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From Brussels: Ghent and Bruges Day-Tour

1. 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.

From Brussels: Bruges and Ghent in a Day Guided Tour

2. 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 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.

Bruges Full-Day Guided Tour from Brussels

3. Bruges Full-Day Guided Tour from Brussels

Discover the “Venice of the North” on a full-day guided tour of Bruges from Brussels. Depart the Belgian capital and transfer to the charming town of Bruges, located 100 kilometers northwest (and just 15 kilometers from the North Sea). Upon arrival, see why the entire historic center of Bruges is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Go to the Lake of Love (Minnewaterpark) to see a tranquil oasis in the heart of the city. Marvel at the 13th-century Begijnhof, which is 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 (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk). 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 (Tanners Square), and the site of the 1st count’s castle on Castle Square. Striking buildings on the square and nearby include the Basilica of the Holy Blood, City Hall, the Oude Griffie, the neighboring Market Square (Grote Markt), a handsome Belfry (Belfort) and the impressive tower of St. Salvator’s Cathedral. Then, enjoy free time for lunch and to 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 18:00 arrival time.

Luxembourg & Dinant: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour from Brussels

4. 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.

Bruges: Full-Day Guided Tour from Brussels in English

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

Depart the Belgian capital at 10:30 AM, 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.

From Brussels: Day Trip to Amsterdam

6. 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.

From Brussels: Day Trip to Bruges by Train

7. 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.

Traditional Holland and Amsterdam City Tour from Brussels

8. 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!

Brussels: Full-Day Excursion from Amsterdam

9. Brussels: Full-Day Excursion from Amsterdam

Discover the treasures of Belgium on a full-day excursion from Amsterdam. A variety of outstanding beers, waffles and chocolates await, as do sights as varied as the Royal Palace and the Atomium in Brussels. You’ll stop first in Brussels, where you’ll enjoy a tour of the top attractions. See the Atomium, at the site of the 1958 World Fair, and memorable landmarks such as the Royal Palace, the European Commission buildings, the Palace of Justice and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. After this, there will be a guided walk through the historic city center, where you will visit the Grand Place, the beautiful central square, and the iconic statue Mannekepis. Along the way, you will see a demonstration by a chocolatier and get the change to taste some famous Belgian chocolate.  After a full day of sightseeing, you’ll head back to the center of Amsterdam.

Remembrance Tour: Bruges & Flanders Fields Tour

10. Remembrance Tour: Bruges & Flanders Fields Tour

Discover Flanders, the inspiration for the poem, "In Flander's Feilds" and learn about the history of World War I and the soldiers that fought in it. Learn how the British, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, and US soldiers sacrificed themselves, and witness the moving of the Last Post in Ypres. In Bruges, enjoy the view of the peaceful Lake of Love and the picturesque Beguinage. Your guide will explain the stories and secrets behind the city’s history from the Viking period until the end of the Middle Ages. Then, make a point to admire all the major highlights of the city, such as the Basilica of the Holy Blood of Jesus, the Belfry tower, our Lady’s Church, Saint John’s hospital, and many more. After lunch, arrive at the scene of the first gas attacks and learn the details of Passchendaele, considered one of the bloodiest battles in the entire first World War. Find yourself in Tynecot, the world’s largest Commonwealth cemetery, and visit the advanced dressing station where John McCrae wrote the poem “In Flanders’ Fields.” The focus of this visit is on the sacrifice of the British, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, and US soldiers. The highlight of the day is the moving Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate in Ypres.

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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

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 1,967 reviews

Excellent tour, Andrea our tour guide was amazing, she was really helpful and full of knowledge about Ghent and Bruges. The tour was great and really worth. The only issue was we got the information from GYG saying the tour was 8:30, where actually it was 9am. The other important information that could be provided ahead was the boat tour needs to be paid in cash. But even thought I give 5 stars for the tour guide!

Miriam was an amazing and talented guide! She provided interesting and thoughtful insights and information. If you have limited time and want the opportunity to see beautiful Luxembourg and Dinant, this is a perfect tour for you.

Well-balanced between guided tour and free time. The guided tours in both Bruges and Ghent were very interesting and informative.

Good vehicle and driver. Knowledgeable and helpful guide. Tour is private so it can be customized.

Very good trip. Knowledgeable tour guide well versed in English, German, Spanish