We love Belgium (and winter beers) at Christmas and we love taking a coach full of like-minded people. For Christmas 2018 we stayed for five nights in the city of Antwerp at the central Ibis Hotel and spent Christmas Day in a brewery. For Christmas 2019 we are already booked in at the centrally located hotel again and are also booked in for a full day's entertainment on Christmas Day at the lovely Slot Oostende. Siobhan will arrange a new itinerary, but to get an idea of what the 2019 Tour will look like, have a look at our 2018 Christmas Tour itinerary.
We will have a group meal in a beer restaurant next to a beautiful castle in East Flanders with the oldest wrought iron suspension bridge in Europe and as if that were not exciting enough, the restaurant is in the brick tower dove-cot with room for 700 pigeons. I can’t wait.
We are based in Chelmsford, Essex and we usually use Eurotunnel at Folkestone to get to and from Belgium. Most of our Travellers join us at our main pick up point outside The Woolpack, 23 Mildmay Road, Chelmsford. Many of our Travellers from other parts of UK (and abroad) stay the night before a Tour (and often the night of our return) at Chelmsford Travelodge only a few minutes walk from The Woolpack or Premier Inn near the Station, about a 10 minute walk to the pick up point at The Woolpack. We all usually meet in the Woolpack the night before departure for a meet, greet and a few beers.
Our Galloways luxury coach (49 seater coach with toilet) starts from Suffolk and on the way to Chelmsford picks up at the following if required:
Ipswich, Crown Street, IP1 3HS (opp. NCP Car Park).
Colchester, Southway, CO2 7BA (pull in adj to Chapel St South)
Chelmsford, The Woolpack, 23 Mildmay Road, CM2 0DN.
Dartford, BP Garage (formerly Esso), 474 Princes Road, DA1 1YT (we drop off on the return leg at Dartford Rail Station DA1 1DR).
Swanley, Unit 4, Moreton Industrial Estate, London Road, BR8 8DE
Maidstone Services J8, M20 Kent, ME17 1SS.
Premier Inn, Eureka Leisure Park, Rutherford Rd, Ashford TN25 4BN.
Stop 24 Services, J11, M20, Kent, CT21 4BL.
De Verloren Gernoare, Stationsplein 3, Adinkerke, Belgium.
The crossings have now been booked for this Tour and we will be on the 09.20hr Eurotunnel from Folkestone and we are on the Eurotunnel on the way back on the 19.50hrs from Calais, so arrive in Folkestone at 20.20hrs.
This Tour is still being built so keep an eye on this web page or our newsletters for updates. If you want to join us on this Tour please send Siobhan an email or call her on +44 (0)1245 354677 for details on how to secure a place and pay the £150pp deposit or if you have any questions about this Tour.
If you are travelling alone and want to share a room with another traveller please contact Siobhan as we are regularly able to pair up travellers in twin rooms to avoid the need for payments of Single Supplements.
Hotel accommodation and breakfasts;
Hotel city taxes;
Luxury coach travel on a 49 seater coach with toilet;
All brewery visits, tours and brewery beer tastings;
Entrance fees to attractions, museums and historical sites;
All items marked with an asterisk above and on the individual detailed tour itinerary when issued;
Copies of Podge’s City Bar Guides and Maps for the town where we stay or spend some time;
Still and sparkling water on the coach;
Pick up from Ipswich (at bus shelter outside Crown House, Crown Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 3HS (opposite NCP Car Park), Colchester (Southway Chapel St South Layby) or Chelmsford (The Woolpack, Mildmay Road). Arrangements can be made for different joining points on the way to Folkestone or even on the other side of the channel.
Travellers are responsible for the costs of all food and drink apart from items marked with an asterisk on the detailed itinerary plus all passport and insurance costs.
All itinerary times are local and approximate.
Personal insurance is not included in the Tour price but is strongly advised, as is carrying the European Health Insurance Card available online, by phone or via the Post Ofﬁce.
If you have any questions or would like to join us please send Siobhan an email or call on +44 (0)1245 354677.
All Tours are subject to our Terms and Conditions.