Belgium is famous for its beautiful cities and culture as well as home to the Battlefields of World War I. Although a relatively small country of around 12 million, there is probably more to see and do here, per square mile, than anywhere else in the World.
With 2014 being the centenary of the start of the Great War, a visit to the battlefields of Flanders is a must, if only to make us aware that the horrors of war should never be forgotten. Places to see includes the city of Ypres, where at Menin Gate, the last post is sounded every night at 8pm. Other important attractions include; The ‘In Flanders Fields’ Museum, Tyne Cot Cemetery, the Sanctuary Wood Museum on Hill 62 and the Yorkshire Trench near the village of Boezinge.
The city of Bruges certainly deserves a full day to enjoy all of its wonderful sights. This is one of the few canal-based northern cities, which are often referred to as “The Venice of the North”. As well as its magnificent canals and winding cobble-stoned streets, it has a history going back to Viking times. Make sure you visit the Market Square in the heart of the medieval district, the Belfry Tower and the Chocolate Museum. Probably the best way to see the city is either by boat, by horse-drawn carriage along its cobbled streets or simply on foot.
Is Europe’s second largest medieval town but is often forgotten by most tourists. But if you ask most Belgians, it is their favourite city. With its centre being a car-free zone, it is best explored on foot (watch out for the cyclists!) or using its wonderful public transport system. Places to see include the Gravensteen or Castle of the Count, a 12th century medieval fortress, the Belfry of Ghent and the Museum of Fine Arts. If you are there in late July, don’t miss the Ghentse Feesten, a 10-day long festival dating back to 1843.
was established as the capital of the newly founded Belgium in 1830, unfortunately much of the old city was destroyed for modernisation. Thankfully, the Grad Plaatse survived and this medieval square is a must-see, having been a Unesco World Heritage Site since the late 90s. Its 15th century gothic Town Hall is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful in Europe. Just a short walk away is the Manneken Pis, Brussels famous statue of a small boy. Visit the European District where all the Eurocrats spend their time. Just outside the main city centre is Atomium, an unusual structure built for the 1958 World Fair, depicting an atom. Close by is Mini Europe, which has replicas of the most attractive monuments in Europe on show.
choose from a huge range of activities all within easy reach:-
As with all our tours, we include a programme planning service and provide all the information you need about what there is to see and do in the region. You choose your own programme to suit your group’s interests and budget and we make all the bookings on your behalf.
we utilise Youth Hostels, mostly in West Flanders, which we always book for the exclusive use of your group. All have multi-bedded rooms for group members with smaller rooms for leaders and have ample showers and toilet facilities for the group size it accommodates.
We would like to pass on our thanks to your and the bus companies as the 112th Lanarkshire Scout Group had a great time in Paris and Belgium. Our driver, Alan, was fantastic and we couldn’t have asked for a better guide and advisor. He was a credit to his company and made the trip more enjoyable for all of us, we wouldn’t hesitate to use him again. The arrangements made by your company helped to ease our venture into international waters and gave us the confidence to try again.