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Ghent and Bruges Day Trip from Brussels

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Brussel, Belgium

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icon10 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more

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What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

Immerse yourself in the medieval majesty and rich historical heritage of Ghent and Bruges on a full-day trip from Brussels. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, marvel at the UNESCO-listed city of Ghent as you visit legendary landmarks like the Castle of the Counts, St. Bavo’s Cathedral, and the picturesque old port. Then, travel through the verdant Belgian countryside to Bruges in order to witness the architectural beauty and winding waterways of the iconic city. Stroll quaint cobbled streets on the way to Market Square and absorb the sacred ambiance of the Basilica of the Holy Blood during your comprehensive tour of the city.
  • Full-day trip to the UNESCO-listed cities of Ghent and Bruges from Brussels
  • Discover top city attractions such as St. Bavo’s Cathedral and the Castle of the Counts of Flanders in Ghent
  • Take a scenic drive through the Belgian and Flemish countryside
  • Wander the cobbled streets around Bruges’ romantic Minnewater (Lake of Love)
  • Explore City Hall, the Market Square, and the medieval Basilica of the Holy Blood with your guide
Professional multilingual guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Gratuities
Hotel pick up & drop-off
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Grasmarkt Straat 82, 1000 Brussel, Belgium

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Depart from Brussels in a spacious, air-conditioned vehicle and get acquainted with your knowledgeable guide during the scenic journey to Ghent. Disembark at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city, considered one of Belgium’s most beautiful, and embark on a comprehensive tour with your accomplished guide.

Begin at the sacred structure of St. Bavo’s Cathedral, home to late-medieval treasures like the ‘Mystic Lamb’ painting. Delve into the building's rich history by listening to your guide’s commentary (entrance optional) and then embark on an explorative walking tour of Ghent to see the city’s most legendary landmarks.

Meander through charming streets to the Castle of the Counts of Flanders (Gravensteen), St. Nicholas’ Church, and the ancient port of Graslei as your guide recounts local legends and entertaining anecdotes.

After your enriching tour, return to your vehicle and travel to the beguiling city of Bruges to witness more historical wonders.

On arrival, stroll the quaint cobbled streets of the UNESCO-listed city to Minnewater (Lake of Love) and revitalize with lunch at a café overlooking the beautiful body of water (own expense). Afterward, begin your walking tour of the splendid city and see cultural highlights like the City Hall, Market Square, and the Basilica of the Holy Blood.

Opt to see Bruges from a different perspective during an idyllic boat tour of the city’s winding waterways at your own expense. After thorough exploration, return to your comfortable vehicle and relax during the journey back to Brussels, where the tour concludes.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle)
The 91-metre-tall belfry of Ghent is one of three medieval towers that overlook the old city centre of Ghent, Belgium, the other two belonging to Saint Bavo Cathedral and Saint Nicholas' Church.
Pass By:  
Graslei and Korenlei
A quay in the historic city center of Ghent, Belgium, located on the right bank of the Leie river.
Pass By:  
St. Bavo's Cathedral (Sint-Baafskathedraal)
The Saint Bavo Cathedral an 89-meter-tall Gothic cathedral in Ghent, Belgium. It is the seat of the diocese of Ghent, is named for Saint Bavo of Ghent, and contains the well-known Ghent Altarpiece.
Pass By:  
Gravensteen
The current castle dates to 1180 and was the residence of the Counts of Flanders until 1353. It was subsequently re-purposed as a court, prison, mint, and even as a cotton factory.
Stop At:  
Saint Nicholas Church
St. Nicholas' Church is one of the oldest and most prominent landmarks in Ghent, Belgium. Begun in the early 13th century as a replacement for an earlier Romanesque church.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Basilica of the Holy Blood
The Basilica of the Holy Blood is a Roman Catholic basilica in Bruges, Belgium. The church houses a venerated relic of the Holy Blood allegedly collected by Joseph of Arimathea and brought from the Holy Land by Thierry of Alsace.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk
The Church of Our Lady in Bruges, Belgium, dates mainly from the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries. Its tower, at 115.6 metres in height, remains the tallest structure in the city and the second tallest brickwork tower in the world.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Stadhuis
The Bruges City Hall is one of the oldest city halls in the entire Netherlands region. It is located in Burg Square, the area of the former fortified castle in the centre of Bruges.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Minnewater Lake
The famous area is called the "Lake of Love" and" Lovers bridge" . It’s a romantic place to be with someone you love! An amazing location within the confines of the city.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Burg Square
The Burg Square is the political center of Bruges. It is a lovely place where architecture lovers can enjoy the amazing mix of beautiful buildings.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde
The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaerde is the only preserved beguinage in the Belgian city of Bruges. There are no more Beguines living there, but since 1927 it functions as a convent for Benedictines, founded by canon Hoornaert.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Historic Centre of Brugge
There will be time for an optional but unforgettable canal tour.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Access to the Mystic Lamb at St Bavo's Cathedral is not possible on Sundays
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 200 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Brussels City Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Ghent and Bruges Day Trip from Brussels?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Ghent and Bruges Day Trip from Brussels.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Ghent and Bruges Day Trip from Brussels?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Ghent and Bruges Day Trip from Brussels.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Ghent and Bruges Day Trip from Brussels?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Ghent and Bruges Day Trip from Brussels.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Ghent and Bruges Day Trip from Brussels?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 200 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Ghent and Bruges Day Trip from Brussels.

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Traveler Tips


  • "The tour leader suggested a place to have lunch however he failed to mention how expensive this restaurant was, so check the prices before you sit down." See review
  • "Be forewarned that there is a lot of walking, in case you have any issues with mobility." See review
  • "Do also remember to change your Viator confirmation for a wrist band at the travel agency before looking for your group!" See review

Reviews

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2,477 Reviews
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star-5
Just do it - live a little more !
AAdedeji
, Mar 2020
Had a lovely time especially in Bruges - small but quite doable. Wished the weather had been better for a canal trip.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear customer, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this nice review. Kind regards, Brussels City Tours Team
star-3
Long day with lots of waiting
Andie
, Mar 2020
The tour was fine - our guide, Stefan, was very funny and informative. However, he had to say everything in English, Spanish, and French, so we spent lots of time standing around waiting for him to switch back to English. The tour was also quite large, about 60 people, which was a big group of people to move around, and limited what we could see and cover. In the future, I would choose a tour that only is in English, and preferably one that is smaller so we can have a more personal, fulfilling experience.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2020
Dear Customer, Your feedback does matter to us, as we strive to improve with each and every tour. Our main priority is to be able to offer an enjoyable and memorable tour. We truly care about the requests of our customers that's why we would like to point out that in the next season we surely have new excursions with small groups. We hope that we can convince you to change your mind and give our service another try. It would be such a pleasure to personally welcome you back with an improved service! Kind regards, Brussels City Tours
star-5
Would recommend
Saf
, Mar 2020
Lots of information on the walking tours and plenty of free time to explore the towns on your own. I would recommend to a friend
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear customer, Thank you so much for taking time out of your day! Stay tuned for all of our new tours and don't hesitate to visit us again with your friends and family. Kind regards, Brussels City Tours Team
star-4
Adventurous
Nat
, Mar 2020
It was worth it. I learnt alot and saw beautiful things. The guides were helpful and entertaining. My experience was simply great.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear customer, Thank you so much for taking your time to leave this sweet review. Stay tuned for all of our new tours and don't hesitate to visit us again! Kind regards, Brussels City Tours Team
star-5
Bruges
Amy_H
, Mar 2020
The travel guide was amazing and very knowledgeable. Bruges is absolutely beautiful and a must see..
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear customer, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this amazing review. Stay tuned for all of our new tours and don't hesitate to visit us again! Best regards, Brussels City Tours Team
star-4
Great experience
Kristine_P
, Mar 2020
Taking the canal cruise in Bruges was the highlight of this trip for me. It's a must-see and must-do when you go.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear customer, Thanks you for the great review! Hope to see you again. Kind regards, Brussels City Tours Team
star-4
Tour guide was excellent
Mahtab
, Mar 2020
It was very good, there were few instances where time was a bit wasted hence the four stars, but overall it was a good tour. The tour guide was very nice and knowledgeable about the location, the coach driver was great.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear customer, Thank you so much for taking time out of your day. It has been our pleasure helping you! Kind regards, Brussels City Tours Team
star-5
Perfect Day Trip
Arun
, Mar 2020
Tour of Ghent and Bruges was fantastic. On-time and our guide was very informational. I visited in early March and it wasn't crowded. Beautiful towns. Highly recommend this trip.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear customer, Thanks for your kind words. Please share your memorable experience on our Facebook page and feel free to tag us on instagram. We look forward to serving you again. Kind regards, Brussels City Tours Team
star-5
Perfect trip
Aberdeen
, Mar 2020
Perfect trip to see Ghent and Bruges very well organised with a very knowledgeable guide would highly recommend A lot of walking involved good walking shoes needed
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear customer, We appreciate that you took the time out to wrote this lovely review, thank you. Please don't hesitate to share your experiences with your family and friends, we hope to see you again. Kind regards, Brussels City Tours Team
star-3
Be prepared to wait your turn for info in your language
Natalie_G
, Feb 2020
The guide (Stephan) was really knowledgeable and a great narrator, a true polyglot - however, since he had to translate the same information into several languages (English, Spanish and Italian), this really took a long time and was tiresome and took away from the experience overall. Most likely, will not be joining a multilingual tour in the future
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear customer, We would like to thank you for taking the time to leave us this review. Here at Brussels City Tours we value your opinion and experience. We would love to give an outstanding service to all of our customers. Kind regards, Brussels City Tours Team

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