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Belgium

Belgium has special significance for Kiwi travellers. More than 4700 New Zealanders are buried here in about 80 cemeteries throughout the country. A growing number of Kiwis now make a pilgrimage to these wartime resting places and to the battlefields of Flanders. Starting at the Grand Place in Brussels Old Town, you’ll discover that this is a city of museums, beautiful buildings and enticing cafés – think moules, frites and Belgium beer. Art galleries that celebrate everything from renaissance to surrealist works, city parks, puppet theatres, lace boutiques and chocolate shops fill your days. Brugge, chocolate box picturesque is a perfectly preserved medieval city with cobbled squares and canalside walkways. To really enjoy this popular city you need to stay overnight to see the fabulous evening floodlighting and make an early start to wander around the market square and climb the 13th century Belfort which towers 83 metres above the city centre and leans almost a metre to the east at the top. The 366 steps to the top will test your determination and its bells will keep you on schedule.



SOME THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN BELGIUM



Brussels City Tour BRUSSELS CITY TOUR

Stroll through the old city centre with your guide, and learn about the world-famous Grand Place with its unique City Hall and splendid guild houses. Then hop on a coach and pass by the famous sights of the city.

Chocolate Tour and Workshop CHOCOLATE TOUR AND WORKSHOP

Learn how to make real Belgian pralines at a fun workshop by a Master Chocolatier. Enjoy a guided walk and see Manneken-Pis, the oldest citizen of Brussels, the antique shops of Sablon Square and the Royal Galleries. Visit the city’s most luxurious chocolate shops to taste some of the best sellers. 
Flanders Field Tour FLANDERS FIELD TOUR

Poppies are a symbol of remembrance and are dotted in the farmers’ fields. Explore around Ypres, through restored trenches, stroll amongst now tranquil war graves in Passchendaele and learn plenty from your guide. Lunch at the old Cheese Factory and finish with the Last Post ceremony in Ypres.
Brugge Day Trip GHENT AND BRUGGE DAY TRIP 

Discover the UNESCO World Heritage cities of Ghent and Brugge, wander their cobblestone streets to marvel at historic chapels, churches, a castle and market square.  
Luxembourg Day Trip LUXEMBOURG DAY TRIP FROM BRUSSELS

Absorb the antique charm of Luxembourg visiting landmarks like the Royal Palace, Notre-Dame Cathedral and the European Court of Justice. Stop in the beautiful town of Dinant and see its 13th century cathedral.
Brussels Beer Tasting Tour BRUSSELS BEER TASTING TOUR

Learn about Belgium beer heritage as you enjoy a selection of eight beers, Belgian cheese, smoked ham and delicious chocolates in some of Belgium’s oldest cafés. 
Antwerp Tour BRUSSELS AND ANTWERP TOUR

Discover the sights of Brussels before heading to Antwerp. Admire the architecture of an ancient fortress and the houses of Market Square then be dazzled by a diamond factory.




BELGIUM ACCOMMODATION



Here's a taste of some of our favourite hotels and apartment-hotels in Belgium.
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Ibis Off Grand-Place
IBIS OFF GRAND PLACE, BRUSSELS
★★★
Just a short walk to the Grand Place and only a few metres walk to the cultural district and main shopping area. The large number of cafes and restaurants are perfect for people watching and quenching your thirst after a day of sightseeing and shopping.
Novotel Brugge Centrum
NOVOTEL BRUGGE CENTRUM
★★★

Bruges is part of UNESCO World Heritage and famous for its medieval architecture and cuisine. From the Novotel, you can walk to the chocolate museum, beer museum or diamond museum. You’re walking distance to all the iconic attractions and after exploring Bruges enjoy a drink in bar or on the terrace next to the pool.
The Dominican Hotel Brussels
THE DOMINICAN HOTEL, BRUSSELS
★★★★
Located on Rue Leopold in the centre of the city behind the La Monnaie theatre, this hotel offers stylish rooms, a private courtyard and bustling Grand Lounge, all within walking distance of the distinguished guild houses of the Grand Place. It’s an eclectic mix of design in both the interior and exterior.
Hotel De Tuilerieen Brugge
HOTEL DE TUILERIEEN, BRUGGE
★★★★

Enjoy the stunning canal-side location of this elegant hotel which combines modern amenities with the charm of Old Brugge. Overlooking a pretty canal and with all the main places of interest within walking distance of the hotel, you won’t have to venture too far to explore.





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