​Br​uges Christmas Market Break

The build up to Christmas should be just as magical as the day itself, so head to Bruges this winter and you can enjoy a great festive break as you pick up presents for your family and friends and enjoy the festive atmosphere in this beautiful European city. ​​​

​Where is ​Bruges?

Bruges is the largest city in the West Flanders region of Belgium, approximately 3 ½ hours from our port in IJmuiden via coach transfer. ​


Beautiful Bruges

Beautiful Bruges 

​​Bruges is famous for being one of the prettiest cities in Europe, with wonderful architecture and canals intersecting the cobbled streets. Whether you're travelling with friends, as a couple or as a family, there is plenty to do in the city. There aren't many cities in the world where you can enjoy indulging yourself quite like Bruges, with its most famous produce including chocolate, chips and beer! Visit one of the city's many Guild-of-Chocolatier-approved chocolate shops, go on a scenic winter canal tour of the city, or, for a real festive treat, jump in a hot air balloon and see the city from above. 

Brug​e's Christmas Market

Each Christmas, hundreds of market stalls are set out across the town centre of Bruges, turning its already-charming streets into fairytale festive towns and plazas. Colourful stalls and illuminated stands decorate the beautiful Grote Markt area of the city, creating a captivating Christmas market which was named as one of the 10 best in Europe by the Daily Telegraph. These stands are packed with traditional wooden toys for children, confectionery, gifts, jewellery and more. ​

​More Fun at the Fair​​


There are also fairground rides, an outdoor ice-rink and horses and carts for you to enjoy, all the while, the scent of honey waffle biscuits and other classic Belgian food hangs in the air. Once you've taken in the sights and sounds of the Grote Markt, why not head to the smaller, cosier market at Simon Stevenplein and see if anything takes your fancy? 

What's Included in you​r Christmas market Break

  • ​​Departures from Newcastle on December 5th and 12th
  • 2 nights in an en suite cabin
  • Return coach transfers from Amsterdam to Bruges (approx 3 hours 30 mins)
  • ​2 nights bed and breakfast in the 3 star Novotel Brugge Cetrum


​Nov​otel Centrum Bruges

Discover the beauty of Bruges from this comfortable 3 star hotel; a family-friendly venue located just a short walk from the city’s famous medieval belfry. As well as the city’s Christmas markets, this hotel is located near to the Chocolate Museum and the concert hall, making it the ideal base for a trip discovering all the city has to offer. All rooms in hotel are equipped with wi-fi and there is even a bureau de change on the premises.​


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For extra freedom, why not take your car across to Europe and choose your own destination for a festive break? There are Christmas Markets all over the continent and with our 4 routes to Europe, you can easily access France, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Scandinavia and more. Plus, with no luggage restrictions, you can bring back as much as you like, ideal if you go a little bit overboard at the stalls! Take a look at some of our favourite markets in Holland, Germany, France and Belgium. ​

​​​​​Onboard our Ferries

Quality Onboard Experience

You'll spend 2 nights onboard our ferry, but there will be no shortage of things to do while you sail. We have onboard bars, lounges and a club with a wide range of beers, spirits, wines and cocktails available, as well as soft drinks or tea and coffee. We also have onboard shops, a cinema and a casino and games room for thrill-seekers, plus nightly entertainment from our house band and troubadour. 

Dining onboard

Enjoy a meal onboard

We have plenty of onboard dining options for you, so you’re sure to find something you’ll love. Dine à la carte at our Blue Riband restaurant or tuck into expertly-p​repared steaks at our Explorer’s Steakhouse. We also have an Italian restaurant and an international, all-you-can-eat buffet at our 7 Seas restaurant with over 80 dishes from all corners of the globe.​

Travel in style

Cruise across the North Sea in comfort in one of our private, en suite cabins. Our standard Seaways cabins come with inside and sea view options and for a treat, you can upgrade to one of our premium Commodore or Commodore De Luxe cabins for an extra cost. 


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It’s always a proud moment when you’re recognised for your good work, we’re honoured to have been named again as the World and Europe's Leading Ferry Operator 2016 at the World Travel Awards. We have been Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator for 5 years running now, and the World’s Leading Ferry Operator for 6 years. ​​​