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Castles, Chocolates and Beer
Belgium — March 30-April 7, 2013
Scotland — April 7-11 (optional)
Join us for a trip to Brussels, one of Europe's premier cities. It's home to top flight architecture and a superb restaurant scene and an energetic nightlife. While Brussels' gastronomic reputation rivals that of Paris, there is also an eclectic mix of home-grown restaurants or bars with food as a less expensive option.

The city center dates from the 17th century and is divided into two main areas:
  • The Lower Town, from Grand Place (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) with guild houses and the town hall
  • The much smaller Upper Town which is home to one of the finest art collections in the country at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts
Everyone knows about Belgian chocolates but there are also open-air markets and contemporary art galleries and other establishments.

Brussels is also a perfect base for a wide range of day trips including:
  • Waterloo, one of the region's most-visited attractions
  • Ghent, only 30 minutes away by train and home to: A string of superb Gothic buildings and intimate streetscapes, St. Baafskathedraal – with Jan van Eyck’s remarkable Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, Castle Het Gravensteen, Exquisite medieval guild houses, First class restaurants clustering the cobbled lanes of the Patershol district
  • Antwerp, Belgium's Second City, is only 40 minutes away by train and offers: An animated culture scene, a burgeoning fashion industry, a spirited nightlife
  • Luxembourg is only 3 hours away by train. This capital of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg boasts the historic Luxembourg Castle
  • Amsterdam is also only 3 hours away by train. It's great for walking tours, its numerous canals and historic mansions and its culturally significant nightlife influenced by the 1960s counter-culture
  • Paris is a mere 1.5 hours away! Just a few of the more famous sites in Paris include the Eiffel Tower, Le Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe and a Seine River tour
With this trip you can plan your own itinerary and see what YOU want to see. You can start at the Visit Belgium website and click on any of the links above for more info. Check with Rail Europe for train schedules and prices.

Join us March 30th - April 7th (Sat-Sat) for this exciting trip. Full package price is $1,988 and includes round-trip air from Nashville, Lodging in Brussels, breakfast each day and ground transportation to & from the airport.

For those who opt to continue their European adventure, we’ll extend our trip by flying from Brussels to Edinburgh where we’ll spend 4 days exploring the city. One great way to do that is by getting an Edinburgh Pass which provides entry to over 30 attractions. A sample itinerary with the Pass might include:
  • 9:00 am: Start off at the Visit Scotland Information Center on Princes Street for insider tips.
  • 9:30 am: Visit Camera Obscura World of Illusions for a 360° rooftop view
  • 11:00 am: Tour the Edinburgh Dungeon
  • 12:30 pm: Lunch! Café Hub – 20% discount with Edinburgh Pass
  • 1:30 pm: Gladstone’s Land is a short walk and a fascinating glimpse into 17th century Edinburgh
  • 2:30 pm: Stroll down the Royal Mile to the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the amazing Royal exhibitions at The Queen’s Gallery
  • 4:00 pm: Back up the Royal Mile to join the unique chance to explore the Historic Vaults Tour – the most extensive in Edinburgh
  • 5:15 pm: Back to hotel to freshen up
  • 6:30 pm: Dinner at Frankenstein Pub – 20% discount with your Edinburgh Pass
  • Later: After dinner why not try a Murder & Mystery Tour? Or even the Terror Tour!
This extension, which includes 4 nights lodging and the flight from Brussels is only $769.
Prices: Brussels: $1,988
Scotland: $769
Total price for Brussels & Scotland: $2,757
Trip Leaders: Wallace Cartwright
Phone: 615-594-1900
Mary Buckner
Phone: 615-289-9262
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