Ghent and Bruges are two of Belgium’s most picturesque cities. Their UNESCO World Heritage–listed monuments, scenic canals, and well-preserved medieval buildings can be visited in tandem in a single, wonderful day. Here’s how to maximize your time in Ghent and Bruges on a full-day tour from Brussels.
Marvel at Ghent landmarks including the Gravensteen (Castle of the Counts), St. Nicholas’ Church, and St. Bavo’s Cathedral with its legendary “Mystic Lamb” altar painting.
Admire top Bruges sights such as the Basilica of the Holy Blood, the Beguinage (Begijnhof), Bruges City Hall, and the Lake of Love (Minnewater).
Take in the highlights on a guided walking tour, then enjoy free time to shop for souvenirs or sightsee independently.
If you have time to spare, combine a day tour to Bruges and Ghent with half-day Antwerp and Brussels city tours.
Enjoy a more personalized experience by choosing a small-group or private tour.
Things to Know
Ghent is located about 35 miles (57 kilometers) northwest of Brussels, about one hour by road.
Bruges lies 32 miles (51 kilometers) northwest of Ghent, about 45 minutes by road.
Day tours from Brussels typically last between nine and 10.5 hours.
Be sure to bring your camera, comfortable walking shoes, and water and snacks for the journey.
Most tours include hotel pickup and drop-off in Brussels.