Our private Bruges tours are the only excursions we offer outside of France, and which also do not use a vehicle. That is both because Bruges is a pedestrian’s paradise, and because one gets to it in far greater comfort using high-speed trains from Paris.
The SNCF (French national railway company) used to offer a direct TGV (high speed train) service from Paris to Bruges, which allowed us to offer this as a day tour from Paris, but that is no longer possible. Therefore this tour now must be performed as a two day tour with one overnight in Bruges.
Happily, there is more to see in Bruges to fill several days of touring there, especially if you have an interest in medieval art and architecture. In fact the city was once the most economically vibrant city in northern medieval Europe. Its steep economic decline since then has preserved, for our perfect delight, a town whose ancient stones ooze the charm of a place forgotten by time, appearing almost as it was when it was created in the Middle Ages. No neon signs, no traffic, no skyscrapers, no graffiti: just pure medieval history and aesthetics, and a population so happy to live in it that they are the essence of civilization.
Our escorted Bruges tours will take you to the paintings of Memling, the Lake of Love of the Minnewater, the Carillon of Belfort, the Markt and Burg Squares, a Michelangelo Madonna and Child sculpture, the delightful Beigijnhof Convent, exquisite canals, cobble-stoned alleys, acres of Bruge’s lovely lace, a wealth of delicious chocolate, refined cuisine, and over 450 sorts of beer. For lovers of Flemish art, our guided Bruges tours can also show you works by Jan Van Eyck, Hieronymus Bosch, Rogier van der Weyden and Jan Provoost.
Our clients can tour Bruges year-round since the destination is a true delight regardless of season. The austerity of winter in this medieval town is as attractive as its lush summers, giving you the additional pleasure of seeing skaters on frozen canals, the snow and ice sculpture festival, and the intimacy provided by warm fires in cozy taverns and restaurants, splendidly warding off winter chills.
For more information or to tour Bruges, please contact us at our US number (631) 600-1120.