Bruges Steam Railway Holiday

Friday, 20th August 2021

Belgium

Europe

Bruges Bonanza

Holiday Highlights

  • Maldegem Stoom Centre narrow, and standard gauge, steam
  • A trip to the Netherlands for steam at Goes
  • Canal cruising in beautiful Bruges
  • Eurostar and Belgian Railways to/from
  • Trams and trains in Brussels including Train World Museum
  • Belgium’s famous coastal tram
Bruges just might be the most picturesque town in Northern Europe. Teeming with Gothic and Medieval architecture and criss-crossed by busy canals, it is known as “The Venice of the North”.

Outline Itinerary

Friday

After meeting at St Pancras International we take a late morning Eurostar to Brussels and change trains to Bruges. We’ll transfer to the hotel and then introduce you to your environs by way of a guided walking tour before letting you go and explore this lovely place.

Saturday

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.

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Sunday

What a great day we have in store. We rail across to Brussels and tram into the suburbs. At Woluwe is a superb tram museum that is not only full of interesting exhibits but offers action as well with a ride out into the countryside aboard an historic tram. Later, we cross the city bound for Schaerbeek and Belgium’s state of the art Train World Museum – this place is a “must-do” visit – see what you think!

Monday

Our steamy holiday highlight is at the nearby Maldegem Railway Centre. 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.

Tuesday

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.

Bruges Bonanza -Scenic Tram in Brussels

Our Hotel

Le Bois De Bruges
The Le Bois de Bruges Hotel is under new management and was formally the Park Hotel which we have used since 1991.

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 & restaurants. The opera house is to the right and the station just a short stroll away through the park. The hotel now boasts a restaurant (though you won’t need it!), a bar and a full buffet breakfast is provided.

The Park Hotel Bruges

What’s Included

Transport

  • All heritage railway rides
  • All public transport journeys, in standard class accommodation
  • Private coach transfers throughout the holiday

Entertainment

  • All entrances
  • Detailed itinerary/information pack
  • Services of courier throughout

Accommodation

  • Hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis
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What's not Included

  • Travel to/from the holiday start point
  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Porterage
  • Other meals

Let's book your dream holiday!

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Bruges Steam Railway Holiday
Tour Reference: BB5/1
Friday, 20th August 2021
5 days
£889
Price, based on 1.05 Euro to the £. (see Booking Conditions for currency fluctuation clause) Single supplement £220.00