Day trip to Bruges and Ghent from Brussels

Day trip to the two most beautiful cities of Belgium.

In just one day, come and discover Bruges and Ghent, considered to be the two most beautiful cities in Belgium.

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Sustainable tourism

Certificate of Excellence 2013-2019

Over 10 years of experience

Recommended by the Brussels Tourist Office

Day trip to Bruges and Ghent from Brussels

Description

In just one day, come and discover Bruges and Ghent, considered to be the two most beautiful cities in Belgium. You will have the opportunity to learn about their history but also to explore them by yourself in your free time.

 

Highlights:

  • Day trip to the two most beautiful cities of Belgium.
  • Explore Bruges the “Venice of the North”, a wonderful medieval city.
  • Walk through the streets while listening to the legends of this fairy-tale place and take a boat trip on the canals (possibility to take a boat trip on the canals).
  • Visit of historical sites and monuments: museums, medieval castle….
  • Opportunity to admire the altarpiece of “The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb” by the Van Eyck brothers. One of the most important works of art from the Middle Ages.
  • Dynamic visit with a passionate guide.
  • Eat the local dishes (mussels, french fries, Flemish carbonnades) and opportunity to buy the best Belgian artisan chocolates.

 

Our guarantees:

  • Responsible tourism: This activity respects the codes of responsible and sustainable tourism.
  • We work in partnership with the Brussels Tourism Office.
  • More than 10 years of experience.
  • Certificate of Excellence since 2013.
  • Professional guides (English-speaking).
  • Quick and easy booking (free cancellation*).

 

What to expect:

  • Departure from Brussels by train (faster, safer, more comfortable, more environmentally friendly and less walking) with our guide to Bruges, who will tell you about the history, the architecture, the legends and much more for a visit of maximum 2 hours.
  • The guide will suggest free-time activities (museums, restaurants, boutiques…).
  • Free time of 2 hours in Bruges.
  • Departure from Bruges by train with our guide to Ghent, who will tell you about the history, the architecture, the legends and much more for a visit of maximum 2 hours.
  • The guide will suggest free-time activities (museums, restaurants, boutiques…).
  • Free time of 1 hour in Ghent.
  • Return to Brussels by train with our guide. If you would like to stay in Ghent for a longer time, our guide will give you all the necessary information to return to Brussels.

 

Program:

Bruges, what will you visit:

  • The ancient city wall park. Admire parts of the ancient city wall and the ancient moats while taking fresh air.
  • Markt Square, the tenth century city market that has been for a millennium the economic heart of Bruges. Admire its imposing guildhalls and its bellfort tower, which is one of the most famous Gothic buildings in Belgium.
  • Burg Square, the political heart of the city, place in which the city was born around the castle of the first Count of Flanders. Admire the oldest Gothic city hall of the Low Countries, the Basilica of the Holy Blood (it treasures a relic of the blood of Jesus Christ), and the civil register built in Renaissance architecture.
  • VisMarkt (fishmarket) and the Tanners’ Square, two of the oldest squares in Bruges with their beautiful guildhalls and lovely cafés and restaurants.
  • GroeningeMuseum (possibility to enter the museum and see the paintings of the Flemish Primitives).
  • Our Lady of Bruges is one of the oldest churches in the city. Admire its impressive tower that is still one of the tallest brickwork towers in the world, and take a look to its art treasures, including Michelangelo’s Madonna with the child (optional).
  • Old St. John’s Hospital is one of the oldest hospitals in Europe, where you can appreciate 800 years of European architecture, learn about its history, and visit the museum of Hans Memling (optional).
  • Brewery “De Halve Maan” is the only brewery still operating in the city center. During lunchtime try one of the famous Bruges beers and a “Flemish Carbonnade”, a traditional beef stew made with local beer.
  • The Beguinage. Visit one of the best-preserved examples of medieval gated communities in which only women could live. Learn about its history, visit its courtyard, appreciate its unique architecture and art treasures (including the oldest sculpture of Our Lady of Bruges), and enjoy a moment of calm and contemplation.
  • The “Lake of Love” is one of the main water reservoirs that nourish the canal system of “the Venice of the North”. Admire a stunning panoramic view of the city in a bucolic spot that seems to whispers into your ears the secrets of the city.

Ghent, what will you visit:

  • Saint Bavo’s Cathedral, a spectacular Gothic church decorated with majestic Baroque ornamentation. Step into the marble choir and private chapels, admire Peter Paul Rubens’ painting “Saint Bavo”. Enters the Convent at Ghent and the Rococo pulpit, and go into the Romanesque crypt, where you can also admire its frescoes. Optional visit to the altarpiece “the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb” by the Van Eyck brothers, which is one of the most important works of art of the Middle Ages.
  • The market square, the Belfort tower, and the covered market.
  • The City Hall, an extraordinary building combining Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture.
  • The churches of St. Nicholas, St. James, and St. Michel, three parish churches that stand as a reminding of Ghent’s medieval past.
  • The Graslei, old port of the city and one of the most scenic places in Ghent, where you can admire the river Leie and the old guildhalls.
  • Gravensteen, a medieval castle that was the former residence of the Counts of Flanders.
  • Patershol, picturesque area with buildings of charming brick facades where restaurants and cafés offer you the best of the Flemish cuisine.
  • The medieval butchery, an imposing Gothic building of 1408 that is one of Europe oldest meat markets.

 

Practical information:

Price:

  • Adults: 45€
  • Children (under 12 years old): Free.
  • Children (12 to 25 years old): 40€
  • Seniors (over 65 years old): 37€

When:

  • Every Sunday.

Starting time:

  • 9:30am

Meeting point:

  • Grand-Place in front of the City Hall. Find our guides! They hold a white umbrella.

Duration:

  • 9 hours.

Language:

  • English.

Included:

  • Professional guide (English-speaking), expert in the history and the legends of Bruges and Ghent.
  • Round trip by train from Brussels (Brussels-Bruges-Ghent-Brussels).

Not included:

  • The meals.
  • The tickets to the museums (optional).
  • The optional boat tour (Bruges).
  • The optional visit of the altarpiece “the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb”.

 

Frequently asked questions:

Size of the group:

To ensure the best service possible, our tours are limited to 25 participants per group. For larger groups, please contact us.

 

Free booking:

We advise you to reserve your place as soon as possible to ensure availability.

You can book up to 2 hours before the beginning of the tour (depending on the availability).

 

How to spot our guides?

That’s easy! Our guides hold a white umbrella with the “Bravo Discovery – Walking tour” logo on it.

 

We are a group:

We advise you, in this case, our private guide service for a “Bruges and Ghent Private tour”. Or send us a message to receive a personalized offer.

 

Do you have more questions?

If you have any further questions or would like to get more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Additional information

Type of activity:

Day trip

When:

Sunday

Time:

9:30 am

Duration:

9 hours

Language:

English

Meeting point:

The Grand-Place of Brussels in front of the City Hall.

Responsible tourism:

This activity respects the codes of responsible and sustainable tourism.

Terms of service

Participation:

  • To ensure your participation, we recommend booking your tour as soon as possible.
  • The number of participants is limited.
  • Without prior booking, our guides reserve the right to refuse participation in the tour depending on the availability.
  • We kindly ask you to be at the meeting point 10 minutes prior to the scheduled starting time.

 

Booking:

  • The reservation is free and without charge.
  • You can book up to 2 hours before the beginning of the tour (please note that the number of participants is limited to 25 per group).

 

Cancellation:

  • Up to 24 hours prior to the tour: 100% refund.
  • Less than 24 hours prior to the tour: no refund.

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