Cultural tour to Belgium by coach: 4 days, 3 nights

Your cultural tour to Belgium will provide students with numerous opportunities to extend their knowledge and experience of the Belgian culture. The four day tour allows extra time to visit the city of Antwerp. Our suggested itinerary offers inspiration but we will tailor make your tour to meet your specific curriculum needs.

Suggested itinerary

Day one
Depart from school by coach
Connect with channel crossing
Arrive at accommodation

Day two
Atomium
Mini Europe
Explore the city of Brussels
Chocolate making demonstration

Day three
Diamond District of Antwerp
Explore the city of Antwerp
MAS Museum
Port of Antwerp

Day four
Depart accommodation
Explore the city of Bruges
Boat Cruise
Belfry Tower
Return to the UK on coach

Tour gallery

Excursion locator map

Excursion Ideas

  • Atomium

    Subject range: Cultural, STEM

    What you’ll experience: The iconic symbol of Brussels and Belgium, with its unique architecture, the Atomium is the most popular attraction in the city. Built for the 1958 World Exhibition, the Atomium now houses a permanent exhibition about its history as well as temporary exhibitions focused around sciences, design, and society. The upper sphere offers unique and spectacular views across the city skyline.
    Select says: The Atomium is shaped on the model of an elementary iron crystal enlarged 165 billion times. Find out more about the Atomium here.

  • Mini Europe

    Subject range: Mini Europe

    What you’ll experience: Mini-Europe is located at the foot of the Atomium. Students can explore 300 models and sites of the most beautiful places in Europe. All the buildings are on a scale 1 to 25.
    Select says: Students can make some of the models work themselves, including the eruption of Vesuvius and the fall of the Berlin Wall.

  • Explore the city of Antwerp

    Subject range: Cultural

    What you’ll experience: Belgium’s second city and biggest port, Antwerp is renowned as being the diamond capital of the world. This cosmopolitan city is full of fascinating architecture. A good place to start is the heart of the old city, the beautiful Grote Markt (Town Square). It is a short walk to view the magnificent Gothic Cathedral of Our Lady of Antwerp with its 123m-high spire.
    Select says: The Cathedral of Our Lady houses four early canvases of the Flemish Baroque painter Rubens.

  • MAS Museum

    Subject range: Cultural

    What you’ll experience: The MAS is foremost a museum but the building is also eye-catching. The MAS is a new museum which explores Antwerp’s link with the world. It brings together the city’s art and heritage, the river, the port and its relationship with the world. The MAS does this by taking four universal themes: Display of Power, Metropolis, World Port, and Life and Death.
    Select says: The roof allows an amazing 360° panoramic view of the city, river and port.

  • Port of Antwerp

    Subject range: Cultural

    What you’ll experience: The visitor centre at the port pavilion introduces the port with a 360° surround-screen film. You can plan your route with the help of the giant aerial photograph on the floor, and find further information about the port on the touchscreens around the walls.
    Select says: At the centre ask for the port map which has lots of useful information.

  • Bruges

    Subject range: Cultural

    What you’ll experience: There is plenty to admire in this fairy-tale medieval city. At the centre of Bruges is the historic Markt, a large open square flanked by medieval-style buildings and bustling with horse-drawn carriages and open-air restaurants. It is also the location of the stunning Belfort Belfry. Close by, is the smaller but impressive Burg square with its beautiful buildings, plus the contemporary Toyo Ito pavilion.
    Select says: Time permitting, it is a short walk to Hof Arents park behind the Arentshuis. An absolutely beautiful place where a hump-backed pedestrian bridge, St-Bonifacius, crosses the canal for idyllic views.

  • Bruges Boat Cruise

    Subject range: Cultural

    What you’ll experience: A visit to Bruges isn’t complete without a boat trip on its canals. Go aboard at any of the five landing stages for a half-hour trip that allows you to appreciate the most noteworthy delights of the city from a completely different angle.
    Select says: This is a great way to view some of the monuments and centuries-old buildings of Bruges.

  • Belfry Tower of Bruges

    Subject range: Cultural, History

    What you’ll experience: The Belfry Tower of Bruges is a medieval bell tower in the historical centre of the city. It stands 83 metres tall and houses a carillon with 47 melodious bells. After 366 steps your efforts will be rewarded with a breath-taking and unforgettable panoramic view of Bruges and her surroundings.
    Select says: The reception area has lots of information about the history.

Cultural trip to Belgium by coach: 4 days, 3 nights Accommodation

Jacques Brel Youth Hostel

Our rating:

Location: Brussels

Capacity: 170

The Jacques Brel Youth Hostel is a comfortable and friendly group accommodation, ideally located near the centre of Brussels. Well recommended by the team at Select!

Rooms: Rooms: Multi-bedded rooms with en-suite facilities.

Facilities: Facilities: Common room, meeting room, terrace / patio, lift, bar, restaurant, vending machine, free Wi-Fi, basic shop, lockers available in room, luggage room - available during hostel reception times. Select says: Packed lunches are also available.