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Bruges, Ghent & Brussels

11 March 2020

5 days from £1,550pp

Stay in Bruges, enjoying an excursion to Ghent and a journey to Brussels on this captivating tour of Belgium. Experience Ghent’s once-in-a-lifetime ‘Van Eyck. An Optical Revolution’ exhibition, discover the historical sights of Bruges and visit Brussels’ Old Masters Museum.
  • Experience the once-in-a-lifetime exhibition 'Van Eyck. An Optical Revolution' at the Museum of Fine Arts. Just 20 works of Van Eyck have been preserved
  • Discover the Church of Our Lady in Bruges, the belfry of which remains the tallest structure in the city and the second tallest brickwork tower in the world
  • Enjoy a visit to the Old Masters Museum to study paintings from the 15th to 18th centuries
  • Visit the mediaeval St John's Hospital, now known as the Memling Museum, and admire the works of Hans Memling
During the late Middle Ages the trading towns of Flanders enjoyed a period of unprecedented prosperity, their wealth founded on a thriving textile industry and international commerce. Although from 1384 officially subject to the Dukes of Burgundy and from 1477 to the House of Habsburg, the Flemish urban communes proudly held their own, playing a pivotal role in Europe’s early modern economy. Their sophisticated cosmopolitan culture manifested itself in impressive civic and religious buildings and breathtakingly beautiful paintings, works of art rivalling those of the city states of Italy of the same period. Explore with us the history, art and architecture of the two great cities of Ghent and Bruges, the earliest showcases of commercial success, where Hubert and Jan van Eyck ‘invented’ a realistic style of painting. The year 2020 will see the completion of the restoration of their famous Mystic Lamb altarpiece in Ghent, which will be celebrated with a special exhibition. We will also pay homage to other great Netherlandish masters such as Rogier van der Weyden, Hugo van der Goes and Hans Memling, and visit a range of buildings from Gothic cathedrals and Renaissance town halls to the private residences of merchants, bankers and rulers.

Your Accommodation

Hotel Peellaert, Bruges

★★★★
Overview
Converted from the 19th-century home of Baron Peellaert, the elegant four star Hotel Peellaert has retained much of its historic atmosphere. This quiet hotel is located in a quiet area, close to the main square. As well as a breakfast room, the hotel has a restaurant, lounge bar and secluded courtyard terrace. In the colonnaded mediaeval basement, the spa includes a sauna and steam room.
Room Facilities & Amenities
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Safe
  • Television
  • Iron
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Air-Conditioning  
  • Wi-Fi
 
Finishing Touches