Explore the ‘Venice of the North’ according to your own pace and preferences on this half-day shore excursion in Bruges. Easily access the UNESCO-listed city center with private, round-trip transport from the cruise port, and receive tips and a map from your local tour escort so you can design your own perfect day among the charming canals, churches and windmills of the fairy tale–like Belgian city.
Semi-independent shore excursion in Bruges
Spend half a day exploring the picturesque Belgian city as you wish
Discover the irresistible charm of the UNESCO World Heritage city center
Stroll along narrow cobblestone streets, small squares and lovely canals
Includes a city map to help you navigate the medieval streets
Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
Begin your day in Bruges with a 9 a.m. pickup and depart for the city center with a private driver. You'll meet your local tour escort within easy walking distance of the Zeebrugge cruise port, and travel in a comfortable vehicle to the historic city center. Your English-speaking driver will provide you with recommendations on things to do and see, and a map to help navigate the winding cobblestone streets.
You'll have several hours of leisure time to explore Bruges on foot as you please. With well-preserved medieval architecture, picturesque squares and swan-filled canals, Bruges offers the chance to step back in time to the Golden Age of Flanders. You may visit local landmarks like City Hall, Burg Square, the Belfry Tower and the 13th-century Church of Our Lady, known for its ornate altarpiece. Relax over coffee and a chocolate-dipped Belgian waffle at one of the city’s many cozy cafés (own expense), or browse local shops to pick up a handmade lace souvenir. You can also simply stroll through the narrow lanes and pocket-sized squares, stopping to snap photos along the network of canals that crisscross the city.
You'll reconnect with your tour escort in the early afternoon for the return drive to your cruise ship, with ample time for you to return to the Bruges port for your ship’s departure. In the extremely unlikely event you miss your ship's departure, your driver will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this tour, your money will be refunded.