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.