• Explore the delightful medieval town of Bruges, characterised by its fine churches, canals and cobbled streets, from a base in the heart of the city
• Discover the works of the Flemish Primitives, including Jan van Eyck and Hans Memling, with visits to the Groeningemuseum and Hospital of St John
• Enjoy a private reception at the fascinating historical Adornes Domain and Jerusalem Chapel
Freelance art historian and museum professional who worked at the Fitzwilliam Museum
Depart London St Pancras 1058 on Eurostar, arriving Brussels 1405. Transfer by coach to Bruges for four nights at Hotel De Tuilerieën. Short walking tour: Vismarkt, Burg, Markt, Belfort, Wollestraat.
Morning lecture followed by visit to Groeningemuseum (Flemish Primitives and later Bruges artists). Afternoon: St Saviour’s Cathedral (Bruges’s oldest parish church with Treasury).
Morning lecture followed by visit to St John’s Hospital and Memling Museum. Afternoon: Church of Our Lady followed by gentle walk to Beguinage (founded in 1245). Free evening.
Morning visit to Gruuthusemuseum. Afternoon: gentle walk to St Anne’s Church followed by Adornes Domain and Jerusalem Chapel.
Transfer by coach to Brussels. Depart Brussels 1252, arriving London St Pancras 1405.
4 Oct — 8 Oct 2021
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Bruges is one in a series of more gently paced tours, created specially by ACE for those who prefer a more laid-back, less physically demanding itinerary while retaining the same high level of academic content. Walking distances are typically shorter, visits are more relaxed, and time is dedicated to the gradual appreciation of, and exploration within, our immediate surroundings. Hotels will usually be situated in central locations to allow for ease of access to major amenities; while group members are regularly encouraged to enjoy each location in their own way and at their own pace. Participants should meet ACE’s usual fitness requirements.
FITNESS / PRACTICALITIES
As one of our gentler tours, this itinerary will be taken at a more relaxed pace. Participants must be prepared for some walking in Bruges’s historical centre, including over uneven pavements and cobbled streets. Some sites may have uneven ground, steps or dimly lit interiors. Please note that there is no lift at the Gruuthusemuseum, and parts of the collection can only be accessed via narrow, steep and winding staircases.
For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE are pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of £60.
Cost of £1495 includes: return travel, accommodation based on sharing an executive twin or double bedded room, breakfast, one lunch, three dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, comfort double room for single use supplement £255.
Executive double rooms for single use and rooms with a canal view are available at a supplement – please contact the ACE office for more details.