|3 CITY TOUR: BRUGES - COLOGNE- BRUSSELS|
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BRUGES & COLOGNE & BRUSSELS
• 3 nights in Hotel Portinari- Bruges including tax, service
• 2 nights in Hotel Domstern- Cologne including tax, service
• 1 night in Radisson Blu Royal Hotel- Brussels including tax, service
• buffet breakfast daily in hotel
• All rooms have private facilities, TV and phone.
• Train ticket 1)Brussels Airport-Bruges, 2)Bruges-Cologne, 3)Cologne-Brussels Centraal and 4)Brussels-Centraal to Brussles airport
• 48 hours Bruges city card which gives you the following benefits:
-Admission to 23 museums, places of interest and attractions in Bruges. -Trendy visitors guide! 144 pages of secret tips from real experts, lots of surprising walks and a useful city map -Boat trip on the canals OR sightseeing tour by City Tour minibus. -€ 5,00 instead of € 12,00 when you buy a 3-day pass of De Lijn, valid for bus and tram travel throughout Flanders. -A minimum of 25% discount on unmissable concerts, dance, theatre and film performances as listed in the monthly events@brugge magazine. -Discount in museums stores, bicycle hire and lost more.
Cologne Welcome Card which gives you 93 benefits:
-free travel on public transportion within central Cologne, -discounts on entrance fees for the cathedral and numerous museums, including chocolate museum -reduced rates on several sightseeing packages, river cruises -and more.....
-Additional nights in hotels available on request. -Optional tours as listed
This tour can start on any day and may be done in reverse.|
You may fly in/out of Brussels or Düsseldorf
Day 1: arrive Brussels transfer by train to Bruges (Brugge) transfer by taxi from station to hotel (about € 7) check-in Hotel Portinari rest of day free Day 2: Breakfast in Hotel Get to know Bruges on your own or do an optional 2 hour guided tour (€50-advance reservation required) afternoon: take a boat ride on the canal Day 3: free for sightseeing,museums,shopping or take an optional tour. Suggestions: -Day tour Flanders Fields. Visit the major WW1 battlefield sites including the "In Flanders Fields Museum" at Ypers (Wipers!), probably the best WWI museum! - Take a day trip by train to Ghent (30 min)or Antwerp (90 min) Day 4: Breakfast in hotel Check-out. Take taxi to train station for trip to Cologne by train. In a little more than three hours the train takes you from Bruges to Köln (Cologne) via Brussels. Check-in at Hotel Domstern, located close to Cologne Main Station and the Cologne´s most famous landmark, the Kölner Dom (cathedral). The Kölner Dom is the largest gothic church in northern Europe, taking 632 years to build! Admission to the Cathedral is free of charge. You may also want to visit the treasures of Cologne Cathedral (€ 4.00, € 1.00 reduction with your Cologne Welcome Card). The treasures of Cologne Cathedral are displayed in the 13th century vaults – priceless reliquaries, liturgical objects and vestments, insignia of the arch bishops and priests, medieval sculptures and Frankish grave finds. Cologne also is known as the “city of churches”, in no other German city are so many churches within the realms of the old city wall. Then there is the Rathaus (townhall), built around 1330, and some towers and parts of the old city wall are still to be seen. Cologne is famous for Chocolate. At the (Imhoff-) Chocolate museum you can enjoy an expedition through 3,000 years of chocolate history (9% reduction with your Cologne Welcome Card). In the summer time a small tourist train takes you from the Cathedral right to the museum. If you are interested in World War II and the Nazi-regime in Germany you may want to visit the EL-DE House (€ 3.60, 20% reduction with your Cologne Welcome Card). From 1935 to 1945, the EL-DE House was the headquarters of the "Geheime Staatspolizei" (Gestapo) within Cologne's administrative district. Today it houses the Cologne Documentary Centre of the city's NS-history. Entering the basement level visitors can see the small prison run by the Gestapo that has become a memorial site today. Ten prison cells are still kept in the former shape where political prisoners were locked up, interrogated, tortured and murdered. In the upper levels a permanent exhibition gives general information about the Nazi era in Cologne. For museums lovers a definite “must see” is the Ludwig museum (20% reduction with your Cologne Welcome Card) You may also want to experience Cologne’s unique panorama from a cable car and float above “Old Father Rhine” – the Cathedral city as photographic subject for unforgettable impressions (€ 1.00 reduction on the return tickets with your Cologne Welcome Card). A visit to the original site of the famous Original Eau de Cologne on Glockengasse 4711 is another option. The visit of the historic exhibition on the gallery is free of charge and – of course – you can buy the famous Eau de Cologne right there (5% discount on purchase from EUR 15.00 with your Cologne Welcome Card). Cologne looks back at over two thousand years of history, and there is something “historical” to see at almost every corner. Take a day or two to explore this truly interesting city and enjoy modern life surrounded by history’s influence. Day 5: Breakfast in hotel With your Cologne Welcome Card you may want to enjoy a second day in Cologne and visit some of the sights you were not able to visit on the first day. As an option you may also book one of the two tours from Cologne: Optional Tour 1: Koblenz & Rhine River Cruise From Cologne it takes an hour to Koblenz. Koblenz is located at the Rhine and Mosel River within a famous wine region. In the morning you have free time to explore this beautiful city –one the historic Highlights Cities of Germany. In the late afternoon you embark the “Weisse Flotte”, one of the Rhine Cruise ships for a six hours Rhine cruise downstream from Koblenz to Cologne. Along this cruise you will see scenic landscapes, Castles and vineyards along this famous river. The add-on package is EUR 99 per person (includes: unrestricted 2nd-class rail tickets from Cologne to Koblenz, 6 hour Rhine River Cruise from Koblenz to Cologne). Optional Tour 2: Day trip to Heidelberg In the morning the High-Speed-train takes you from Cologne to the romantic city of Heidelberg. Heidelberg, with its idyllic location on the river Neckar, the beautiful Heidelberger Schloss (castle) towering above. Heidelberg, both historic and young, will capture you with its easygoing charm, will remain unforgettable for those who stood in the castles gardens, overlooking the town and the river, will make you feel history while roaming thru cobbled alleys… . From the Main Heidelberg Station a taxi will take you up to the courtyards of Heidelberg castle from where you have a beautiful view of the city. You may walk down from the castle into the historic Old Town or take the funicular down. You have all day to explore this beautiful and lively University town before you are heading back to the Main Station. In about two hours you will be back in Cologne. The add-on package is EUR 99 per person (includes: unrestricted 2nd-class rail tickets from Cologne to Heidelberg, taxi transfer from Heidelberg Main Station to Heidelberg Castle, unrestricted 2nd-class rail tickets from Heidelberg to Cologne). Day 6: Breakfast in hotel Rail to Brussels. Check-in at Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, located close to Brussels Centraal Station. Free time to visit Brussels Day 7: Breakfast in hotel Train ride to Brussels airport