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.

9:00 AMTour
$ 54.80

Customer Reviews

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!

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!

Dianne M

June 2015

Time well-spent!

Irina O

June 2015

Everything was very good, even wether changed to better on the way to Ghent :. Thank you very much!!!

Susan M

June 2015

Five stars for the beauty of the cities. One star for the tour guide. John Paul is the worst. 5 French and 40 English on tour. No headsets so 90% could not hear him. Mumbled between two languages. Didn't seem to care about this. No regard for safety when trolleys/cars passed by. Find different co.

Mary T

June 2015

Our guide was great. He went out of his way for us!!

Anne Janelle K

June 2015

Great experience

clare m

June 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip, the guide, Daniel was great! Informative and entertaining. We were in Brussels for 4 days, and are so glad that we took the time to visit Ghent and Bruges - such charismatic towns.


June 2015

Great tour! Ghent and Bruges are worth seeing. Make sure to take the boat tour in Bruges. So many delicious/artistic chocolates,cakes and lunch items. As well, the horse carriages were everywhere! The clip clop sounds of hooves on cobblestones was pure magic!


June 2015

The tour was great, certainly worth doing. Our tour guide spoke at least 4 different languages which meant everybody could understand. You must be prepared for a lot of walking, so wear comfortable footwear.

Sarah T

June 2015

This tour was amazing!

Frederick G

June 2015

Bruges and it's canals and old buildings are what this tour is all about. Delightful, a perfect photo op at every turn! Ghent was also spectacular with it's river that bisected the town and old castles / forts. You'll come home with lots of memories and pix!


June 2015

Tour was worth the money as travelling to brugges and Ghent was a long journey, therefore joining the tour will be cheaper than taking the train yourself. You were free to explore the city yourself.

Steven P

June 2015

This tour was amazing!

Guilherme C

June 2015

Great experience. We learned a lot during this tour.

Hiu Ying Enid F

May 2015

Wonderful places and wonderful guide. Can take lunch at the center of Bruges not the entrance though.


June 2015

It was a really good trip.
Comfortable coach, nice drive and a very friendly guide Paul.
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