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 (optional) 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
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
Voucher Information

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

Schedule and Pricing

Departure/Exchange Point

Select Brussels city hotels or central departure point


10 hours

Return Details

Returns to original departure point


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
$ 50.91

Customer Reviews

David L

February 2016

excellent tour, recommend this to anyone


February 2016

We enjoyed every minute of this tour. Our guide was very kind, the restaurant which the guide suggested us to have lunch was good. The cities are very beautiful. We did not have any extra time to walk around Ghent. It would have been nice to have a free time there, but it was ok. It would not have been the same if we had gone by ourselves to visit the city. The guide did an excellent job.


January 2016

a beauty to behold. To experience to be in the bygone era is such an awesome experience. Thank you very much

Juvy G

January 2016

It was an excellent tour. Estefano, the tour guide was very good, very nice, very generous, and well informed. This is a highly recommended tour when in Brussels.

Anavil Shukla

January 2016

This tour was superb- our guide- i guess his name was David was interactive and full of knowledge. Both cities are must see- Ghent is more like Bath in UK, but Bruges is super excellent. 10/10 to this tour.

Neeraj D

January 2016

It was very informative tour, the guide was excellent and provided very good introduction to history of both the cities. I hope an additional 30 - 40 minutes break around 4 PM in Bruges would provide sufficient time for tourist to take city boat tour and simultaneously get familiar with city market.

Carolina T

December 2015

It was amazing, we saw everything we needed to see of both cities and the tour guy was great. The only detail is that 4 people did not speak english, so the tour guide had to repeat everything in spanish, which was annoying because we lose time on that. Don't do that unless 50 of the group does not speak spanish.


December 2015

The guide is friendly and knowledgeable. Overall, the pace of the trip is just nice and it would be better if we have an extra hour for the tour.

Matthew C

December 2015

A long day but definitely worth it. Be prepared for lots of walking. A moderate pace walk through 2 very interesting old cities with an optional boat trip around the canals of Bruges. Don't forget to visit the hand-made chocolate shops in Bruges!


December 2015

A great day out and the tour guide very knowledgeable. Bruges is much more beautiful compared to Ghent. Loved the restaurant recommended by the tour guide, excellent food.

Jean Marc D

December 2015

Simply awesome, superior than most. most informative and genial. Simply amazing, well worth the planning and that was easily done in Canada before leaving and everything was perfect.

Samanthi D

December 2015

The tour was well organized. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. I would recommend this tour.


December 2015

Great tour, nice to be able to tour 2 very beautiful cities.


December 2015

The trip was extremely good. Guent is beautiful and Bruges wonderful. Both are magnific cities.
I recommend it.


December 2015


Christiane K

December 2015

We took this tour on November 26th, 2015. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Our guide knew the history of both Ghent and Bruges extremely well and was very informative. It was great to leave the drving to someone else! We fully recommend this tour. A day well spent.

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.

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