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Bruges: Boat Cruise and Guided Walking Tour

1. Bruges: Boat Cruise and Guided Walking Tour

Explore Bruges on a walking tour with a local guide. Join a boat cruise along the canals to see the sites from the water. Meet your guide in the Markt for a guided tour of the city. Discover the narrowest street, the beautiful 12th-century basilica, and the golden statues on the impressive courthouse. Next, explore the fish market surrounded by 126 columns. Then, embark on the second part of the tour. Board your boat at the quay for a cruise along the canals. Sail beside ivy-covered facades and under bridges as you learn about the beautiful sites from your captain. Admire the old trading houses at the former harbor and the Beguinage. After half an hour on the water, head to the secret garden of an almshouse, where you will be surprised by the beauty of picturesque Bruges.

Bruges: Self-Guided Highlights Scavenger Hunt & Walking Tour

2. Bruges: Self-Guided Highlights Scavenger Hunt & Walking Tour

Get to know Bruges at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts.  After downloading the scavenger hunt tour on your mobile device (via a link and login credentials received upon booking), use the mobile app and integrated maps to reach 10 of Bruges’ most important attractions on foot. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the tour. As you walk through the city, enjoy the flexibility to pause your game at any time to take a break, snap the perfect photos, stop for lunch, or visit a museum. Choose to continue the tour later or save the rest for another day. You can start the activity any time, the schedule is indicative.During the tour, you will see the following landmarks: Burg Square Jan Van Eyck Square Belfry of Bruges Sint-Salvatorskathedraal Bonifacius Bridge Church of Our Lady Bruges Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan Ten Wijngaerde, Begijnhof Astridpark Rozenhoedkaai and more

From Paris: Bruges Full-Day Trip with Canal Cruise

3. From Paris: Bruges Full-Day Trip with Canal Cruise

Escape Paris for the day and cross the border to the capital of the West Flanders region of Flemish Belgium. The full-day tour, with round-trip transfers from central Paris, will take you to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bruges, sometimes referred to as the “Venice of the North.” Enjoy a guided walk of the historically rich center, admiring the gothic-style City Hall, the ornate Renaissance architecture of the Place du Bourg, and the 12th-century Basilique du Saint-Sang (Basilica of the Holy Blood), among other attractions. Free time will be allocated for lunch at a local restaurant, where you can enjoy Belgian specialties, such as traditional moules frites (mussels and French fries) and an extensive selection of Belgian beers. A visit to the Groeningemuseum, home to Flemish master painters, such as van Eyck and Hieronymous Bosch is a popular way to spend an afternoon in Bruges. Alternatively, shop for handmade lace and Belgian chocolates in the city’s boutique stores. During the summer season, choose the guided and audio-guided options to enjoy a boat cruise along some of the most famous canals of Bruges, built as far back as the 12th century.

Bruges: Private Historical Highlights Walking Tour

4. Bruges: Private Historical Highlights Walking Tour

Travel back in time to the golden days of the medieval city of Bruges on this private walking tour through the historical highlights of the city. Hear stories of love, glory, and fortune, as well as stories of intrigue, war, and conflict. After meeting your guide in Burges’ main square, you’ll walk through the medieval heart of the city on a route that includes all the must-visit spots. Visit Market Square, the Church of our Lady, St. John's Hospital, the Gruuthuse Palace, the Minnewater (Lake of Love), the Beguinage, Half Moon Brewery, Fish Market, Burg Square, and many more. Head to Quay of the Rosary (Rozenhoedkaai), the most photographed spot in town, and take your own photos of this memorable spot. As you explore highlights and hidden gems, you’ll get the perfect mix of history, funny stories, legends, and facts — everything you need to make your experience of Bruges authentic and exciting. By the end of the tour, you'll know more than a local and you'll have a better idea of where to go and what to do during your time in Bruges. As an added perk, take home a booklet with discounts and gifts at local restaurants, museums, and shops.

From Amsterdam: Day Trip to Bruges in Spanish or English

5. From Amsterdam: Day Trip to Bruges in Spanish or English

From Amsterdam you will go to Bruges by bus. During the tour you will have an introduction to the history of Belgium and cities near the route like Utrecht and Breda, both connected with Spanish history. This journey takes approximately 3 hours and 15 minutes. The city of Bruges owes its name to the various bridges you will find in it. It was declared a World Heritage City in 2000 and is also known as the Venice of the North.  It also has a great Medieval period architectural heritage, which you can enjoy as you walk through the city. Once you reach the Belgian city of Bruges, have a guided tour of 1.5 hours and visit the most attractive and interesting places of this city. The guided walking tour in Bruges starts at the Minnewater or Lake of Love. During the tour, see important places of the city such as the Markt Square dominated by the Belfry, the Brug Square and Town Hall, the Church of Our Lady where you can appreciate one of Michelangelo's masterpieces "The Madonna of Bruges," the Cathedral of San Salvador, and the old Beaterio, among others. At the end of the guided tour, the guide will indicate a collection point and time to return to the bus, after free time in the city. Then have free time to eat, take a walk, go shopping, or continue discovering Bruges on your own. Later, you will return to the starting point of this excursion, the Dutch capital of Amsterdam.

From Bruges: City of Bruges & Flanders Fields

6. From Bruges: City of Bruges & Flanders Fields

In Bruges you will enjoy the view of the peaceful Lake of Love and the picturesque Beguinage. Your guide will explain the stories and secrets behind the city’s history from the Viking period until the end of the Middle Ages. Catch many of the highlights of Bruges: the Basilica of the Holly blood of Jesus, the Belfry tower, our Lady’s Church, Saint John’s hospital and enjoy a pleasant boat trip along the narrow canals. After a short lunch break you willl leave for Flanders Fields. Your expert guide will lead you throughout the visit to help you understand the events that led to the first world war and how the catastrophe developed. Visit Passchendaele battlefield and the Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest Commonwealth cemetery in the world where British, Australian and Canadian soldiers were laid to rest. Close by is Polygone where every year Anzac Day is celebrated at dawn. Then visit the Monument of the ‘Brooding Soldier’, which commemorates the sacrifice of 2,000 Canadian soldiers during the first German gas attack. Next, your coach will take you to Essex Farm. This was the dressing station where Dr. John McCrae wrote the famous poem ‘In Flanders Fields.’ After a set lunch in the outskirts of Ypres, drive to France to visit the awesome Vimy Memorial, museum and trenches. If time allows, you will also visit close to Ypres Hill 60 where Australian diggers detonated great underground mines. At 8:00 PM, you attend the Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate, a daily tribute to all Commonwealth soldiers and officers that were missing after battle. The tour offers ample opportunity for reflection and to take pictures.

From Brussels: Bruges & Ghent Full-Day Trip

7. 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 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.

From Brussels: Bruges Private Tour

8. From Brussels: Bruges Private Tour

Bruges is an ancient city located in the northern part of Belgium, about 100 kilometers from Brussels. The city was once a main port of Belgium and welcomed plenty of artists and nobles from Europe during the 15th century.  Bruges maintained its medieval appearance thanks to various factors from the last centuries, about which you will learn during your tour. Today, Bruges is a destination of choice for thousands of tourists every year. On your tour you will visit the city's most important places, such as the ancient city wall park, market square, Burg Square, VisMarkt, GroeningeMuseum, Our Lady of Bruges, Old St. John’s Hospital, Brewery ‘De Halve Maan, the Beguinage and the ‘Lake of Love’.

Brussels: Small Group Discovery Tour of Bruges

9. Brussels: Small Group Discovery Tour of Bruges

Visit the enchanting city of Bruges with its historic city center that was named a UNESCO world heritage site. From Brussels, relax onboard of a comfortable coach while learning about the history of the city from your expert guide. In Bruges, your guide will first take you to the Beguinage, once a community of lay religious women. Continue the tour through Bruges to see the Chapel and Old Saint John’s hospital. Enjoy a comprehensive tour of the Church of our Lady where you'll discover the tombs of the Dukes of Burgundy, the Madonna by Michelangelo, and paintings by Caravaggio. Then, wander through the city and discover the other highlights including the Museum of the Flemish Primitives, Belfry Tower on the Market Square, the Burg Square with the Town Hall, and the upper and lower Basilica of the Holy Blood. Next, it's time to learn about Belgium's famous beer during a brief beer tasting followed by an optional set lunch. Your guide will also give you advice about additional places to visit in your free time. Finally, enjoy a pleasant boat trip along the narrow canals of Bruges.

From Amsterdam: Private Sightseeing Tour to Bruges

10. From Amsterdam: Private Sightseeing Tour to Bruges

The day begins with private pickup from your accommodation in Amsterdam. Head out of the city and into the rolling countryside as you make your way to Bruges, a historical and picturesque city in the north-west of Belgium. After approximately 2.5 hours of driving, arrive in Bruges. Spend around 5 hours exploring the city at your own pace, according to your own interests. Wander along the charming cobblestone streets, soak up views of the idyllic canals and romantic bridges, and visit the impressive Begijnhof. There’s also time to shop for souvenirs, and snack on some famous Belgian chocolate and waffles. At the end of a magical day, hop back in the car for the return journey to Amsterdam.

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What people are saying about West Flanders

A great way to explore Bruges on our own! Cracking the codes at each of the location to reveal the history of the site was fun and navigating to the next site meant we could meander through the city taking in its charm. Would definitely recommend as an alternative to guided walking tours!

Instructive and charming visit to discover the historic center of Bruges with a very friendly and French-speaking guide. As for the boat trip, it allows you to see the city from a beautiful, very photogenic angle! The "captain" had a great sense of humor.

The amount of information is exactly so much as needed to give you the sense of what you visit, without stuffing you with too much historical info. It takes you to all the sites in a fun way!

Bruges is a beautiful medieval city with cobblestone streets and beautiful architecture.

Great way to get to know the city and the history of it.