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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

Overview

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

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 the Central Station.

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

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)

The 91-metre-tall belfry of Ghent is one of three medieval towers that overlook the old city centre of Ghent, Belgium, the other two belonging to Saint Bavo Cathedral and Saint Nicholas' Church.

Graslei and Korenlei (Pass By)

A quay in the historic city center of Ghent, Belgium, located on the right bank of the Leie river.

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
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 200 travelers

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

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

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

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Bruges and Ghent - Belgium's Fairytale Cities - from Brussels ?

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

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Traveler Tips


Be forewarned that there is a lot of walking, in case you have any issues with mobility.
Do also remember to change your Viator confirmation for a wrist band at the travel agency before looking for your group!
There is a bit of a walk to the coach departure, therefore take dress appropriately.
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Amazing tour guide,...
Tamar_A, Aug 2022
Amazing tour guide, stunning magical cities - a must do!!! So much to see and so much information… just enough time spent in each city
Enjoyable day
pkagross, Aug 2022
I would recommend this trip. Our guide, Deitrick knew a great deal about the history of each of the sites. We would have appreciated some interesting stories, the dialog was very heavy on dates and facts. Happily he walked at a comfortable pace. Be aware that if you decide to add the canal cruise in Bruges that you are squished in like sardines and it is difficult to get any good photos without other passenger heads in your view.
Would join again!
LoKai_C, Aug 2022
My family and I enjoyed learning about Bruges’ and Ghent’s history. We had time to explore on our own and even tried some Belgian waffles and local dishes such as pork cheek. We had an amazing tour guide and would definitely join again.
Amazing customer service!
Aditya_S, Aug 2022
Albert(our guide) was so knowledgeable and helpful. We got enough time to enjoy both towns. Very well planned itenerary. On our way back, another bus from the same travel company broke down on the highway. Albert immediately asked the driver of our bus to pull over so he could help the stranded passengers. Their AC vent on the bus roof had to be secured and he promptly climbed up and fixed it and within 10 mins we were on our way back to Brussels. I would recommend this day trip! Did I mention that they readily moved our tour date to the next day since we couldn't get to Brussels the previous day due to train cancelations. Overall amazing customer service 👌 👏
Not A Good Tour
James_M, Aug 2022
This was a bad experience. The tour guide had to do 2 languages and moved fast through the areas. In order to do any pictures you had to move away from the group. At one time we had to wait for someone to catch up because they were not staying with the group, this same person had the whole group wait an extra 1/2 hour to leave because she left the group to supposedly to have to do something with passport/immigration the last few minutes of the tour and Laura allowed her. This should of been taken care of instead of her going on the boat ride. Laura finally went to look for her and when she arrived back at the bus she had numerous bags that she did not have when she left the group. We were told if you were not back in time that the bus would leave. This was an inconvenience to the rest of the group. I understand being a few minutes late but a half hour is ridiculous. Laura gave here phone number in case anybody needed her and this person should of contacted her and we should not have had to wait the extra half hour sitting on the bus.
Loved it!
Rashmiya_R, Aug 2022
I traveled with my sister on this tour. Our guide Miguel was great and the cities were so magical! =)
Big disappointment
Laura_C, Aug 2022
This tour has such great reviews but our experience was not great. Our tour guide was incredibly dry and impersonal. He gave lists of facts but did not capture our attention or imagination. The tour was bilingual in english and french, which made it last twice as long, leaving very little "free time" to explore the cities. We literally spent all the free time we had in Ghent (<30 mins) running around trying to find a cup of coffee. On the plus side the bus was very comfortable and we did get to see both cities in one day. The cities are amazing and not to be missed. Do yourself a favor and book your own transportation to Bruges and just spend the day there on your own starting early and/or staying late to avoid the crowds. It's such a beautiful town and it was a shame to be rushed around.
The best guide -Stefan!
Niriqsha_S, Jul 2022
I had Stefan as my guide and it was a wonderful experience, he had extensive knowledge on the history of the place was very polite and super helpful. He really showed us these cities and the way it was presented to u I didn't want to return to Brussels.
Enjoyable trip
bailey1767, Jul 2022
Timely. Informative and lots of sights to see. Tour guide was knowledgeable and kept group together. No waiting for anyone and didn’t lose anyone!
Bruges in love and flowers
Giulia_V, Jul 2022
The trip was very enjoyable , and our guide , Andrea , she is just the best ! I would recommend her without any doubts.
In grandeur, beauty & serenity there are not many parallels to Bruges & Ghent.
Kamal_S, Jul 2022
Andrea, Our guide was super. We learnt so much of history of these 2 cities, narrated through interesting story telling. The grandeur and magnificence of both cities was Breathtaking.
A True Midevil City
marwah_a, Jul 2022
There are no enough words to describe how beautiful and magnificent the city of Burges is, it’s really a must seen city to anyone who is interested into experience and exploring the true mid evil history and architecture, our guide Albert told us a lot about the city’s history of the city, and the bus driver Jan Jack was a nice gentleman.
Wow
Amanda_L, Jul 2022
We had a wonderful day. Stephan (apologies if I have mispelled his name!) was fantastic. Very knowledgeable, personable and had a great sense of humour. The trip was brilliant. It was a long day, but we didn't feel it! The icing on the cake was the canal tour he organised for us. Will definitely be booking again.
Discover the gems at Ghent and Brugge
Dominique_M, Jul 2022
One of the best Viator tours I’ve booked. Our driver (Jacques) along with our tour guide (Albert) did an excellent job! Albert is knowledgeable & very accommodating. Let me be honest though that this is a whole day trip, filled with magnificent views of historical structures, plenty of cobblestones to walk through, and may not be suitable for young children. The optional boat ride along the canal is a must!!! I’m so glad we chose to do it. Highly recommended for those who do not mind moderate to fast-paced walking tour within the two beautiful cities!
Bad customer service by Brussels tour office staff
J_S, Jul 2022
Your guide was excellent, however the tour office staff did not help in retrieving lost items at all and kept it hanging till my day of departure.
Wonderful tour with great guide
Sarbjeet_S, Jul 2022
We went on this tour with guide Jan. The tour was excellent from start to finish. In each city Jan first took us on a brief walking tour. We were then left with ample free time to wonder around and see the cities ourselves. In Bruges I would def recommend doing the boat tour. I think everyone on our tour took up the option. It was a lovely 30 minutes journey and you get to experience the true beauty of the city. We had a number of solo travellers in our tour and Jan was careful to ensure they were not left out. One tip is to have lunch at Tonka Tearoom. The tours recommended stop is Vivalidi. However it had a limited veggie selection. So we went to Tonka Tearoom instead, just around the corner. It was superb.
Amazing tour
Beverly_A, Jul 2022
Andrea was an awesome tour guide! It was the hottest day of the year in Belgium the day of the tour and she was always checking in on everyone, making sure everyone is ok. We visited all the must-sees and she did a wonderful job giving all the facts and details! It was an amazing tour! Highly recommend it!
We had a lovely time in...
alexandra_p, Jul 2022
We had a lovely time in Gent and Bruges. Our tour guide Albert was very informative and had a great sense of humor.
A Trip Back In Time...
Glen_E, Jul 2022
This was our second visit to Bruges - the first was decades ago - so we were really keen to explore this fascinating historical city in more depth, guided ably and professionally by the knowledgeable Adrian, who was also a pleasant and patient companion, during our comprehensive tours of both Bruges and sister-city Ghent. Full marks to Brussels City Tours!
Do not skip this tour.
Johan_T, Jul 2022
Magnificent tour of Ghent and Bruges. Detailed historical knowledge delivered in an entertaining whole day of visual delight.
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