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Bruges and Ghent - Belgium's Fairytale Cities - from Brussels

Bruxelles, Belgium

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  • 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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

What's Included

  • Professional multilingual guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick up & drop-off
  • Food and drinks

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Rue du Marché Aux Herbes 61
    Rue du Marché Aux Herbes 61, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

    Our BRUSSELS CITY TOURS office located in the street right next to the Grand Place and 5 minutes walk from the Central Station.

Start time

09:00 am

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

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.

Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle) (Pass By)

Graslei and Korenlei (Pass By)

St. Bavo's Cathedral (Sint-Baafskathedraal) (Pass By)

Gravensteen (Pass By)

Saint Nicholas Church

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Basilica of the Holy Blood

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Minnewater Lake

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Burg Square

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Historic Centre of Brugge

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Additional Info

  • 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
  • Our guides are pleased to guide the tours in English, Spanish and/or French depending on the language need of our guests on the tour
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 200 travellers

Cancellation Policy

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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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What time do we stop for lunch on the Belgium's Fairytale Cities Tour?

A:Lunch is usually between 12:00pm - 2:00pm. The time is subject to change.

Jun 2023

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Featured review
The are very organized company. Staff there are very helpful especially Zohra. We went first Ghent beautiful city rich in cathedral and historical buildings. We had time to talk walking tour with guide then she give us time to have free time. After, we went to Bruges we had walking tour and free time. Also, we went to boat trip on our expense. Bruges is very beautiful and fairytale city.


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Loved it! Totally go for it if you don’t have time to individually stay in these cities!
Puja_G, Jun 2023
Our guide Andrea was really knowledgeable and helpful! The two cities so so beautiful and a great way to explore them if you don’t have enough time to stay in these cities! Will highly recommend! The crew was also great, very punctual!
Beautiful towns of Ghent & Bruges with a lovely canal tour!
Sri_S, Jun 2023
Bruges and Ghent trip was quite memorable and enjoyable. Comfortable bus ride with clear guidance on the stops and historical sights. Enjoyed the canal tour very much. Highly recommend. We had mentioned Vegetarian in the dietary needs section. Looks like neither the tour operator nor the guide took note. Anyways we managed our lunch by choosing a different restaurant.
Lovely tour of medieval cities!
Kathryn_H, Jun 2023
Beautiful cities, loved the architecture! Our guide was excellent- shared so much information! It was extremely busy with tourists so that was a bit crazy.
I will not recommend to anyone
Sally_O, Jun 2023
The tour was good but too much break time however there were lack of details for most of the places We were the only english speakers the tour guide explained in Spanish and english however some details were explained in Spanish only as the meeting point I have expected more since its not my first tour I excepted to get more details specifically in English language
Emma_G, Jun 2023
YOU MUST SEE BRUGES IF ITS THE ONLY THING YOU DO IN YOUR LIFE. Ghent was cool too but Bruges is a fairytale just as the title says. Endless swans and canals, flowers pouring over into the water, horse drawn carriages - UGH. Miguel was an excellent tour guide and very eager to accommodate to our needs. He took lots of pictures for everyone and kept everyone on track so the day ran smooth & according to schedule. The bus was comfortable and air conditioned. It's the same bus that brings you all over so you can leave your things on the bus if need be (I brought a pillow as it is a long journey lol). Such a beautiful tour with a lovely guide! 10/10 recommend.
Ghent and Bruges
William_S, Jun 2023
The cities were great and beautiful and Miquel our tourist guide was the best guide ever in 50 years of travel.
Phil_K, Jun 2023
A great way to see both cities. Our tour guide David was very knowledgeable and made the tour interesting. Bruges is gorgeous. We were very pleased
Fantastic trip to Gent and Bruges
Shivakumar_R, Jun 2023
Fantastic guide in a English and French with great coverage on history and context. Ample time given (though we as travellers wish we need more). They ensure everyone come along and maintain punctuality.
We are glad to have a...
Alan_H, Jun 2023
We are glad to have a very knowledgeable / bilingual tour guide with patience and humor. We learned a lot and had a very pleasant trip.
Very good experience
jeanjoshua, Jun 2023
The tour was enhanced by the perfect weather making it look like pictures out of a fairy tale story. We thoroughly enjoyed. David our tour guide spoke good English and knowledgeable. Do carry some spare cash for tipping.
Awesome experience!
Lissette_R, Jun 2023
I loved hearing all the history on the two places. The Tour guide did a great job explaining it all. The boat trip is a must!!!
History and monuments
AllamMarcos_C, May 2023
Amazing experience and a nice way to get to know more about Ghent and Brugge and also understand a little better the history of Belgium.
Great time in Ghent and Brugge
Mateus_d, May 2023
Great trip, very friendly and instructive local guide, and fairy tale like cities, as the title says! The only critic I would do is the little free time to visit the Ghent Sint Bavo Church, which is out of this world.
Wonderful experience with a Wonderful guide Stefan
Obish_K, May 2023
It was altogether a good experience. The Guide, Stefan was wonderful and Knowledgeable. The best part of the Trip is how the entire day is planned. It covers a lot of things without tiring us out. Definitely recommended
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We had a very good guide....
mira_p, May 2023
We had a very good guide. The trip was very well organized. Everything was right on time. Its cities are gorgeous. Highly recommended
Great day trip!
Maggie_v, May 2023
Took this long day trip with our four kids (ages 6, 8, 10 and 14) and it was perfect. Made for a mindless travel day that really didn't cost much more than the trains alone would gave cost us. Very punctual and was interesting. The towns were GORGEOUS. I highly recommend it.
Brilliant tour of Bruges and Ghent- thank you Andrea and Nico our tour guides for fantastic day!
Siddhi_J, May 2023
Brilliant tour of Bruges and Ghent- thank you Andrea and Nico our tour guides for fantastic day! This is the second time this year that I had the opportunity to take a Eurostar break to Belgium and my sister and I went on the tour to Bruges and Ghent in May. The tour guides are really knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. We cover a lot of ground in terms of walking at a healthy pace- but luckily not too fast that you cannot enjoy the tour. With tremendous local knowledge of the history and geography of the area, we really would recommend this as a must for any visitor to Brussels who has a spare day and are active. We had just enough balance of time for breaks and own time/ walking tour time and of course the boat trip- which is a small addition of 12 euros optional extra is a must in Bruges. Highly recommended by both of us!
Boat ride in Bruges and...
MariaCristina_G, May 2023
Boat ride in Bruges and walking tour in Ghent. The historical context by the guide was really helpful
Good tour
Melody_A, May 2023
Nice trip in a comfy bus. My family is very used to traveling so this tour was very slow for us. It was in English and French so there was a lot of waiting. At each city there is time with the group and then time to explore on our own. Opportunity for the boat tour. The guide was very personable. The process was easy.
Worthwhile experience for a side trip out of Brussels
Wayne_H, May 2023
This tour was a wonderful introduction to Ghent and Bruges if you are pressed for time as it was well organized while in Brussels. It balanced great guided portions along with enough free time to experience these magical cities on your own as well. Definitely recommend adding the canal cruise in Bruges for the small extra charge. Guides and driver made the day.


Product code: 2200DEB02

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