Experience the beauty of Belgium and take part in the famous Last Post ceremony!

This small region of Belgium has it all, from picturesque cities such as Bruges and Ghent, through to coastal resorts, such as Blankenberge and Ostend. Add to this the WWI battlefields centred around Ypres, and it is clear to see that Flanders is full of unique and memorable performance experiences. Most importantly, your ensemble will have the opportunity to pay your respects by participating in the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate.

Venues

Ghent Festival View
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Ghent Festival

The annual Ghent Festival takes place towards the end of the third week in July - the place to be at...

Ypres Cloth Hall Colonnade View
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Ypres Cloth Hall Colonnade

Perform an open air concert in the Ypres town square known as 'The Market Place'. Numerous markets and...

Last Post Ceremony, Menin Gate View
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Last Post Ceremony, Menin Gate

Every evening since 1928 the Last Post has sounded at the Menin Gate at 20:00 in homage to the...

St Rochus Church View
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St Rochus Church

This church is located in the centre of Blankenberge, perfect for concerts for your group.

The Cathedral of Saints Michel and Gudule View
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The Cathedral of Saints Michel and Gudule

A Roman-Catholic church in Brussels, which was given cathedral status in 1962, this building offers a Gothic interior with...

Church of Our Lady View
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Church of Our Lady

The Onthaalkerk Onze-Lieve-Vrouw, with its 122-metre brick steeple, dominates the skyline of the city. It is quite...

Buildings View
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Wapenplein Bandstand, Ostend

Perform at this charming bandstand in the heart of a lively central square in Ostend!

Suggested Itinerary (4 days, 3 nights)

Day Morning Summary Afternoon Summary Evening Summary
1

Early departure from school

Ferry crossing

Arrive in Blankenberge

Time to explore the resort

Rehearsal at the accommodation before or after evening meal

2

Depart for Ghent to enjoy some time in this wonderful city

Late afternoon concert at Gentfest (late July only)

Travel back to accommodation and evening meal

3

Travel to Bruges, visit the chocolate factory and climb the Belfry

Visit WW1 battlefield sites followed by concert in the Ypres Cloth Hall colonnades

Participate in the Last Post Ceremony and return to the hotel

4

Depart after breakfast for Calais

Ferry/Eurotunnel crossing

Arrive back at school

4 days, 3 nights Price from £419 pp
  • 3 nights' half-board accommodation
  • Return executive coach travel (TV/video/WC/seatbelts)
  • Return ferry crossings
  • Free staff place ratio 1:8
  • Organisation of 2 x concert performances
  • Participate in the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate (subject to acceptance)
  • Detailed information pack
  • Comprehensive travel and medical insurance
  • Motorway tolls and taxes
  • VAT

Accommodation

Excursions

Canal Boat Trip

Canal Boat Trip

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When visiting Bruges, you simply cannot miss a boat trip on the canals - a trip that will make you… Read More

Belfry of Bruges

Belfry of Bruges

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One of the city's most prominent symbols, the Belfry formerly housed a treasury and the municipal archives, and served as… Read More

Vivaldi Restaurant

Vivaldi Restaurant

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Lovely restaurant situated in the market square in Ypres. Perfect for groups. Situated directly opposite the Flanders Fields Museum. … Read More

Bobbejaanland Theme Park

Bobbejaanland Theme Park

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Bobbejaanland is a renowned theme park in Lichtaart, Belgium. It was founded by Bobbejaan Schoepen, a Flemish singer, guitarist, and entertainer who enjoyed international popularity in the fifties and early sixties.… Read More

Museum

In Flanders Fields Museum

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This interactive museum mixes artefacts with documentary film, audio-visual presentations and contemporary artwork to vividly portray the horror and brutality… Read More

Tyne Cot British Cemetery

Tyne Cot British Cemetery

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Within a kilometre of the farthest point in Belgium reached by the Allied forces lies the largest cemetery for Commonwealth… Read More

Sea Life Centre

Sea Life Centre

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Sea Life Centre Blankenberge is a popular visit for schools, with aquariums and an underwater tunnel where North-Sea animals can be seen. The Sea Life centre has various educational packages on offer, please enquire for details.… Read More

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After working in the Travel Industry for over 30 years I have had the great fortune to work in many destinations and visit some amazing places. Travel is not just an experience – it is memories & knowledge. I love having the opportunity to create those memories for our groups. – Sarah Newman Music Tours Operations Manager

Don't take our word for it …

A really excellent place to take musicians on tour - plenty of outdoor venues for secular and sacred / mixed performances. Bruges, Ghent, Ypres and even Ostende were really beautiful locations with fantastic architecture. The itinerary had plenty of space in it so we never felt rushed as I have on other tours - partly as the venues were only 1/1.5 hours away at most. Fab tour! — The Northampton School for Girls , July 2016

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