Hello! We are arriving by train on Friday, July 27th. We will get to Antwerp at 12:30 and then I guess we pick up a domestic train from there, so I'm guessing we'll be in Bruges for...14:00? Hotel is booked, so checked in and luggage left behind by 15:00? We leave the next day to pick up a boat in Niewpoort at 16:00, so we probably don't need to be away until 14:00 (train to Oostend and then tram from there is the current plan). We are a family of 2A and 2T.
So! That gives us a late afternoon and evening, then the following morning to see a bit of the key things in Bruges. Belgium is chocolate and beer (the way Canada is moose and snow. :) ), so in that short time, I'm thinking we will try to organize ourselves to do a chocolate tour, a beer tour and a canal tour. Sound good so far? We may do a church, we won't do a museum here (we have a lot of that on this trip, we have to pace ourselves. My kids still haven't forgiven me for three days of museums in Florence!)
It looks like Choco Story and Bourgone des Flanders? Is it reasonable to try and do Choco story AND the brewery between 15:00 and closing on the Friday evening? Or should we do the canal tour and the chocolate tour on the Saturday morning? We are happy to walk - we averaged 15 km per day in London.
Also, we are all French/English bilingual. How much effort should I put into learning some Dutch? Will I need it? Or will be ok with French and English?