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Bruges and Ghent One Day Trip from Brussels

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GHENT and BRUGES : UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE CITIES! Discover the historical city of Ghent and explore the picturesque "North Venice" Bruges.

  • Discover the historical city of Ghent in a guided tour
  • Visit the St. Bavo's Cathedral, home of the world famous 'Mystic Lamb' painting
  • Travel through the Flemish countryside
  • Explore the picturesque "North Venice" Bruges and visit the Minnewater (Lake of Love) and the Beguinage
  • Walking tour to see see Our Lady's Church with the Madonna statue by Michelangelo, the Market Square with the Belfry and the Town Hall square with the Chapel of the Holy Blood
  • Optional boat tour along the canals
  • Pickup from and drop off at selected Brussels hotels


After an hour's drive, we will arrive in Ghent and proceed to visit St Bavo's Cathedral - home of the world-famous late medieval "Mystic Lamb" painting (optional visit). During the city tour we will see all important ancient buildings for which the city is so famous: the Belfry, St Nicholas' Church and the fortified castle of the Count of Flanders.

Next we will take you to Bruges, where we will visit the dreamy Lake of Love and the Beguinage for some peace and quiet before going on for lunch. Afterwards we start our walking tour and discover the highlights of the city: Saint John's Hospital, Our Lady's Church with the statue by Michelangelo (optional), the Market Square with the Belfry and the medieval Chapel of the Holy Blood.

An optional boat tour along Bruges' picturesque canals can be taken afterwards.

Please note

  • St. Bavo's Cathedral is closed on Sundays.

  • Comfortable walking shoes recommended.

  • Children below 4 years old are free of charge.

  • Hotel pick-ups are done 30 minutes before departure time.

  • *If your hotel is located at Gare du Midi zone, please be advised that you will have to make your way to Floris Ustel Midi Hotel.

  • *If your hotel is not mentioned on the list, please proceed to the meeting point at least 15 minutes before departure time.


  • English-speaking guide
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Duration: 11 hour(s)
Available: Daily
Pick-up: Available
Inclusions: English-speaking guide

Our day trip to Bruges and Ghent Through veltra went great or guide was great he was very good we saw thing that without him we would have walk by all in all great tour the lady at city tours was a great help also as she gave us some great tips for around Brussels merl and Karen P E I Canada

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  • 08:45-08:15

    Pick-up at Select Brussels Hotels or Check-in at Brussels City Tours

  • 09:00

    St. Bavo’s Cathedral

    This historic cathedral began as a humble, wooden Romanesque church in the 10th century where the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V had been baptized. Today, this medieval Gothic cathedral houses multiple art pieces including the famous Ghent Altarpiece "The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb".

  • Castle of the Counts, Graslei and More

    Travel passed the Castle of the Counts, known in Ghent as Gravensteen. The castle was built by Count of Flanders Philip of Alsace during the 10th century. You will also get a view of the Graslei which is one of Ghent's most exquisite places. See more of Ghent as you make your way to Bruges.

  • Lake of Love and the Flemish Beguinages

    Once in Bruges, see the serene Lake of Love and Minnewater Park. Discover the heartbreaking tale where the lake took its name as well as the legend behind the lake's many swans. Near the lake, you'll find the historic UNESCO-listed Flemish Beguinages.

  • Bruges Walking Tour and Optional Boat Trip

    Make sure to wear comfortable shoes as you explore the Bruges' cobbled streets with your guide. See more of this enchanting city with ample time to discover its many towers, churches, almshouses and more. You also have an option to go on a boat ride along the city's narrow canals.

  • 19:00

    End of tour

  • (For Check-In) Brussels City Tours (Rue du Marché aux Herbes 82 1000 Ville de Bruxelles) Time: 08:45:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Hotel Floris Ustel (Square de l'Aviation 6 1070 Bruxelles) Time: 08:15:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Hilton Brussels City (20 Place Charles Rogier 1210 Brussels) Time: 08:15:00

  • (For Pick-Up) NH Brussels Louise (17 Chaussée de Charleroi 1060 Brussels) Time: 08:15:00

  • (For Check-Out) Brussels City Tours (Rue du Marché aux Herbes 82 1000 Ville de Bruxelles) Time: 19:00:00

  • (For Drop-Off) Brussels Time: 19:00:00

Pick-up/Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Brussels City Tours (Rue du Marché aux Herbes 82 1000 Ville de Bruxelles) Time: 08:45:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Hotel Floris Ustel (Square de l'Aviation 6 1070 Bruxelles) Time: 08:15:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Hilton Brussels City (20 Place Charles Rogier 1210 Brussels) Time: 08:15:00

  • (For Pick-Up) NH Brussels Louise (17 Chaussée de Charleroi 1060 Brussels) Time: 08:15:00

Drop-off/Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Brussels City Tours (Rue du Marché aux Herbes 82 1000 Ville de Bruxelles) Time: 19:00:00

  • (For Drop-Off) Brussels Time: 19:00:00

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Additional Note(s)
  • The tour is also available in French and Spanish.

  • The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.

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Our day trip to Bruges and Ghent Through veltra went great or guide was great he was very good we saw thing that without him we... would have walk by all in all great tour the lady at city tours was a great help also as she gave us some great tips for around Brussels merl and Karen P E I Canada more

Merle and Karen

This was a fantastic way of seeing these two beautiful cities.


A wonderful day!


It was fantastic trip. I recommend everybody coming Brussels, should try this tour.


If you do this on your own, you will not see and have time for all that the tour offer you


Very nice tour , I think it is better to spent little more time in Brugges.


Our guide was outstanding!!! This was a wonderful trip. We all learned so much history, which made the tour come alive.


Fabulous tour! Stephen our guide was exceptional. Highly recommend to all:)


We loved very much this trip because Bruges and Ghent are two wonderfulls cities.
this trip has a guide and this is very go...
od to understand 2 cities. more

Maria Herminia

Don't miss to visit two wonderful pearls of the cities in Belgium. Fantastic experience, excellent organization, a whole day ...trip coordinated with highly professional, pleasant and helpful guide, Daniel. Worth every cent and you are picked up and brought back to the hotel. more


We liked this full day tour to Gent and Bruges a lot. The tour guide was very good.


Web site very easy to use and lots of information.


Well-planned itinerary, and a knowledgeable, friendly and very helpful guide. Shall certainly recommend the company to friends int...ending to travel to Belgium. On our next visit my wife and I will certainly use City Discovery again. Highly satisfied on all counts! more


I only have one Suggestion: be more visible. I only found out about you guys by Chance and I already purchased 2'...s quite good from the Price-Quality perspective but I haven't heard about it so far. more


Our tour guide was very good at keeping the group together, giving instructions and information. Everyone knew what they were doin...g and when they were doing it. The cities of Ghent and Bruges were beautiful and there were many lovely and interesting people to meet on the tour. A great day. more


Beautiful tour, very good guide, knowledgeable, funny and professional.


This tour is amazing, both of the cities are beautiful, and the tour allows to know the main places of the city. We took the trip boat in Bruges, and it was worth. For sure I recommend this trip. more


The trip was really awesome, special thanks to Guide and Driver. they made our day with wonderful.


The guide was absolutely excellent. Tri-lingual, full of enthusiasm, cheerful and managed the group with attention and without over bearing. more


Good tours!nBruges and Gent are wonderful cities, and I think that everybody have to know and walk around! nTHe crew is amazing! I... took beautiful photos! nI recommend this tour! nnThe guide guy is a nice person! 😊nnTHANKS! n more


The guide was excellent and we all had a very nice time in both cities.

Sherie J

The guide was nice. The Ghent part was a bit short.


Nice trip and a great guide she explain every things about the trips and the historical places so we had alot of fun .


Very friendly and accommodating tour guide


Very good trip to see Ghent and Bruges at the same time. Absolutely worth of every minute.


The Entire tour was well organized and the guide was excellent.


The team Bruno and Pascal the driver were excellent. Felicitations


We were picked up from the hotel and the pace was liveoy! Theses two cities are a must go places! Loved it !!

Suraiya Ferdous

We had a great family day out. Well conducted by excellent tour guide.

Great trip, well-organised, convenient, and went to the nice places.


I am satisfied with the guide explanation and the information given on the sites. We had enough time to stroll around and easy wal...king all the way from the lovers canal. Enjoyed both cities and met some new friends. The guide was very patient with us and he take us a place for lunch and everyone is free to choose their own food outside. We have spare by ourselves and he came back and guide us to the bus where we start from. more

Wong Yoke Sin

The tour was well organised with a knowledgeable guide. We had a nice balance of guided time and free time.
I would recomme...
nd the Ghent/ Bruges tour. It fitted well into the day and wasn't rushed. more


we found the old world charm delightful. The canal boat ride in Bruges was picturesque. Wud recommend


The guide was very knowledgeable. Seeing both Ghent and Bruges makes for a long day but it is worth it.


Bruges itself was lovely. We had minimal time in Ghent because of traffic delays.
two complaints-
1)the tour guide ...
was a chain smoker, and encouraged others to smoke. This was very unpleasant.
2)We asked the tour guide for a recommendation on how we could spend our free hour in Bruges. He could not come up with any suggestions except beer tasting. In retrospect, we would have enjoyed Memlingmuseum, and there were clearly other nice choices as well.


Collect from hotel on time. Good comfortable bus. Tour guide very knowledgeable and had very good story telling skills to keep eve...ryone listening. more


Both cities are charming. The guide was excellent. I f I had to do one city, it would be Brughes




The interest point were OK
thev schedule was correct, not too fast, not too slow
The guide was very interesting and ...
well organised more


It was very interesting trip. We saw many seesights. Good organise trip and the man knew many stories about the two cities. You m...ust do the trip by boat in bruges! more


A lovely laid back day with walks around both towns and an optional boat trip (extra 8€, 30 minutes) through Bruges on the canals ...which was charming. Wonderful to see such old buildings in both places not lost to fire or destroyed by war. Plenty of time to have a coffee and to have lunch in Bruges. Would like to stay in and explore both towns more thoroughly in future but this day trip was a great introduction from a Brussels ba<x>sed stay. more


A great trip and a well informed guide, she had time for everyone, took good care of the group all day long, a real pleasure to been on the trip, also the weather was fantastic, it made all the photos so much better more


The tour of Ghent and Bruges is a must see for any traveler to Belgium. It is a quick paced tour with much walking and listening.... The sights, sounds, smells and tastes made for a memorable experience and for the desire to return but on a slower more intimate pace. I would strongly encourage the tour operator to offer headsets that allow the guide to be heard by all and to be interactive with the tour participants since it was extremely difficult to hear the guide unless you were standing directly in front of him. This was an off season tour, I cannot imagine how a guide could adequately manage the pace during peak season. more


The tour was really interesting. City discovery was very helpful and efficient. We initially cancelled the tour because of the sec...urity alert then reverse the cancellation when the security improved, city discovery was very efficient in handling my concerns. more


visiting Ghent and Bruges is the best thing that you can do to Belgium


Nice package to cover two city in one day and worth the visit

Eugene Moses

Organized well. Guide shared adequate information.


Beautiful cities! It is a very nice trip. We liked it a lot. We walked a lot in the streets, which was very nice and interesting f...or us. We would like to have more interesting information and stories about the cities. I am sure the guide can provide with many interesting "legends" about them. more


Good tour. However, I would recommend that you go your own way as soon as you get to Bruge, and choose your own venue for lunch. ...The food was inedible at the place they took us for lunch, and the drinks were extortionate! more


The restaurant suggested in Bruges was expensive, it will be interesting to get more on what to eat around.


I did not like the guide that much. He knew things but he was not very nice. All together, an interesting tour.


Everything was ok, but the tour guide was a little bit boring, because he told us less information than we hoped and his voice ton...e was very quiet and it was very difficult to listen him. On the other hand, he was very careful with the group and very interested in our safety. It was quite bad listen the tour in 3 languages at the same time.

About the experience, I have to recommend it because Bruges and Ghent are two cities which worth visiting.

Jose Antonio

Both lovely places for everyone to visit at least once in a lifetime. Tour well organised but seemed rather rushed to do both in one day. more



Antonio M

The places are lovely and recommended to be visited but the guide is to be replaced. Nothing compared to the guide in Brussels we ...had. more


we waited more than 1 hour under the rain because they have forgotten to pick us at our hotel and we visited Ghent running !


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