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From Brussels: Bruges and Ghent in a Day Guided Tour

Activity provider: BUENDIA TOURS

From Brussels: Bruges and Ghent in a Day Guided Tour

Activity provider: BUENDIA TOURS
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Visit 2 of Belgium's most beautiful cities in a day on a guided tour of Bruges and Ghent. Benefit from round trip transfers from Brussels and the services of a professional guide. See an abundance of medieval monuments and picturesque neighborhoods.

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Duration 10 - 10.5 hours
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English, Spanish

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore 2 of Belgium's most beautiful cities in a day
  • Benefit from round-trip transfers from Brussels
  • Take a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage historic center of Bruges
Full description

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 of “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.

Includes
  • Spanish or English-speaking guide
  • Bus transfers from Brussels
  • Lunch
  • Entrance tickets
  • Headphones

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Not allowed

  • Smoking in the vehicle

Know before you go

  • Bookings can be cancelled up to 48 hours before the day of the tour (Brussels time) without penalty. Cancellations of less than 48 hours are subject to a fee of 50% of the total tour cost. In the event of a no-show you will be charged the full cost of the tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 976 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Transportation
    4.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Safety
    4.7/5

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This action packed day, was led by the charming Spaniard Alvaro who was as diligent and caring as he was enigmatic and knowledgeable. quick with a joke too. The pace was slow, steady and relaxing and even gave the opportunity for me as someone a little more independent to explore solo for a while and rejoin the group. Met some nice people too. Defintley get involved with this trip if you're staying in Brussels in the near future....although Perhaps do the Bruges only tour as the town perhaps has a little more to offer...

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May 24, 2022

Overall the tour was good. The guide thru each city was nice. Couple of issues. All tour buses seem to stop at one meeting point in Bruges and the lines for the restroom are super long. Our guide was so-so. He was supposed to wait for the whole group at the meeting point because of the previously mentioned restroom lines; he did not. He did not carry an umbrella or flag like other guides did so it was sometimes difficult to find him. He spent way too much time on unsavory side of Bruges. He wasted time enacted silly stories instead of simply describing the place. We did not get a chance to appreciate Bruges. We felt very rushed. On the other hand, Ghent was more relaxed so we could appreciate the town. We had some downtime in Ghent as well. It is a very beautiful town.

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May 7, 2022

The trip was great, the time and meeting point were respected. Quality bus, I have nothing to complain about. The guide Jamal was very cordial and friendly, he explained in detail the history of each place we passed, since the bus left Brussels. The tour has a guided part and a free tour of the city with a final meeting point indicated at the beginning of the tour. It was worth it, I recommend the experience. I suggest you bring your own headphones so you don't have to buy an extra one (1 euro) that you will probably discard later.

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May 4, 2022

Product ID: 66951