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See the historical highlights and impressive monuments of Ghent and Bruges on a comprehensive full-day tour from Brussels. Alongside an expert private guide, marvel at the medieval majesty of Ghent’s architectural tableau as you explore the city with informative commentary. Travel to Bruges and stroll the shores of the picturesque Minnewater Lake before revitalizing with a traditional Belgian lunch. Spend the rest of the afternoon delighting in the aesthetic beauty of Bruges’ buildings and quaint canals during a walking tour. Relish the freedom and flexibility of a private tour during which the undivided attention of your guide is guaranteed.              

Highlights

  • Full-day private tour of Ghent and Bruges from Brussels
  • Visit St Bavo Cathedral in Ghent to see Van Eyck’s The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb
  • Explore the city and stop for photos by the Belfry of Ghent, St Nicholas’ Church and Gravensteen Castle
  • Enjoy audio commentary about the history of Ghent and Bruges while traveling between the cities
  • Stroll around Minnewater Lake and visit Bruges’s famous Beguinage, a serene convent
  • Admire the medieval architecture of Bruges on a walking tour, and see the Church of Our Lady
  • Enjoy comfort and style as you travel by luxury minivan

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Ghent and Bruges Day Trip from Brussels

Admire the Church of Our Lady in central Bruges!

Depart from your Brussels hotel in a luxurious, private vehicle and enjoy the scenic surroundings on your short, 1-hour drive to Ghent. Hailed as one of Belgium’s most beautiful cities, Ghent is typified by its medieval architecture and picturesque network of canals. Begin your tour by venturing within St Bavo Cathedral, a sacred structure whose altarpiece is adorned with the renowned painting, The Adoration of a Mystic Lamb

Stroll into the historical heart of the city and capture fantastic photographs beside the colossal Belfry of Ghent and the looming Gothic towers of St Nicolas’ Church. Gaze at the grand turrets of Gravensteen Castle and listen as your guide recounts tales from its 12th-century origin. 

After thorough exploration of Ghent, return to your vehicle and travel to Bruges; pop in state-of-the-art headphones and listen to a historical comparison of the two cities before arriving amidst the quaint canals and medieval structures of the pretty city. Stroll around Minnewater Lake, known as the Lake of Love due to the resonant romanticism of the area, and then absorb the sacred atmosphere of the Beguinage, a serene chapel and courtyard within a convent. 

Revitalize with a traditional Belgian lunch in town (own expense) and then embark on a walking tour of the city. Stroll around Market Square with its impressive Belfry; admire the Renaissance façade of the Church of Our Lady; and capture photographs of the world-renowned Chapel of the Holy Blood.   

Opt to see Bruges from a different perspective during a tranquil ride through the canals of the city (own expense) and then reconvene with your private guide for the relaxing return journey back to your Brussels hotel. 

Customer Reviews

Mary S M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Both these cities are must sees. We went to Ghent first it was quiet and serene and so beautiful. Amazing architecture and quaint. The highlight was the Ghent altar piece. Bruges was beautiful as well, large and more to see. It was bustling with tourists. The highlight for us was the Michealangelo Madonna and Child. We also enjoyed the Church of the Holy Blood and the Gothic Hall. We ate late because there was so much to see. It gave an excellent overview. I felt the boat ride was unnecessary and took up our time for visiting the sites. It was not part of the tour but we decided to go. Our guide was knowledgeable of Flemish history and loved his cities and country.

Edward B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We had a great time even though the weather wasn't perfect. Wouldn't have wanted to miss these cities.

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