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Bruges New Years Eve - 4 Day Itinerary

DAY 1 (D) - Departing on a mid-morning P&O sailing from Dover for the crossing to Calais in France your journey today takes you along the northern coast of France before crossing the border into Belgium. On arrival in Bruges, you will check-in to your hotel with the remainder of the afternoon and evening at leisure - Mileage approx. 72 miles.

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DAY 2 (BB) – Bruges or Brussels

Breakfast followed by the day at leisure in Bruges

OR - Make the short journey to Brussels for a visit to Autoworld (admission not included). It is centrally situated in the exclusive halls of the Parc du Cinquantenaire, in one of the architectural showpieces in the heart of Brussels. More than 250 vehicles of various origins illustrate the spectacular development of vehicles over more than a century. From horse drawn carriages to exclusive sport cars from the 1960s, from motorcycles with a rich history to the reconstruction of a garage from the twenties. Autoworld houses the general history of the automobile.

 

DAY 3 - Breakfast followed by the day at leisure in Bruges

Enjoy a day in the magical city of Bruges, especially in deep winter when its cobbled streets are alive with festivities, glowing with Christmas lights. Much of the architecture is lovingly preserved and the streets are largely traffic free, which makes it a joy to explore on foot. Bruges is also a chocolate lover's paradise!

DAY 4 - This morning we've arranged a late check out today, so after a nice lay-in and a late breakfast/brunch departure from Bruges will be late morning, why not enjoy a leisurely visit to Ypres on your way back to the port? In Ypres, there is much to be remembered, with deeply engrained links to World War One. You can experience a range of tour, as there are many war cemeteries and monuments throughout the city and in the nearby area. From October 1914 until October 1918 the battlefield was close to the centre of Ypres."The trenches had been dug from North to South to form an arch around Ypres. In that famous Ypres Salient no fewer than five bloody battles were fought. In the 1920s more than 150 military cemeteries were built in and around the city. Monuments were erected, Menin Gate being the most important. Your return ferry crossing back to Dover will be late afternoon/early evening.

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Directly opposite Autoworld is the Royal Museum of the Armed forces, Military History, admission here is free, and in addition to arms, uniforms, planes and tanks, it reveals real works of art like paintings, sculptures, miniatures. The museum presents a unique collection with its diversity and importance. The history of soldiers from around the world and the technical evolutions are narrated through the brilliant armours of the Middle Ages through to present day camouflage fatigues.

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Then for the highlight of the weekend! In the evening you'll enjoy a sumptous Gastronomic five course New Years Eve dinner including champagne and wine. Then after coffee there's live entertainment leading up to midnight where you'll toast in the New Year with a complimentary glass of champagne.

As well as the numerous chocolate shops, do not miss the Chocolate Museum or Pralinette - Bruges' largest and best praline store. Also, there is the traditional Vismarkt (fishmarket) and the Lace Museum with samples dating back for centuries.

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In the afternoon, you will be able to spend some free time in Brussels City Centre or why not visit the famous Atomium before heading back to the hotel and Bruges late afternoon. The evening is then at leisure to enjoy the numerous bars, cafes and restaurants in Bruges.

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