Ghent and Bruges Day Trip from Brussels

Discover medieval history and Belgian mystery on this Ghent and Bruges day trip from Brussels. Explore the historic, UNESCO-listed cities of Ghent and Bruges — two of Flanders' special gems — with your guide. Visit top attractions such as St Bavo’s Cathedral, the ancient port, St Nicholas’ Church and the Castle of the Counts of Flanders in Ghent. Travel by coach through the Belgian and Flemish countryside to Bruges. There, marvel at Minnewater and wander cobblestone streets to the impressive Market Square and the Chapel of the Holy Blood.

What You Can Expect

Explore the best of Ghent and Bruges on your day trip from Brussels
Explore the best of Ghent and Bruges on your day trip from Brussels

Following a morning pickup from your hotel in Brussels, meet your guide and hop aboard your air-conditioned coach for the 1-hour journey to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Ghent, widely considered among the most beautiful cities in Belgium.

Begin your tour with a visit to St Bavo’s Cathedral, home of world-famous late-medieval treasures such as the painting, ‘Mystic Lamb’. Admire the cathedral’s ornate interior and learn of its impressive history from your guide.

Leave St Bavo’s behind and head onward for a walking tour of Ghent. Take in top city attractions such as the belfry, St Nicholas’ Church, the Castle of the Counts of Flanders (Gravensteen) and the historic buildings and medieval port at the Graslei.

Continue on to the neighboring city of Bruges — also UNESCO-listed — with your guide and wander the cobblestone streets of the romantic Minnewater (Lake of Love). Here, perhaps take time to enjoy a little lunch at a nearby café or restaurant (own expense).

Afterward, begin your walking tour and discover why so many people from across the world fall in love with this beautiful Belgian city. Take in Saint John’s Hospital, Our Lady’s Church with the statue by Michelangelo (optional), City Hall, the Market Square and the medieval Chapel of the Holy Blood.

At the conclusion of your walking tour, perhaps enjoy a boat tour along Bruges’ picturesque canals (own expense) and soak up the city views from a different angle.

When it’s time to depart from Bruges, hop back aboard your coach for the 1.5-hour journey back to Brussels where your tour will come to an end.

Days of Service

April to October
November to March
Daily except Monday and Wednesday

Meeting Time

9am Hotel pickups commence 30 minutes prior to this time



  • Professional guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Hotel pickup (selected hotels only)


  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Boat cruise (approx. 7.60 euros)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Entrance fee St. Bavo Cathedral (approx. 4 euros)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved
  • Access to the Mystic Lamb at St Bavo's Cathedral is not possible on Sundays
Voucher Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Schedule and Pricing

Departure Point



9 hours 30 minutes

Return Details

Returns to original departure point at approximately 7pm


Refunds, when possible, must be requested at least 4 business days prior to the travel date. Refunds are subject to a 7% administration fee. The Rail Protection Plan™ does not apply.

Note: Tours may be delayed or run late. Please plan accordingly.

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Customer Reviews

Irena P

July 2015

A trip which should not be missed!


July 2015

My tour guide is wonderful. He explain everything that you need to know. I learn so much from him. His name is Gerrit smekers. Keep it up


July 2015

Great tour guy and organization!!

Leon C

July 2015


Anthony D

July 2015

Tour guide was excellent.

Stuart J

July 2015

A tour of two interesting places with outstanding buildings and scenery. The guide was knowledgable and entertaining. Well worth the money.


July 2015

Beautiful and Frank was awesome!


July 2015


Nigel H

July 2015


Nickola O

July 2015

Going to both Ghent and Bruges was great. The cathedral at Ghent is very different to other churches around Europe, and we were so glad we visited. Bruges is so beautiful. I was worried we wouldn't have enough time there - and it was a flying visit - but it was enough to get a taste of this fantastic town. I want to go back and stay though. Our tour guide was great - full of information but not too overbearing - gave plenty of space.

Jessica H

July 2015

Awesome tour. Daniel, our guide, was extremely informative. Highlight of our trip to Brussels.


July 2015

Above my expectations.

James M W

July 2015

Our tour guide, Johannes, was able to provide interesting background and perspective about the many beautiful sites we visited in both Ghent and Brugges. Due to the large number of sites, we were barely able to scratch the surface but Johannes was adept at hitting the highlights and making sure that everything was explained in sufficient detail. This day trip was just enough to make us wish to visit each city for multiple days. As with previous Viatour excursions, transportation was very comfortable and just enough time was left to explore on our own that we didn't feel like part of a herd.

Vadja K

June 2015

Great trip in both cities. Long day but it was worth every minute!

Pınar K

July 2015

2 great cities in 1 day. Tour was a good deal, compared to what you can book at other European cities. Our guide was well experienced and information given about the places we visited was worth the price. Recommend to anyone who would like to visit Belgium and want to see a as much as possible in a limited time. The only thing that can be improved is the audibility of the tour guide. At times, it was really hard to hear him.

Pietro G

July 2015

This tour was amazing!

Gavin H

July 2015

Excellent tour well worth doing both cities were lovely to visit and learn about however Bruges is beautiful and the boat tour is worth doing for the photo opportunities. I was a pity however that after queuing ee were denied entry to the belfry but you can go in Ghent the guide was excellent

Ruth N

June 2015

Informative and pleasant tour guide, efficient smooth coach driver. Excellent sites to visit. A lovely relaxing yet busy day trip.


June 2015

We had a great tour guide who was knowledgeable about both cities. The cities are so amazing and is a must if you are in Brussels!

Birendra S

June 2015

It was nice tour. Nice and friendly staff.


June 2015

Well organized, Very nice tour with experienced and friendly guide.

Rebecca L

June 2015

Great guiding and places to visit. We loved it!

Lynn M

June 2015

My favourite day trip. Bruges is amazing, the guide was wonderful and there was plenty of free time to check out all the little alleyways and shops. Totally loved it : : AAA


June 2015

This tour covered all tbat we hoped- long day but really if you short on time this goves a good overview of both places! The guide was amazing! Really knew the places, kept us together and was very interesting to listen to!

At checkout we'll ask you to select a hotel from the list below. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Commonly Asked Questions

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