Belgium Ostend

Holiday Highlights:

  • All coach travel with from your local pick-up point and return
  • Allocated seating on-board coach
  • Dover Calais ferry crossing each way
  • Bed and continental breakfast hotel accommodation in Ostend
  • Excursions to Brussels
  • Excursion to Ypres

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Ostend and its bars:

Do you feel like having a cool beer on a terrace during the summer? Or do you prefer the stronger tastes of regional beers? Or are you keen on trying some new beers? In that case, Ostend really is the place to be for true beer lovers.

Manuscript, a traditional pub with lots of character, is the favourite place of both beer as well as music lovers. In addition, Manuscript is also known for its very own beer called “PoppoLou”, which was created by its proprietors Vanessa Demeij and Glenn Rotsaert.

Did you know that Chocolatier Olivier Willems made Belgium’s best chocolates by preparing them with PoppoLou beer. In 2017, the “PoppoLou Rocks” won the Country’s Best Chocolates prize.

Café Botteltie
There is quite literally not a single establishment on the Belgian coast – and even in Flanders – where you can taste as many different beers and Dutch gins. No less than sixteen different types of beer are available on tap, ranging from the all-time favourite Jupiler to the more heavier stuff such as the St. Bernardus, La Trappe’s only Trappist blonde beer in the world, the Liefmans Goudenband and the delicious IPA produced by the Amsterdam brewery ‘t IJ.

Beer shop and city brewery ‘t Koelschip Ostend
Beer shop ‘t Koelschip is the place to be for beer lovers, at the moment, the shop has nearly 900 artisanally made Belgian beers in stock. They brew their very own ‘Tank’ beers and allow other brewers to make use of their installations. In addition, ‘t Koelschip organizes workshops for beer lovers who can then have their creations bottled.
Good to know: ‘t Koelschip is currently developing a Cowboy Henk beer!

De Zeeqeuzen
If you feel like having a unique drink with your friends in an authentic sailor’s pub, you have come to the right address! Its specialty – I am sure you will never guess what it is, it’s a “Zeegeuze” beer. Until today, nobody knows the secret ingredient that makes this beer so special. What we do know, is that this is a highly recommendable beer, even for those who do not like beer!
In addition to the famous ‘Zeegeuze’, you can of course also try one of the many other regional beers.

Brasserie (H)eerlijk
For beer lovers, Brasserie (H)eerlijk, which offers 47 different types of Trappist beers, the world’s largest collection of Trappist beers, truly this is a place for beer lovers to visit. Their selection of beers includes a number of special beers produced by the Palm Breweries, which really shows their affection for beer. Apart from the beers themselves, they also serve delicious (beer) dishes such as a hotpot of pork cheeks cooked in Rodenbach beer or an exquisite Rochefort sabayon. Both dishes really are a feast for your eyes and taste buds. Each month, a menu is also combined with well-known and lesser-known beers.

If Marvin Gaye were still alive, Lafayette would be his favourite bar in Ostend. Lafayette is a maverick in the nightlife of Ostend. The music bar brings soul and funky music to life under the approving eye of Marvin Gaye, whose picture adorns the wall. What better place to enjoy a beer than this monumental bar!

Sites of interest in Ostend

Macator Ship
The Mercator was built in 1932 and was used as a training ship until 1960. Since 1964 the ship has been moored in Ostend. After urgent repairs were previously carried out on the hull and other parts of the ship the interior has now been completely refurbished and turned into a museum.
The Mercator historical interior remains unchanged. The galley, huts, sick-bay, the radio room, the captain’s hut and many other typical features of this historic ship have been preserved.

Kursaal Casino
The Kursaal Casino of Ostende built in 1950s style architecture. It’s front facade is characterized by a modernistic design combined with neoclassical elements.
Fifty years later renovation took place in the year 2000, inside the building are wall paintings by Paul Delvaux, ceramics by Pierre Caille and frescoes by Marc Mendelsohn.

Atlantic Wall
The Atlantic Wall open-air museum is a unique historical site of coastal fortification. Around sixty German constructions from WW1 and WW2 – underground trenches, bunkers and remains of the German coastal batteries built in 1915) and from 1941), observation points and gun emplacements are among the best preserved along the Atlantic coastline and are the showpiece of the museum. Some bunkers have been renovated into their original state and refurbished with authentic objects.
The Atlantic Wall was originally 5,300 km and stretched from Norway to the French-Spanish border.


The most visited and popular attraction in the city of Brussels, the structure was built for the first post-war universal World Fair in 1958. It is made up of nine gigantic spheres representing an iron crystal with a magnification of 165 billion times, representing faith in science.

Grand Place
Any visit to Brussels should start at the Grand Place, built as a Merchants market in the 13th century. It is the centre of the city and serves host to numerous festivals, concerts and every other year to the Flower Carpet which is decked out in millions of begonias covering the whole square.

Brussels Town Hall
Located on the Grand Place in the heart of the historical centre is the elegant City of Brussels Town Hall, dating back to the 15th century.
The centrepiece is considered to make this the most beautiful square in the world, undoubtably been one of the most stunning buildings in Brussels and one of the highlights of your visit.  The tower stans as a landmark to tourists and Belgians passing through the capital.

Brussels Shopping
Louise and Boulevard de Waterloo
Belgiums top-tier establishments are located here, Delvaux, Chanel, Georgio Armani, Hermes, Prada, Tod’s, Vuitton, Wolfers, Tiffany’s, Dian Von Furstemberg, Max Mara, Serneels, Crossword, Hall of Time, Francis Ferent, Natan, Degand, Cachemire Coton et Soie, Kenzo, Lancel, Sandro, Maje, and lots more.


It is hard to imagine the pain that Ypres had to endure during World War 1, having extreme wealth in the middle ages and then been reduced to rubble just over 100 years ago. You can’t fail to be moved by a visit to Ypres, or Wipers as the troops used to call it. Totally re-built in its original medieval splendour, Ypres is a reminder that people can bounce back and have the resilience to carry on.
Top places to visit are the Menin Gate where the Last Post is sounded every evening by the local Fire Brigade and Passchendaele cemetery.

Optional Extras

Single supplement £15 per person per night

Dates & Prices


Fri 14th Oct 4 days £279

Xmas Markets Fri 2nd Dec 4 days £279


Fri 24th Mar 4 days £279

Mon 24th Apr 5 days £349

Mon 26th Jun 5 days £349

Mon 4th Sep 5 days £349

Fri 6th Oct 4 days £279

Xmas Markets Fri 8th Dec 4 days £279


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