Depart from the U.S. for Belgium. The particulars of your
arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary.
Day 2 - Arrive in Brussels
Upon arrival at the Brussels airport, claim your luggage and
clear customs. If your luggage is lost, fill in a PIR form before leaving the
customs area—VBT representatives are not allowed into the customs area. (Please
note: Also make certain that your VBT luggage tags are affixed to your bag so
your VBT representative can identify you.)
After exiting customs, enter the arrival hall and look for
your VBT representative, who will be standing in front of the Relay Shop
holding a VBT sign with your name. Please wait here while your representative
helps make arrangements for your transfer via taxi or minibus to your Brussels
hotel (transfer time is approximately 30 minutes depending upon traffic). The transport company's name is TMS
Limousine, telephone number 02 461 02 99.
In your Final Travel Booklet, VBT provides you with City
Information that includes recommendations on what to see and do in Brussels
during your stay. You have the rest of the day to relax or to begin your
exploration of the city.
Day 3 - Independent exploration of Brussels
From your centrally located hotel, walk the cobbled streets
to popular sites or hop on a tram right outside the hotel. Stroll around the
Grand Place, Brussels' magnificent central square that boasts the country's
finest baroque guildhalls. Visit the Musees Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique,
where you can see Belgium's premier collections of ancient and modern art,
including works by Pieter Breugel the Elder, Rubens and the Belgian Surrealists.
End your day with regional specialties at one of Brussels's many delightful
Day 4 - Independent exploration of Brussels
Continue to explore and stroll through the squares and
streets of Brussels on your independent trip extension.
Day 5 - Transfer to Bruges / Join VBT Air Package guests
You will be met in the hotel lobby by a VBT representative
at 12:00 noon for your transfer to Bruges. Please note that hotel check-in time is
3:00 p.m. There will be a VBT group
checking out of the hotel, so please do not plan for your room to be available
earlier. VBT and the hotel appreciate
your understanding and cooperation. You
may leave your bags with reception while you explore Bruges. There is so much
to see and do just around the corner. VBT provides you with City Information in your Final Travel Booklet that
includes recommendations on what to see and do.
VBT Air Package guests will arrive throughout the day.
Tonight, try one of Bruges' wonderful restaurants for dinner on your own.
Day 6 - Full day in Bruges
Today, join our local guide at 9:00 a.m. in the hotel lobby
for an orientation tour of Bruges. The rest of the day is yours to sightsee and
shop in this glorious city that has been compared to a vast open-air museum. Be
sure to go to the top of the Belfort Tower for a panoramic view of the city and
its entire medieval splendor. You may want to visit the 12th-century Basilica
of the Holy Blood, said to contain a small vial of Christ's blood that was
brought to Bruges from the Holy Land in 1149. Or stop by the Memling Museum,
housed in one of the oldest surviving medieval hospitals in Europe.
At 6:00 p.m., meet our VBT Trip Leader in the hotel lobby for
an introductory meeting. He or she can recommend a nearby restaurant for dinner
on your own.