Bruges & the Historic Cities of Flanders

The historic city centre of Bruges is famous for its remarkable medieval architecture, beautiful 13th century belfry, picturesque canals and lacemaking. Our two fantastic hotels are based in the centre of Bruges and are ideally positioned for touring the neighbouring historic cities of Ghent and Ypres.

Tina says...
“The high quality of the Portinari shines out and its central location with the coach still able to drop right outside makes it a real winner.”

Karina says...
“The Acadamie Hotel is ideally located in the centre of Bruges so is perfect for your customers to explore the cobbled streets and sample plenty of treats from the nearby chocolate shops!”

Driver Comment...
“The Academie Hotel was excellent, guests were very happy with the hotel.”


Horse-drawn Carriage & Canal Boat Tours
Enjoy a 30 minute carriage ride along Bruges’ historic winding streets with expert commentary from your coachman. Alternatively, see the beauty of Bruges from the water with a 30 minute boat trip on the canals around the city (Mar – Nov).

Market Square & Belfry
Life in Bruges centres on the market square which is overlooked by the Belfry Tower, the most imposing in Belgium. The massive tower dates back to the 13th century and the view from the top looks out over all of Bruges and its surroundings.

The Beguinage of Bruges was founded in 1245 and is now inhabited by nuns. Its whitecoloured house fronts, tranquil garden and Beguinage Museum offer a glimpse into what life was like in the 17th century. Enjoy the tranquillity of this little piece of world heritage.

Burg Square
Visit the historic sights on the perfectly preserved Gothic square of Burg, offering a feast of Gothic architecture and home to the 14th century Stadhuis, Belgium’s oldest town hall and one of the finest, the Brugse Vrije with its remarkable 1531 carved chimney piece and the fabulously ornate neo-Gothic Basilica of the Holy Blood, among many others.

This small museum houses an outstanding collection of 15th century Flemish art.

Kantcentrum (Lace Centre)
Opened in 2014, the Lace Centre is housed in the renovated old lace school of the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception. The story of Bruges’ lace is told in the lace museum on the ground floor and demonstrations are also held in the workshop.

Bruges Beer Museum
Discover the most fascinating aspects of beer in a fun and innovative way and learn about the history of beer, beer types and the brewing process, tasting, smelling and feeling each beer ingredient along the way.

Choco-Story Chocolate Museum
Learn all about the transformation of cocoa into chocolate, with group tours and demonstrations available.




The Graslei & Korenlei
Graslei and Korenlei are the main quays, with elegant facades representing different architectural styles. The unique row of historical buildings is home to the house of the Grain Weighers, the Guildhall of the Free Boatmen, the Spijker and many other buildings each having their own history. The trading boats on the quays have now all been replaced by tourist boats on which you can enjoy a 1 hour cruise around the canals of Ghent.

Castle of Counts (Gravensteen)
Ghent is also the only city in Belgium to have a castle in its centre, the Medieval Castle of the Count. Built in 1180, overlooking the city, this medieval moated fortress tells the story of Ghent’s turbulent history and contains a unique weapon collection in the Arms Museum.

St Bavo’s Cathedral
A majestic building containing a Romanesque crypt, High Gothic cathedral choir and Gothic tower, richly decorated inside with unique paintings.


The Cloth Hall (Lakenhalle)
Dominating the Grote Markt and one of Belgium’s most impressive buildings, with a 70m high belfry, the Cloth Hall is home to the In Flanders Fields Museum on the first floor. This unmissable museum provides a sensory experience, combining soundscapes, videos, exhibits and interactive learning stations, of life in the First World War in the West Flanders front region.

Brewery Tours
Whilst in Ypres, remember that it is also home to one of the oldest breweries in Belgium (Het Sas in Boezinge) and to one of the finest beers in the world (the Westvleteren XII, of the famous Trappist Abbey of Saint Sixtus), so a beer tasting tour could well be in order too.

Menin Gate
A famous British War Memorial of the First World War, this is where the enormously poignant “Last Post” ceremony has been taking place since 1928 every evening at 8pm.

Hotel Academie

Bruges, Flanders
AAA+ Central Location
This elegant 4 star hotel is situated in the historic heart of Bruges, just 50m from the famous Lake of Love and the Béguinage, with easy access on foot to the city centre. The 90 air conditioned bedrooms offer TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. There is a good-sized restaurant, traditional bar and a lovely winter garden and stylish terrace. • Ground floor rooms • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Coach parking is off-site & chargeable

Hotel Portinari

Bruges, Flanders
AAA+ Central Location Charming Location
The 4 star Hotel Portinari is very much a boutique hotel with an enviable position overlooking the restaurant lined t'Zand Square, just a 10 minute stroll along Bruges' main shopping street from the historic market square. This family-run hotel is known for its personal welcome and charming atmosphere. Each of the 37 air conditioned bedrooms is equipped with TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Public areas include a stylish breakfast room, bar and a guest lounge with indoor and outdoor seating overlooking t'Zand Square. • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Coach parking is off-site & chargeable

Hotel Portinari

Bruges, Flanders
4 Nights Bed & Breakfast
January 2018 – March 2019
Twin from £189pp to £255pp
Single Supplement from £94

3 Nights Bed & Breakfast
January 2018 – March 2019
Twin from £189pp to £275pp
Single Supplement from £94

• Return short sea crossing
• Porterage
• Welcome glass of beer, wine or orange juice

Hotel Academie

Bruges, Flanders
3 Nights Bed & Breakfast
January 2018 – December 2018
Twin from £129pp to £193pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £76

3 Nights Bed & Breakfast
January 2018 – December 2018
Twin from £143pp to £255pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £90

• Return short sea crossing
• Welcome glass of wine or beer on 1st night
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£129 for 4 days

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