3 CITY TOUR: BRUGES - COLOGNE- BRUSSELS

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Highlights of Bruge(Brugge) Highlights of Cologne(Köln) Highlights of Brussels

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Pricing
Price per person sharing a twin/double room: USD 838
Price per person in a single room: USD 1132
What is and what is not included?
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.....

Optional/Additional:

-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

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