Pre- and Post-Congress tours

Pre-registration is required during the online-registration for the whole Congress.

Antwerp, itinerary of a Flemish discovery – Monday, 25 October or Friday, 29 October 2021 – Full day

Belgium’s second largest city, Antwerp is known as being one of the largest ports in Europe which, over the centuries, became fabulously rich due to maritime commerce with distant countries, its quaysides and warehouses fully staked with the most noble of materials and exotic products. Antwerp is also an artistic Centre and the town where Peter-Paul Rubens, Jordaens, van Dijck, etc. lived. In addition, it has been, since the 15th century, the largest diamond Centre in the world with a worldwide reputation. We propose a walking tour during which we will conjure up the golden era of this metropolis. Rubens’ House, the Rockox House, Sint Carolus-Borromeus, etc. each of these buildings will speak to us of artistic and economic splendor and effervescence.

Indicative program:

  • 9h00     Meeting at Brussels Central Train Station with the guide.
  • 9h30     Trip to Antwerp. The guide starts his/her introduction in the train.
  • 10h30   Walking tour in the historical heart: The Steen, The Grote Markt, the Cathedral of Our Lady, etc.
  • 12h00   Three courses lunch, drinks included (1h00).
  • 13h30   Continuation of the guided tour and visit of the Rubens House (1h30).
  • 15h00   Return to Brussels with the guide (1h00) or Free time for shopping without guide.

Price per person: € 148 VAT included p.p.
The price includes maximum 6h tour, the 3-course lunch, drinks included, the tickets and guided tour of the Rubens’House.

Under 10 participants, the guided tour will not be organized.

Bruges, itinerary of a Flemish discovery – Monday, 25 October or Friday, 29 October 2021 – Full day

Indicative program:A stroll along the shimmering waters of the Minnewater, the silver thread of the canals, the sparkling white swans under a willow, the little white houses in the Beguinage. Here in Bruges, everything is poetry, romance, and undefinable melancholy. We have the pleasure of inviting you to join us for a guided tour in a Bruges that few visitors take the time to discover: the city of the Hanseatic merchants. With our guide, we will conjure up the boats and carriages bringing German or Italian merchants to sell spices from the Orient, wines from the Rhine, furs from Russia. In the bustle of the docks, we will find an atmosphere as cosmopolitan as the 16th century city: the largest port in the world! From the chapels to the busy docks, from the mansions to the great churches, we will follow the trace of those who made Bruges great.

  • 9h00     Meeting at Brussels Central Train Station with the guide.
  • 9h30     Trip to Bruges. The guide starts his/her introduction in the train.
  • 10h30   Walking tour in the historical heart: The Begijnhof, the Markt, the Minnewater Park, the Burg, etc.
  • 11h30    Boat tour on the canals (30 min).
  • 12h30    Three-course lunch, drinks included (1h30).
  • 14h00   Continuation of the guided tour (1h00).
  • 15h00   Return to Brussels with the guide (1h00) or Free time for shopping without guide.

Price per person: € 157 VAT included p.p.
The price includes maximum 6h tour, the 3-course lunch, drinks included and boat tour on the canals.

Under 10 participants, the guided tour will not be organized.

Bruegel and the Marolles – Tuesday, 26 October 2021 – Half day

The participants will discover the Marolles district of the 16th century and, more specifically, the emblematic character of the Brussels artistic culture: Bruegel. Pieter Bruegel, who lived in Antwerp, fell in love with the daughter of his master Pieter Coecke van Aelst. To allow the marriage, his future mother-in-law required the couple to live in Brussels. A few months after their engagement, it is in the church Notre-Dame de la Chapelle in the Marolles that their union was made official.

Duration
2 hours.

Number of people per group
Maximum 10 participants.

Meeting point
To be determined.

Price per person: € 39 VAT included p.p.

Under 5 participants, the guided tour will not be organized.

Brussels the City Centre – Tuesday, 26 October 2021 – Half day

We invite you to discover the “must-sees” of our capital. The Grand-Place, Unesco world heritage site, described as “the world’s richest theatre” by Jean Cocteau; the St.Hubert Royal Galleries and its technical achievement will immerse you in a real Kaleidoscope of Brussels.

Duration
2 hours.

Number of people per group
Maximum 10 participants.

Meeting point
To be confirmed.

Price per person: € 39 VAT included p.p.

Under 5 participants, the guided tour will not be organized.

Mysterious and unusual Brussels – Tuesday, 26 October 2021 – Half day

Discover the mysterious and unusual Brussels during an unprecedent walking tour. Join us and plunge into the dark side of the history of Brussels.Did you know that Brussels has secrets? What mysteries keeps the Knight Templar located on the Place Royale? Where are coming the traces of cannonballs from?

Duration
2 hours.

Number of people per group
Maximum 10 participants.

Meeting point
To be determined.

Price per person: € 39 VAT included p.p.

Under 5 participants, the guided tour will not be organized.