March 8 - 15

Brussels & Bruges, Belgium

Sponsored by the Art & Design Department of Shippensburg University

with AESU Tours

This trip is open to everyone; all SU students, faculty, administrators, staff, alumni, family members and friends, and the community-at-large. SU students will earn one art credit as part of this experience. Registration is now in progress. Reserve your space today. Last day to enroll, if spaces are available, is December 1, 2016. Questions regarding this trip should be directed to Michael Campbell, Tour Director, Professor of Art, mecamp@ship.edu .


- Round trip airfare; airline TBA (Washington Dulles - Brussels - Washington Dulles) - Local Private Coach; group ground transportation in Brussels and Bruges
- Hotel double occupancy; centrally located superior tourist or tourist class hotels

(rated by local governments)
- Continental Breakfast each day in the hotel; Brussels City Card

FEE: SU Students, Faculty, Staff, Administrators, Alumni, Retirees, and their family and friends: $1875.00* Community-at-large participants: $1925.00*


-$400.00 deposit due at the time of registration
-$350.00 second payment due by Friday, September 15, 2017 -Balance due on or before Monday, November 20, 2017

Payments/deposits are made payable to "Shippensburg University" and are mailed/delivered to the Art & Design Department office, 209 Huber Art Center, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257.

*NOTE: Quoted fee is based on current exchange rates, hotel availability, estimated departure taxes, estimated airline fuel surcharges, and a minimum of twenty participants. Any or all of these may decrease or increase at anytime. Fee includes tips (coach drivers, assistants, guides) for services under Trip Inclusions. Payments are made by check to “Shippensburg University” and are sent to the Art & Design Department, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA, 17257. The hotel may charge an occupancy tax, per person on departure; paid by the participant. Penalties are applied for withdraw once registration is submitted. Single room supplement - $468.00. This trip is limited to forty-five participants.

QUESTIONS: Please contact:

Mrs. Ellen Fetter, Art & Design Department secretary, 209 Huber Art Center 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257
Email: ELFetter@ship.edu ; phone: 717-477-1530


Day 1 – DEPARTURE - Washington Dulles (Thursday, March 8) Overnight flight to Brussels, Belgium; nonstop

Day 2 - BRUSSELS - BRUGES (Friday, March 9)
On arrival at airport in Brussels, meet assistant and coach for transfer to Bruges by private motorcoach. Meet certified city guide in Bruges for a walking tour of the city including Burg Square, the Belfry, Old Town Hall, and Church of Our Lady. Tour will be followed by a canal boat tour (weather permitting). Transfer to hotel by motorcoach for check in.
Remainder of the Day and Dinner at leisure.
Overnight in Bruges.

Day 3 – BRUGES (Saturday, March 10)
Continental buffet breakfast at hotel. Full day and Dinner at leisure. Overnight in Bruges.

Day 4 - BRUGES (Sunday, March 11)
Continental buffet breakfast at hotel. Full day and Dinner at leisure. Overnight in Bruges.

Day 5 - BRUGES - BRUSSELS (Monday, March 12)
Continental buffet breakfast at hotel. Morning is free before transfer to Brussels by private motorcoach. Meet certified city guide in Brussels for a walking tour of the city; Grote Market, Galeries Saint-Hubert, Theatre royal de la Monnaie, Town Hall, and Saint Nicholas Church. Transfer to hotel by motorcoach for check in. Remainder of the day is free and Dinner at leisure. Overnight in Brussels.

Day 6 – BRUSSELS (Tuesday, March 13)
Continental buffet breakfast at hotel. Brussels City Card is activated; valid for 48 hours and includes public transportation option. Full day free and Dinner at your leisure. Overnight in Brussels.

Day 7 – BRUSSELS (Wednesday, March 14)
Continental buffet breakfast at hotel. Full day free and Dinner at leisure. Overnight in Brussels.

Day 8 – RETURN – Washington Dulles (Thursday, March 10)
Continental buffet breakfast at hotel. Meet private motorcoach and assistant for transfer to Brussels airport and return flight to Washington Dulles airport.


Over 30 Museums, including:
The Basilica of the Holy Blood (relic of the Holy Blood)

Hans Memling Museum
The Saint Salvator’s Cathedral
The Municipal Art Museum, including work by:

Jan van Eyck to the Marcel Broodthaers; Flemish art
page2image21856 Renaissance - Post-War modern art. Diamond Museum

Brewery museum
The City Hall on the Burg Square

Church of Our Lady; works by Michelangelo, van Dyck, Caravaggio Belfry of Bruges
Old St. John’s Hospital


Over 80 Museums, including:

Museum of Modern Art
Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium Magritte Museum

Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula National Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Royal Library of Belgium
Royal Palace of Brussels
The Grand Place
Brussels City Hall
Cantillon Brewery
Comic Book Route and Belgian Comic Strip Center


London, UK; Paris, France; In the Netherlands: Amstersdam, Utrecht, The Hague,

In Belgium: Ghent, Antwerp, Luxembourg

In Germany: Cologne, Frankfurt

BELGIUM CUISINE, EAT WELL: Waffles, Chocolate, Pralines, French fries, Mussels

Belgium Beers: Kriek, pale lager, lambic, and Flemish red

Brussels - 1800 Restaurants
Bruges - 560+ Restaurants
cafes, bistros, coffee houses, and brasseries


Our annual spring break travel group is diverse - students, faculty, administrators, alumni, family and friends, and the community-at-large. We are friendly, looking for fun, excitement, and new educational experiences. Many in our group are seasoned travelers. We welcome all participants! You may not know everyone at the beginning of the trip, but you will have the opportunity to make new friends and get to know everyone by the end. Your first opportunity to meet everyone will be at our February group meeting before departure.

Many participants travel with their family or close friends. Do you have someone you would like to accompany you on this trip – bring them, the more the merrier!

Small groups will form daily to seek out similar interests – join a group if you wish. You’re an independent traveler, not an issue, we are here when you need us.

While some sites on the trip will be planned, the majority of your time will be yours. Do what you want, for as long as you wish, when you want to do it, and with whom. It is your trip. Search your local library and the web to find sites of personal interest in the locations we are visiting. Bookstores have many different types of travel guides that can offer walking tours, restaurants, museums, churches, and other points of interest that are not to be missed. DK Eyewitness Travel Guides are one of many excellence travel book resources.

Our ultimate goal on this trip is to create memories that will last a life time. We hope you can join us!

Previous SU Art & Design Department Spring Break destinations:

LONDON, UK, and Stonehenge, Bath (2000, 2004)

LONDON, UK, Dover and Canterbury (2014)

PARIS, FR and Versailles, Chartres (2001, 2008)

MADRID, SPAIN and Toledo, Segovia (2002)

ROME, ITALY and Pompeii (2003)

ROME, ITALY and Sorrento, Monte Cassino, Amalfi Coast, and Pompeii (2013)

FLORENCE, ITALY and San Gimignano, Siena (2005)
FLORENCE, ITALY and Assisi, Spoleto, Rome (2010)
FLORENCE, ITALY and Rome (2015)

ATHENS, GREECE and the islands of Poros, Hydra, and Aegina (2006) VENICE, ITALY and Milan, Verona (2007)
VENICE, ITALY and Milan, Mantua (2012)
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC and Karlovy Vary (2009)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS and The Hague, Delft, and Gouda (2011)

ROME, ITALY (2017)

News & Events

Department Trips

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. 

  • Every semester

New York City Art Galleries and Museums 

  • Twice a semester, a day trip
  • Three day trip, each semester 

Special Events

Spring Break, March 8-15, 2018 - Brussels & Bruges, Belgium

Spring Break Trips Include: 

  • Round trip airfare
  • Local coach to hotel and airport
  • Double occupancy, tourist-class hotel
  • Continental breakfast in the hotel

SU students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni, retirees of SU, and the community-at-large are all welcome to join this trip.