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Private Tour: Ghent and Bruges From Brussels Full Day

1. Private Tour: Ghent and Bruges From Brussels Full Day

Start the tour from your location in Brussels then head to Bruges, the famous so-called Venice of the North and a Unesco World Heritage site. Discover its canals and beautiful gothic buildings as your guide explains all about the most interesting places in the city center - such as the Belfrey tower. After lunch, continue on to Ghent. You will be able to see a marvellous altarpiece in the city's cathedral. Wander along the canals and see the Castle of the Counts of Flanders before you are returned back to Brussels.

From Brussels: Bruges & Ghent Full-Day Trip

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

Discover the highlights of Bruges and Ghent, Belgium's most attractive cities, with a 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 9:30 AM 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. The scheduled return to Brussels will be at 17:00 and arrival at 6 PM with your guide. In the case of small groups, there is the possibility of choosing between returning with the guide at the scheduled time or spending more time there and returning later by yourselves. 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. See Brewery De Halve Maan, the only brewery still operating in the city center. Afterward, 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 one of the oldest churches in the city. Admire its impressive tower which is still one of the tallest brickwork towers in the world, and take a look at 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 the Groeninge Museum, Burg Square, and Markt Square, the economic heart of Bruges. Admire its imposing guildhalls and its Belfort tower, which is one of the most famous Gothic buildings in Belgium. In 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. Next, step into the marble choir and private chapels, and 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. Continue to City Hall to see its extraordinary mix of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture. Go to Market Hall to look at the Belfort Tower and the 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 with brick facades where restaurants and cafes offer the best Flemish cuisine. Finally, head to the 15th-century Great Butchers' Hall to discover one of Europe's oldest meat markets.

From Brussels: Private Tour of Bruges, Ghent and Flanders

3. From Brussels: Private Tour of Bruges, Ghent and Flanders

From Brussels, enjoy a full-day private tour of Bruges, Ghent and Flanders with a professional driver and a tour guide. Immerse yourself in beautiful architecture and history. This tour is customizable, but a general programme is as follows. Be driven to Bruges, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the famous "Venice of the North". Marvel at the canals and beautiful gothic buildings. Listen to your guide as they explain the history of the most interesting sites in the city center. Discover the Basilica of the Holy Blood of Jesus, the Belfrey tower, and the Minnewater Lake. Gaze at the Church of Our Lady, visit Saint John's Hospital with it's beautiful Memling museum, and/or the Groeninge museum. Relax during free time for lunch, before continuing to Ghent. Gaze at the marvelous altarpiece in its Cathedral. Enjoy the canals and guild houses of the city center, before embarking on an optional boat trip. Don't miss Flanders' beautiful "Castle of the Counts"! After your insightful visit, your guide and driver will drop you off at your hotel or elsewhere in Brussels.

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It was a wonderful trip. Very well organised and our guide was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Even when there was a misunderstanding and my friend and I did not disembark the train at the correct stop, the Bravo Discovery office was in contact with us to help us and the guide and group kindly waited on us. We appreciated it very much! It is a packed day with long hours of walking and a lot of information shared. But, if you have limited time in Belgium, it is worth it to see both these cities in a day.

The guide was so knowledgeable and cared about our enjoyment of the day. Family of 6. Bruges and gent are gorgeous and boat trip is worth the time!

Very nice n knowledgeable guide. Tad Tiring because of too much of walking.

Teresa was fabulous! The entire days was spectacular. Thanks!

The guide was so knowledgeable and the driver was excellent!