Experience Belgium's finest Christmas market on this festive trip

Bruges Christmas Market

Explore Bruges and its colorful Christmas Market, with its festively decorated stalls selling everything from unique Christmas gifts to warm and fresh waffles. The stunning sights and seasonal flavors you’ll experience on this wintry, whirlwind trip are bound to inspire holiday cheer.

Let us handle the details

  • Experienced Trip Leader
  • Breakfast Buffet
  • Local Tour Guide
  • Private Transportation

Your trip includes

• Round-trip bus transportation
• Breakfast buffet
• Guided tour
• Explore Europe Trip Leader
• Service charges

Your trip highlights

• Breathtaking medieval architecture and dreamy canals
• Authentic festive delicacies and Christmas gifts
• Endless chocolate shops


 

Day 1 (Friday, December 15)
Depart at 09:00 p.m. from Grafenwoehr and travel along the highway by bus to Bruges in Belgium.

Day 2 (Saturday, December 16)
Welcome to Bruges, the ‘Venice of the North’! After an included breakfast buffet, spend the morning discovering the most important sights of Bruges on a panoramic tour with a local tour guide:

• Learn about the history of the Burg, Bruges’ showpiece Gothic square
• See Church of Our Lady and enjoy the view at romantic Minnewater, the “lake of love”
• Visit the Beguinage, a UNESCO World Heritage site, now home to an order of Benedictine nuns

The afternoon is yours to spend as you please — stroll the medieval streets, or head straight for the Christmas markets, where you can spend your time browsing the many stalls and shopping for unique gifts, tree ornaments, or hand-made goods. Be sure to visit the gigantic open-air ice rink in the market square and sample the myriad of festive foods on offer, from delicious gingerbread and Belgian chocolates to mulled wine and Belgian Christmas beer. In the evening, travel back overnight Saturday to arrive Sunday morning in Grafenwoehr.

Day 3 (Sunday, December 17)
Arrive in Grafenwoehr around 7:00 am

IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING PASSPORTS: A valid tourist passport is required for this trip. Please make sure that you are traveling with the appropriate passport.

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Meeting point for the start of the trip
Your trip starts and finishes in Grafenwoehr, Germany.

Address: Dießfurter Str, 92655 Grafenwoehr (parking lot)
Instructions: if you are exiting McDonald’s parking lot in Grafenwoehr you will turn right on to B299 as if you are going towards Netzaberg. You will then take your very first right (as if you are going towards MegaPlay) and as soon as you cross the small bridge there is a driveway on the right side which you can enter into a parking lot. You should see several cars and the bus there. The parking lot is available during the duration of the trip for our passengers.

Passport and Visa Requirements
A tourist passport is required for all trips outside of Germany.

Important passport rules are as follows:
If you have a passport with a SOFA stamp on any page (a “No-Fee” passport), you are provided permission to reside in Germany, NOT to travel outside of Germany. You have to have a tourist passport in addition to the SOFA/”No-Fee” passport to travel outside of Germany. You cannot travel with a RED Official passport as that is used only for the purpose of a mission or deployment. If you have a passport with a detachable SOFA card clipped inside, it is acceptable to travel with as that was issued originally as a tourist passport. If you are not sure: a tourist passport will be BLUE and will be valid for 10 years for adults. It cannot contain a SOFA stamp on any page or it is not acceptable. A child’s tourist passport (under 15 years of age) is valid for 5 years, but will not have a SOFA stamp in it anywhere. All of this information has been verified to be correct with the Grafenwoehr Passport Office.

Baggage Allowance
Each adult is entitled to one luggage and one personal item. Luggage should be able to be stored below the bus and the personal item should contain whatever you might need on the bus. Pillows and blankets do not count for the personal item. If you have additional items such as strollers, carseats, etc. please send us a message to make those arrangements.

Health
There are no major health risks when traveling to Belgium. It is always advisable to check with your doctor or health-care provider for the latest updates.

Cuisine
In Belgium, seafood is of a very high quality, and mussels steamed in white wine are a favorite. Patisseries offer decadent pastries and cakes, and you won’t want to miss indulging in favorites like fries, handmade chocolate, locally brewed Abbey-style beer and, of course, Belgian waffles. Please note that Belgian beers vary widely in style and flavor and are often much higher in alcohol content than other European beers.

Currency
The Euro is the currency you will be using on your tour. We advise that you take a combination of bank/ATM cards, credit cards and traveler’s checks, which can be exchanged for cash at local banks, as needed. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges. Please note: With the conversion to the Euro, it has been increasingly difficult to exchange traveler’s checks outside Europe’s major cities—both at banks and shops—and they often attract higher fees.

Tipping 
At the conclusion of your trip, it’s customary to offer your Trip Leader a gratuity. We recommend tipping €1-2 per person per day for your Trip Leader. Tips can only be paid in cash.

Travel Insurance
We recommend you get travel insurance to reimburse you for unforeseen trip cancellation. Please follow this link to get a quote through our partner SevenCorners.

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