Music Tours to Flanders

  • Close to home
  • Huge variety of venues
  • Lovely coastline and picture-book cities

Within easy access of Calais, Belgium is the perfect close-to-home touring destination for our UK groups and is an ideal choice for international school performance tours that start in the UK. From junior school bands to high level youth orchestras, the country has plenty of venues on offer, meaning all group types choosing Belgium as their destination will not be disappointed. Belgium is a country many people travel through but fewer rarely take the time to visit yet it has so much to offer. Multicultural and multilingual, Belgium is a vibrant combination which is reflected in its architecture, traditions and cuisine which, of course, includes some of the finest chocolate and beer in the world!

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I was impressed with Club Europe accommodating the needs of pupils, as well as the small budget and funds that we had. Also, their knowledge of the area that we were...

Olivia, Music Teacher, Essex

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I was pleased with Club Europe’s management and very happy with the itinerary. The communication with Lucy and Isabel was good.

Alvaro Cortes, Holmwood House Prep School, Essex

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Everyone I had contact with was excellent. The staff are well briefed and thoroughly trained. Traveling with Club Europe meant we could focus on enjoying making music in a new culture.

Sam, Party Leader, London

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Exciting, rewarding and memorable – something for everyone. We had an excellent experience. Abi was amazing, and the coach company were excellent. We would definitely use Club Europe again.

Mark Penrose, Bilton Grange School, Warwickshire

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"Lucy was fantastic, very helpful. Another great tour that parents and pupils will remember."

Adam, Head of Music, Surrey

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"Alahree and Isabel were both very competent and friendly. From start to finish everything went like clockwork."

Sue, Party Leader, Cheshire

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"Immensely enjoyable for both students and staff."

Ffion, Head of Music, Cheshire

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"We really appreciate how seriously Club Europe take our concerts, arranging for us to perform in the very finest venues in the area."

Matthew, Director of Music, Cambridgshire

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"A fantastic tour full of many memories for staff and girls alike, a wonderful life experience for the pupils."

Rachel, Party Leader, West Yorkshire

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"Thanks for organising another trip for us. Everyone had a great time and very much appreciate Club Europe’s significant input."

Mark, Head of Music, Derbyshire

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"The itineraries were sorted very early on, with the right balance between concerts and excursions. [Club Europe] have an understanding of how to make a tour special for the students."

Paul, Party Leader, Merseyside

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"An interesting tour with a range of things to see and do, the students really enjoyed it."

Katie, Party Leader, West Midlands

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"I was impressed with your communication, quick replies to questions, reminders to me, your patience! You make a potentially very stressful task so much easier!!"

Sue, Party Leader, London

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"The easiest trip I’ve done for ages due to accurate itinerary and outstanding tour manager Matt."

Penny, Party Leader, Surrey

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"Alahree was excellent, patient and understanding of our groups needs and expectations and Isabel was excellent, extremely helpful."

Lucy, Party Leader, Devon

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"I was most impressed with Club Europe’s ability to secure good concert venues and suitable excursion ideas."

Philip, Head of Music, Llandovery

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"A first rate musical experience and a fun and interesting tour for both staff and students."

Chris, Head of Music, Wiltshire

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“Relaxed and inspiring.”

Emma, Director of Music, Devon

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“We have had a wonderful experience with club Europe this year and I would recommend them to anyone.”

Helena, Party Leader, Leeds

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“We have had the best tour ever. It was a perfectly tailored programme of concerts, free time and excursions, with expert advice and detailed collaborative planning.”

Jennie, Head of Music, Cumbria

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“Our tour to Belgium was a triumph: unforgettable concerts in excellent venues and a perfect blend of excursions, both educational and fun, to suit everyone.”

George, Head of Music, Portsmouth

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Lorna, Party Leader, South Lanarkshire

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“It was exciting, fun, well organised and memorable. The students have gained new experiences both culturally and musically. Thank you for an amazing tour.”

Caron, Director of Music, Somerset

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“Alahree was brilliant, dealt with any problems very quickly. I could not be happier with Isobel - the itinerary was perfect and I was most impressed that she was able...

David, Head of Music, Hertfordshire

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“A fabulous experience for students and staff alike - GhentFest in particular was brilliant!”

Katie, Head of Music, Essex

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“A life-changing experience for staff and students alike which inspired a new, shared understanding and appreciation of WWI through music, drama and dance. “

Jess, Head of Performing Arts, Buckinghamshire

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“Thank you all for a wonderful tour. The pupils are already asking when the next one is.”

Elaine, Party Leader, Dyfed

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“Probably our best tour with Club Europe. I have been five times with you now, different school but similar type group.”

Keith, Head of Music, Hertfordshire

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“Hannah was super. She was clear in the information that she delivered to me and dealt with any of my questions and requests quickly and with great patience.”

Ffion, Head of Music, Derbyshire

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“Really great, professional and met our requirements and criteria brilliantly for the tour. Extremely knowledgeable, patient and accommodating.”

Jane, Director of Music, London

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“Hannah was great, so polite even when chasing and Isabel had endless patience in the face of lots of questions that she had already answered.”

Esther, Musical Director, Northampton

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“Very accommodating of my requests. I was most impressed with the ease of it all, especially because everything is done on-line. A great time had by all, thank you.”

Louise, Head of Music, North Yorkshire

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“Hannah was very efficient, always there whether to answer your query on the phone or in an email, knowledgable about the process and there to reassure. Isabel was excellent.”

Alex, Party Leader, South Yorkshire

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“A highly successful and well-organised tour. Great destination, great venues, and great excursions.”

Samuel, Party Leader, Lancashire

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“Hannah and Isobel were brilliant. [Tour was] outstandingly well organised.”

Mark, Party Leader, Hertfordshire

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“I was very happy with the ease of contacting Hannah and Isobel and the speed of their responses to my queries. An amazing tour with three superb concert venues.”

Matthew, Director of Music, Cambridgeshire

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“Hannah was very helpful with lots of information, especially with different quotes at the time of booking and Isabel was very approachable and kept in touch regularly, accommodating some changes...

Jennie, Head of Music, Cumbria

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“Memorable and we can’t believe we packed so much into a few days.”

Shauna, Music Teacher, Warwickshire

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“A most fulfilling and successful tour! Every single member of my team, whether student or staff member, had a fantastic week, and came back buzzing.”

John, Head of Music, Oxfordshire

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“The result of the overall tour was fantastic including the venues, accommodation and trips.”

Andrew, Party Leader, Rutland

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“The tour gave our students an amazing musical and cultural experience.”

Kieran, Party Leader, Chelmsford

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“Very accommodating staff, patient approach trying to fulfil my every wish - very organised, efficient, approachable, yet extremely professional.”

Kim, Head of Music, Durham

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“The Bobbejaanland theme park was fantastic. The musical instrument museum is definitely a must. It has a wonderful restaurant on the top floor with views of the whole city. The...

Collette, Music Teacher, Hertfordshire

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“Blankenberge is well placed for access around the area. A very busy and enjoyable tour holiday.”

Martin, Band Leader, West Yorkshire

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Collette, Teacher of Music, Hertfordshire

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“Leuven is a lovely city with interesting buildings. It’s not too big so it was an ideal place to give the students some free time to explore around the central...

Michele, Head of Music, Staffordshire

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"The best organised and most enjoyable tour I have gone on as tour leader."

Tim, Head of Music, Chelmsford

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"A wonderful first tour for us. The excursions were perfect for our age range and it was nice that in the middle of all the concerts and rehearsals that we...

John, Head of Centre, London

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“This was an amazing trip. The students had a fantastic time and our itinerary was well planned. The tour manager, coach drivers and staff all helped to make it a...

Paul, Producer, Performing Arts Group, Staffordshire

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“Once again, another superb tour with Club Europe. The pre-tour booking processes and attention to detail was fantastic."

Andrew, Director of Music, Leicestershire

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“A fantastic experience overall. Everyone had an incredible time and it will go down as one of the highlights of our society’s achievements.”

Sarah, Director of Music, Nottingham

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Within easy access of Calais, Belgium is the perfect close-to-home touring destination for our UK groups and is an ideal choice for international school performance tours that start in the UK. From junior school bands to high level youth orchestras, the country has plenty of venues on offer, meaning all group types choosing Belgium as their destination will not be disappointed. Belgium is a country many people travel through but fewer rarely take the time to visit yet it has so much to offer. Multicultural and multilingual, Belgium is a vibrant combination which is reflected in its architecture, traditions and cuisine which, of course, includes some of the finest chocolate and beer in the world!

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Quick Facts

Quick Facts

Minimum Duration: 4 Days 3 Nights

Extra Night: Call for Details

Coach Type: Executive 48-Seater with Air Conditioning

Tour Manager: Full Time

Meals: Full Board

Journey time from Calais: Ghent 2 Hours, Leuven 3 Hours

Extra Activities/Excursions

  • Bobbejaanland: exciting theme park near Antwerp, which includes a unique hanging rollercoaster!
  • Chocolaterie Sukerbuyc: enjoy a mouthwatering visit to this chocolate makers in Bruges.
  • Brussels: see the Grand’Place and the excellent Musical Instruments Museum.
  • Bruges: hire bikes and enjoy a tour around this lovely city

Ghent

Ghent is a very popular base for our groups; every bit as beautiful as Bruges yet a much more compact and a quieter alternative. Ghent is dominated by the imposing 12th century Castle of the Counts, while canals weave their way through the town. On the banks are countless churches, museums and glorious medieval buildings, including the magnificent town hall and belfry. St Bavo’s cathedral not only boasts wonderful works of art by Van Eyck and Rubens but also the largest organ in the Benelux countries.

Where to stay

The De Draecke Youth Hostel lies in the heart of Ghent and offers a high standard of accommodation for our groups. All rooms have private bathroom and are 4-6 bedded. Downstairs there is a bar, dining room, TV and meeting room and the hostel staff will go out of their way to provide our groups with a comfortable stay.

Leuven

Situated less than half an hour’s drive to the east of Brussels, Leuven is a glorious town of stunning medieval architecture and home to one of the world’s oldest catholic universities. Hence the city has a fantastic mix of old and new, with plenty of lively bars and cafes set amidst some of the most beautiful architecture you can find. Leuven’s richest monument is the ornately decorated town hall, which stands in the pedestrianised main square, while just outside the city you will find the Interbrew company, which brews the world famous Stella Artois lager.

Where to stay

De Blauwput youth hostel is situated just 10 minutes’ walk from the centre of Leuven and, having opened only in 2003, offers modern, comfortable accommodation for our groups. Bedrooms are 4-6 bedded, all with their own bathroom. Facilities at the hostel include three meeting rooms (pre-booking required), a friendly bar and sun terrace.

Concerts

We recommend Belgium for all performing group types. There are lovely churches in northern Belgium, many of which are ideal for concerts, as well as participation in Mass. One such church is the church of Our Lady in Bruges, an intimate venue which has welcomed many of our groups. Ghent is also home to the amazing Ghentfest, a music festival which takes place annually in the third week of July. The Belgian coast has many venues; again, a number of churches as well as bandstands which we use in the summer months when the Belgians leave the cities to enjoy the wonderful beach resorts. Other venue types include theme parks, retirement homes and cultural centres.

Sample Itinerary (Orchestras*)

Day one

Morning departure from home and afternoon arrival in Ghent. Time to start exploring the town.

Day two

Full day at Bobbejaanland theme park with concert performance. Return to hostel for recreation evening.

Day three

Morning visit to Bruges to enjoy canal cruise and a visit to the chocolate makers. Continue to Ostend for afternoon concert on the bandstand. Return to Ghent.

Day four

Morning at leisure in Ghent. Depart Ghent for journey to Calais and afternoon Channel crossing and evening return to school.

* If you are a different ensemble type, please ask us for a sample itinerary.

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