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School Christmas Markets Trip to Bruges & Valkenburg

If you’re looking for a real festive treat for your students, a school trip to the Christmas markets in Bruges and Valkenburg is hard to beat!

You’ll receive a friendly welcome in Valkenburg in Southern Holland, with its numerous restaurants and shops. The city comes alive during the winter months, as thousands of visitors come to enjoy the Christmas markets that are famously hidden in caves underground.

During November and December, Bruges is transformed into a Christmas wonderland – with its quaint cobbled streets and pretty squares. The market stalls form a ring around an open-air ice rink, and there’s even an ice palace!

Sample itinerary

Day 1/3


Depart school


Ferry/Eurotunnel crossing


Arrive in resort

Check in to accommodation in time for evening meal

Day 2/3


Free time to explore Valkenberg

AfternoonAfternoon Visit to the Christmas market located in the underground caves
EveningEvening Evening meal in accommodation

Day 3/3

MorningMorning Travel to Bruges

Visit to Bruges including Christmas market visit, a canal boat trip, horse and carriage ride or a visit to the Chocolate Museum

Depart late afternoon and head back to Calais

EveningEvening Arrival back at school

What's included?

  • tick icon2 nights' half-board accommodation
  • tick iconComprehensive travel and medical insurance
  • tick iconDetailed information pack
  • tick iconFree staff place ratio 1:8
  • tick iconItinerary planning service
  • tick iconMotorway tolls and taxes
  • tick iconOther inclusions such as visits and excursions
  • tick iconReturn Channel crossings
  • tick iconReturn executive coach travel
  • tick iconVamoos travel app - giving you access to all your trip documents on your phone or tablet
  • tick iconVAT at current rates to tour operators


Belfry of Bruges

Belfry of Bruges

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

De Halve Maan Brewery

De Halve Maan Brewery

The museum offers the unique opportunity to discover the old traditional brewing methods in Bruges. Daily guided tours… Read more

Horse and Carriage Ride Bruges

Horse and Carriage Ride Bruges

See this beautiful city in style with a 35 minute horse drawn carriage ride which takes you around the main sights of… Read more

Memling Museum

Memling Museum

The St. John’s Hospital (now Memling in Sint-Jan Hospital Museum) is one of the oldest preserved hospital buildi… Read more

Roose's Chocolate World

Roose's Chocolate World

On arrival, charming and professional shop assistants will lead your group to the demonstration area where they will see… Read more

Valkenburg Christmas Market

Valkenburg Christmas Market

Valkenburg's annual Christmas Market is held in an underground grotto. Many hundreds of thousands of visitors have… Read more

Wilhelminatoren (Tower)

Wilhelminatoren (Tower)

This magnificent tower which was built in 1906, offers fabulous views of the whole of the Southern Limburg Province. On… Read more

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Hotel Dupuis
Hotel Dupuis

Tucked in the historic and charming town of Valkenburg is this 2-star hotel with a welcoming atmosphere. The humble rooms vary in size from singles to family rooms, making this the perfect location for all types of travellers.

Guests can begin their day with an extensive breakfast buffet before wandering along into the city centre.


Northampton High School, February 2019

The trip was a success. Thanks to all those who helped it to be so. The modern hotel in particular worked well for us and the staff were exceptionally helpful; all bookings for visits etc. proceeded very smoothly, as did the transfers.

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