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A good introduction to Brussels for those there for only a short time wishing to see the main features of this city. We were the only couple meeting the tour at the City centre offices, everyone else having been picked up at their hotels apart from 2 no-shows. This resulted in the 10am tour starting some 15 minutes late, although it still finished before 12.30. We were a small group of under a dozen, so after the initial walk around the Grand Place area we had a minibus rather than a coach, and as we all spoke English our very able guide was relieved to have to speak only one language instead of the usual six or so! Maybe that's why we were able to finish on time!!! I repeat a good tour, good value in this expensive city, and would definitely recommend to others.
This is not a shopping tour (as the guide frequently reminded us) it is a walking tour early in the morning of the grand place area as well as upper city areas to find all the appropriate chocolate shops. The tour is designed to allow you to taste different types and prices of chocolate to find the one you like best. If you are quick, you can purchase during the tour. But, you are shown all the streets and eating/shopping areas, so you can find your way back over the next few days as you have time. Going out in the morning is great as you are ahead of the crowds for photos and ease of walking. The guide is excellent and knowledgable with a quick stride. Be sure to wear good shoes for lots of walking over cobblesones.
Very interesting! Started at Godiva in the Grand Place. Walked through the city and saw a lot of the sights. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. Stopped at 5 other chocolatiers in the city. We made our own chocolates at Cote D'Or!! It was great and then they gave us the most decadent hot chocolate I have ever had in my life! We tried a bunch of different chocolates there. Even tried the peppercorn chocolate (not so great). You will be glad that you did it. The tour starts at 0900 in the Grand Place and ends there approximately 1300. Our tour guide even spent the time to show us (after the tour) where the Janneken Pis was - the female version of the Manneken Pis. On our tour the Manneken was wearing a French military uniform! He was so tiny!!
I had a great time on this tour. The walking tour portion was very good. Our guide gave us some great tips about local restaurants and sights. but the highlight for me was definitely the chocolate making workshop! The chocolatier at Chocopolis was so great to work with - he was so patient with us as amateurs, and always had a big smile on his face. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone looking for an inside looks at the area surrounding Le Grand Place, and of course, for chocolate lovers!
Fun tour to do if you are a chocoholic like I am. I would say it was less walking tour, more chocolate tasting and chocolate workshop (although the pouring rain might have been a factor). The tastings were great - you get to go to about 6 chocolatiers and get to chose anything you like to taste. The demonstration / workshop was a lot of fun too - you definitely get to appreciate the work that goes into making chocolates. Also, we finished that tour with a refreshing beer at one of the bars just off the Grand Place - it was a nice end to the day.
An interesting half-day tour of Brussels, with a knowledgeable tour guide. In the group were tourists who spoke different languages, so he had to translate everything - a bit annoying, but you get used to it. The Grand Place was fabulous - very eye-catching architecture. The atomium structure was a sight to behold. Downtown Brussels has some pretty steel and glass buildings that I particularly liked. The only real draw back to the trip was that there aren't that many tourist attractions in Brussels to speak of. It is probably best used as a base from which to explore other regions in Belgium, the Netherlands or Luxembourg.
Review by Frances, United Kingdom, October 2010
The Grand-Place is one of the most beautiful squares i've ever seen, i was lucky enough to stay right in the center of the square and its stunning morning and night, its busy with markets during the day and at night it comes alive with lots of gorgeous lights showing the buildings in all their glory. We were lucky enough to see a band play in the square as we went over Easter weekend, The Grand-Place has lots of traditional bar's and restaurants located close by and its the prefect areas to stay in Brussels.
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