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Antwerp & Mechelen

4 days from £269 per person*

*based on sharing on a twin/double basis and a minimum of 40 paying passengers

  • Mechelen - © Milo Profi Mechelen Tourist Board

Overview

Discover the breathtaking wealth of fine art and beautiful architecture this trip to Antwerp and Mechelen has to offer. Some of the most fascinating art in Europe is just across the English channel. Never more so than in the 16th and 17th centuries have the creative arts flourished in Antwerp, earning the city its reputation as Belgium’s most stylish. Home to great masters such as Rubens and Van Dyck, the city is known for its museums, galleries, architecture and, perhaps most famously, for its diamonds. We include an excursion to Mechelen, Belgium’s best kept secret with monuments included in the UNESCO list of world heritage sites. Introductory tours of both cities will give us the necessary insight into choosing the sites to visit during our free time in these two most beautiful cities of Flanders.

What to Do

Antwerp:

  • Grote Markt, the city’s beautiful square where most of its buildings were destroyed in the 16th century then later rebuilt in Flemish Renaissance style
  • The Old Stock Exchange, also destroyed and later rebuilt during the 19th century in neo gothic style
  • Rubens’ House
  • Central Station, one of the grandest and most eclectic buildings in Antwerp built in a range of architectural styles
  • St Paul’s Church, built in 1571 but damaged in the fire as well. Now restored, its magnificent interior is again on view to the public with more than 50 paintings, 200 sculptures, splendid baroque altars and carved church furnishings which are some of the most beautiful in the world. Scores of Antwerp masters such as Rubens, Van Dyck, Jordaens, Francken, De Vos, Quellin, Kerrick, Verbruggen, etc are represented here as well
  • Carolus Borromeus church, mostly decorated with Rubens’ paintings destroyed in the fire but the beautiful apse was spared and conveys the church’s former splendour
  • St James’ Church, Rubens’ burial site
  • Our Lady’s Cathedral which contains two of Rubens’ works
  • Countless museums amongst which the Mayer Van den Bergh filled with paintings, sculptures, tapestries, silverware, stained glass and more, all dating between the 14th to 16th centuries
  • The Meir the shopping boulevard with numerous historic buildings most beautiful of which are n. 85, Osterrieth House with a grand collection of Belgian art and n. 50, a former Royal residence, both built in Rococo style
  • Diamond District

 

Mechelen:

  • The Old Town Hall containing fine art produced during the 16h century
  • Hof van Busleyden building, one of the most beautiful late Gothic buildings located in the town centre
  • St Rumboldt’s Cathedral, built in Gothic style located on the Grote Markt
    Townhouse De Beyaert, the city’s town hall during the 15th century which now houses the post office and located next to the cathedral
  • Residence of Margaret of Austria, built mostly in traditional late Gothic style apart from the gatehouse, one of the first built in the Renaissance style of northern Europe
  • The Ursuline Wintergarten, most famous for its magnificent Art Nouveau style stained glass canopy
  • The Beguinage, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Church of Saint John, a 15th century church containing Rubens’ triptych Adoration of the Magi
  • Basilica of Our Lady of Hanswijk, an impressive Baroque church built between 1663 and 1681

Hotel

Leopold Hotel
The 4 star Leopold Hotel in Antwerp is located in the heart of the city centre overlooking the green urban park, the diamond district and the central train station which is just five minutes walk away. All en suite guest rooms are decorated in a contemporary yet comfortable style and are fitted with air conditioning, flat screen TV, internet access, remote keyboard with mouse, tea and coffee making facilities, hair dryer, iPod docking station, direct dial phone, lap top size safe with battery charger, bathrobe and slippers.

Inclusions

What’s included
• ŸExecutive coach travel throughout
Ÿ• Return short channel crossings via ferry or Eurotunnel
Ÿ• 3 nights accommodation at the 4 star Leopold Hotel, Antwerp
Ÿ• En route visit to Bruges
Ÿ• Hot and cold buffet breakfast
Ÿ• Guided tour of Antwerp
Ÿ• Guided tour of Mechelen
Ÿ• En route visit to Ghent

What’s not included
• Single supplement
• Travel insurance

To Book

Any of our tours can be tailored to suit your particular groups requirements.

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