Day 1: BRUSSELS
Arrival transfer from airport to hotel. Accommodation. Overnight.
Day 2: BRUSSELS - GAY TOUR
Buffet Breakfast and meeting with your LGBT Friendly Tour Guide to enjoy a special walking tour of Brussels. Discover the spectacular landmarks and monuments of Brussels with our Gay/Lesbian Guide. Start your walking tour from the Park of Brussels, where you’ll find the Royal Palace. Continue to the Place Royale, an historic square with a beautiful statue. Walk to the Meeting Center and Mont des Arts with its gigantic clock (or carillon) and bells. The clock is surrounded by twelve historical figures from Belgian history and perched above it is a bourgeois figure, the Jacquemart, who rings a large bell. Explore the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula. Then reach and observe the medieval majesty of the Market Square and take a look to the remarkable façade of the City Hall. Enjoy a fantastic chocolate tasting before finally arriving at the small, bronze statue/fountain of a little boy peeing, Mannequin Pis, which has become a national landmark. Lunch on your own. Afternoon free for individual visits and shopping. Dinner on your own. Overnight.
Day 3: BRUSSELS - LEUVEN - MECHELEN - ANTWERP
Buffet Breakfast and departure to Leuven. Explore the city of Leuven on your own. This is the oldest university city in Belgium and is home to one of Europe’s oldest universities (KU Leuven), founded in 1425. The university, one of the most important in Europe, has its roots in the center of Leuven, and its historic college buildings dominate many of the squares and streets. Admire the Town Hall which is one of the best-known Gothic town halls worldwide. Lunch on your own. Continue to Mechelen. Once arrived visit this small and picturesque city that has a rich history. Walk around and visit the Market Square, the Saint Rumbold’s Tower (outside) and walk through the peaceful beguinage. Continue to Antwerp. Dinner on your own. Overnight.
Day 4: ANTWERP - GAY TOUR
Buffet Breakfast and be ready for an amazing LGBT Friendly Tour of Antwerp. Explore the historical center of Antwerp, starting from the ‘Vlaeykensgang’, a medieval quarter full of narrow streets and blind alleys. Next we visit the main square, the old Market Place ( the Grote Markt) . The Brabo fountain, the Renaissance City Hall and the 16th and 17th century guild houses catch the eye. Stop and visit of Saint Mary’s Cathedral. This magnificent Gothic church has great pieces of art by a.o. P.P. Rubens and other Flemish masters. Via the Groenplaats we walk towards the Meir (Antwerp’s main shopping street) and pass some landmarks put on the international fashion map by the Antwerp Six. On our way we pass by at the ‘Rubenshuis', for twenty five years the house and atelier of the Baroque painter Pieter Paul Rubens. Continue your walking tour over the Keyserlei towards the Central Train. Due to its late 19th century eclectic style the building is dubbed ‘The Railway Cathedral’ by Antwerp’s inhabitants. Lunch on your own. Afternoon free for individual visits and shopping. Dinner on your own. Overnight.
Day 5: ANTWERP - GHENT - GAY TOUR - BRUGES
Buffet Breakfast and departure to Ghent. Once arrived enjoy a LGBT Friendly walking tour along the picturesque Graslei and Korenlei. The gables of their guild houses turn them undoubtedly into two of Ghent’s most beautiful historical streets. From one of the flanking bridges, one can see the postcard panorama of the three towers: the belfry and the steeples of the St. Nicolas church and the St Bavo’s cathedral. A stroll over the Korenmarkt , a stop at a.o. the St Nicolas church, the impressive belfry and its cloth hall ( both on the World Heritage list) brings us to the cathedral. There the famous altarpiece The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb ( 1432) by the van Eyck brothers, a milestone in art history, is not to be missed ! On our way to the Vrijdagsmarkt we elaborate the City Hall with its mixture of styles from flamboyant Gothic to sober Renaissance. In the middle of the Vrijdagsmarkt Square we stop at the statue of Jacob Van Artevelde. He sees to it that Ghent thrives again like it did in the 14th century when Jacob ended the English boycott on wool imports. A little further we encounter Dulle Griet (“ Evil woman”), a 15th century cast iron cannon, weighing more than twelve tons. Once we have crossed the Lys we enter the inner courtyard of the House of Alijn. This former almshouse is now the Museum of Folklore. The exquisite complex is part of the Paterhol. The only neighborhood in Ghent where the original medieval street plan is still intact. Through winding alleys and cobbled streets with numerous restaurants we reach the Castle of the Counts. This imposing fortress used to be the residence of the count of Flanders. Later on it was used as a courthouse, a jail and even a textile factory. We return to the Korenlei passing the St-Veerle square and the Old Fish Market. Lunch on your own. Afternoon free time in Ghent for individual visits and shopping. Then continue to Bruges. Dinner on your own. Overnight.
Day 6: BRUGES - GAY TOUR
Buffet Breakfast and enjoy a very special LGBT guided Tour of the romantic city of Bruges. With its almost intact medieval street plan Bruges is certainly an evocative open air museum. But having survived the two World Wars unscathed it luckily preserved all its art treasures and museums. During this half day city tour we discover the main highlights of Bruges. The city is also proud to be called the “chocolate capital of Belgium”. Since the 16th century chocolate is produced in Bruges. Nowadays the city center counts more than 50 chocolate manufacturers, every year a Chocolate Festival takes place in the city and on top of that the city has its own chocolate museum ‘Chocostory’ which attracts many visitors. During our discovery walk we will pass by at some of the finest chocolate shops where you will assist to a chocolate demonstration and have a delicious chocolate tasting. Our guide will show your clients the most important and most beautiful buildings and places such as the Market Square with the Belfry, the Burg Square with Town Hall, the fish market, the Dijver, Our Lady Church and the beguinage. At the end of the morning we will visit the brewery De Halve Maan where the Brugse Zot beer is being brewed. A local guide will tell your clients everything about hops and malt. Lunch on your own. Afternoon free time in Bruges for individual visits and shopping. Dinner on your own. Overnight.
Day 7: BRUGES - DAMME - KNOKKE - ZEEBRUGGE - DE HAAN - OOSTENDE - BRUSSELS
Buffet Breakfast and departure to Damme, driving along the historical canal Damse vaart, which was digged by order of Napoleon. We make stroll through the lovely center of the historical village of Damme known for the legend of Tijl Uilenspigel and a popular nowadays due to its many charming restaurants and its antique and book shops. After Damme we proceed to the coast and visit Knokke and by coach we drive along the numerous villas of Belgium's most mundane beach town. Passing by at Zeebrugge, together with Antwerp one of the most important container harbours in Europe. Brief stop in the seaside resort De Haan where we discover famous for its numerous buildings in Belle Epoque Style (late 19th, early 20th century). The Belgian king Leopold II was also closely involved in the growth of this seaside resort and famous people such as Einstein stayed there. Lunch on your own. Then continue to Oostende, the most popular beach town along the Belgian coast. The beautiful sandy beaches, the fish and yacht harbour and the fish market are some of its major attractions. After a stroll along the harbour and the diken, transfer to Brussels. Accommodation, dinner on your own and overnight.
Day 8: BRUSSELS - LUXEMBOURG - GAY TOUR - BRUSSELS
Buffet Breakfast and excursion to Luxembourg. Explore this amazing city together with our LGBT Tour Guide, a Unesco world heritage city, by the upper part of the town by walking along the Place des Armes, the Place Guillaume II, the Cathedral and the monument in honor of the Grand-Duchesse Charlotte, and the palace of the Grand-Duke. Along the famous 3 Towers gate we reach the casemates of the Bock, an impressive system of tunnels made in the rocks. After visiting the casemates, we descend toward the lower city and visit the plateau of Kirchberg with its European Buildings and institutions, the abbey of Neumünster, the Wenceslas Wall. Lunch on your own. Transfer back to Brussels. Dinner on your own. Overnight.
Day 9: BRUSSELS
Breakfast in the hotel and transfer to the Brussels airport.
- Accommodation in LGBT selected Hotels
- Private Transfer by Car or Minibus from Brussels Airport to Brussels Hotel
- Half Day – Gaily Tour with LGBT Friendly Tour Guide of Brussels (3h)
- Belgian Chocolate Tasting (2 Tastes)
- Private Transfer by Car or Minibus from Brussels to Leuven - Mechelen - Antwerp
- Half Day – Gaily Tour with LGBT Friendly Tour Guide of Antwerp (2h)
- Private Transfer by Car or Minibus from Antwerp to Ghent
- Half Day – Gaily Tour with LGBT Friendly Tour Guide of Ghent (2h)
- Private Transfer by Car or Minibus from Ghent to Bruges
- Half Day – Gaily Tour with LGBT Friendly Tour Guide of Bruges (3h)
- Entrance Fee – Chocolate Museum
- Visit to a local Brewery in Bruges
- Private Transfer by Car or Minibus from Bruges to Damme, Knokke, Zeebrugge, De Haan, Oostende and arrival in Brussels
- Half Day Private Excursion from Brussels to Luxembourg
- Half Day – Gaily Tour with LGBT Friendly Tour Guide of Luxembourg (3h)
- Private Transfer by Car or Minibus from Brussels Hotel - Brussels Airport
- Tips, City Taxes and everything not listed under “Included features”
Ignas Tour Hotel CollectionACCOMMODATION:
4 Nights in LGBT Friendly Hotel 3* in Brussels – Hotel Floris Arlequin Grand Place (or similar)
2 Nights in LGBT Friendly Hotel 3* in Antwerp – Century Hotel (or similar)
2 Nights in LGBT Friendly Hotel 3* in Bruges – Hotel Maraboe (or similar)
- Hotel Floris Arlequin Grand Place 3* or similar
Address: Rue de la Fourche 17-19, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
Tel. +32 2 514 16 15
- Century Hotel 3* or similar
Address: Pelikaanstraat 20, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium
Tel. +32 3 232 58 70
- Hotel Maraboe 3* or similar
Address: Hoefijzerlaan 9, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
Tel. +32 50 33 81 55
* Price per person sharing a double/twin room:
|Dates||12 guests||10 guests||8 guests|
|Low Season||€ 800||€ 950||€ 1050|
|Mid Season||€ 850||€ 1000||€ 1100|
|High Season||€ 900||€ 1050||€ 1150|
|Single supplement: € 260|
|Dates||6 guests||4 guests||2 guests|
|Low Season||€ 1250||€ 1650||€ 2400|
|Mid Season||€ 1300||€ 1700||€ 2450|
|High Season||€ 1350||€ 1750||€ 2500|
|Single supplement: € 260|
Rates are Commissionable
*The itinerary is on request and rates are subject to the availability of the hotels at the time of booking. Prices are subject to change if travel occur during trade shows, bank holidays or special events and supplements may be applied.
Low Season: Jan – Feb – Nov – Dec
Mid Season: Mar – Jul – Aug
High Season: Apr – May – Jun – Sep – Oct
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