Day 1 – Journey to the Netherlands/Belgium
We catch the ferry to Calais and travel on to check in at our hotel, where we stay on a bed and breakfast basis. We have time to choose a local restaurant for dinner.
Day 2 – Antwerp Christmas Market
Today we travel to the Antwerp Christmas Market known as one of the biggest and best Belgian Christmas markets. While spread over the historic city centre, everything is within easy walking distance from the town square of Grote Markt, where waterfalls of cascading festive lights glitter down the elaborate 16th-century guildhalls, creating a stunning Winter Wonderland. Wander the curious cobbled-lanes, with a glass of festive cheer or warming hot chocolate in hand. Or the tasty Belgian waffles are the perfect treat while we meander through a sea of stalls selling handicrafts, original trinkets and other curios. We’ll have time to choose a local restaurant for dinner before returning to our hotel.
Day 3 – Maastricht & André Rieu concert
We set off today for Maastricht, where we enjoy some time at leisure. We can sample another Christmas Market which provides plenty of Christmas cheer with its carousel, Ferris wheel and numerous stalls featuring a variety of gifts and local treats.
This afternoon will be the highlight of our break when we head to the MECC Maastricht for the spectacular André Rieu concert. The violin maestro will perform his most celebrated waltzes, along with other spellbinding classical music, operetta plus a surprise or two. Sing and dance along in what promises to be a musical extravaganza to remember; made even more special in the setting of André’s hometown. After the show we rejoin the coach and return to the hotel for our last overnight stay.
Day 4 – Journey home
After breakfast we check out of our hotel and head back to Calais for our return ferry home.