Ghent and Bruges Day Trips from Brussels

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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. 

Highlights
  • 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.
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