Ostend Weekend 5 Days
Thursday 19th March to Monday 23rd March 2020
Four nights, five days, half board, five drinks per day free and excursions.
Ostend is a seaside resort with a stunning beach, shopping, great seafood, bars & casino. Ostend has been a firm favourite with the Belgian Royal Family and the rest of Belgium’s residents for years, hardly surprising given its individual charm, enticing stretch of seafront offering no less than five beaches, busy yacht harbour and gleaming, well landscaped parks. Other draws include bustling markets, shops a-plenty and a lively nightlife, the centrepiece of which is Ostend’s plush casino.
It is also a firm favourite with the members of ABC, who have been visiting this resort annually for over ten years.
During the day stretch your legs along the picturesque Albert I promenade, try out the pier’s fish and seafood stalls, or join the crowds in sunbathing. In addition, sit yourself down aboard Ostend’s miniature railway, take a horse drawn carriage ride through the city or catch Ostend’s smattering of parades, markets, festivals and fairs. By night, stroll the old fishermen’s quarter or gaze out to sea from the promenade’s line-up of restaurants.
If you have visited Ostend before you will have sampled the chicken at Koekoek, Langestraat 38 Famous for its cooked chickens, and there is nothing else to eat, they have to be tried. The whole bar has a chicken theme. Sit yourself down, order half a chicken each and enjoy with a glass of Rodenbach to wash it down. The chicken is spit roasted and served with plain bead. Grimbergen Blonde and Dubbel are available on draught, but are not as good with the chicken. The bottled beers range from Guinness to Duvel and Westmalle Dubbel and Trippel. On busy days, they open the upstairs area. The bar is ideal if you are in a rush for food as the chicken is on your table within seconds of ordering. Only a few minutes walk from the hotel.
Our excursion to Bruges, the ‘little Venice of the north’, offers the opportunity to explore the meandering canals and beautiful bridges, its cobbled alleyways and quiet tree lined squares.
Your Hotel You will stay four nights at the Royal Astrid Hotel, www.royalastrid.com. Wellingtonstraat 15, 8400 Oostende
Tel: 059/33.96.96 – Fax: 059/51.51.056
The 3 star Hotel Royal Astrid*** is situated 50 meters from Ostende’s beautiful sandy beach. After a warm welcome at reception, available 24 hours a day, you can settle into one of our 119 comfortable rooms. All our rooms have shower/bath, toilet, television, telephone, hairdryer and private safe. In our bar you can enjoy a pre-dinner drink by the fire followed by a delicious meal in our stylish Mozart restaurant. Each morning you can start the day with an excellent continental buffet breakfast.
The hotel has a swimming pool and a New Spa & Wellness centre
Day 1 Depart Tally Ho and journey to your hotel in Ostend via Eurotunnel
Day 2-Half day excursion destination to be confirmed
Day 3 Full day excursion to Bruges, visit the ‘Venice of the North, with its large Saturday market.
Day 4 excursion to be confirmed
Day 5 Return to Birmingham stopping (traffic permitting) at Cite Europe.
It is of course your weekend and you can choose to take advantage of any or none of the excursions.
Four nights accommodation with continental buffet breakfast and dinner
5 Free drinks at the hotel Bar (Conditions apply)per day.
Return executive coach travel
Return channel crossing by Eurotunnel
ABC Sports & Social Club have, negotiated directly with the hotel and coach company rather than through an agency and as a result we have secured substantial savings.
ABC have negotiated a cost which allows us to avoid any increase in the cost of this trip.
Cost: Members £175.00 each member may bring one guest at members rates.
Non Members Please see booking form