Hauts-de-France, Flanders (Bruges, Ypres, Ostend)

What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than a short hop across the Channel to stock up on some original gifts. Medieval buildings are illuminated by twinkling festive lights and traditional stalls entice visitors with their delicious specialities and colourful crafts.

Accommodation

We’ll stay at a well-appointed 3-star hotel such as the Acacias in Tourcoing or the Horizon in Ath. All the comfortable rooms are en suite and other facilities include a bar and restaurant.

Coach Only

Itinerary

Experience Traditional Christmas Markets with France Christmas Getaway

Day 1 – Journey to France/Belgium via Ypres
We take the ferry to Calais before travelling to the lovely Belgian town of Ypres. The charming cobbled streets lined with pretty Flemish-style buildings belie the town’s past as the scene of some of the most intense battles of the First World War. Almost completely destroyed, the town was faithfully rebuilt including the striking medieval Cloth Hall. Here we have some free time to find a local restaurant for dinner before we continue to our hotel.

Day 2 – Ostend & Bruges Christmas Market
Today we spend a couple of hours in Belgium’s premier seaside resort of Ostend, before heading to the beautiful medieval city of Bruges, famous for its picturesque canals. Held in the city’s main market square, the Christmas Market is full of stalls selling a tempting array of hand-made Christmas decorations and gifts as well as tasty local produce and warming mulled wine. Enjoy dinner in Bruges before we return to the hotel.


Day 3 – Arras Christmas Market
Our first destination today is the charming town of Arras where the Christmas Market is held in the magnificent setting of the Grand’Place. Against the soft silhouettes of the rounded Baroque townhouses over 100 artisans sell traditional crafts and gifts from their wooden chalets; transforming the whole square into a magical winter wonderland. Late afternoon we journey to Lille, sure to be crowned with huge festive garlands. Sample the spice bread or enjoy other regional specialities from the festive food stalls for dinner before we rejoin the coach to head back to our hotel.

Day 4 – Journey home via Boulogne-sur-Mer
This morning we check out of the hotel and head for Boulogne-sur-Mer en route to Calais. This vibrant fishing port offers a historic Old Town surrounded by an assemblage of medieval ramparts and a pedestrianised town centre bustling with shops and eateries. After a few hours at leisure here, we head back to Calais for our return ferry home.

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  • Return coach travel and ferry crossings
  • 3 nights at a selected 3-star hotel with breakfast
  • Excursions to Ostend, Bruges Christmas Market, Arras Christmas Market & Lille
  • En-route visits to Ypres & Boulogne-sur-Mer
View Joining Points
  • amesbury countess services (a303)
  • andover
  • bath
  • bodmin
  • bournemouth
  • bridgwater
  • bridgwater services (m5)
  • bristol
  • bristol cribbs causeway
  • camborne
  • chieveley services (m4)
  • chippenham
  • chipping sodbury
  • christchurch
  • cirencester
  • clevedon
  • coleford
  • cullompton services (m5)
  • dorchester
  • east cowes
  • eastleigh
  • exeter services (m5)
  • fareham
  • gordano services (m5)
  • havant
  • hedge end
  • keynsham
  • kingswood
  • liskeard
  • lydney
  • melksham
  • newport (isle of wight)
  • newton abbot
  • penzance
  • plymouth
  • poole
  • portsmouth
  • redruth
  • ringwood
  • rownhams services (m27)
  • ryde
  • salisbury
  • saltash
  • sandown
  • shanklin
  • south molton
  • southampton
  • southampton ferry terminal
  • st austell
  • stonehouse
  • stroud
  • swindon
  • taunton
  • tiverton sampford peverell services (m5)
  • totton
  • trowbridge
  • truro
  • wareham
  • weston-super-mare
  • weymouth
  • winchester
  • yeovil
  • ashford
  • aylesbury
  • banstead
  • basildon
  • basingstoke
  • bexhill
  • bishop's stortford birchanger green services (m11)
  • bognor regis
  • bracknell
  • braintree
  • brighton
  • broadstairs
  • bromley
  • burgess hill
  • camberley
  • canterbury
  • chelmsford
  • cheshunt
  • chichester
  • clacket lane services (m25)
  • cobham services (m25)
  • colchester
  • crawley
  • croydon
  • dartford
  • dover port
  • dunstable
  • eastbourne
  • enfield
  • epsom
  • faversham
  • fleet services (m3)
  • folkestone stop 24 services (m20)
  • gravesend
  • harlow
  • hastings
  • haywards heath
  • hemel hempstead
  • herne bay
  • high wycombe
  • hitchin
  • ipswich
  • letchworth
  • lewisham
  • littlehampton
  • luton
  • maidenhead
  • maidstone
  • maidstone services m20
  • margate
  • newhaven
  • orpington
  • oxford
  • oxford services (m40)
  • peacehaven
  • pease pottage services (m23)
  • polegate
  • ramsgate
  • rayleigh
  • reading
  • reading services m4
  • rochester
  • romford
  • ruislip
  • seaford
  • sevenoaks
  • shoreham-by-sea
  • sittingbourne
  • slough
  • south mimms services (m25)
  • southend
  • st albans
  • staines
  • stanford-le-hope
  • stevenage
  • sutton
  • thame
  • thurrock services (m25)
  • uxbridge
  • watford
  • welwyn garden city
  • whitstable
  • worthing
  • banbury
  • belper
  • bicester
  • bletchley
  • bromsgrove
  • burton upon trent
  • cheltenham
  • cinderford
  • coalville
  • corley services (m6)
  • coventry
  • derby
  • dudley
  • evesham
  • gloucester
  • halesowen
  • hereford
  • hilton park services (m6)
  • hinckley
  • hopwood park services (m42)
  • hucknall
  • kettering
  • kidderminster
  • kidsgrove
  • leamington spa
  • ledbury
  • leek
  • leicester
  • leicester forest east services (m1)
  • leighton buzzard
  • leominster
  • long eaton
  • loughborough
  • ludlow
  • malvern
  • mansfield
  • market harborough
  • melton mowbray
  • milton keynes
  • newcastle under lyme
  • northampton
  • northampton services m1
  • nottingham
  • oswestry
  • oxford peartree services (a34)
  • pershore
  • redditch
  • ripley (derbs.)
  • ross-on-wye
  • rugby
  • shrewsbury
  • solihull
  • stafford
  • stoke on trent
  • stourbridge
  • stratford-upon-avon
  • swadlincote
  • telford
  • tewkesbury
  • tibshelf services (m1)
  • uttoxeter
  • walsall
  • warwick
  • warwick services (m40)
  • watford gap services (m1)
  • wellingborough
  • wellington (shrops.)
  • witney
  • wolverhampton
  • worcester
  • bradford
  • chesterfield
  • cleethorpes
  • doncaster
  • ferrybridge services (m62)
  • gainsborough
  • goole
  • grimsby
  • halifax
  • harrogate
  • huddersfield
  • immingham
  • keighley
  • knaresborough
  • leeds
  • scunthorpe
  • selby
  • sheffield
  • skipton
  • woodall services (m1)
  • woolley edge services (m1)
  • worksop
  • york
  • beccles
  • bedford
  • biggleswade
  • boston
  • bury st edmunds
  • cambridge
  • chapel st leonards
  • chatteris
  • diss
  • downham market
  • gorleston
  • grantham
  • great yarmouth
  • holbeach
  • hunstanton
  • huntingdon
  • kempston
  • kings lynn
  • lincoln
  • louth
  • lowestoft
  • mablethorpe
  • march
  • market deeping
  • newark
  • newmarket
  • north hykeham
  • norwich
  • peterborough
  • peterborough services (a1(m))
  • rushden
  • sandy
  • skegness
  • sleaford
  • spalding
  • st ives (cambs.)
  • st neots
  • stamford
  • stowmarket
  • thetford
  • wisbech
  • accrington
  • altrincham
  • barrow-in-furness
  • bebington
  • birkenhead
  • blackburn
  • bolton
  • bury
  • charnock richard services (m6)
  • chester
  • crewe
  • crooklands
  • ellesmere port
  • knutsford services (m6)
  • lancaster
  • leyland
  • liverpool
  • nelson
  • northwich
  • penrith
  • preston
  • rawtenstall
  • runcorn
  • sale
  • sandbach services (m6)
  • st helens
  • ulverston
  • warrington lymm services (m6)
  • widnes
  • wigan
  • winsford
  • wrexham

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  • andover
  • basingstoke
  • bognor regis
  • bournemouth
  • chichester
  • christchurch
  • eastleigh
  • fareham
  • hedge end
  • havant
  • poole
  • ringwood
  • salisbury
  • totton
  • winchester
  • dorchester
  • bromsgrove
  • burton upon trent
  • coventry
  • derby
  • dudley
  • halesowen
  • hinckley
  • kidderminster
  • leamington spa
  • newcastle under lyme
  • redditch
  • rugby
  • shrewsbury
  • solihull
  • stafford
  • stoke on trent
  • stourbridge
  • telford
  • uttoxeter
  • walsall
  • warwick
  • wolverhampton
  • worcester
  • pershore
  • evesham
  • huddersfield
  • leeds
  • epsom
  • banstead
  • watford
  • uxbridge
  • ruislip
  • enfield
  • wisbech
  • hastings
  • banbury
  • peacehaven
  • polegate
  • seaford
  • sevenoaks
  • brighton
  • burgess hill
  • crawley
  • haywards heath
  • shoreham-by-sea
  • worthing
  • portsmouth
  • aylesbury
  • bletchley
  • thame
  • high wycombe
  • oxford
  • milton keynes
  • camberley
  • southampton
  • staines
  • bracknell
  • dunstable
  • hemel hempstead
  • leighton buzzard
  • luton
  • maidenhead
  • reading
  • slough
  • bedford
  • biggleswade
  • chatteris
  • downham market
  • hitchin
  • kings lynn
  • letchworth
  • sandy
  • st neots
  • beccles
  • bury st edmunds
  • cambridge
  • diss
  • gorleston
  • great yarmouth
  • lowestoft
  • newmarket
  • norwich
  • thetford
  • ipswich
  • stowmarket
  • braintree
  • colchester
  • stevenage
  • basildon
  • chelmsford
  • cheshunt
  • harlow
  • st albans
  • welwyn garden city
  • rayleigh
  • broadstairs
  • canterbury
  • faversham
  • gravesend
  • herne bay
  • margate
  • romford
  • ramsgate
  • rochester
  • sittingbourne
  • whitstable
  • ashford
  • bicester
  • maidstone
  • peterborough
  • march
  • eastbourne
  • rushden
  • kettering
  • wellingborough
  • northampton
  • huntingdon
  • northampton services m1
  • sutton
  • bromley
  • croydon
  • dartford
  • lewisham
  • orpington
  • boston
  • holbeach
  • leicester
  • market harborough
  • spalding
  • stamford
  • reading services m4
  • maidstone services m20
  • littlehampton
  • stanford-le-hope
  • hunstanton
  • sleaford
  • grantham
  • newhaven
  • folkestone stop 24 services (m20)
  • folkestone stop 24 services (m20)
  • bristol
  • bradford
  • bridgwater
  • bridgwater services (m5)
  • bristol cribbs causeway
  • bury
  • bishop's stortford birchanger green services (m11)
  • cheltenham
  • chapel st leonards
  • charnock richard services (m6)
  • chester
  • chesterfield
  • clacket lane services (m25)
  • cinderford
  • chipping sodbury
  • chippenham
  • cleethorpes
  • chieveley services (m4)
  • cirencester
  • clevedon
  • coalville
  • coleford
  • cobham services (m25)
  • corley services (m6)
  • blackburn
  • crewe
  • cullompton services (m5)
  • dover port
  • doncaster
  • bolton
  • ellesmere port
  • exeter services (m5)
  • fleet services (m3)
  • ferrybridge services (m62)
  • grimsby
  • halifax
  • harrogate
  • gainsborough
  • hereford
  • hilton park services (m6)
  • hopwood park services (m42)
  • hucknall
  • immingham
  • keighley
  • kempston
  • keynsham
  • kidsgrove
  • kingswood
  • gloucester
  • knutsford services (m6)
  • lancaster
  • knaresborough
  • goole
  • ledbury
  • gordano services (m5)
  • leek
  • leicester forest east services (m1)
  • leominster
  • lincoln
  • liverpool
  • long eaton
  • loughborough
  • louth
  • ludlow
  • lydney
  • mablethorpe
  • malvern
  • mansfield
  • melton mowbray
  • market deeping
  • melksham
  • newark
  • north hykeham
  • northwich
  • nottingham
  • oswestry
  • oxford peartree services (a34)
  • oxford services (m40)
  • pease pottage services (m23)
  • penrith
  • peterborough services (a1(m))
  • altrincham
  • amesbury countess services (a303)
  • barrow-in-furness
  • bath
  • bebington
  • belper
  • bexhill
  • birkenhead
  • preston
  • ripley (derbs.)
  • ross-on-wye
  • stroud
  • rownhams services (m27)
  • sandbach services (m6)
  • scunthorpe
  • selby
  • sheffield
  • skegness
  • skipton
  • south mimms services (m25)
  • southend
  • st helens
  • st ives (cambs.)
  • stonehouse
  • stratford-upon-avon
  • swadlincote
  • swindon
  • taunton
  • tewkesbury
  • thurrock services (m25)
  • tibshelf services (m1)
  • tiverton sampford peverell services (m5)
  • trowbridge
  • ulverston
  • weymouth
  • wigan
  • winsford
  • witney
  • woodall services (m1)
  • woolley edge services (m1)
  • worksop
  • wrexham
  • yeovil
  • york
  • wareham
  • warrington lymm services (m6)
  • warwick services (m40)
  • watford gap services (m1)
  • wellington (shrops.)
  • weston-super-mare
  • accrington
  • crooklands
  • leyland
  • nelson
  • rawtenstall
  • runcorn
  • sale
  • widnes
  • bodmin
  • camborne
  • east cowes
  • liskeard
  • newport (isle of wight)
  • newton abbot
  • penzance
  • plymouth
  • redruth
  • ryde
  • saltash
  • sandown
  • shanklin
  • south molton
  • st austell
  • truro
  • southampton ferry terminal
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