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

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
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Professional multilingual guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Gratuities
Hotel pick up & drop-off
Food and drinks
Rue du Marché Aux Herbes 61 , Rue du Marché Aux Herbes 61, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

The street right next to the Grand Place and 5 minutes from the Central Station.

9:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
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
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 200 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Brussels City Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled 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 sanitisation during Bruges and Ghent - Belgium's Fairytale Cities - from Brussels ?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
See all safety measures taken by Bruges and Ghent - Belgium's Fairytale Cities - from Brussels .
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Bruges and Ghent - Belgium's Fairytale Cities - from Brussels ?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

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

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Bruges and Ghent - Belgium's Fairytale Cities - from Brussels .

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  • "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
  • "There is a bit of a walk to the coach departure, therefore take dress appropriately." See review

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2,531 reviews

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star-1
Worst tour ever
Thomas_P
, May 2022
We’ve taken numerous tours but this one took the title for the worst. Our tour guide was awful too. She took off running as soon as the bus doors opened and could care less wether you kept up or not. My advice - if you want to see Bruges just take the train there.
star-4
It was a lovely day but too much walking for us as late seniors! Our guide was very accommodating to our limitations.
Sandra_N
, May 2022
Cannal boat ride! Beautiful! Lovely scenery . Great skipper. This was a great tour but a bit tiring because of all the walking.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Josephine is a Great...
sylviafrog
, May 2022
Josephine is a Great guide . Had a Wonderful day ! Would recommend to anyone visiting Brussels... Even the rain did not ruin it.
star-5
Great tour, great guide
Jennifer_Q
, May 2022
Great tour. loved the history of Brugge and Ghent. Tour guide was very detailed. Had plenty of time to view all and highly recommend the boat tour.
star-4
Very nice experience
ALAA_S
, May 2022
Very nice experience, we had a great time and every thing was well organized. would recommend this tour
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Value for money
Aniket_K
, May 2022
Too much of walking..especially in bruges but worth it..Andrea the guide was absolutely wonderful..very friendly ,knowledgeable and helpfull..spoke 3 languages for comfort..
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Fabulous day trip!
Randi_R
, May 2022
We feel this is the best way to experience these towns. Our guide- Jan was amazing and so knowledgeable!!! He guided us through Brussels, Brugge and Ghent! Highly recommend!!!
star-4
Nice day trip from Brussels
Angela_M
, May 2022
Nice relax day trip. Both Ghents and Bruges are nice to visit. Canal boat ride was fun and a good way to see the town.
star-5
Intro to two adorable cities
Armen_G
, May 2022
This was a great induction to Ghent and Bruges--adorable towns that look quite different from each other. Stefan did an amazing job telling the histories of the cities and buildings as well as giving fun memorable facts. If you have a free day in Brussels, this is the way to spend it.
star-5
Loved it!
Jerold_W
, May 2022
We loved the entire experience! Stephan was amazing and knew so much about the area that he constantly kept us entertained. The area itself was so quaint that it is something you can't miss!

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