After meeting at St Pancras International we take a late morning Eurostar to Brussels and change trains to Bruges. We transfer to the hotel and introduce you to your environs by way of a guided walking tour, before letting you go and explore this lovely place.
Our day begins with a train ride to Oostende, where we connect with the coastal tramway for a modern tram trip up to Knokke. Here we join our coach and head up to the River Schelde. By ferry now, along with hundreds of bicycles, to Vlissingen (Flushing) in the Netherlands. A Dutch Railway ride delivers us to Goes for an afternoon of steam with the Stoomtrein Goes/Borsele. Our route back to Bruges is via the Westerschelde Tunnel.
Our steamy holiday highlight is at the nearby Maldegem Railway Centre. Today is the annual steam Gala with loads going on including visiting locomotives, trade stands, pony trap rides and a festival atmosphere. We will enjoy the standard gauge line between here and Eeklo, as well as having fun with the narrow-gauge line running to a tyre dump! We will then cruise back into town from Damme, along the canal, on a mock Mississippi Paddle Steamer.
What a great day we have in store. We rail across to Brussels and on to the northern suburb of Schaerbeek to visit Belgium’s state of the art Train World museum - this place is a “must-do” visit – see what you think! Later we’ll take a guided tour of the iconic sights of the capital city by tram, bus and on foot. We see the Atomium, the European Parliament, and a statue of a little boy with a bladder problem!
Our final morning is very relaxed allowing a little time for sightseeing/shopping. We’ll also take a delightful canal cruise, with live English commentary, passing the historic buildings and sights. About lunchtime we’ll take a train across to Brussels and connect with a London bound Eurostar to whisk us back to St Pancras by late afternoon.
We have chosen this 4-star hotel on the edge of the town centre as it is close enough to be convenient and yet far enough away to be quiet. It is situated on the t’Zand square which is lined with cafes and restaurants. The opera house is to the right and the station just a short stroll away through the park. The hotel has a pavement restaurant, bar and a full buffet breakfast is served in a vaulted room festooned with greenery. Unusually, the Park has no double beds so all shared rooms are twins.