Venice of the North

    • Program

      • Leave Paris early (7:30 am) and drive across the North of France to Belgium, then to the beautiful town of Bruges nicknamed "Venice of the North"

      • Bruges, in West Flanders now Belgium, was the hub of international trade between the northern Hanse region and southern Europe in the 14th and 15th centuries. With the clash between cultures and languages, economy and art, Bruges was the cradle of Flemish primitives painters such as Van Eyck and Memling and became a city-museum. This journey of discovery will lead you through well preserved medieval streets, alongside canals to little squares and historic buildings, and lace and chocolate shops in the former commercial quarter.

      Return to Paris at around 8 pm

      • Bruges canals

      • Bruges canals

      • Bruges - the Beguinage

      • the Market square

      • Saint-John hospital - Memling museum

      • Bonifacius bridge