Transfer from the airport to the barge is approximately 1.5 hours (68 miles / 110 kilometers). Please note that the barge does not move at night and only motors during the day.
We proceed by motorcoach to our barge in Bruges. At the barge, we drop off participants' luggage as the barge cannot be boarded before 3:00 pm. We then take the motorcoach to the center of Bruges for the afternoon.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like in Bruges. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
Following lunch, begin your discovery of the Flemish Primitives with a visit to the St John’s Hospital Museum in Bruges. View the six exquisite paintings by artist Hans Memling, as you immerse yourself in the atmosphere of a former medieval hospital. Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Periods in the daily schedule designated as "Free time" and "At leisure" offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. All routes, field trips, and excursions are subject to change as weather and canal/river conditions may affect the itinerary. Canal/river conditions could affect the progress of the barge, making it run late and sometimes miss ports because it is not safe to dock. Because of this, the cruise itinerary should always be regarded as provisional. The operators reserve the right to change the content of field trips and excursions without prior notice. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
Aboard the barge, enjoy a three-course set menu featuring tasty local cuisine with coffee, tea or water. Other beverages are available for purchase that can be charged to your tab and settled prior to departure with cash (in Euros only) on the last night on board. Dinner each night will follow this description.