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Canals of Bruges (Brugse Reien) Tours

Canals of Bruges (Brugse Reien)
With its maze of cobbled streets and squares, striking old buildings, and network of scenic canals, the UNESCO-listed Historic Centre of Bruges is undeniably picturesque. A boat trip down the romantic canals of Bruges is at the top of the bucket list for many Belgium visitors, and there’s no better way to experience this beautiful city than from the water. 

The Basics
A Bruges sightseeing excursion isn’t complete without a canal tour. Boat tours typically last about 30 minutes, cruising around the historic center and passing landmarks such as the Groeninge Museum (Groeningemuseum), Old St. John's Hospital, and Basilica of the Holy Blood. Even if you choose not to spend the night in Bruges, the city is small enough to explore on a day or half-day trip from Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent, or even other European destinations such as Paris and Amsterdam. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Boat tours leave from the city’s four main quays, or piers—Tanner’s Square (Huidenvettersplein), Nieuwstraat, Wollestraat, and Quay of the Rosary (Rozenhoedkaai).
  • Most boats are open-air, so dress for the season’s weather.
  • Many boat cruises offer wheelchair access, but it’s best to check in advance with the tour operator.

How to Get There
Bruges (Brugge) is located in Belgium’s West Flanders province, roughly an hour by train from Brussels, where the closest international airport is located. Many day trips offer coach transportation to Bruges from nearby cities such as Paris, Amsterdam, and Brussels.

When to Get There
Most boat tours run from March through November, but winter cruises are sometimes possible depending on the weather. It’s best to book ahead, especially during the busy summer months, when lines can be long. 

Photographing the Bruges Waterways
The most memorable photographs of Bruges focus on the city’s canals, and there are plenty of opportunities for budding photographers to capture the waterways on camera. Head down to the waterfront at sunrise or sunset for the most impressive light, or set up a tripod at night to capture glittering reflections on the water. Notable photo spots include the swan-filled waters by the Begijnhof building, the Church of Our Lady gardens, the tree-lined promenade of the Quay of the Rosary, and the Meestraat Bridge.
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Ghent and Bruges Day Trip from BrusselsDay Trips

Ghent and Bruges Day Trip from Brussels

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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.
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Bruges Full-Day Tour from AmsterdamDay Trips

Bruges Full-Day Tour from Amsterdam

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Explore one of Belgium’s most incredible cities on this Bruges day trip from Amsterdam. Journey in the comfort of a coach bus and relax as you listen to information about the city’s sights from your guide. Have ample time to explore the churches, canals, and shops on your own, snap photos of the iconic windmills, and sample famous Belgian chocolates on this tour that showcases the best of Bruges.
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Discover the beauty of Bruges on a day trip by luxury coach from Paris. A guide leads you on foot through the UNESCO-listed city center, from cathedrals to palaces. Admire the well-preserved medieval architecture and learn about the history of this picturesque Belgian town. Soak up the sights of the "Little Venice of the North" on a seasonal canal cruise and take time out for a leisurely lunch (own expense).
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Brussels Super Saver: Brussels Sightseeing Tour, Antwerp Half-Day Trip, Day Trip to Ghent and Bruges

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See the splendid sights of three of Belgium’s most beautiful town’s with a Brussels Super Saver tour. Combine three popular tours and pay a discounted price to discover the historical and cultural highlights of Ghent, Brussels and Antwerp. Spend the first day touring the legendary landmarks of Antwerp and Brussels with an accomplished guide, then venture to the medieval myriad of Bruges and Ghent on the following day. Immerse yourself in the captivating history of the region and enjoy convenient round-trip transportation on this enriching tour.
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