Weekend in Belgium: Bruges & Brussels
Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th October 2015
With the CIJP – Club International des Jeunes à Paris
From Bruges to Brussels, come discover Belgium’s two finest cities. Every aspect of this fascinating country beckons you to learn about the culture of art. Visit Bruges over a weekend, exploring the narrow roads, romantic canals and quiet parks and relive the past. Pass through Brussels, capital of “Art nouveau”. Admire its architectural wonders, overflowing museums and famous comic strips. Taste its famous beers and delicious chocolates! A trip that will fill you with unforgettable experiences!
We will arrive in Bruges at around 11am for the first stop of the weekend. It is not without reason that Bruges has been named the “Venice of the North”. The historical district is encircled by a canal, and subdivided by several smaller ones on which boat tours are available. This medieval city has managed to retain all the splendour of its medieval architectural heritage. Its historical district is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its Gothic style brick buildings and “Flemish Primitive” artistic masterpieces.
Our visit will start with a guided tour through the historical part of Bruges, during which we will explore the city centre and admire its many wonders, such as the Béguinage, the Love Lake, the Grand Place and Notre Dame Church. Afterwards we will stop for lunch at Bruges, followed by free time to walk around and explore Bruges’ museums and monuments, or even enjoy a boat ride along the canal. In the evening we will set off for Brussels, where dinner and an evening out will be organised.
Among the streets bristling with comic strip heroes, beautiful Art nouveau, culinary delights or the fashionable neighbourhoods of Saint-Jacques and Saint-Géry, no other destination can preserve such a lifestyle. Its most beautiful historical monuments are all within walking distance from one another, allowing you to stroll through the city in about an hour.
Our programme for the day will start with a guided-tour of the monuments of Brussels, including the Grand Place, the King’s House, Atomium, Manneke Pis and Saint Michel Cathedral. This will be followed by free time for lunch and to explore the vast array of Brussels’ famous museums!
Price: 120€ (full payment must be received by Thursday 8th October)
Departure from Paris: Saturday 17th October at 6:30am
Arrival from Paris: Sunday 18th October at 10pm
Duration: 1 night/2 days
Transportation: Departure from Paris, meet on the stairs of the Opéra Garnier, M° Opéra (lines 3, 7 and 8) and RER Auber (RER A). Coach leaves at 6:30am on Saturday 17th October and will arrive back in Paris on Sunday 18th October at 10pm.
Accommodation: Hostel in Brussels, rooms of 3 to 4 people (or double rooms for an additional fee of 7€ per person). Breakfast is included on the Sunday morning.