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Bruges

Understand that Zeebrugge literally means Bruges-on-Sea and you immediately appreciate why this ferry port is also Belgium's major cruise port. A medieval jewel on the North Sea, the charming city of Bruges is just 10 miles away.

 

Sometimes called the Venice of the North because of the picturesque criss-crossing canals on which you can enjoy fascinating and romantic boat rides, Bruges actually has a character all its own.

 

Although it has all the facilities of a modern city - smart shops, restaurants, bars and hotels - these are all found behind the centuries-old facades and weathered gables of the historic buildings at the city's heart.

 

Bruges is rightly famous for its exquisite lacework, tasty chocolate and huge range of local beers while, from Zeebrugge, you can also visit another historic city, Ghent, the capital Brussels, and historic battlefield sites such as Waterloo and Ypres.

 

Shore excursions in Bruges (from Zeebrugge)

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

A Taste of Bruges

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 4¾ hours

Discover Bruges with its canals, beautiful medieval buildings, chocolates and lace.

Enjoy a narrated panoramic drive with scenes of the Flemish countryside, before arriving in Bruges for a walking tour and canal ride, followed by free time for shopping.

Upon arrival at this historical old town, the beautiful medieval atmosphere is immediately evident. Cobble-stoned streets twist and turn and centuries-old buildings hover over the main canals. Take a guided walk through the picturesque city passing the Market Place with its merchant guild houses, Belfry Tower, Town Hall and the Gothic-style Chapel of the Holy Blood (exterior views only).

A true highlight of your tour of Bruges will be a short canal boat ride along the serene waterways of this romantic, historical city.

You’ll have time to browse independently around Bruges. The shops are plentiful and overflowing with souvenirs, delicious Belgian chocolates, finely made tapestries and, of course, the world-famous lace - so the opportunities are hard to resist.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, canal boat and on foot. This tour requires a moderate level of activity. Passengers are advised that there are steps to be negotiated when boarding and disembarking the canal boat. There is approximately 2 hours’ total walking, some of which involves steps and cobblestones.

Christmas Spirit in Bruges

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 4½ hours

Combine the Christmas markets of Bruges with a guided walking tour through the city and its highlights.

Enjoy a narrated panoramic drive with scenes of the Flemish countryside, before arriving in Bruges for a walking tour followed with free time for shopping.

As you enter this historical old town, the beautiful medieval atmosphere is immediately evident. Cobble-stoned streets twist and turn and centuries-old buildings hover over the main canals. A guided walk will take you through the picturesque city passing the Market Place with its merchant guild houses, the Belfry Tower, Town Hall and the Gothic-style Chapel of the Holy Blood (exterior views only).

There will be enough time to browse independently around Bruges. The city centre is transformed by the charming Christmas Markets in the city’s squares; browse around the pretty stalls selling hand-made decorations, gifts, chocolates and tasty local delicacies. The traditional step-gabled buildings decorated with sparkling lights, the huge Christmas tree and the ice rink in Market Square all add to the delightfully festive atmosphere.

Your guide will lead you to the romantic ‘Lake of Love’ to rejoin your coach for the journey back to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour requires a moderate level of walking over cobbled streets. Lunch has not been included to allow maximum flexibility.

Ypres - in Flanders Fields

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 7 hours

This tour takes in the dramatic history of war and the battles fought in and around Ypres.

Ypres was reduced to rubble by constant bombardments during the Great War. Now restored to its former grandeur, Ypres contains numerous poignant sites and monuments linked to the war.

There are many battlefields around Ypres, where German and allied armies fought without decisive victories. Take time to remember those who lost their lives at Tyne Cot Cemetery.

Menin Gate is a famous British War memorial of the First World War and is by far the most important evidence in Ypres of the British presence. The names of 54,896 missing soldiers are engraved on its walls.

‘In Flanders Fields’ Museum is not a traditional war museum. It is not about commanders and strategists, but about ordinary people who endured the war, the soldiers, nurses, fugitives and children. ‘In Flanders Fields’ Museum is active in keeping the veterans’ stories alive for future generations. The innovative hi-tech methods used within the Museum earned it the title of ‘Best European Museum’.

A short visit will be made to St George’s Memorial Church, Ypres, which stands as a memorial to the thousands who died in the 3 battles of the Ypres Salient.

Enjoy free time in Ypres to explore this pretty town, shop and have a bite to eat.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Lunch has not been included in this tour to allow flexibility. There is approximately 1½ hours’ total walking with steps in the Museum, Menin Gate and the Cemetery.

 

A selection of cruises to Bruges (from Zeebrugge)

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