Discover medieval history and Belgian mystery on this Ghent and Bruges day trip from Brussels. Explore the historic, UNESCO-listed cities of Ghent and Bruges — two of Flanders' special gems — with your guide. Visit top attractions such as St Bavo’s Cathedral, the ancient port, St Nicholas’ Church and the Castle of the Counts of Flanders in Ghent. Travel by coach through the Belgian and Flemish countryside to Bruges. There, marvel at Minnewater and wander cobblestone streets to the impressive Market Square and the Chapel of the Holy Blood.
- Day trip (destination A to B)
- Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
- Led by a local guide
Following a morning pickup from your hotel in Brussels, meet your guide and hop aboard your air-conditioned coach for the 1-hour journey to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Ghent, widely considered among the most beautiful cities in Belgium.
Begin your tour with a visit to St Bavo’s Cathedral, home of world-famous late-medieval treasures such as the painting, ‘Mystic Lamb’. Admire the cathedral’s ornate interior (optional) and learn of its impressive history from your guide.
Leave St Bavo’s behind and head onward for a walking tour of Ghent. Take in top city attractions such as the belfry, St Nicholas’ Church, the Castle of the Counts of Flanders (Gravensteen) and the historic buildings and medieval port at the Graslei.
Continue on to the neighboring city of Bruges — also UNESCO-listed — with your guide and wander the cobblestone streets of the romantic Minnewater (Lake of Love). Here, perhaps take time to enjoy a little lunch at a nearby café or restaurant (own expense).
Afterward, begin your walking tour and discover why so many people from across the world fall in love with this beautiful Belgian city. Take in Saint John’s Hospital, Our Lady’s Church with the statue by Michelangelo (optional), City Hall, the Market Square and the medieval Chapel of the Holy Blood.
At the conclusion of your walking tour, perhaps enjoy a boat tour along Bruges’ picturesque canals (own expense) and soak up the city views from a different angle.
When it’s time to depart from Bruges, hop back aboard your coach for the 1.5-hour journey back to Brussels where your tour will come to an end.
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Ghent and Bruges Day Trip
- Professional guide
- Transport by air-conditioned coach
- Hotel pickup (selected hotels only)
- Gratuities (optional)
- Hotel drop-off
- Boat cruise (approx. 7.60 euros)
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Entrance fee St. Bavo Cathedral (approx. 4 euros)
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
- A moderate amount of walking is involved
- Access to the Mystic Lamb at St Bavo's Cathedral is not possible on Sundays
- A moderate amount of walking is involved
- Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Reviewed by: Jeanette H, February 2017
well worth your money and flexible in terms of sticking with the group to cover main city attractions with historic background covered by knowledgeable guide, or to separate on your own to explore personal interests and meet at meeting point prior to departure from each city. Guide was informative and detailed so most of us stuck with our guide, as we also had an hour or so free time at each city to spend freely - which i spent on entrance to certain museums at additional fee.
As a solo traveller to Brussels, i was happy to meet another girl visiting Brussels for the weekend - we stuck together for the most part - if you don't have a good sense of direction, i'd recommend making sure you know your way back to central meeting point before separating for free time
Note - i did the tour on a sunday and most of the shops were closed, although this did not affect my experience.
hotel pick up was seamless, although i'd recommend calling 1-2 days beforehand to confirm pickup time/locations. I called the day before because was never contacted and was nervous they didn't have my hotel information properly
the coach bus was comfortable but totally full - 3 languages spoken by guide although all but 2 parties/3 people spoke French/Spanish the tour guide had to repeat explanations in 2 other languages, and each stop would get lengthy for this reason which led to some waiting... it was 3 people out of like 50 that didn't speak english - but kudos to the guide as he was able to do this well
the tour is a full day that covers two locations you don't want to miss if you are visiting brussels for a few days.
Reviewed by: POORNA S, February 2017
The tour was amazing ! Ghent and Bruges are 2 cities in Belgium that are not to be missed. The city walking tour and the explanation of the guide was good.