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!

Suggested Itinerary (3 days, 2 nights)

Day Morning Summary Afternoon Summary Evening Summary

Depart school

Ferry/Eurotunnel crossing

Arrive in resort

Check in to accommodation in time for evening meal


Free time to explore Valkenberg

Visit to the Christmas market located in the underground caves

Evening meal in accommodation


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

Arrival back at school

3 days, 2 nights Price from £235 pp
  • 2 nights' half-board accommodation
  • Comprehensive travel and medical insurance
  • Detailed information pack
  • Free staff place ratio 1:8
  • Itinerary planning service
  • Motorway tolls and taxes
  • Other inclusions such as visits and excursions
  • Return Channel crossings
  • Return executive coach travel
  • Vamoos travel app - giving you access to all your trip documents on your phone or tablet
  • VAT at current rates to tour operators


Educational Activities

Memling Museum

Memling Museum

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

Valkenburg Christmas Market

Valkenburg Christmas Market

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

Cultural Activities

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

De Halve Maan Brewery

De Halve Maan Brewery

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

Horse and Carriage Ride Bruges

Horse and Carriage Ride Bruges

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

Roose's Chocolate World

Roose's Chocolate World

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

Wilhelminatoren (Tower)

Wilhelminatoren (Tower)

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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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