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

Select Brussels city hotels or central departure point


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.

9:00 AMTour
$ 51.71

Customer Reviews

Jason S

November 2015

This day trip is incredible, Bruges and Ghents are just so darn beautiful! And I have to say that the tour guide is amazing, he is very patience to explain the history of this two cities in different languages to us. It was a lovely day trip from Brussels, highly recommended!!!

Noelene E

November 2015

Great day sightseeing, saw so much and what a wonderful trip on the boat through the Bruges canals. The Delft factory was fascinating and so much I wanted to buy there. Definitely recommend you doing this trip!!

Frederic F

November 2015

This is an excellent trip.

N d b M

November 2015

Bruges and Ghents are just so beautiful! Worth going. The trip was fun and time well-managed! recommended

Cecelia B

November 2015

Daniel was our tour guide. He provided excellent info on Ghent and Bruges.. We had ample time in both places. Both are beautiful places.

Philippe-Alexan V

November 2015

Great trip that allows you to see the essentials :

Jeffrey K

November 2015

Avo is awesome...the trip and time with were great

Artur Ribeiro

October 2015

Excelente excursão.
As cidades são lindas.
As caminhadas são bem calmas se podendo fotografar e curtir os lindos pontos turísticos.
As explicações foram sucintas e suficientes.

Julia S

October 2015

Such a lovely day trip from Brussels. A must!

Indah K

October 2015

Ghent and Brugge was amazing! and the tour guide is also doing his job very well.
highly recommended

Franciele A

October 2015

My experience to Ghent and Bruges day trip was incredible. The tourist guide was really good in terms of explaining to us the amazing history of both cities. He was super efficient speaking in three different languages. I feel in love with both cities and during the tour I could meet people from everywhere and I even made friends in there. I super recommend this company, they are very organised and made my experience in Belgium even amazer.

Sandra D

October 2015

Great day! Only wish there had been more hours in the day. Both towns were beautiful,and interesting. Bus pickup and drop off was very convenient.

Daissy D

October 2015

It was great! My family enjoyed it.

Linda E

October 2015

Absolutely brilliant tour. We found the meeting place easily and the staff were very friendly and helpful. The Guide was excellent and very knowledgeable about the areas we visited.

marie anne G

October 2015

An excellent tour with a very informative guide. Highly reccommend

Barbara D

October 2015

Bruges was very much worth the trip.

Amanda G

October 2015

Loved our tour guide. Bruges was so beautiful. It was well worth the trip!

David G

October 2015

A long day, but an outstanding opportunity to see specific sights without driving from Brussels. Our guide was also outstanding and provided us with additional info on the Michelangelo in the church under renovation.

Mylene L

October 2015

More than expected. The guide went above and beyond and explained everything, punctuated with some very funny info.


October 2015

Loved this tour! The guide was awesome and both Ghent and Bruge are beautiful places worth seeing.

Meredith D K

October 2015

Traveling with 3 small kids, the tour guide and bus driver did everything they could to make our trip enjoyable. We loved hearing about the history of the areas we visited, the lunch recommendation in Bruges was tasty, and the boat tour was the highlight of our trip!

Angela B D

September 2015

This is a very comprehensive tour of both towns, and both are lovely. It is also a very long day. Our guide was very well-informed and helpful. There is much to absorb and a great deal of walking at a fairly rapid pace over uneven cobblestone streets.
We found it difficult to keep up. Nevertheless, if you are not jet-lagged and interested in highlights of these two beautiful places, this is the perfect introductory tour. We liked Brugge so much that we will return for a few nights at a later date. My recommendation: take the 30 minute canal ride in Brugge. It is an additional 8E, but provides a beautiful and insightful perspective on this place.

William A

September 2015

Excellent tour. Met all our expectations. The guide was very good.

Carl B

September 2015

Great day out, our guide was friendly and informative. I would recommend this outing.

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