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Antwerp: Diamonds galore, elegance, arts and stunning architecture

Bruxelles, Belgium

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

Overview

Immerse yourself in the historical charm of Antwerp on an enriching 5.5-hour tour of the stunning city from Brussels. Accompanied by an expert guide, absorb the medieval majesty of Market Square; gaze at the beguiling beauty of Baroque facades created by treasured artist, Rubens; and marvel at the outstanding architecture of Antwerp railway station. See the Diamond Pavilion and the excellent exhibits of the Museum Aan de Stroom at the end of your enriching excursion.
  • Wander through historic Antwerp with your guide
  • Visit the Cathedral of Our Lady and marvel at masterpieces like Rubens’ ‘The Elevation of the Cross’
  • Learn all about Antwerp’s rich history at the MAS (Museum Aan de Stroom)
  • Tour includes round-trip travel from Brussels

What's Included

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

Departure & Return

Departure Point

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

    The street right next to the Grand Place and 5 minutes from Central Station.

Departure Time

1:00 PM

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

After pickup from your Brussels hotel, relax during the scenic journey to Antwerp by air-conditioned coach. Listen as your guide sets the historical scene, offering information on Antwerp’s associations with 17th-century painter, Peter Paul Rubens, and the city's architecturally rich heritage.

On arrival, head straight to the National Redoubt of Belgium, a flagrant fortress used to defend the city in turbulent past times. Stroll the ambient labyrinth of streets and see attractions like the Market Square and Butcher’s Hall. Gaze at the impressive façade of the Cathedral of Our Lady then venture within to admire significant artworks by Rubens; appreciate the delicate beauty of paintings like ‘The Resurrection of the Virgin’ and ‘The Elevation of the Cross’ before enjoying some relaxed free time in the historical heart of the city.

Reconvene with your group and head to Antwerp's railway station, finished by 1905, and marvel at its outstanding architecture and grandeur. When your cultural exploration concludes, return to your vehicle and relax during the journey back to your Brussels hotel.

Cathedral of Our Lady

In 1352, the construction begun and become the largest gothic church in the Netherlands. In 1521, after nearly 170 years the church was ready. The north tower is 123 M high and the south tower is 66M. Houses the 4 main paintings painted by P.P.Rubens: "The raising of the cross", "The resurrection of Christ", "The descent from the cross" and "The assumption of the Virgin".

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

MAS - Museum aan de Stroom

a museum located along the river Scheldt in the Eilandje district of Antwerp, Belgium. It opened in May 2011 and is the largest museum in Antwerp.

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 200 travelers
Operated by Brussels City Tours

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 travelers. If it’s canceled 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 is the policy on sanitization during Antwerp: Diamonds galore, elegance, arts and stunning architecture?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Antwerp: Diamonds galore, elegance, arts and stunning architecture?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Antwerp: Diamonds galore, elegance, arts and stunning architecture?

A:The policy on staff health & safety is:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

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Traveler Tips


For an in-depth visit, you might want an overnight, but for a good introduction to Antwerp and its history, this tour is great.
It was ok. Didn’t have the time to take pictures in the grand place.
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Rumy_M, Feb 2020
All the emails we had received from Viator was for us to arrive at the Brussels City Tour office at 115 pm. We arrived at 117 pm exactly. The tour guide had already left but the bus had not. However, we were not allowed to go with them. To add insult to injury, one of the two ladies at the desk was extremely rude. We used "GetYourGuide.com" for other tours and were very treated. Viator needs to step up here. We are still waiting for a refund from Viator.
Response from Host, Feb 2020
Dear Customer, We apologize on behalf of everyone at Brussels City Tours. Please know that your situation was an exception. As you can see on other reviews, we are known for taking ownership and caring deeply about our customers. We always ask and send a message to our customer to check-in 15-20 minutes in advance! In order to respect the schedule of the tour. We hope you can give us the opportunity to discuss what exactly happened. Please email us on info@brussels-city-tours.be or call us on +32 484 45 96 11. Kind regards, Brussels City Tours Team
Frank was an excellent guide
Alexandra_Q, Dec 2019
Brussels City Tours is an excellent company and Frank was a terrific guide. Frank was very knowledgeable, funny and engaging in communicating interesting facts and stories on Antwerp. I also liked the pace of the tour and the timings in each location were perfect. Frank managed to keep things moving along without feeling rushed.
Response from Host, May 2020
Dear customer, Thanks for leaving us such a wonderful review. It has been our pleasure helping you! Our team will be happy to read what you wrote! We look forward to seeing you again. Kind regards, Brussels City Tours Team
Antwerp Tour by Bussels City Tours
Gregory_B, Oct 2019
Great tour - the right length of time and ample opportunities to see many of the exciting features of Antwerp. For an in-depth visit, you might want an overnight, but for a good introduction to Antwerp and its history, this tour is great. One note, however - I did not find it easy to find the Brussels City Tours office.
Best day trip in From Brussels
MariaMelissa_S, Oct 2019
Jasmine was a great guide — so much interesting information and made sure everyone was comfortable with walking...also had a great driver Phillipe !!!
The best!
JulioG783, Sep 2019
The guide went out of his way to maximize the limited time there to see as much as possible. HE was so knowledgeable.
Antwerp from Seattle
MariaJennifer_C, Sep 2019
It was ok. Didn’t have the time to take pictures in the grand place. The guide was ok. We had a bid group and we had two guides because of different languages
Lack of crowd control
Phillip_H, Aug 2019
The group had two languages. He spoke in either Spanish or English whenever. He changed directions so I missed half of what he said.
Poor guide service!
Ekaterine_K, Jun 2019
Translation in three languages is not good idea, it is very uncomfortable to participants waiting for their turn.
Antwerp Half Day - Very Disappointing
Susan_S, May 2019
This was a very disappointing tour. Our guide was such a grump. He never smiled and was never enthusiastic about anything we saw. He did a good job of translating all his comments into both English and Spanish, but he really never engaged the group or showed any emotion. It was very boring. We had almost 90 minutes of "free time" to eat, which was a waste - we could have been taken to more places. The tour ended almost an hour late because of traffic, which was a shame. My MapQuest showed quicker routes, which the driver did not take. I've taken other Viator trips in other countries which have been excellent. This one was not fun.
Does not cover much - Not worth it!
Lorraine_D, Apr 2019
I took the tour on 14 April as I wanted to do a day trip from Brussels. Even though I booked the tour in English, the tour was delivered in both English and Spanish language. The tour guide was very traditional in his delivery of information. It was very basic and to the point. We covered the Cathedral of our lady, Grote market, St. John church, Museum aan de Stroom (just panoramic view) and the beautiful Antwerp train station. We just touched based at the sites with hardly any time to spend. It seemed that the rest of the group were bored too with the tour. The tour was nothing over the top, it can be easily done by oneself. The next day I visited Bruges and Gent and had a better day exploring.
Antwerp Half-Day
gc0tter, Sep 2018
The sites that we visited were beautiful. There was a luck of enthusiasm from part of the guide. It was hard to understand him sometimes. Very monotonous, not engaging. The group was large and he had to talk in both English and Spanish. Would not do this particular tour again
This trip was far too short and...
Maria Q, Apr 2018
This trip was far too short and limited in showing us the sights of Antwerp. I have taken plenty of 'free' walking tours of European cities and those are packed with up to date information about the city's main sights. The tour guide, as pleasant as he was, was not engaging and gave the commentary as though he was reading from a travel guide. It was very expensive for what we got in return.
Very disappointing tour. We only...
Samantha A, Feb 2018
Very disappointing tour. We only saw 2 cathedrals and the Antwerp train station. There was more to see in this city and was not worth it. The guide was smoking as he was walking with us which was in appropriate. Would not recommend this tour at all.
This tour was seriously lacking and...
swati.mooruth, Dec 2017
This tour was seriously lacking and very misleading. There was no provided itinerary to plan the trip, the guide seemed to have been drinking and was constantly smoking and a large portion of the tour was observed at night when it was too dark to see anything. It should definitely start earlier.
The tour guide was terrible. He...
Robert C, Oct 2017
The tour guide was terrible. He criticized passengers and although i think that he was fairly knowledgeable, he was not particularly forthcoming. He has few comments about even the most obvious features. He was bored and it was obvious that he would rather be someplace else. Even at the end of the trip, after he solicited gratuities, he was still impolite. i choose this tour because it was a Viator excursion. We have had great success with Viator but I would not include this among them. Apntwerp was great, spoiled only by the tour guide.
20mns late pick up but a part from that...
Mauricio_A, Oct 2017
20mns late pick up but a part from that a nice and convenient way to see Antwerp.
Tour guide didn't believe me when I...
Cynthia W, Sep 2017
Tour guide didn't believe me when I told him my seat companion was missing and not on bus. He insisted his head count was correct and the bus driver left for the next stop. Meanwhile my seat companion had to taxi over to the next tour bus stop where he admitted he had made a mistake allegedly his first in over 40 years. In addition the tour guide was not informative about what we were seeing and we never did see any of the diamond district which is why we booked the tour. The hotel pickup was late and somewhat disorganized. This was our second Brussels area tour and we were looking forward to Antwerp since the first tour was marvelous.Very dissatisfied and disappointed.
Antwerp is a lovely city. We enjoyed...
Avigail B, Sep 2017
Antwerp is a lovely city. We enjoyed the tour and our guide Yasmine was really knowledgeable and helpful.
Beautiful city. If only we were able to...
Cally_H, Sep 2017
Beautiful city. If only we were able to spend more time there.
Frank was our guide for this tour...
Suzanne M, Aug 2017
Frank was our guide for this tour and unfortunately I have to say he was the worst guide I and my friends have ever experienced. While he was knowledgeable about the sights of the city, he also told us that he was nearing retirement age and that was obvious from his utterly disinterested attitude towards his group, he spoke with as much enthusiasm as a recorded message and failed completely to interact with the group, he also smoked cigarettes as he walked and discarded the butts in the street, yuk! Antwerp Cathedral was excellent and the view from the Port building lovely but the trip was spoiled by our guide's total lack of enthusiasm for his job. We also thought we would at least hear something of Antwerp's history in the diamond industry but nothing was even mentioned! In short a very diasappointing tour and a waste of both time and money.
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