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From Paris: Bruges Full-Day Trip with Canal Cruise

1. 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 option to enjoy a boat cruise along some of the most famous canals of Bruges, built as far back as the 12th century.

From Amsterdam: Bruges Full-Day Tour

2. From Amsterdam: Bruges Full-Day Tour

Climb aboard an air-conditioned coach for a full-day tour of Bruges in the West Flanders region of Belgium, and discover the Belgian capital of chocolate and canals, with plenty of free time to amble. Depart Amsterdam in the morning and drive across the Dutch border. Upon arrival in Bruges, admire scenic streets and the canals that gave Bruges its nickname, "The Venice of the North." A guide will take you on a 3-hour driving tour of the city center, revealing highlights such as the Church of Our Lady on the banks of the Dijver Canal, Sint Salvator’s Cathedral (one of the few buildings to have survived the onslaught of the ages without damage), and Burg Square with its impressive City Hall. Continue on foot for approximately 30 minutes, and enjoy an optional 1-hour boat ride along some of the canals, before your return transfer to Amsterdam.

Bruges Private 2-Hour Walking Tour

3. Bruges Private 2-Hour Walking Tour

You’ll be welcomed by your guide at an agreed central Bruges location to begin your private tour that’s priced for up to 20 persons. During the 2-hour guided tour of Bruges’s UNESCO-listed historic center, you'll take in the most important attractions of the city. The following is a sample itinerary, departing from ‘t Zand Square, at the Concert Hall: Head along the main shopping street in the direction of the Market Square. Along the way you'll pay a visit to the St. Savior Cathedral. Visit the Market Place with the imposing 83-meter-tall belfry and continue to Jan Van Eyck Square, once the center of Hanseatic Bruges. From the 13th to the 15th century this area was the economic and financial hub of Flanders. See the impressive houses that are a reminder of the leading role Bruges played as a commercial center in those days. You will pass the city theater, the Saaihalle (1399), Huis ter Beurze (the first stock exchange), and the Toll House. A little further along you'll arrive at the Burg, one of the most charming squares in town. See the stunning Gothic City Hall, the Basilica of the Holy Blood and the Liberty of Bruges, once the city’s courthouse, and today the Municipal Archives. Walk through the Fish Market, Tanners Square and the very picturesque Dijver. Pass St. Mary’s Church and a little farther on, you’ll make a brief stop at St. John’s Hospital (one of the oldest preserved hospital buildings in Europe). The walk ends at the Minnewater and the Princely Béguinage.

From Brussels: Day Trip to Bruges by Train

4. From Brussels: Day Trip to Bruges by Train

Travel to the medieval city of Bruges by train and take a 2.5-hour walking tour with an English-speaking guide on arrival. Marvel at the Minnewater that provides water to the canals and see the historical women-only convent of the Beguinage. Visit the city's only working brewery at De Halve Maan and get the chance to look inside the Hans Memling museum at the 12th-century Hospital of St. John. See one of the tallest brickwork towers in the world at the Church of Our Lady, where Michelangelo’s statue of the Madonna with Child can be found in the transept. Get a feel for everyday life at the historic Vis Markt (Fish Market) and look at the beautiful guildhalls on Tanners’ Square. Visit the Groeningemuseum and find one of Belgium's most famous Gothic buildings on the Markt (Market Square). Get 3 hours of free time to explore on your own. Take an optional canal cruise to appreciate the city from a different perspective before the train journey back to Brussels.

Bruges: Private Food Tour – 10 Tastings with Locals

5. Bruges: Private Food Tour – 10 Tastings with Locals

Eat your way through Bruges's culinary scene on a private food tour. Go on a delicious journey as you try 10 of the best food items beloved by the locals: from savory to sweet and local drinks; this tour leaves every foodie satisfied. Enjoy a bite of the ultimate classics Fries and Waffles and taste them in their authentic, local flavor. Each tasting is typical of the local cuisine and hand-picked by a local guide passionate about food.  Visit Simon Stevinplein, Gruuthusemuseum, and Burg Square, plus other remarkable spots in between food stops, and hear about their history and cultural relevance from your knowledgeable guide. 

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 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.

Bruges: Belgian Beer Tour

7. Bruges: Belgian Beer Tour

Set off on foot on your beer tasting tour and learn the secrets of the beer-brewing process. Learn how to differentiate between an ale, lager, triple, and a historical medieval beer called Lambic. Discover what kind of beer Belgium is famous for and the best chocolate store in the city. Move on to other lively beer haunts, including some hidden gems loved by and known only to locals. Sample a selection of traditional beers and craftwork brews, a gutsy mix of malty, hoppy, fruity, reddish, and herby beers to sour and triple varieties. Trappist or Lambic beers can be surprising when matched with some chocolate or other local delicacies to enjoy the full Belgian beer-and-food experience. Last but not least, discover the secret varieties of a craft brewer and taste more delicious Belgian beers.

Bruges: Private Guided Tour by Pedicab

8. Bruges: Private Guided Tour by Pedicab

Give your feet a rest and explore Bruges by pedicab. Meet your driver/guide on the Markt (Market Square) at the site of the old medieval market. Sit back and relax as you driver pedals you to all the main sites of interest. Enjoy picture-perfect views of the canals and medieval buildings of the UNESCO World Heritage old town. Listen to fascinating stories from the history of the city and chat about what it is like to live in Bruges today. Learn how the city grew from its humble beginnings as a coastal settlement to one of the great centers of trade in the 12th to 15th centuries. Venture off the tourist path and discover a few hidden locations known only to the locals. The specially designed bikes can comfortably seat up to 3 people and feature a canopy to keep you covered at all times. 

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.

Ostend: Private 2-Hour Art and Architecture Walking Tour

10. Ostend: Private 2-Hour Art and Architecture Walking Tour

Learn about the history, art, and architecture of Ostend on a 2-hour private walking tour. Visit the main attractions and get an in-depth look at this “city by the sea” with a local expert guide. You can choose to be picked up at your centrally located Ostend hotel or meet your guide in front of the main entrance of the Casino Kursaal Ostend. This casino and concert venue is a highlight of 1950s architecture. Inside explore artwork by famous Belgian artists, including murals by Paul Delvaux, ceramics by Pierre Caille, and frescoes by Marc Mendelson. Walk toward the Wapenplein plaza in the city center and continue on to the James Ensor museum, located in the house where the famous Belgian painter lived in the first half of the 20th century. Walk along the dike and pass various modern artworks that were part of the official selection for the Triennial of Contemporary Art by the Sea, as well as more classical sculptures, such as the Seamen’s Memorial. You’ll also make a stop at the Vistrap, an open-air fish market. Visit the neo-Gothic Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, the main church of Ostend. Continue on to the marina to see the sailing ship the Mercator, which was built as a training ship for the Belgian merchant fleet and is now a floating museum. The final stop on the tour is the former post office, recognized as a great architectural achievement of the post-World War II period in Belgium and now serves as a cultural center.

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What people are saying about West Flanders

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 196 reviews

This pack is perfect and all guides are extremely friendly, they speak many languages and they know a lot about the places visited. The tours are very organized. It was a great experience for me and my cousin. Thanks a lot.

a little long journey, little time to visit the city, its churches and museums but enough for a nice tour of the canals, a tour of beautiful Bruges, lunch and some shopping. All in all an experience to do!

Come to beautiful, interesting places, where most tourists never go, but which are worth a visit. The very friendly guide will take you to cool places and tell you interesting facts about Bruges. TO DO!!!

Bruges is a lovely medieval city built around canals. The journey there took almost 3.5 hours each way. It would have been better if the tour departed earlier so that there could be more time in the city.

Everything went as planned. Great tour. I highly recommend.