Orchestra Tours to Bruges & Ghent, Belgium
Belgium continues to display its unique charm with chocolateries adorning cobbled streets, exuberant architecture and flower rimmed canals which once stretched to Paris and beyond. Trams, bicycles and horse-drawn carriages take you from Baroque style churches to stylish shops and market filled squares, allowing you to pause for an ice cream loaded Belgian waffle or a nice cold beer on the way. Belgium is famous for its beer and currently produces over 450 different varieties. It is said that connoisseurs favour Belgian beers for their variety, real flavour and character, so why not take some time to relax in one of the many cafés and decide for yourself?
Alongside the many cultural delights of this country, a visit to the battlefields of World War I combined with the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres is a moving experience for any touring party.
The main towns of Bruges, Ghent, Brussels and Ypres are located within easy travelling distance of each other and all are packed with potential performance venues, meaning you can be sure to experience the rich variety of Belgian culture from wherever you choose to base your group.
Where to Play
Our favourite venue:
St Michielskerk, Ghent
The impressive St Michielskerk in Ghent boasts a stunning interior and its central location in the city means it attracts large appreciative audiences. As one of the chosen venues for the Ghent Festival (mid/late July each year) your group can also come and listen to one of the many evening performances that take place here.
The grandeur and central location of Brussels Cathedral means it attracts a large audience, many of whom are tourists to the beautiful city. The Gothic interior provides a stunning setting for an orchestral performance and we are always pleased to hear reports of great acoustics from visiting groups.
De Panne Town Hall
The town hall in the seaside resort of De Panne offers an excellent venue for groups visiting in the summer months when the town plays host to a variety of events and concerts.
The colourful Christmas markets taking place all over Belgium create the perfect opportunity to combine performances with pleasure. With festively decorated stalls, open-air skating rinks and busy shoppers all around, your performances are sure to be well attended and appreciated.
What to Do
Steeped in culture and history, Bruges offers its visitors a well-rounded Belgian experience. Watch Belgian chocolate being hand-made and visit one of the many engaging museums. Enjoy a guided tour of the city on a canal cruise before trying your hand at a little beer tasting on a brewery tour. This historic town is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, and was the European Capital of Culture in 2002.
Ghent and the Castle of the Counts
Ghent combines historical canals, statues, squares and beautiful old architecture with a cutting edge university scene. Modern art collections are a delightful contrast to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites whilst the gentle canals pulse with a festival atmosphere during the annual Ghent Festival. The Castle of the Counts houses a museum illustrating the history of prison life, along with a collection of medieval torture instruments.
The story of Belgian Beer told before your very eyes…with over 450 different varieties available, Belgium has become a Mecca for beer tasting and tours.
Ypres, Poperinge and Ostend
Great days out with shopping and sightseeing combined with history and culture.
Battlefields of World War I
A visit to the Battlefields of World War I is an unforgettable and thought-provoking experience for anyone visiting Belgium. Combine a performance at Menin Gate, with a visit to In Flanders Field Museum, to see the moving tributes and history of WWI
What they Did - Abney Orchestra
All of our tours are bespoke, therefore the itinerary below is simply an example; the duration, concert venues, leisure excursions and accommodation centre used will be selected to match the requirements of your group. Please contact us to discuss your bespoke itinerary.
Departed the UK by coach, making the trip across the channel arriving in Diksmuide early evening. The group unloaded their luggage and instruments before settling in for an evening meal.
After breakfast the group boarded their coach and headed for Bruges where they explored the city on land and from the water.
Their third day on tour was spent exploring Ypres where they gave a concert at St Maartens Cathedral. Before returning to the hotel, the group made their way to the Menin Gate where they took part in the Last Post Ceremony.
The day was spent in the seaside resort of De Panne, well-known for its wide nature reserves and the widest beach on the Flemish Coast.
The group waved goodbye to Diksmuide as they packed their belongings onto the coach and travelled back to the UK.
Where to Stay
Hotel Pax, Dixmuide
The 4-star Hotel Pax is located in the centre of the small town of Dixmuide. All rooms are equipped with en suite facilities, TV, radio, telephone and hairdryer; some also have a balcony. The hotel is within walking distance of the historic town centre complete with a large market place and many bars and restaurants.
Prices from £325pp*
Price Based On...
- 4 day 3 night tour
- Bed and breakfast accommodation at the Pax Hotel
- Coach travel with trailer for instruments
- The services of a courier
- 2-3 publicised concerts
- Full itinerary planning service
- 45 paying passengers travelling in August 2014
We will work with you to create a completely tailor made itinerary. Departure dates, travel, duration, excursions and concerts will be planned to meet the individual requirements of your group.
*Priced at January 2013 and dependant on exchange rates at time of booking.