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Bruges: Choco-Story Chocolate Museum Tour

1. Bruges: Choco-Story Chocolate Museum Tour

Cocoa has been tickling taste buds for centuries, from the spicy drink in the Maya and Aztec civilizations to the popular sweet chocolate milk in Europe. With more than three people out of four loving chocolate, it’s hardly surprising that there is an enormous fascination for this exquisite treat. This tour aims to bring to life the 4,000-year-old history of chocolate in words, pictures, and flavors. The museum submerges you in the exciting world of chocolate, taking you on a journey of the senses through time. Young or old, passionate chocoholic or simply just interested, the Chocolate Museum will stimulate your fascination. The museum is composed of three parts, telling the story of the origin and evolution of chocolate through a unique collection of almost a thousand objects. Besides the history, the museum also reveals how chocolate is made, with special attention for the variety of raw ingredients and the development of the production process. In the demonstration center you will uncover the secret of beautiful silky chocolate, getting the opportunity to taste the chocolate products made in the museum.

From Bruges: Great War Flanders Fields Minibus Tour w/Lunch

2. From Bruges: Great War Flanders Fields Minibus Tour w/Lunch

Enjoy a trip of historical discovery on this full-day minibus tour that takes you through West Flanders, from Bruges to the Belgian town of Ypres. The city, nicknamed Wipers, was rebuilt according to a medieval blueprint after being completely razed to the ground in the early 1900s. It was also here that the Germans invaded Belgium during World War I; a strategic move to attack France from the north. You will see the remaining artifacts and places of the city as you discover restored trenches, stroll among war graves in Passchendale and Polygon Wood, clamber over craters and bunkers on the preserved battlefield, and visit key war memorials.  Behold the impressive sight of the imposing Menin Gate Memorial to the missing soldiers, complete with 55,000 names, erected on the spot where the soldiers left the city for the battlefront. As your day continues you will also see the iconic poppy fields of Flanders as you ride through the countryside in an air-conditioned mini coach, perfect for relaxing and taking in the picturesque scenery. It is possible to visit an ancestor's grave if requested ahead, and it is also possible to extend the tour for the Last Post Ceremony under the Menin Gate Memorial with transport back to your hotel in Bruges.  This must be requested in advance as well and will incur a fee of €20 to be paid on the day of the tour.

From Paris: Day Trip to Bruges with Seasonal Canal Cruise

3. From Paris: Day Trip to Bruges with Seasonal Canal Cruise

Escape Paris for the day and cross the border to the capital of the West Flanders region of Flemish Belgium. The full-day tour, with round-trip transfers from central Paris, will take you to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bruges, sometimes referred to as the “Venice of the North.” Enjoy a guided walk of the historically rich center, admiring the gothic-style City Hall, the ornate Renaissance architecture of the Place du Bourg, and the 12th-century Basilique du Saint-Sang (Basilica of the Holy Blood), among other attractions. Free time will be allocated for lunch at a local restaurant, where you can enjoy Belgian specialties, such as traditional moules frites (mussels and French fries) and an extensive selection of Belgian beers. A visit to the Groeningemuseum, home to Flemish master painters, such as van Eyck and Hieronymous Bosch is a popular way to spend an afternoon in Bruges. Alternatively, shop for handmade lace and Belgian chocolates in the city’s boutique stores. During the summer season, choose the guided option to enjoy a boat cruise along some of the most famous canals of Bruges, built as far back as the 12th century.

Bruges: Chocolate Making Workshop and Chocolate Museum Entry

4. Bruges: Chocolate Making Workshop and Chocolate Museum Entry

Immerse yourself in Belgium's rich chocolate-making traditions with this interactive workshop.  Under the guidance of an expert chocolatier, learn how to make chocolate lollipops and mendiants, a traditional French confection. At the end of the lesson, savor the rewards of your efforts, or feel free to take your chocolates home with you. Finish your workshop with a self-guided visit to the chocolate museum. Inside, admire a wide range of interactive exhibitions which will bring to life the 4000-year-old history of chocolate in words, pictures, and flavors. Admire a private collection of artifacts with over 1000 objects housed in the museum.

Bruges: The Beer Experience Museum Entry with Audio Guide

5. Bruges: The Beer Experience Museum Entry with Audio Guide

Visit Bruges' Beer Experience Museum to find out about the history and heritage of Belgian beer. Go through the interactive exhibition with an audio guide on an iPad Mini, make use of the special tour for kids, and finish with an optional beer tasting onsite. Use all your senses in the interactive exhibition at the Beer Experience, the beer museum located in Bruges' beautiful Old Town. Use the iPad Mini provided to learn about topics like Trappist and abbey beers, the brewing process, the history of women and beer, food pairing, and much more. Children up to age 12 can enjoy the Kids Tour, which centers around the exciting story of the Bruges bear. At the end of your tour, opt for a beer tasting for an extra €6. The onsite restaurant also offers snacks like cheese, sausages, crackers, paté, and chocolates.

Bruges Historium: Immersive medieval experience

6. Bruges Historium: Immersive medieval experience

Travel back in time to the Middle Ages! The Historium – Bruges’ most visited attraction – lets you step back in time. See how lively Bruges was during the Golden Age in various ways. In the Historium Story, follow the love story of Jacob, Jan van Eyck’s apprentice, as you wander through this spectacular attraction with film, backdrops and special effects. In the interactive Historium Exhibition, find additional information about Mediaeval Bruges or you can get started on the wacky Family Trail.

Bruges: Historium Bruges Story and VR Ticket

7. Bruges: Historium Bruges Story and VR Ticket

Travel back in time to the Middle Ages! The Historium – Bruges’ most visited attraction – lets you step back in time. Get a glimpse of how lively Bruges was during the Golden Age in various ways. In the Historium Story you'll follow the love story of Jacob, Jan van Eyck’s apprentice, as you wander through this spectacular attraction with film, backdrops and special effects. In the interactive Historium Exhibition you will find additional information about Mediaeval Bruges or you can get started on the wacky Family Trail. Time travel back to the year 1435 in the Historium Virtual Reality and sail virtually into the port of Bruges! You will see how the Waterhalle and Belfort tower looked in the past and can fly over the Market Square to the former St. Donatian’s Cathedral. It is a truly exhilarating experience.

Bruges: Frietmuseum Entry Ticket

8. Bruges: Frietmuseum Entry Ticket

Answer all the questions that you have ever had about fries at the Frietmuseum in Bruges. Discover the origins of this globally beloved snack at the first and only museum dedicated to potato fries. Learn where the potato comes from, where fries where invented, and what the secret is to making the best fries. On the ground floor, learn about the fascinating history of the potato which originated in Peru more than 10,000 years ago. On the first floor, discover the history of fries and how they came to Belgium. Don't miss the chance to try some fries yourself in the medieval cellars of the building. This educational museum is housed in the Saaihalle, one of the most beautiful buildings in Bruges, which is an attraction in itself.

From Bruges: Flanders Fields Remembrance Full-Day Trip

9. From Bruges: Flanders Fields Remembrance Full-Day Trip

In Bruges you will enjoy the view of the peaceful Lake of Love and the picturesque Beguinage. Your guide will explain the stories and secrets behind the city’s history from the Viking period until the end of the Middle Ages. Catch many of the highlights of Bruges: the Basilica of the Holly blood of Jesus, the Belfry tower, our Lady’s Church, Saint John’s hospital and enjoy a pleasant boat trip along the narrow canals. After a short lunch break you willl leave for Flanders Fields. Your expert guide will lead you throughout the visit to help you understand the events that led to the first world war and how the catastrophe developed. Visit Passchendaele battlefield and the Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest Commonwealth cemetery in the world where British, Australian and Canadian soldiers were laid to rest. Close by is Polygone where every year Anzac Day is celebrated at dawn. Then visit the Monument of the ‘Brooding Soldier’, which commemorates the sacrifice of 2,000 Canadian soldiers during the first German gas attack. Next, your coach will take you to Essex Farm. This was the dressing station where Dr. John McCrae wrote the famous poem ‘In Flanders Fields.’ After a set lunch in the outskirts of Ypres, drive to France to visit the awesome Vimy Memorial, museum and trenches. If time allows, you will also visit close to Ypres Hill 60 where Australian diggers detonated great underground mines. At 8:00 PM, you attend the Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate, a daily tribute to all Commonwealth soldiers and officers that were missing after battle. The tour offers ample opportunity for reflection and to take pictures.

Ostend: Mu.ZEE Belgian Modern Art Museum Entry Ticket

10. Ostend: Mu.ZEE Belgian Modern Art Museum Entry Ticket

Discover Belgian art history with a ticket to Mu.ZEE in Ostend and admire Belgian art from 1880 to today by artists who have contributed to Belgian art history. Find modern masters such as Victor Servrackx, Jean Brusselmans, Jules Schmalzigaug, Gust De Smet, Frits van den Berghe, Roger Raveel, and Raoul Kesyer. Admire works by contemporary artits such as Luc Tuyans, Panamarenko, Jan van Imschoot, Lili Dujourie, Marie-Jo Lafontaine, Thierry de Cordier, Johan Creten and Benoit Plateus. Marvel at the museum building, housed in an old 1940s department store and designed by Antwerp architect Gaston Eysselinck. The modernist architecture is a highlight in itself. Enjoy the summer exhibitions in 2022 from July 2nd to November 27th such as "Joris Ghekiere: Journey on Paper'' and "Leonard Pongo Primordial Earth." 

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This trip was excellent, Phillip was a great guide who clearly knew his stuff, and Johan was a truly fascinating character who put his heart and soul into his work, even producing a rifle that had only recently been dug up. We saw a number of fascinating sights and Phillip’s knowledge made them even more interesting. A poignant and outstanding day.

Philip was a wonderful and knowledgeable guide, and his personal connection to the area made the trip more moving. Helpful, clean and comfortable minibus, well paced. I would not hesitate to recommend this tour to others.

Very comfortable bus trip. Once arrived had a small guided tour. Then we separated and explored on our own. Fun day

It was wonderful. Our guide was very considerate and the driver is very good. Great trip.

Museum was very informative and fun. Whole family enjoyed.