About the exhibition Jan van  Eyck (01.02-30.04.2020)

Discover Flanders and visit the unique exhibition ‘Van Eyck an optical revolution’  (01.02-30.04.2020) in Ghent.  

Jan van Eyck (1390-1441) was perhaps the most famous painter in Europe during his life and was known as the “inventor” of oil painting at an early age.

He is counted alongside Rogier van der Weyden as the main representative of the so-called ‘Flemish Primitives’. 

From 01.02 until 30.04.2020 a unique exhibition ‘Van Eyck an optical revolution’ about this important painter is being organized at the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent. The exhibition will bring a large part of Van Eyck’s oeuvre together in one location. The centrepieces of the exhibition are the outer panels of ‘The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’  Worldwide, only approximately twenty works by Van Eyck have been preserved. Quite exceptionally, over half of these will travel to Ghent in 2020.

Focus Flanders organizes tailor-made programs for individual travelers and groups.

Pilgrimage Tour Ghent

Program example 

DAY 1 
Arrival at Brussels airport of Brussels train station
Welcome by our guide on arrival
City tour of Brussels on arrival by bus covering all Brussels’ places of interest: the Atomium, the Royal Palace of Laeken, the Japanese tower and the Chinese pavilion, the Cinquantenaire Park, the EU-quarter, the Palace of Justice, the Warandepark, the Wetstraat/ Rue de la Loi, the cathedral of the Saints Michael and Gudule, … We‘ll finish our visit on foot with a stroll around the Grand Place/Grote Markt. The magnificent guild houses are 19th century replicas of the buildings that burnt down in the 1695 bombardment by the French. The Gothic City Hall dominates one of Europe’s most beautiful squares. Before a last walk in the Hubertus galleries and de Beenhouwersstraat/ Rue des Bouchers we meet and greet the famous statue of ‘Manneken Pis’
Transfer to the hotel (NH Grand’Place Arenberg or equivalent 4* hotel)
Dinner (3 course menu) in a typical restaurant outside the hotel
Night in Brussels 

Buffet breakfast
Transfer to Ghent
Visit of the exhibition ‘Van Eyck an optical revolution’ with audio guide
Transfer to the city center
Lunch in a typical restaurant (3 course menu)
We start with a walk along the picturesque Graslei and Korenlei. The gables of their guild houses turn them undoubtedly into two of Ghent’s most beautiful historical streets. From one of the flanking bridges, one can see the postcard panorama of the three towers: the belfry and the steeples of the St. Nicolas church and the St Bavo’s cathedral. A stroll over the Korenmarkt , a stop at the St Nicolas church, the impressive belfry and its cloth hall (both on the World Heritage list) brings us to the Saint Bavo cathedral.
There, the famous altarpiece The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb (1432) by the van Eyck brothers, a milestone in art history, is not to be missed ! On our way to the Vrijdagsmarkt we elaborate on the city hall with its mixture of styles from flamboyant Gothic to sober Renaissance. In the middle of the Vrijdagsmarkt the statue of Jacob Van Artevelde sees to it that Ghent thrives again like it did in the 14th century when Jacob ended the English boycott on wool imports.  A little further we encounter Dulle Griet (“Evil woman”),a 15th century cast iron cannon, weighing more than twelve tons. Once we have crossed the Lys we enter the inner courtyard of the House of Alijn. This former almshouse is now the Museum of Folklore. The exquisite complex is part of the Patershol. The only neighbourhood in Ghent where the original medieval street plan is still intact. Through winding alleys and cobbled streets with numerous restaurants we reach the Castle of the Counts. This imposing fortress used to be the residence of the count of Flanders. Later on it was used as a courthouse, a jail and even a textile factory (visit outside only).
We return to the Korenlei passing the St-Veerle square and the Old Fish Market. We end the day with 40 minutes’ boat trip on the inner canals.
Transfer back to Brussels
Dinner (3 course menu) and night in Brussels 

Buffet breakfast
Day at leisure in Brussels
Continuation of the program (rates on request)

Some program suggestions:
– visit of the Magritte museum or the museum of Fine Arts
– visit of a brewery
– Chocolate workshop
– Visit of the European district of Brussels
– Excursion to Waterloo and surroundings
– Excursion to Antwerp with end at Brussels Airport
– … 

Transfer to Brussels airport or Brussels train station (assistance not included) 

Rate per person in double

Indication rate(*) per person in dbl room based on minimum 20 pax: €339 

Single supplement: €89 

(*) rates are only valid during the weekend (low season in Brussels) 


  • 2 nights during the weekend in Brussels in a superior 3* or 4* hotel 
  • Full board (2 x dinner + 1 x lunch) 
  • Entrance fees according program
  • Visit of the exhibition ‘Van Eyck an optical revolution’ , audio guide included 
  • Transfers and excursions by luxury bus 
  • Guide on day 1 and day 2 

A few highlights of the Jan van Eyck exhibition

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