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It has been said that ‘It’s easy to love a country known for chocolate and beer’ but although Belgium undoubtedly produces some of the finest chocolates and best beers in the world, we think there is so much more to discover.
History abounds throughout this small country, with Celts, Romans and Vikings leaving their mark before the Spanish Hapsburgs added it to their vast empire in the 1500s Charles the V becoming the most powerful European emperor since Ancient Rome.
Prosperous since the middle ages, many fine buildings were built and you can experience some of the bestpreserved of these on our tour to Bruges by Eurostar. Bruges has justifiably earned its
UNESCO World Heritage site status, with its network of picturesque canals, medieval market squares, fine gothic churches and its famous Belfry.
For the art lovers amongst you Bruges will not disappoint as it has a wonderful collection of museums and galleries to explore, including the renowned Groeningemuseum with its astonishing collection of celebrated masterpieces.
In more modern times Belgium was partially occupied during World War I, and the area around Ypres is a moving place to explore its legacy in Flanders. Ypres itself was entirely rebuilt, and wandering around this thriving Belgian town today, you wouldn’t know that the buildings aren’t centuries old.
As Belgium is one of our near neighbours, travelling there by train from the UK couldn’t be simpler and it makes Bruges an ideal destination for a short break. Once in Bruges everything is very close by and easily reached on foot. Our hotels are all within the historic centre and it’s easy to wander out to explore the medieval centre and discover the cosy and intimate restaurants frequented by the locals. Belgium has an excellent reputation for its cuisine, which rivals France and many restaurants serve regional dishes such as Flemish Carbonnade or Sole Meunière amongst others, and pride themselves on the standard of their food and quality of the locally sourced and seasonal ingredients.
Although I have completed the online Reevoo review which I thought was rather broad, I I felt I needed to write in personally to commend our excellent tour guide, Ruth (I’m afraid I don .. [Read More]
Jelina L Rodrigues
We have just returned from our tour of Bologna, Parma and Ravenna and were totally delighted with everything as usual. Your .. [Read More]
Graeme and Chris Yeates
My friend and I really enjoyed our holiday and in particular I wanted to say what a wonderful tour guide Matt was. His knowledge of Italy, Tuscany in particular and the places we .. [Read More]
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We thoroughly enjoyed our tour, despite some rain at the beginning. Our tour guide, Hugo, was excellent and so were the local guides in Tarragona and Barcelona. We were lucky enough to have a .. [Read More]
Mary and Peter Berg
A very informative and enjoyable trip, hotels 1st class, our tour guide, Richard’s knowledge and attention to to detail excellent, making this holiday memorable
Paul & Claudia McDonald
This was our first trip with Riviera but certainly won’t be the last.It was beautifully organised with Nikki our tour manager and Mariano our driver being outstanding. Nothing was too much .. [Read More]
Keith and Lynda Thatcher
What a fabulous holiday! All 3 hotels were of superb standard and had their own individual character. We visited some beautiful places in the Douro Valley that would have been difficult to .. [Read More]
Valerie Marden and Caroline Paige
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Nicki and Simon Jefferis
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Colin and Wendy Butt
A thoroughly enjoyable trip - an ideal introduction to the area - we saw and learnt so much (as we have always found with Riviera Travel tour managers!)
Diane was excellent - as was Gerard .. [Read More]
Hazel and Simon Morton
A very enjoyable tour. The time spent in each town seemed just right. The hotels were in good locations and all of a good standard. Tour guide Sharon, driver Orencio and the local guides were all .. [Read More]
Rob & Jane Taylor
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Hugh and Irene
This was the first time we have been on an organised tour and we really couldn’t fault it. We stayed at the very Italian, shabby chic Europa Palace which admittedly does need an .. [Read More]
We have just returned from our second Riviera tour and we enjoyed this one just as much. It is quite simply the best way to cram so much into a taster holiday for a given region. Riviera organise .. [Read More]
Richard and Deborah Willshire
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John and Debbie
Kevin was a good and a very knowledgeable guide who clearly loves and understands this part of the world, its people and culture and could explain all this and its more recent turbulent history. .. [Read More]
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Mr and Mrs Hales