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  • Ghent: 50-Minute Medieval Center Guided Boat Trip

    1. Ghent: 50-Minute Medieval Center Guided Boat Trip

    Take a boat close to the amazing Castle of the Counts to discover the most beautiful places of Ghent. A guide will take you through the fascinating history of medieval Ghent and its historical buildings and architecture on this 50-minute tour. Enjoy the famous three towers of Ghent, various medieval churches and monasteries, the birthplace of Charles V of Spain, majestic guild halls, a breathtaking castle, and much more! Hear the stories behind these magnificent monuments. Your tour is guided in English, Dutch, and French. There are also illustrated translations into German, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Japanese available on board.

    Smooth trip on the canals of Gent, with an excellent guide on board! Very interesting and entertaining! A must do, even as a Belgian tourist.

  • Ghent: 40-Minute Historical Boat Tour of City Center

    2. Ghent: 40-Minute Historical Boat Tour of City Center

    Departing from the picturesque jetty, embark on a relaxing 40-minute cruise of Ghent city center. Learn about the history of this beautiful city from a local, knowledgeable guide. Discover Medieval Ghent and its prestigious and glorious past. See the beautiful house fronts of the Graslei and the old meat-market. Be in awe at the rugged and steep walls of the Castle of Counts. Imagine the lives of the powerful people that once stalked its corridors. Soak in the history from your riverside view point.

    Highly recommended. The tour guide is also good in explaining. Don't forget to give tip in the end.

  • From Brussels: Ghent and Bruges Day-Tour

    3. From Brussels: Ghent and Bruges Day-Tour

    Discover two of Flanders’ most enchanting cities and follow your guide back in time! Ghent’s medieval architecture and vibrant atmosphere will impress you as you visit Saint-Bavo’s Cathedral, home to famous Mystic Lamb painting (option), and pass by the Castle of the Counts of Flanders the picturesque medieval harbor Graslei and much more. In Bruges, you will enjoy the peaceful Lake of Love and the old beguinage. Furthermore with your guide you discover the city on foot and you also have the option to enjoy a pleasant boat trip along the narrow canals. Do not forget your comfortable shoes to brave the cobbled streets! Choose between a private and a shared option.

    The trip was great from start to finish. Coach was clean and comfortable. Perfect amount of time in both cities and the tour enabled us to see a lot of different interesting things. Our tour guide Andrea was great - really informative and had lots of interesting facts. The use of microphone and earphones meant we could hear everything. Overall it was a fantastic trip and would 100% recommend.

  • From Brussels: Bruges and Ghent in a Day Guided Tour

    4. From Brussels: Bruges and Ghent in a Day Guided Tour

    Meet your guide at 8:30 AM in the center of Brussels and relax on the 100-kilometer journey to Bruges. Upon arrival, discover the charms of “the Venice of the North” and see why the entire historic center was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Marvel at highlights such as the Lake of Love (Minnewater Lake) and the 13th-century Begijnhof complex, founded in 1245 to house lay religious women. Go to Walplein Square, where the shady trees and cafes provide a perfect place to relax. Visit Stoofstraat on the site of the city's former Red Light District, and see medieval monuments such as the 11th-century Old St. John’s Hospital. Look at the world's second tallest brickwork tower at the Church of Our Lady, and see other historic monuments such as Gruuthuse Palace, the Dijver Canal and the tiny piazza of Tanners Square (Huidenvettersplein). Go to one of the city's most photographed spots ...

    It was a very nice trip .Mark was funny.they give you lot of time to enjoy the view ..take pictures..you can also go on your own and come back to the given place and time if you dont want to go with the guide.

  • Ghent: Medieval Center Guided Boat Tour

    5. Ghent: Medieval Center Guided Boat Tour

    See the highlights and hidden pearls Ghent has to offer on a river cruise. Learn about the city's history from your local guide. Start in the beautiful medieval harbor of Ghent. Board the boat and meet your tour guide. Sail along the River Leie as you take in the sites of the city. Admire the three famous towers of Ghent: St Bavo's Cathedral, the Belfry of Ghent, and St Nicholas Church. See medieval churches and monasteries as you are taken back in time by your guide. Take in the Prinsenhof, the Princes' Court where Charles V of Spain was born. Marvel at majestic guildhalls and the medieval Gravensteen (Castle of the Counts) before heading back to dry land.

  • From Brussels: Bruges & Ghent Full-Day Trip

    6. From Brussels: Bruges & Ghent Full-Day Trip

    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...

    It was simply amazing . The guide was well knowledgeable, professional, courteous and fried . She was patient and listened attentively when questions were asked and always provided an answer. It was a truly enjoyable experience and I would highly recommend it.

  • Ghent: Free Sightseeing Walking Tour with Booking Fee

    7. Ghent: Free Sightseeing Walking Tour with Booking Fee

    Book your place on this free and informative walking tour and enjoy 2-hours of city sightseeing with a local guide. To reserve your spot, simply pay a small booking fee, then look forward to your Ghent adventure! The tour’s passionate local guides offer their services for free with the belief that everyone deserves to see very best of Ghent, regardless of travel budgets. Meet your local guide in the heart of Ghent and dive straight into a discovery of the city’s rich-history as well as its reputation for being a popular party destination. As you wander through picturesque streets, listen to your guide share fascinating tales, anecdotes, and legends of Ghent's colorful past. As you explore, allow yourself to be immersed in the secret stories, urban legends, and hidden mysteries of the city that come to life with every step. Highlights of the tour include Saint Bavo’s Cathedral, the Belf...

    Katia was an informed and helpful tour guide who made my tour very enjoyable. Her knowledge is encyclopedic but it's all done in a very chatty way. Not too much walking but just enough to see all the sights. excellent tour.

  • Ghent: 3-Hour Guided Urban Mountain Bike Tour

    8. Ghent: 3-Hour Guided Urban Mountain Bike Tour

    Go beyond the classic sightseeing and discover what Ghent is all about. Depart from the meeting point with a small group of no more than 10 people and your enthusiastic tour guide. A helmet is there for you to use during the tour and the drinking bottle provided is yours to keep. During the tour, your guide will surprise you with fun facts, street art and hidden spots the city has to offer. The course is off the beaten path and takes you from the city center all the way to the dynamic suburbs. The semi-pro mountain bikes make this urban adventure very comfortable! To remember the tour, take a polaroid picture to take home with you, while the other pictures taken with a Go Pro are sent to your email.

    Very interesting tour in Ghent with an eye for less touristic, but very interesting spots. Tempo is not too high, not even for a 59 year old ;)

  • Ghent: Discover Belgium's Beer World with a Young Local

    9. Ghent: Discover Belgium's Beer World with a Young Local

    Meet your guide in the center of Ghent and set off on your beer tasting adventure. Learn more about Belgium’s proud brewing traditions from your passionate guide as you walk to your first stop and discover the secrets behind its wide range of beers. As you make your way to the first bar, stop by your guide's favorite chocolate shop to taste some artisanal sweet treats. Discover how to pair chocolate and beer using different flavor combinations.  Your first stop will be at one of the city’s most popular bars. Here, sample your first beer, swap thoughts on the flavor and notes and soak up the convivial spirit as you chat to your group.  From here, move on to another lively beer haunt, loved by and known only to the locals. You will visit bars that range from trendy and modern to medieval and traditional, so there will be a bar to satisfy every age group. Over the course of the tour, sampl...

    We had a wonderful tour to three different pubs with a very knowledge guide who gave us a great tour of Ghent and Belgium beer. She was very friendly and eager to teach us about beer and the area. I'd highly recommend this tour. We were visiting from Chicago and happy to have such a nice tour guide around the town for the tour.

  • From Brussels: Ghent Full-Day Guided Tour in English

    10. From Brussels: Ghent Full-Day Guided Tour in English

    Meet your English-speaking guide at 8:30 AM in the center of Brussels and relax on the 60-kilometer journey to Ghent. Explore Ghent and learn the history at sights such as the 13th century Castle of Gerald the Devil, and St. Bavo's Cathedral, where you can see The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb by the Van Eyck brothers.  Hear why Ghent's inhabitants are known as noose-bearers as you visit the Belfry of Ghent and the Town Hall. Go to St. Nicholas’ Church and the Masons’ Guild Hall and see the quay side buildings of the Graslei. Visit medieval Gravensteen castle and enter the pretty Patershol neighborhood. Explore Ghent's trading history at the Great Butchers’ Hall, Old Fish Market and Friday Market. Get 4 hours of free time for lunch and to stroll on your own.

    IMPORTANT: Your bus might not have a toilet on board. Keep that in mind before boarding. Great way to see Ghent. The guided tour in the morning is relatively short (compared to the tour for Bruges) so we had plenty of time to explore on our own. Our guide, Vita was very friendly and knowledgeable. The spanish tourguide on our bus, Melissa was great. Since we're bilingual we were able to listen in on the spanish tours and they were quite the characters. Definitely would recommend the spanish tour guides as well.

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What people are saying about Ghent

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 228 reviews

Smooth trip on the canals of Gent, with an excellent guide on board! Very interesting and entertaining! A must do, even as a Belgian tourist.

Highly recommended. The tour guide is also good in explaining. Don't forget to give tip in the end.

Was a nice trip through the city and the nice weather made it even more beautiful.

Very nice route, Definitely worth booking this at a very reasonable price

Great service and guidance . Our guide was excellent