Lille, Ypres, Bruges & Brussels* Christmas Markets

4 days from £309pp.


Lille

Visit: Lille, France

Brussels

Visit: Brussels, Christmas Markets

Bruges

Visit: Bruges, Belgium

About the Tour

Enjoy three of Belgium’s best Christmas markets, and throw a French fancy in there, too. If you’re looking to get into the festive spirit in the build up to Christmas, where better than heading off to beautiful Belgium? But, first, enjoy the magic of Lille Christmas Market. See exactly what France has to offer in the festive stakes as we begin our break just short of the Belgian border. Then, from Lille to the land of chocolate, beer and stunning cities and we head to Ypres, Bruges, and Brussels, on the 5-day itinerary, to enjoy some of Europe’s most popular Christmas markets.

Tour Includes


  • 3 or 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by Silver Service coach
Dates & Prices

Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 01709 787 463 ), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can:

  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
  • Send payments via online banking.
  • Send payments via cheque.
  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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Your Itinerary

Local departure by coach, then to our hotel in the centre of Ypres for a three-night stay.

Lille

Lille

Our included excursion takes us into France to Lille, which boasts a wonderful Christmas market, housed in wooden chalets, and fine shops and boutiques complete the retail experience. Later, you will have time to explore Ypres. See the moving Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate, which is only a few metres away from your hotel. *Please note that on the 23rd November 2017 departure we will be visiting the Christmas Market in Arras as the Ypres Christmas Market will not be open. Arras Christmas Market is set in the magnificent Grand'Place, with almost 100 stalls, a skating rink and carousel, over the years this Christmas Market has become one of the biggest in Northern France.

  • Included meals: Breakfast
Bruges

Bruges

Join our optional excursion as we head first to the bustling coastal resort of Ostend, with its multitude of shops, bars and restaurants. Continue to the charming city of Bruges, with its canals, bridges and cobbled streets. Bruges boasts a quite unique magic at this time of year, as you explore the Christmas market.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Return home.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Your Excursions

Included Excursions & Visits

  • Lille and Ypres
  • Brussels (5-day break only)

Optional Excursions & Visits

  • Ostend and Bruges

Notes


 

Travel Insurance from £27.00 (4 days). Single Room Supplement from £105.00 (4 days), £139.00 (5 days).

Local departure by coach, then to our hotel in the centre of Ypres for a four-night stay.

Lille

Lille

Our included excursion takes us into France to Lille, which boasts a wonderful Christmas market, housed in wooden chalets, and fine shops and boutiques to complete the retail experience. Later you will have time to explore Ypres. See the moving Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate, which is only a few metres away from your hotel.

  • Included meals: Breakfast
Bruges

Bruges

Join our optional excursion as we head first to the bustling coastal resort of Ostend, with its multitude of shops, bars and restaurants. Continue to the charming city of Bruges, with its canals, bridges and cobbled streets. Bruges boasts a quite unique magic at this time of year, as you explore the Christmas market.

  • Included meals: Breakfast
Brussels

Brussels

Join today's included excursion to Brussels. The market, with its cheerful lights, delicious aromas and a vast number of stalls, promises a true festive atmosphere. In addition to the Christmas market, the ice-skating rink offers fun for all. Visit the beautiful Grand Place, decorated in festive lights for the occasion.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Return home.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Your Excursions

Included Excursions & Visits

  • Lille and Ypres
  • Brussels (5-day break only)

Optional Excursions & Visits

  • Ostend and Bruges

Notes


 

Travel Insurance from £27.00 (4 days). Single Room Supplement from £105.00 (4 days), £139.00 (5 days).

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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Accommodation

You will stay for three or four nights at the 3-star Novotel in the centre of Ypres, which enjoys a superb location close to the Menin Gate and is only a few metres from the Market Square.

The hotel has a lift, bar and restaurant.

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Novotel Ypres Centrum

Novotel Ypres Centrum

Novotel Ypres Centrum


This excellent hotel is located in the heart of historic town of Ypres, only a couple of minutes' walk from the Menin Gate Memorial, where the 'Last Post' is sounded every evening. The hotel is a firm favourite within Leger’s Battlefields programme and makes the ideal base for exploring the rich military heritage of the area. All the comfortably furnished bedrooms are en-suite with T.V., telephone and air-conditioning. The hotel has a small bar area and restaurant.

  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Lift
  • WiFi Available
  • TV
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Telephone

If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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Travel Information

Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days' duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days' duration) and £25pp (9 days' duration and over) on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £17pp (9 days duration and over). Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the interchange. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law. Central view seats are free.

Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour, you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the interchange are not allocated.
Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately £1 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where paassengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.
Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. You may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
Your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

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