Symposium tours

  • Visiting Bruges

‘The historical heart of Bruges beating for the countless visitors’

o Option 1:  guided tour in Bruges + visiting brewery ‘De Halve Maan’

A guide will bring you, in groups of 25 people, to a variety of city sights such as the Market Square (Belfry and historical facades), the "Burg" (city castle) square (City Hall, Holy Blood Basilica, Old Recorder's Office), the "Reien" (picturesque canals and waterways), the Fish Market and the College of Europe.

You will wander along famous musea (such as the "Groeninge", "Gruuthuse" and "Brangwyn" museum), the Church of Our Lady (with the statue of a Madonna with Child by Michelangelo), the old Saint John's Hospital with the Memling Museum, almshouses, the Beguinage and the charming waters of the "Minnewater".

After or before this guided tour of 1h30 in Bruges, you will visit the Brewery ‘De Halve Maan’ including the degustation of a Belgian beer ‘Brugse Zot Blond’.

Warning: the tour in the brewery has a large number of steep stairs.

o Option 2: guided tour in Bruges + free moment in Bruges.

A guide will bring you, in groups of 25 people, to a variety of city sights such as the Market Square (Belfry and historical facades), the "Burg" (city castle) square (City Hall, Holy Blood Basilica, Old Recorder's Office), the "Reien" (picturesque canals and waterways), the Fish Market and the College of Europe.

You will wander along famous musea (such as the "Groeninge", "Gruuthuse" and "Brangwyn" museum), the Church of Our Lady (with the statue of a Madonna with Child by Michelangelo), the old Saint John's Hospital with the Memling Museum, almshouses, the Beguinage and the charming waters of the "Minnewater".

After this guided tour that lasts around 2 hours you are free for 1h30 to enjoy the wonderful city of Bruges, to buy some souvenirs, … .

 

Both tours end at the Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (ILVO) where a reception will be offered accompanied with beers from the local brewery before the bus takes you back to Ghent.

 

  • Visiting Ypres

‘A city to experience, discover and enjoy’

Ypres is a city with a very rich and varied past. During the Middle Ages Ypres was a flourishing trading centre, one of the main Flemish cloth centres next to Bruges and Ghent. During the First World War the charming town was reduced to a heap of rubble.  Ypres was almost entirely destroyed by four years of senseless violence. The citizens of Ypres rebuilt their city with respect for the past. The memory of the Great War is kept alive in the musea and on the historic sites. The medieval  character of Ypres can be experienced in the cosy centre or on the ramparts.

o   Option 1: ‘In Flanders fields’ museum + Tyne Cot cemetery.

The In Flanders Fields Museum presents the story of the First World War in the West Flanders front region. It is located in the renovated Cloth Halls of Ypres, an important symbol of wartime hardship and later recovery. The permanent exhibition tells the story of the invasion of Belgium and the first months of the mobilisation, the four years trench war in the Westhoek - from the beach of Nieuwpoort to the Leie in Armentières -, the end of the war and the permanent remembrance ever since.

A short bus trip will take you to Tyne Cot cemetery. Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery and Memorial to the Missing is a burial ground for the dead of the First World War in the Ypres salient on the Western front. It is the largest cemetery for Commonwealth forces in the world, for any war.

 o   Option 2: guided tour in Ypres + Tyne Cot cemetery.

The guide takes you along the highlights of Ypres. The guide will briefly cover the rich history and take the group among other sites to the Saint Georges Memorial Church, the beautiful interior of Saint Martin's Cathedral and the council chamber of the City Hall. On the Market Square you can admire the impressive Cloth Hall before ending the walk under the Menin Gate.

A short bus trip will take you to Tyne Cot cemetery. Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery and Memorial to the Missing is a burial ground for the dead of the First World War in the Ypres salient on the Western front. It is the largest cemetery for Commonwealth forces in the world, for any war.

Both tours end at the Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (ILVO) where a reception will be offered accompanied with beers from the local brewery before the bus takes you back to Ghent.

 

Cycling ‘bergs and cobbles’

‘Experience the passion for cycling on legendary roads’

The Tour of Flanders is one of the most important cycling classics in the world. We will visit its museum in the city of Oudenaarde and enter its legendary roads on a cycling trip over bergs and cobbles. In good Flemish tradition we will mingle sweat with local beers to recover from the efforts. Energy will be provided through ‘mattentaarten’ and ‘rijsttaartjes’. Shower facilities will be available.

For this tour a moderate to good physical condition is recommended. The cost for bike (race or mountain bike) rental (€ 40, pay on site) is not included in the registration cost.

 

The tour ends at the Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (ILVO) where a reception will be offered accompanied with beers from the local brewery before the bus takes you back to Ghent.