Optional Tours

As part of the Dioxin 2011 Symposium several optional tours are offered. If you would like to plan a day trip to Amsterdam or Paris, our staff at the information desk during the symposium will be happy to assist you in making your arrangements like booking high speed train tickets or bus trips leaving from Brussels.

All tours are subject to a minimum participation. The symposium organizers reserve the right to cancel these tours if the minimum quote is not reached. A full refund will apply in that case.

OPTION 1: Brussels by coach and walking tour around the Grand PlaceWednesday, 24 August 2011 – Afternoon Tour
13:00 – 17:00
Bus departure from Crowne Plaza Brussels - Le Palace at 13:00
End of the tour on the Grand Place around 16:30, optional bus transfer back to the hotel at 17:00
Price per person until 22 June 2011: € 40 (incl. 21% VAT)
Price per person after 22 June 2011: € 45 (incl. 21% VAT)

Meet in the lobby of the Crowne Plaza Brussels - Le Palace where your professional English speaking guide will meet you.

You will tour the city by luxury coach to see the beautiful St. Michael's Cathedral, the Congress Column, the Heysel District with the world-famous Atomium, the Chinese Pavilion and the Japanese Tower. Passing the Royal Residence, you'll return to the city centre to see the Sablon district with its countless antique dealer shops.

Your tour continues with a drive to the magnificent Palace of Justice and fashionable Louise Square. Passing the stately Royal Square, the Royal Palace and the Houses of Parliament, you'll arrive in the Cinquantenaire district, with its Triumphal Arch, exceptional museums and splendid Art Nouveau houses particular highlights of this part of Brussels. You will also find yourself at the very heart of the European Union as you drive in front of the imposing EU buildings housing the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers.
During the bus tour you will have two opportunities to get off the bus to take some pictures at the Atomium and the Royal Palace.

Afterwards, we will drive back to the centre for a walk to discover the heart of medieval Brussels in the famous Grand Place, with its world-famous Market Square. Here you will hear about the history of the remarkable City Hall and quaint Guild Houses. And what better way to end this discovery trip of Brussels than in one of its typical traditional bars or “estaminet” for a cold beer or another drink of your choice.

Make your own way back to the hotel, located at about 15 minutes walking distance from the Grand Place. Alternatively, take the bus back leaving around 17:00.
OPTION 2: The Magritte Museum and walking tour around the Grand PlaceWednesday, 24 August 2011 – Afternoon Tour
13:00 – 17:00
Bus departure from Crowne Plaza Brussels - Le Palace at 13:00
End of the tour on the Grand Place around 16:30, optional bus transfer back to the hotel at 17:00
Price per person until 22 June 2011: € 45 (incl. 21% VAT)
Price per person after 22 June 2011: € 50 (incl. 21% VAT)

Meet in the lobby of the Crowne Plaza Brussels - Le Palace where your professional English speaking guide will meet you.

A luxury coach will drop you off at the Place Royale, right in front of the Magritte Museum. The Musée Magritte Museum is the world reference centre regarding the study of the artist. It opened on 2 June 2009 in the Altenloh Hotel (a building of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium) and reached no less than 500.000 visitors within one year!

The museum displays the works of the surrealist artist, which belong to the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and which are mainly the result of purchases as well as from the legacies of Irène Hamoir-Scutenaire and Georgette Magritte. Many private collectors, as well as public and private institutions have contributed to the Musée Magritte Museum project by lending their masterpieces. A guide will take you through the museum. The visit lasts more or less 1-1 ½ hours.

Located at only short walking distance from the historical centre of Brussels, your guide will take you on a short walk to discover the heart of medieval Brussels in the famous Grand Place, with its world-famous Market Square. Here you will hear about the history of the remarkable City Hall and quaint Guild Houses. And what better way to end this discovery trip of Brussels than in one of their typical traditional bars or “estaminet” for a cold beer or another drink of your choice.

Make your own way back to the hotel, located at about 15 minutes walking distance from the Grand Place. Alternatively, take the bus back leaving around 17:00.
Post-Symposium Tour Bruges – Full day TourFriday, 26 August 2011
09:00 – 17:00
Bus departs from and returns to the Crowne Plaza Brussels - Le Palace
Price per person until 22 June 2011: € 60 (incl. 21% VAT and entrance fees)
Price per person after 22 June 2011: € 65 (incl. 21% VAT and entrance fees)

Meet with your guide in the Lobby of the Crowne Plaza Brussels - Le Palace and transfer to Bruges by bus. He will lead you through the streets of Bruges partially on foot and partially by boat on the canals. We see the beguinage, the church of Our Lady with the Madonna of Michelangelo, the old historic St. John’s hospital, the belfry, the burg square, the town hall, Gruuthuze palace and the basilica of the Holy Blood. The guided canal cruise takes 35 minutes.

Bruges is a heartbreaking city, a beauty hidden in the flat fields of Flanders. Every stone reminds us of the glorious past of this harbour, which was many centuries ago connected to the sea by an inlet. The belfry is overlooking the market square, where merchants sold cloth, produced with wool imported from England. The Burgundians gave the finishing touch and made it the cultural capital of their territories. At the end of the fifteenth century Bruges started its long hibernation....until it was discovered by the numerous tourists.

Tours for accompanying persons

Antwerp – Full day TourMonday, 22 August 2011
09:00 – 17:00
Bus departs from and returns to the Crowne Plaza Brussels - Le Palace
Price per person until 22 June 2011: € 50 (incl. 21% VAT and entrance fees)
Price per person after 22 June 2011: € 55 (incl. 21% VAT and entrance fees)

This modern and swinging metropole has 3 pearls on its crown: the art of Rubens, the international harbour and, last but not least, the largest diamond trading in the world. The medieval part of the city lies along the broad and bright Schelde river, Antwerp’s pride.

Meet with your guide in the Lobby of the Crowne Plaza Brussels - Le Palace and transfer to Antwerp by bus. During the tour we drive through the old and new harbours, in the Art Nouveau area and along the museums. We visit the Rubens’ house and spend some free time nearby to enjoy the local atmosphere. Walking, we are able to admire the Steen, fortress of Antigoon, the Giant who was the protagonist of the famous legend. Nearby are to be seen the splendid meat hall and the market square with the numerous guild houses and the renaissance town hall. But the absolute jewel of Antwerp is its Cathedral: breath-taking, enormous, but slender as a candle. Inside, the paintings of Antwerp’s most beloved son Rubens testify the glory of the church in the baroque time. Finally, the beauty and glitter of the diamonds will make this visit unforgettable.

Spend the afternoon at your leisure to have lunch and visit the city at your own pace. Transfer back to Brussels will depart around 16:00.
Namur – Full day TourTuesday, 23 August 2011
09:00 – 18:00
Bus departs from and returns to the Crowne Plaza Brussels - Le Palace
Price per person until 22 June 2011: € 85 (incl. 21% VAT and lunch, tastings and entrance fees)
Price per person after 22 June 2011: € 90 (incl. 21% VAT and lunch, tastings and entrance fees)

Meet with your guide in the Lobby of the Crowne Plaza Brussels - Le Palace and transfer to Namur by bus. The city of Namur is situated at the confluent of the rivers Meuse and Sambre. On top of the hill a fortress built by Spanish, French and Austrian, overlooks the city.

Once arrived, we will stroll through the old city centre of Namur and visit the basilica, as well as the citadel. After a photo stop, we drive along the river Meuse towards Annevoie and Maredsous, where you will be able to try the local abbey beer. We continue our tour and visit the picturesque Molignée valley where we hit the Meuse again at Bouvignes. We also plan a visit to Dinant, home of Adolphe Sax, who invented the saxophone. The town is famous for its cookies and ham. On our way back to Brussels (station or hotel) we make a short stop at a medieval castle and give you the opportunity to take some pictures.