During the northern Renaissance and
baroque periods, from the early 15th
century until the 17th century, Flanders
produced some of Europe’s leading
artists who developed the technique of
oil painting with outstanding realism. By
portraying the world around them, the
Flemish School charted the prosperity and
decline of the region, from its economic
supremacy during the Burgundian period
to the repressive religious aftermath
of the Eighty Years’ War. This tour also
highlights the wonderfully conserved
14th- and 15th-century medieval and
Renaissance buildings in Bruges and
Ghent, symbols of the affluence that
simultaneously influenced and sponsored
Flemish painting of the period.
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Travel by Eurostar train from London St Pancras
International to Brussels Midi / Zuid. Arrive
and transfer by coach to Bruges for 4 nights at
Martin’s Hotel. Evening welcome dinner. (D)
Begin the walking tour with a visit to the
Groeninge Museum, which contains some of
the finest examples of Flemish and Belgian art.
Continue to the Arents House Museum, an 18thcentury
mansion containing a lace museum and
more than 400 works by celebrated Anglo-Welsh
artist Frank Brangwyn. In the afternoon, see
the Jerusalem Church, built in the 15th century
according to the plans of the Holy Sepulchre
in Jerusalem. Continue to Hof Bladelin, former
home of Pieter Bladelin, treasurer of the Order
of the Golden Fleece in the 15th century. (B)
In the morning, visit the gothic St Salvator’s
Cathedral, which contains some exquisite
Brussels tapestries. Proceed to the former royal
courts at the Palace of the Liberty of Bruges to
admire the monumental chimney piece. After
lunch, visit the Memling Museum, located inside
the medieval complex of St John’s Hospital where the Shrine of St Ursula and The Mystic
Marriage of Saint Catherine are among the
many important 15th-century works by Flemish
master Hans Memling. (B)
Drive to the medieval port-city of Ghent. See
Hubert & Jan van Eyck’s Adoration of the Mystic
Lamb in St Bavo’s Cathedral before walking to
the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design,
a hidden gem that houses well-preserved
17th- and 18th-century furnishings, as well as
art nouveau and contemporary exhibits. After
lunch, walk through the scenic Citadel Park to
the Museum of Fine Arts, which houses a varied
selection of Flemish art, in particular several
masterpieces by Hieronymus Bosch. (B)
Drive to Brussels to explore Grand Place, the
historic market square and a Unesco world
heritage site, noting the wonderful medieval
guild houses, 19th-century gothic revival
facades and local artisan shops. After lunch at
a local restaurant, visit the Royal Museums of
Fine Arts to see further important examples of
Flemish painting, including excellent pieces by
Brueghel and Rubens. Early evening transfer to Brussels Midi / Zuid station for a return Eurostar
train to London St Pancras International. (B, L)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is fully escorted
throughout by the lecturer.
Typically based in 3- and 4-star
This tour involves some long walks
and therefore requires a good level of fitness.
Dr Sophie Oosterwijk has
an MA in medieval studies,
a PhD in art history, and
an MA and PhD in English
literature. She teaches
for the universities of
Cambridge and St Andrews, Nadfas, and the
V&A. Her areas of expertise are medieval
Dutch and Flemish art, portraiture, death
Martin's Brugge Hotel is located in the heart of the historic city of Bruges, near the 13th-century belfry, the Grote Markt and the Arentshuis Museum.
The rooms are richly decorated and some have original features such as wooden beams.
Features: 177 rooms, restaurant, cocktail bar, terrace, garden.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, minibar, complimentary Wi-Fi,...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
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