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From Brussels: Ghent and Bruges Day Tour

1. From Brussels: Ghent and Bruges Day Tour

Discover 2 of Flanders’ most enchanting cities and follow your guide back in time on a day tour. Choose between a private and a shared option. Walk through both cities and see some of their most famous landmarks, including Saint-Bavo’s Cathedral of Ghent, Bruges' Old Town, and the Lake of Love. Ghent’s medieval architecture and vibrant atmosphere will impress you as you visit Saint-Bavo’s Cathedral, home to the famous Mystic Lamb painting (option), and pass by the Castle of the Counts of Flanders the picturesque medieval harbor Graslei and much more. In Bruges, you will enjoy the peaceful Lake of Love and the old beguinage. With your guide, discover the city and its cobbled streets on foot and you also have the option to enjoy a pleasant boat trip along the narrow canals.

Bruges: Full-Day Guided Tour from Brussels in English

2. Bruges: Full-Day Guided Tour from Brussels in English

Depart the Belgian capital in the morning and transfer to the charming town of Bruges. Upon arrival, see why the entire historic center of Bruges is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Go to the Lake of Love to see a calm oasis in the heart of the city. Marvel at the 13th-century Begijnhof,  covered in a carpet of daffodils in the spring. Continue to the quiet, paved square of Walplein, and stroll down the narrow Stoofstraat. See sights such as the 800-year-old St. John’s Hospital, and the imposing façade of the Church of Our Lady. Learn the history of the opulent palace of Gruuthuse, and walk alongside the banks of the Dijver Canal. Other highlights include the charming canal-side houses of the Rozenhoedkaai, the tiny square of the Huidenvettersplein, and the site of the 1st count’s castle on Castle Square.  Then, enjoy 2 free hours for lunch and explore the city as you please. Taste some of the exclusive chocolates of Bruges and pop into some of the legendary lace shops. Transfer back to Brussels, with an approximate 6:00 PM arrival time.

Bruges: Private Historical Highlights Walking Tour

3. Bruges: Private Historical Highlights Walking Tour

Travel back in time to the golden days of medieval Bruges on this private walking tour through the historical heart of the city. Your guide will share stories of love, glory, and fortune, as well as tales of intrigue, war, and conflict. After meeting your guide on the main square of Bruges, walk through the medieval heart of the city that includes all the must-visit spots. The highlights include the Market Square, the Church of Our Lady, St. John's Hospital, the Gruuthuse Palace, the Minnewater (Lake of Love), the Beguinage, Half Moon Brewery, Fish Market, Burg Square, and many more. Make a stop at the Rosary Quay (Rozenhoedkaai), the most photographed spot in town, where you can take your own snapshots of this memorable spot. As you explore highlights and hidden gems, you’ll get the perfect mix of history, funny stories, legends, and facts — everything you need to make your experience of Bruges authentic and exciting. By the end of the tour, you'll know more than a local and you'll have a better idea of where to go and what to do during your time in Bruges. As an added perk, you'll receive a booklet with discounts and gifts at local restaurants, museums, and shops.

From Brussels: Bruges and Ghent in a Day Guided Tour

4. From Brussels: Bruges and Ghent in a Day Guided Tour

Meet your guide in the center of Brussels and relax on the 100-kilometer journey to Bruges. Upon arrival, discover the charms of “the Venice of the North” and see why the entire historic center was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Marvel at highlights such as the Lake of Love (Minnewater Lake) and the 13th-century Begijnhof complex, founded in 1245 to house lay religious women. Go to Walplein Square, where the shady trees and cafes provide a perfect place to relax. Visit Stoofstraat on the site of the city's former Red Light District, and see medieval monuments such as the 11th-century Old St. John’s Hospital. Look at the world's second tallest brickwork tower at the Church of Our Lady, and see other historic monuments such as Gruuthuse Palace, the Dijver Canal and the tiny piazza of Tanners Square (Huidenvettersplein). Go to one of the city's most photographed spots at Rozenhoedkaai, and admire the Belfry on Castle Square. Admire the facades of the Gothic-style Town Hall and the 12th-century Basilica of the Holy Blood. Visit Market Square (Grote Markt) to see the Bell Tower (Belfort) and Sint-Salvator’s Cathedral. Then enjoy 1-hour's free time for lunch (at your own expense) and the chance to sample some of the city's delicious chocolates.  Next, drive to Ghent, where the inhabitants have been popularly known as "noose-bearers“ since the days of Charles V. Take a guided tour of the city's historic buildings, such as the Castle of Gerald the Devil and Saint Bavo Cathedral, where you can look at the painting “The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb” by the Van Eyck brothers. Admire the Belfort (Bell Tower) and peculiar Gothic and Renaissance-style Town Hall. See one of the city's oldest monuments at St. Nicholas’ Church opposite the unusual facade of the Masons’ Guild House. Journey along the embankments of the medieval port of Graslei, and discover other highlights such as the majestic Castle of the Counts of Flanders, the charming Patershol neighborhood, the Great Butchers’ Hall, the Old Fish Market, and Friday Market Square.

From Amsterdam: Day Trip to Bruges

5. From Amsterdam: Day Trip to Bruges

Embark on a day out to Bruges from Amsterdam and discover the World Heritage Site. See the romantic Lake of Love, walk around the Burg Square, and enjoy some free time to taste the Belgium beers. Begins with a departure from the center of Amsterdam for the 260-kilometer drive to Venice in the North. Learn from your guide all about the historic center of Bruges and why it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Start your trip with an introduction to the history of Belgium and Bruges by your Spanish-speaking guide. See the Lake of Love and the Begijnhof, founded in 1245. Visit the historic city center, learn more about Belgium’s world-famous beers and see the Church of Our Lady. Admire one of the most charming areas, around the Dyver canal. Continue your walk to Walplein Square, the Stoofstraat, Gruuthuse Palace, Burg Square with its Gothic Town Hall, the Basilica of the Holy Blood, and the Grote Markt with the Belfort. The tour finishes in the Grote Markt, in the heart of Bruges. Your guide will answer all your questions and recommend places for lunch outside the tourist areas. You’ll have 3 hours of free time to eat, explore the city, taste delicious chocolates and visit the famous lace shops. Leave Bruges on a high as you enjoy a day out that you will not forget in a hurry. Sit back and relax as you head back to Amsterdam, where the tour ends.

Bruges Private 2-Hour Walking Tour

6. Bruges Private 2-Hour Walking Tour

You’ll be welcomed by your guide at an agreed central Bruges location to begin your private tour that’s priced for up to 20 persons. During the 2-hour guided tour of Bruges’s UNESCO-listed historic center, you'll take in the most important attractions of the city. The following is a sample itinerary, departing from ‘t Zand Square, at the Concert Hall: Head along the main shopping street in the direction of the Market Square. Along the way you'll pay a visit to the St. Savior Cathedral. Visit the Market Place with the imposing 83-meter-tall belfry and continue to Jan Van Eyck Square, once the center of Hanseatic Bruges. From the 13th to the 15th century this area was the economic and financial hub of Flanders. See the impressive houses that are a reminder of the leading role Bruges played as a commercial center in those days. You will pass the city theater, the Saaihalle (1399), Huis ter Beurze (the first stock exchange), and the Toll House. A little further along you'll arrive at the Burg, one of the most charming squares in town. See the stunning Gothic City Hall, the Basilica of the Holy Blood and the Liberty of Bruges, once the city’s courthouse, and today the Municipal Archives. Walk through the Fish Market, Tanners Square and the very picturesque Dijver. Pass St. Mary’s Church and a little farther on, you’ll make a brief stop at St. John’s Hospital (one of the oldest preserved hospital buildings in Europe). The walk ends at the Minnewater and the Princely Béguinage.

From Brussels: Bruges & Ghent Full-Day Trip

7. From Brussels: Bruges & Ghent Full-Day Trip

Discover the highlights of Bruges and Ghent, Belgium's most attractive cities, with round trip by train from Brussels. Tour two of the most fascinating medieval cities in Europe with an English/Spanish or French-speaking guide on a 10-hour guided day trip. Depart from the Grand Place at 09:30 only on Sunday. Upon arrival at the central station of Bruges, begin with a 2.5-hour walking tour and 2-hours of free time for eating, souvenirs and a boat trip. Scheduled return to Brussels will be at 18:00 and arrival at 19:00 with your guide. Program in Bruges: In the ancient city wall park, the ‘Lake of Love’ is one of the main water reservoirs nourishing the canal system of the Venice of the North. Visit the Beguinage, one of the best-preserved examples of medieval gated communities in which only women could live. Brewery ‘De Halve Maan’ is the only brewery still operating in the city center. Afterwards, 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). Head on to 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). Stop by the VisMarkt (fishmarket) and the Tanners’ Square, two of the oldest squares in Bruges with their beautiful guildhalls and lovely cafés and restaurants. You will also visit Groeninge Museum, Burg Square and Markt Square, the 10th 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. At the end, have an optional canal tour (8 EUR per person, pay while embarking on the boat), which is one of the best ways to see Bruges. Program in Ghent: Journey to the port city of Ghent, located at the scenic confluence of the Leie and Scheldt Rivers. Start your tour of the historic city at Saint Bavo Cathedral and admire the spectacular Gothic church and Baroque ornamentations. Step into the marble choir and private chapels, appreciate the painting of “Saint Bavo Enters the Convent at Ghent” by Rubens and the beauty of the Rococo pulpit. Look at the stunning frescoes of the Romanesque crypt. Then, opt to visit the altarpiece of "The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb" by the Van Eyck brothers and admire one of the most important works of art from the Middle Ages for a small extra fee. Then, go to City Hall to see its extraordinary mix of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Continue to Market Hall to look at the Belfort Tower and covered market. Marvel at the nearby churches of Saint Nicholas, Saint James and Saint Michael, serving as reminders of Ghent’s medieval past. Proceed to the old port of Graslei for beautiful views of the river Leie and the old guildhalls. Then, head to the medieval castle of Gravensteen, where the counts of Flanders used to live. Explore the picturesque district of Patershol and see charming buildings of brick facades where restaurants and cafes offer the best of Flemish cuisine. Go to the 15th century Great Butchers' Hall to discover one of Europe's oldest meat markets.

Bruges: Bike Tour of the Old Town and St. Anna's Quarter

8. Bruges: Bike Tour of the Old Town and St. Anna's Quarter

See more of Bruges with a bike tour through the highlights of the historic center and the windmills and canals in St. Anna's quarter. Stop to take a picture of the castle by Minnewater lake. Meet your local guide and pick out a bike that suits you. Ride past the towering Belfry of Bruges and the medieval Gruuthuse palace. Pause to admire views of a red-brick castle by Minnewater lake. Peddle by windmills that were built on top of the city walls. Head to the four surviving medieval city gates in the city to get an idea of what the old city fortifications were like. Continue to to the garden district of St. Anna. Cycle along the old harbor to taken in views of houseboats. Smell the bread as you pass an old bakery. See local street art and a colorful mural.

Bruges: Private Walking and Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour

9. Bruges: Private Walking and Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour

Immerse yourself in Bruges's cobblestone streets, ancient bridges and cozy squares on foot. Clamber into a carriage to enjoy more beautiful sights in luxuriating comfort. See all the charming spots of Bruges during this 2-hour combination tour. Your expert, local guide will reveal to you the local legends and stories behind the facades. Take in the town hall, the fish market and the city palace of Gruuthuse as you walk these famous streets. Then its time to jump in your carriage for a relaxing, horse-drawn tour. Enjoy a stop at the Beguinage UNESCO world heritage site while your horse takes a break. Take in historic houses, narrow canals and unforgettable architecture of this most beautiful of cities. Have peace of mind knowing that your horse is very well cared for. Take comfort in knowing your horse gets plenty of breaks, water and food, and two days rest after a day of touring.

Brussels: 3-Day Belgium Discovery Tour by Bus

10. Brussels: 3-Day Belgium Discovery Tour by Bus

Get to know Belgium on a 3-day bus tour and visit the 5 most important cities. Begin the tour in the capital city and take a short walk to the majestic Grand Place, the cradle of medieval Brussels. Then, hop onboard of the coach where a multilingual guide takes you to all the must-see highlights in the city center. To complete your Brussels tour, visit the outskirts of Brussels to see the Atomium, the Royal Residence Palace, and the EU district. Next stop on the tour: Antwerp, the old city with an impressive 13th-century castle that guarded the city and its medieval river port. Visit numerous sights of the world's largest harbor city including the Cathedral of Our Lady. Marvel at the countless paintings by world-class artists of the 17th century including the masterpieces of Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens. Continue the tour through Antwerp to see the gothic guild houses at the Market Square, the Antwerp railway station, the Diamond District and the Jewish quarter. If you can, try the local beer called 'Bolleke' in your free time. The third and fourth stop takes you to the cities of Ghent and Bruges. Visit the Saint-Bavo’s Cathedral in Ghent, home to the world-famous Mystic Lamb Painting (optional) and walk along the Castle of the Counts of Flanders, a picturesque medieval harbor. Then, savor a delicious lunch in Bruges and enjoy the view of the peaceful Lake of Love and the picturesque Beguinage. Your guide will reveal stories and secrets from the Viking period until the end of the Middle Ages. Visit the top highlights of Bruges including the Basilica of the Holy Blood of Jesus, the Belfry Tower, Our Lady’s Church, Saint John’s hospital, etc. Optionally, take a pleasant boat trip along the narrow canals. On the last stop, your guide will take you on a breathtaking walk through the ancient heart of Leuven. Marvel at the architecture of the beautiful city hall, the largest Beguinage in Flanders, the ancient cloth hall, the baffling university library and many more. Visit the Shrine of Father Damien, the patron of the lepers who was recently beatified. See the highlights in this city including the unique ‘Old Market’ area with its many catering establishments. Although you will be seeing a sound portion of the city highlights, you'll also get some free time to discover the city at your own pace.

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What people are saying about Beguinage

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 209 reviews

Our guide Fari was great. He explained everything in detail and gave us plenty of time to cover the two cities in a day.

Excellent guide - Jamal. Was very knowledgeable about the city but also presented the facts in a very entertaining way.

Jamal was a very good guide,with sense of humor and he given us a lot of details about the cities . Thank you!

Great tour but time is a bit tight, you’ll want to visit these great cities again on your own

We loved the activity and the guide Jamal was great