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From Brussels: Bruges and Ghent in a Day Guided Tour

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

Meet your guide at 8:30 AM 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.

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From Brussels: Day Trip to Amsterdam

2. From Brussels: Day Trip to Amsterdam

Explore Amsterdam on a full-day tour from Brussels and learn the history of the city from an English-speaking guide. Discover where the city was founded in the 13th century on Dam Square and admire the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) and Royal Palace. Venture into the oldest part of Amsterdam to see the Oude Kerk (Old Church) and wander the infamous streets of the Red Light District. Continue to De Waag to look at the remains of the medieval wall, and then go into the Jewish Quarter where Rembrandt once lived. End at the flower market, and get 3 hours of free time to explore on your own. Discover the famous coffee shops or try some local cheese.

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Luxembourg & Dinant: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour from Brussels

3. Luxembourg & Dinant: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour from Brussels

Discover the landlocked Grand Duchy of Luxembourg on a full-day tour from Brussels, traveling through the scenic Ardennes forests along the way. Continue to Luxembourg City, capital of the Grand Duchy. Here, your guide will take you to the Kirchberg quarter, site of many of the buildings of the European Union, such as the European Court of Justice, and the European Commission. Wander the streets of the old town, and go to the impressive Notre-Dame Cathedral, a beautiful example of late Gothic architecture with Renaissance adornments. There will be time to marvel at the Palace of the Grand Duke, and see the city’s fortifications during some free time in the city center. After some free time in the city, visit the picturesque village of Dinant, with its fifteenth century collegial, its citadel and its tiny saxophone museum (optional). Choose between a private and a shared option.

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From Brussels: Ghent and Bruges Day-Tour

4. From Brussels: Ghent and Bruges Day-Tour

Discover two of Flanders’ most enchanting cities and follow your guide back in time! Ghent’s medieval architecture and vibrant atmosphere will impress you as you visit Saint-Bavo’s Cathedral, home to 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. Furthermore with your guide you discover the city on foot and you also have the option to enjoy a pleasant boat trip along the narrow canals. Do not forget your comfortable shoes to brave the cobbled streets! Choose between a private and a shared option.

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From Brussels: Full-Day Guided Tour of Ghent in Spanish

5. From Brussels: Full-Day Guided Tour of Ghent in Spanish

Explore Ghent with a Spanish-speaking guide and learn the history at sights such as the 13th-century Castle of Gerald the Devil and St. Bavo's Cathedral, where you can see “The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb” by the Van Eyck brothers.  Hear why Ghent's inhabitants are known as "noose-bearers“ as you visit the Belfry of Ghent and the Town Hall. Go to St. Nicholas’ Church and the Masons’ Guild Hall and see the quay side buildings of the Graslei. Visit medieval Gravensteen castle and enter the pretty Patershol neighborhood. Explore Ghent's trading history at the Great Butchers’ Hall, Old Fish Market and Friday Market. Get 4 hours of free time for lunch and to stroll on your own.

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Traditional Holland and Amsterdam City Tour from Brussels

6. Traditional Holland and Amsterdam City Tour from Brussels

Join a journey from Brussels to Amsterdam touring the rural landscapes of traditional Holland along the route, topped-off by a city-tour of the capital of the Netherlands. Holland is only a stone's throw away from Belgium, and nevertheless strikingly different. Crossing the Dutch border at Antwerp, enjoy the passing scenery: the countless polder (dike) vistas, the sand dunes, and the picturesque windmill-dotted countryside. The first stop on the journey takes you to a traditional farm, and Dutch craft center. Get acquainted with everything that makes the glory of Holland: loads of tasty cheese, handcrafted clogs, and beautiful pottery! In the afternoon continue to Amsterdam where you have the option to enjoy a boat-tour along the famous canals of the city.   Next stop: the tour now takes you to Amsterdam’s most famous square called the “DAM”. The guide takes you on a brief guided walk to the Royal Palace and other highlights of the city. Then it is time for some free time. Stroll along the shopping streets, visit the flower market. Just enjoy!

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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.

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Magical Delft and the Keukenhof Estate: Tulips Galore

8. Magical Delft and the Keukenhof Estate: Tulips Galore

From early April to mid-May you will get to visit  Keukenhof, close to Amsterdam, and show you the tulips at their best. This tour has it all: you will enjoy the fragrances and the colors of 7 million flowers as well as the unearthly beauty of historical Delft. After a leisurely drive through the countryside you'll see the vast bulb fields in full blossom as well as the typical windmills. First, you'll visit  Delft which is said to be the most charming town of the Netherlands.  You will marvel at the picturesque canals, the city hall, the Old and the New Church that also houses the underground crypt of the Dutch Royal Family. In your free time, you will most certainly browse through the countless small but cozy Delft arts and crafts shops. After lunch and on the way to the Keukenhof estate you'll hear about the history and importance of tulip growing.  And then for three hours, you enjoy the many gardens and beautiful pavilions which show a great collection of tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, orchids, roses, carnations, irises, lilies and other flowers.

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Private Tour: Ghent and Bruges From Brussels Full Day

9. Private Tour: Ghent and Bruges From Brussels Full Day

Start the tour from your location in Brussels then head to Bruges, the famous so-called Venice of the North and a Unesco World Heritage site. Discover its canals and beautiful gothic buildings as your guide explains all about the most interesting places in the city center - such as the Belfrey tower. After lunch, continue on to Ghent. You will be able to see a marvellous altarpiece in the city's cathedral. Wander along the canals and see the Castle of the Counts of Flanders before you are returned back to Brussels.

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From Brussels: Day Trip to Bruges by Train

10. From Brussels: Day Trip to Bruges by Train

Travel to the medieval city of Bruges by train and take a 2.5-hour walking tour with an English-speaking guide on arrival. Marvel at the Minnewater that provides water to the canals and see the historical women-only convent of the Beguinage. Visit the city's only working brewery at De Halve Maan and get the chance to look inside the Hans Memling museum at the 12th-century Hospital of St. John. See one of the tallest brickwork towers in the world at the Church of Our Lady, where Michelangelo’s statue of the Madonna with Child can be found in the transept. Get a feel for everyday life at the historic Vis Markt (Fish Market) and look at the beautiful guildhalls on Tanners’ Square. Visit the Groeningemuseum and find one of Belgium's most famous Gothic buildings on the Markt (Market Square). Get 3 hours of free time to explore on your own. Take an optional canal cruise to appreciate the city from a different perspective before the train journey back to Brussels.

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5 best day trips from Brussels

Day trip to Bruges

1. Day trip to Bruges

Cruise the canals of picture-perfect Bruges and see why this fairytale city is one of the most visited in Belgium. The colorful houses reflect in the sparkling waters while the cobbled streets wind through the UNESCO-recognized old city center. Travelers should spend time in the Market Square, see the Michelangelo sculpture at the Church of our Lady, and climb the 366 steps to the top of the belfry for impressive vistas. Don’t forget to sweeten your time in the city by tasting some of the famous chocolate.

How far is Bruges from Brussels?

It only takes about an hour and 15 minutes to drive the 100 kilometers (62 miles) from Brussels to Bruges. By train, travel time is just around an hour.

2. Day trip to Ghent

A medieval powerhouse, the charming Flemish city of Ghent is one of the most popular places to visit from Brussels. Ghent is well known for its decorative medieval architecture — a reminder of the city’s rich past — which can be seen in all corners of the city. Visitors can tour the commanding Gravensteen castle, relax in the Vrijdagmarkt square, and take in the expansive views from the Belfry tower.

How far is Ghent from Brussels?

Ghent is located just 57 kilometers (35 miles) northwest of Brussels. By car or bus, the journey takes just under an hour, while the train will get you there in a quick 40 minutes.

Day trip to Antwerp

3. Day trip to Antwerp

As the second largest city in Belgium and diamond processing capital of the world, Antwerp is a true gem to visit. With over half a million people calling the city home, there is always plenty to do and see. Some of the top attractions in the city include one of the oldest zoos in the world, the Rubens House Museum — former home of the famed Dutch master — and the glittering jewels of the diamond district.

How far is Antwerp from Brussels?

Only 50 kilometers (31 miles) north of Brussels, Antwerp is easy to get to. Driving takes only 35 minutes, while the train takes just 10 minutes more. The bus is the slowest method of travel, but it still gets you to town in about 50 minutes.

4. Day trip to Leuven

Say cheers to a day out in the beautiful city of Leuven. Perhaps best known as being the birthplace of the beloved Stella Artois beer, visitors can still tour the brewery and sample the legendary lager today. Aside from the brewery, other frequented sights in Leuven include the intricately decorated gothic Town Hall, the lively Old Market Square, and the historical quarter of Groot Begijnhof, which dates back to the 13th-century.

How far is Leuven from Brussels?

Located a mere 30 kilometers (18 miles) from Brussels, Leuven only takes around 30 minutes to reach by rail or by car. The public bus only takes 40 minutes.

5. Day trip to Dinant

Head out of town for the day to the serene riverside city of Dinant. The city strikes a dramatic silhouette at the base of a towering rock cliff. Atop the cliff, the Citadel of Dinant has guarded the city since the 11th century, while at the base, travelers shouldn’t miss the Church of Notre Dame de Dinant. For music lovers, Dinant was also the hometown of Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone. Learn about his life and his melodious invention at his former home. Finish off your adventure with a tour of Maison Leffe and a sample of this favorite Belgian brew.

How far is Dinant from Brussels?

By train, you can travel the 98 kilometers (60 miles) in 90 minutes to two hours. By car, the journey takes between an hour and 90 minutes.

Brussels day trip FAQ

What transportation options are best for my day trip?

Belgium is a relatively small country with good transportation options, giving you plenty of choices for how to go about your day trip.
  • • Brussels day trips by train

    Brussels and the rest of Belgium have excellent rail and train transportation. With the city’s several train stations, the train is often the quickest and best option for traveling in any direction.

  • • Brussels day trips by bus

    The bus is the most economical option for getting around on your day trip. Often costing only a few euros, the public bus usually doesn’t take much longer than a private vehicle. Many tour companies also operate their guided tours via bus.

  • • Brussels day trips by car

    The independence of your own car can be a great benefit. Truly customize your plans and change course at a moment’s notice. A car also allows you to explore at your own pace, so you can really soak up the whole experience.


Should I take a guided tour for my day trip?

While traveling solo can be rewarding, guided tours provide you with the insight you might not get on your own. Many guided tours even offer pickup and drop-off directly from your hotel, letting you avoid any difficulties of planning.


What should I pack for my day trip?

What to pack depends greatly on the time of year. The summers are generally warm, but layers are always a good idea during the rest of the year. Of course, bringing water and some snacks is always smart, especially if you plan to enjoy some of the delicious (but particularly strong) Belgian beer.


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What people are saying about Brussels

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This is a good option if you want to see this two cities and you don't have the time to stay there for one night or more. We had some had some doubts because in some comments says that is not really a tour for English speakers but we didn't had so many options and we take it. The tour had 2 guides an Spanish guide and a English speaker guide, Bruno our guide was really nice and funny and told us some really interesting information.

The trip was fabulous. Thank you Bruno (our English guide) for an amazing Brugge and Gent tour. The way he does the tour was really great. He is very accomodating. He is more of a host than guide. I am very lucky to have this tour with him and a plus that he is a local, definitely knows what to offer in Belgium. I would highly recommend this tour.

The tour overall is worth the money. You enjoy not only the sceneries and the place but also the valuable information and knowledge about the history of Bruges and Ghent shared by our guide Bruno. Also, you can know where to go for the food and souvenirs as he also give a lot of insights about it. Saving your time and also your money.

beautiful places ! loved the tour with the guide who was experienced and had history knowledge. be careful it’s a cold trip!!

Nice tour - managed to see a lot just within a day!