From Brussels: Day Trip to Ghent

3.7 / 5

13 Reviews

From Brussels: Day Trip to Ghent

From US$ 42.45 per person

Explore one of the most beautiful cities in Europe on a day trip to Ghent, departing from Brussels. Marvel at medieval churches and the guildhalls of the old port of Graslei, explore the picturesque district of Patershol, see art by Rubens and much more.

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Duration 8 hours
Starting time 9:30 AM
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Spanish, English, French

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the medieval city of Ghent on a day trip from Brussels
  • Marvel at monuments such as the ornate City Hall and the stunning market square
  • Take an optional visit to the altarpiece of “The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb”
Full description
Depart Brussels and 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 bothers and admire one of the most important works of art from the Middle Ages for a small extra fee. 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 the Flemish cuisine. Go to the 15th-century Great Butchers' Hall to discover one of Europe's oldest meat markets. Enjoy some free time to visit the museums or eat and shop at leisure before your return trip to Brussels at 18:30.
Includes
  • Guided tour
  • Local guide
  • Transportation from/to Brussels
  • Entrance to “The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb” by the Van Eyck bothers (€4)
COVID-19 precautions

Customers must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers must bring their own headphones
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks
  • Customers must fill out a travel information form
  • Customers will get a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Meet on Grand Place, Brussels. Look for the guide holding a white umbrella.

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Important information

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  •  Please wear comfortable shoes as there will be a lot of walking on uneven surfaces
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.7 / 5

based on 13 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    3.7 / 5
  • Organization
    3 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.6 / 5
  • Safety
    4.3 / 5
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It was a windy day and guided tour from Bruxelles to Ghent. We ran to the train, it was late. The program advertised for 8 hours, but in sum was only 5 hours (including travelling). The guide was well prepared and have shown the most important churches (where we did not go, but another group has done) and places to see. We enjoyed the visit to Ghent. The price included the train and tram tickets too. That you can make it public in the advertisement also.

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February 20, 2020

George was a font of knowledge and veryt caring for our comfort.

We believe our guide's name was George. He is a person originally from Colombia. We apologize to him if his name is incorrect. We took so many tours. He showed us so much and with such detail always concerned about our comfort and our wants. He was first class. One of the best guides we have had and we travel several times a year and have met many. Donna and Mark Rand

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May 25, 2017

Wonderful tour!

Tour guide was friendly, knowledgeable, & patient. She's a historian so she was very enthusiastic about what she was showing & teaching us. We learned a lot of information that we otherwise wouldn't. We got to see a lot of the city in the limited amount of time. We were given ample free time to explore on our own. My only negative feedback is that the guide was very timid & wasn't assertive or clear about providing directions/instructions (i.e. what we were getting ready to do, where to meet, which way to go, etc). As a result, we got separated from her on the way back to Brussels, but fortunately, it was fine because we're comfortable with navigating on our own.

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September 15, 2016

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