Bruegel and the Flemish Masters Escorted Tour

3 nights starting from

  • 450th anniversary exhibitions at the Museum Mayer ven der Bergh in Antwerp and Old Masters Museum in Brussels 

  • Antwerp’s superb churches and museums

  • The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb in Ghent – a world-renowned masterpiece

  • Two lectures from art historian, Gerald Deslandes

Join art historian Gerald Deslandes to trace Northern Realism back to the 14th century when artists in Antwerp and Ghent developed many of the techniques we now associate with the Renaissance and which allowed them to imitate reality and to represent emotions, the hallmarks of this movement. Particular emphasis will be paid to Pieter Bruegel the Elder, who lived and worked in Antwerp and Brussels, to mark the 450th anniversary of his death, with several special exhibitions.

Available Departures


14 - November - 2019 Limited Availability Travel Info On Request

Provisional Timings

St Pancras

Departing: 14th November 2019 at 08:54

Returning: 17th November 2019 at 16:56


Day 1: Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Brussels and onwards to Antwerp by local train.
Transfer by coach to your hotel. Afternoon walking tour to see the Onze-Lieve Vrouekathedraal, exteriors of the St Pauluskerk and the medieval guildhouses in the Grote Markt. Welcome reception, lecture on ‘The Art of Antwerp’ and dinner with wine at the hotel.

Day 2: Antwerp
We start with a visit to the Baroque St Charles Borromeo Church and the Rockoxhuis Museum, housed in a 17th century mansion. Then to the Museum Mayer van den Bergh, and a special exhibition “From Fouquet to Bruegel.” Finally to the Plantin-Moretus, which was home to Christophe Plantin and Jan Moretus, the first industrial-scale printers, and contains original presses from 400 years ago. Evening lecture – ‘The Art of Brussels and Ghent’ - followed by dinner with wine at the hotel.

Day 3: Brussels  
A full day in the capital takes us to the Old Masters Museum and a special exhibition – "Bruegel Box – Unseen Masterpieces” as well as its superlative collection. Then to the Fin-de-Siecle Museum to see the Magritte exhibition before finishing at the Kapellekerk with its Bruegel statues. Free time before returning to Antwerp.

Day 4: Ghent and home
Transfer to Ghent to visit the Fine Arts Museum and a walking tour to view the exteriors of St Niklaaskerk, the Castle of the Counts and canalside guildhouses. Lastly, a final visit to St Baafskathedraal to view Jan Van Eyck’s The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, perhaps the greatest masterpiece of the Northern Renaissance. Transfer to Ghent train station to take the local train back to Brussels and onwards to Ebbsfleet or St Pancras.

NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion 

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 25 passengers.


  • Return standard class Eurostar and local train from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Antwerp via Brussels, returning from Ghent
  • Three nights’ bed and breakfast at the four star Hilton Antwerp Old Town, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome drink and two dinners with wine at the hotel
  • Two lectures, transfers, tours and entrance fees
  • Gerald Deslandes and tour manager


  • Single room supplement
  • Holiday insurance
  • Standard Premier upgrade on Eurostar - this constitutes upgraded seating and a light meal with complimentary drink
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities 

Please note: as with most trains, passengers are responsible for carrying baggage onto and off the train. Baggage can be stored on overhead shelves or at the entrance to the carriages. Trollies are available at St Pancras, but bags do need to be carried onto the platform. 

Travel Editions recommends a luggage delivery service called thebaggageman, where your suitcase can be picked up from your home before departure and delivered straight to your hotel; therefore removing the worry about carrying your cases onto and off the trains. Please click here for more information and we have arranged a 10% discount exclusive to Travel Editions clients off the thebaggageman service. Tel: 01844 264890


Hilton Hotel, Antwerp Old Town

Enjoying a perfect location overlooking the historic town square, the four-star Hilton Antwerp Old Town offers a high level of comfort and service. Facilities include lobby, bar Brasserie “Flo” and very comfortable bedrooms with all modern amenities.

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