Library Car Park
Market Square, Aspatria CA7 3HB
Aspatria 1 Bus Stop outside Library Car Park
Market Square, Aspatria CA7 3HB
Brampton The Sands (Bus stop), Brampton
on the Newcastle side CA8 1UG (A6071)
Carlisle/Travel Centre Reays Travel Centre, 11-13 Devonshire Street
Carlisle CA3 8LG
Cockermouth, Aldi Aldi Cockermouth, Low Road,
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 4HH
Distington Rathbone's, Main Street
Main Street, Distington, Workington CA14 5XJ
Dumfries Tourist Information Centre, Whitesands
64 White Sands, Dumfries DG1 2RS
Eastriggs Bus Stop, Annan Road (opposite Halifax Road)
Eastriggs, Annan, Dumfries and Galloway DG12 6QF
Egremont Market Place bus stop, opposite Heron Foods,
Egremont CA22 2AA
Gretna Gretna Inn, Annan Road
121 Annan Road, Gretna DG16 5DN
Haltwhistle Outside Railway Station
Harrington, Galloping Hor Galloping Horse Inn, 95 Main Road
High Harrington, Workington CA14 4NQ
Hexham Outside TIC, Wentworth Car Park
Keswick Booth's Store, Bus Station
Tithebarn Street, Keswick CA12 5EA
Maryport, Curzon Street Co-op Store, Curzon Street
Maryport CA15 6DA
Penrith Railway Station Car Park
Ullswater Road, Penrith CA11 7JQ
Shap Memorial Hall
Tebay Truckstop Services (M6 Junction 38)
Warwick Bridge (Day) Bus Stop (opposite Petrol Station)
Warwick Bridge, CA4 8PL
Whitehaven Bus Stop (opposite Shipwrights Arms)
Whitehaven, CA28 7XE
Wigton Bus Station, King Street
Wigton CA7 9EP
Wigton Depot Reays Coaches Depot, Strawberry Fields, Syke Park
Wigton CA7 9NE
Workington Seaton Bus Stop (opposite M&S Car Park)
Workington CA14 3AB

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Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8LG

Tel: 01228 267267


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