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From Brussels: Bruges & Ghent Full-Day Trip

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60 reviews

From Brussels: Bruges & Ghent Full-Day Trip

From US$ 81.20 per person

Explore one of Europe's most intact medieval cities - Bruges, the Venice of the North. Marvel at the ornate City Hall and the stunning market square in Ghent. Taste the famous Belgian chocolates, the national dish of Moules Frites and beer.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Walk by the side of canals in the historic UNESCO-listed heart in Bruges
  • Marvel at medieval churches around the old port of Graslei in Ghent and the beautiful Castle of Gravensteen
  • Taste the famous Belgian chocolates, the national dish of Moules Frites and beer
Full description
Discover the highlights of Bruges and Ghent, Belgium's most attractive cities, with round trip by train from Brussels. Tour two of the most fascinating medieval cities in Europe with an English/Spanish or French-speaking guide on a 10-hour guided day trip. Depart from the Grand Place at 09:30 only on Sunday. Upon arrival at the central station of Bruges, begin with a 2.5-hour walking tour and 2-hours of free time for eating, souvenirs and a boat trip. Scheduled return to Brussels will be at 18:00 and arrival at 19:00 with your guide. Program in Bruges: In the ancient city wall park, the ‘Lake of Love’ is one of the main water reservoirs nourishing the canal system of the Venice of the North. Visit the Beguinage, one of the best-preserved examples of medieval gated communities in which only women could live. Brewery ‘De Halve Maan’ is the only brewery still operating in the city center. Afterwards, Old St. John’s Hospital is one of the oldest hospitals in Europe, where you can appreciate 800 years of European architecture, learn about its history and visit the museum of Hans Memling (optional). Head on to Our Lady of Bruges is one of the oldest churches in the city. Admire its impressive tower that is still one of the tallest brickwork towers in the world, and take a look to its art treasures, including Michelangelo’s Madonna with the Child (optional). Stop by the VisMarkt (fishmarket) and the Tanners’ Square, two of the oldest squares in Bruges with their beautiful guildhalls and lovely cafés and restaurants. You will also visit Groeninge Museum, Burg Square and Markt Square, the 10th century city market that has been for a millennium the economic heart of Bruges. Admire its imposing guildhalls and its bellfort tower, which is one of the most famous Gothic buildings in Belgium. At the end, have an optional canal tour (8 EUR per person, pay while embarking on the boat), which is one of the best ways to see Bruges. Program in Ghent: Journey to the port city of Ghent, located at the scenic confluence of the Leie and Scheldt Rivers. Start your tour of the historic city at Saint Bavo Cathedral and admire the spectacular Gothic church and Baroque ornamentations. Step into the marble choir and private chapels, appreciate the painting of “Saint Bavo Enters the Convent at Ghent” by Rubens and the beauty of the Rococo pulpit. Look at the stunning frescoes of the Romanesque crypt. Then, opt to visit the altarpiece of "The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb" by the Van Eyck brothers and admire one of the most important works of art from the Middle Ages for a small extra fee. Then, go to City Hall to see its extraordinary mix of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Continue to Market Hall to look at the Belfort Tower and covered market. Marvel at the nearby churches of Saint Nicholas, Saint James and Saint Michael, serving as reminders of Ghent’s medieval past. Proceed to the old port of Graslei for beautiful views of the river Leie and the old guildhalls. Then, head to the medieval castle of Gravensteen, where the counts of Flanders used to live. Explore the picturesque district of Patershol and see charming buildings of brick facades where restaurants and cafes offer the best of Flemish cuisine. Go to the 15th century Great Butchers' Hall to discover one of Europe's oldest meat markets.
Includes
  • Guided tour
  • Local guide
  • Transportation from/ to Brussels
  • Boat trip (€ 8)
  • Entrance to “The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb” by the Van Eyck Brothers (€ 4)
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Grand Place Brussels in front of the Tourist Information Office at 09:30. Find your guide holding a white umbrella.

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  • Please wear comfortable shoes as there will be a lot of walking on uneven surfaces
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 60 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.3/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5

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one of the best tour. recommended for everyone. the guide was very knowledgeable and nice. bit tiring though. if you want to see Ghent and Bruge in one day then go for it. but you cannot have boat ride, horse ride or cannot explore the museum. for that you need 2-4 days

September 27, 2021

Two Awesome cities each with its own Charm!

At the meeting point, the reception we received from the young gentleman was not very welcoming. He was abrupt and rather rude to the guide Louisa. He would benefit from some PR training. Our Guide Louisa was truly fantastic. Our group was challenging as some of us kept leaving the group. Louisa’s knowledge of Brugge and Gent was phenomenal. We most definitely enjoyed Louisa’s style of guiding! If you go to Brussels, Brugge and Gent must be on your list of sites to see.

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August 2, 2019

We enjoyed the day trip to Bruges and Ghent a lot thanks to the awesome weather and an excellent guide. Louise is foremost the funniest guide we have seen. Due to her nature and knowledge about the places we were involved physically and emotionally 100 percent during the day trip. Also, we met kind people from all around the world and we could inter mingle during the trip. I would absolutely recommend this trip.

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April 23, 2019

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