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Ghent: 50-Minute Medieval Center Guided Boat Trip

Ghent: 50-Minute Medieval Center Guided Boat Trip

Take a boat close to the amazing Castle of the Counts to discover the most beautiful places in Ghent. A guide will take you through the fascinating history of medieval Ghent and its historical buildings and architecture on this 50-minute tour. Enjoy the famous three towers of Ghent, various medieval churches and monasteries, the birthplace of Charles V of Spain, majestic guild halls, a breathtaking castle, and much more! Hear the stories behind these magnificent monuments. Your tour is guided in English, Dutch, and French. There are also illustrated translations in German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, and Japanese available on board.

From Brussels: Ghent and Bruges Day Tour

From Brussels: Ghent and Bruges Day Tour

Start your unforgettable trip with your local guide near the Central Station of Brussels (18, Boulevard de Berlaimont, 1000 Brussels) on one of our comfortable coaches. Your adventure begins the moment you step onto the bus: our guide will kick off the day by providing an overview of the country’s and its capital history and significant events. In Ghent— a vibrant student city known for its lively atmosphere and medieval architecture. We will show you the Saint Bavo Cathedral, home to the famous "Adoration of the Mystic Lamb" painting. Next, you will wander through the historic port of Graslei. Marvel at the imposing Castle of the Counts and discover hidden corners of the city like the Great Butchers' Hall. During your free time, you will also be able to sit in a terrace and enjoy other corners of the city. Once in Bruges, the fairytale atmosphere of this UNESCO World Heritage site comes to life! Walk along the cobbled streets to the serene Lake of Love, and explore the historic Begijnhof complex, built in 1245 to house religious women. At lunch time, you will be able to grab a quick snack or follow your guides’ recommendations. After lunch, the guided tour continues through the city's former Red Light District and historic monuments such as the 11th-century Old St. John’s Hospital. Once in the Market Square (Grote Markt), the city’s central square, you will see the famous Belfry tower. You can also enjoy an optional boat trip along the city’s numerous canals, entirely organized by your guide. Bruges is known as our 'Venice of the North' due to its beautiful waterways. Return to the Central Station of Brussels, filled with enchanting and picturesque tales from your day's adventure!

From Brussels: Bruges and Ghent in a Day Guided Tour

From Brussels: Bruges and Ghent in a Day Guided Tour

Meet your guide in the center of Brussels and relax on the 100-kilometer journey to Bruges by bus. Upon arrival, discover the charms of “the Venice of the North” and see why the entire historic center was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Marvel at highlights such as the Lake of Love (Minnewater Lake) and the 13th-century Begijnhof complex, founded in 1245 to house lay religious women. Go to Walplein Square, where the shady trees and cafes provide a perfect place to relax. Visit Stoofstraat on the site of the city's former Red Light District, and see medieval monuments such as the 11th-century Old St. John’s Hospital. Look at the world's second tallest brickwork tower at the Church of Our Lady, and see other historic monuments such as Gruuthuse Palace or the Dijver Canal. Go to one of the city's most photographed spots at Rozenhoedkaai, and admire the Belfry on Castle Square. Visit Market Square (Grote Markt) to see the Bell Tower (Belfort). Then enjoy 1-hour's free time for lunch (at your own expense) and the chance to sample some of the city's delicious chocolates.  Next, drive to Ghent, where the inhabitants have been popularly known as "noose-bearers“ since the days of Charles V. Take a guided tour of the city's historic buildings, such as the Castle of Gerald the Devil and Saint Bavo Cathedral, where you can learn about the painting of “The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb” by the Van Eyck brothers. Admire the Belfort (Bell Tower) and peculiar Gothic and Renaissance-style Town Hall. See one of the city's oldest monuments at St. Nicholas’ Church opposite the unusual facade of the Masons’ Guild House. Journey along the embankments of the medieval port of Graslei, and discover other highlights such as the majestic Castle of the Counts of Flanders, the Great Butchers’ Hall, the Old Fish Market, and Friday Market Square. Enjoy some free time in this magical city before returning back to Brussels. Our adventure is over! Don't wait and enjoy this day with us!

Ghent: Medieval Center Guided Boat Tour

Ghent: Medieval Center Guided Boat Tour

See the highlights and hidden pearls Ghent has to offer on a river cruise. Learn about the city's history from your local guide. Start in the beautiful medieval harbor of Ghent. Board the boat and meet your tour guide. Sail along the River Leie as you take in the sites of the city. Admire the three famous towers of Ghent: St Bavo's Cathedral, the Belfry of Ghent, and St Nicholas Church. See medieval churches and monasteries as you are taken back in time by your guide. Take in the Prinsenhof, the Princes' Court where Charles V of Spain was born. Marvel at majestic guildhalls and the medieval Gravensteen (Castle of the Counts) before heading back to dry land.

From Brussels: Full-Day Antwerp and Ghent Guided Tour

From Brussels: Full-Day Antwerp and Ghent Guided Tour

At 8:30AM you will be picked up from a meeting point in the center of Brussels to head towards the city of Antwerp. On your way to Antwerp you will make a stop for a few minutes at the emblematic Atomium, where you will take a picture and continue your trip. Once there you will explore the Meat Market, Steen Castle, Town Hall Square, the Gothic-style Church of Our Lady, the Church of San Carlos de Borromeo, the Walk of the Cakes, and the beautiful Meir Street. Following this guided tour, you will enjoy some free time to explore the city at your own leisure. The next destination will be the beautiful and powerful city of Ghent. Throughout this visit you will see the Cathedral of San Bavón (which contains the famous painting of the Van Eyck brothers, "The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb"), the Belfort Bell Tower, the peculiar Gothic and Renaissance Town Hall, the Church of San Nicolás, the Guild House of the Masons, the Wharf of the Herbs and the Grain, the Meat Market, and the majestic Castle of the Counts of Flanders. Following this magical trip you will re-board your bus, upon which you will return back to Brussels. Do not miss the opportunity to enjoy this wonderful day with us!

Ghent: Self-Guided Highlights Scavenger Hunt & Walking Tour

Ghent: Self-Guided Highlights Scavenger Hunt & Walking Tour

Uncover the highlights in Ghent with an interactive smartphone app. Stroll through the city solving location-based riddles on this walking tour. Marvel at the Gothic-style Saint Michael's Church and the medieval Gravensteen castle.  Uncover 10 of the most important attractions in the city as you walk. Stop and find clues at each attraction to reveal your next destination. Enjoy the challenge of using logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to finish the game. Start or pause the tour whenever you want as you control the schedule. Explore the city at your own pace, and stop to snap pictures as you please. Reveal an exciting puzzle at the exterior of each attraction and learn local facts along the way. Start your tour from Sint-Michielskerk, in the center of Ghent. Visit Sint-Michielsburg with its unique architecture and explore Sint Niklaaskerkt with its magnificent architecture. Take a picture of the Belfry of Ghent that is straight out of a fairy tale. Let yourself get lost in Sint-Baaf's Cathedral with its unique interior and imposing exterior. Learn about the ornate Gothic facade of Ghent City Hall and see the Korenmarkt at the heart of the city. Admire Place de Neuve with its imposing statue and be enchanted by the Sint-Jacobskerk. Pass by Vrijdagmarkt with its lifelike statue and great history. Gaze at the medieval castle of Gravensteen and learn about knights, princesses, and stories from the past.

Ghent: 40-Minute Historical Boat Tour of City Center

Ghent: 40-Minute Historical Boat Tour of City Center

Departing from the picturesque jetty, embark on a relaxing 40-minute cruise of Ghent city center. Learn about the history of this beautiful city from a local, knowledgeable guide. Discover Medieval Ghent and its prestigious and glorious past. See the beautiful house fronts of the Graslei and the old meat-market. Be in awe at the rugged and steep walls of the Castle of Counts. Imagine the lives of the powerful people that once stalked its corridors. Soak in the history from your riverside view point.

Ghent: Hop-on Hop-off Water-Tramway

Ghent: Hop-on Hop-off Water-Tramway

Welcome to the Hop on hop off water-tramway in Ghent, the perfect way to explore this beautiful city by boat! Our water-tramway offers you a unique and scenic way to see the city's most iconic sights and attractions. Ideal to combine with a nice stroll through the streets of Ghent. Using the Hop on hop off water-tramway in Ghent is easy and convenient. Simply purchase your day ticket. Once you have your ticket, just hop on board at one of our 6 stops along the waterside and enjoy the ride. Information regarding the timetable of the departures can be found in the table above (image 2). Our water-tramway is equipped with an amazing and informative audio guide in multiple languages (Dutch, French, English and German), so you can sit back, relax, and learn about the history and culture of Ghent as you cruise along the waterways. As the name suggests, our Hop on hop off water-tramway allows you to explore the city at your own pace. With multiple stops along the different waterways, you can hop off at any stop to explore the attractions that interest you most. When you're ready to continue your journey you hop back on the next available water-tramway. Some of the top attractions you can see on our Hop on hop off water-tramway route include the St Bavo’s Cathedral, the Belfry and St Nicholas’ Church, the Ancient Port of Ghent Graslei-Korenlei, the Castle of the Counts, Saint Bavo's Cathedral, St Peter’s Abbey dating from the 7th century and its vineyard among many others. In short, the Hop on hop off water-tramway is a must-try experience for anyone visiting Gent. It's a fun, convenient, and affordable way to explore the city's many attractions. So, don't hesitate to hop on board and start your adventure today!

Ghent: City Highlights Guided Bike Tour

Ghent: City Highlights Guided Bike Tour

Ghent continues to be one of world’s most beautiful cities (come and see for yourself). For a long time, it was one of the largest and wealthiest cities in Europe. And this is still noticeable today. You will be cycling along numerous abbeys and churches, the Castle of the Counts, Portus Ganda, the small beguinage (Unesco Site!). All this testifies to the city’s rich history. And nowadays? You immediately feel that Ghent is alive. No wonder, with over 80,000 students and countless young people who live in Ghent. As a result, the city is brimming with creativity, good vibes and high ambitions as to sustainability. A cycling tour of Ghent is the perfect way to experience this.

Ghent: Beer and Sightseeing Adventure

Ghent: Beer and Sightseeing Adventure

Ghent is in the Flemish-speaking part of Belgium. Although it’s a popular tourist destination, it certainly retains its own, authentic, local atmosphere. It’s a city characterised by its local population, who will set the scene for your adventure. This walking tour will give you an overview of what this city has to offer. We will start at 2PM at Saint Bavo square with its cathedral, famous for its painting the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, made by John and Hubert Van Ecyk. Our guide Eddy will offer you with an historical overview of the City Theater and Ghent's Belfree Tower. Before heading to the Stadbrewery, we will stop at Chocolaterie Vanhoverbeke for a chocolate tasting : 3 delicious chocolates made with the best cacao beans from Peru and Madagascar. If we talk about beer; Ghent has 2 local breweries situated in the center. Most beers in Ghent are made with gruut instead of hops, which make them very different from beers anywhere in Belgium. In the brewery you will assist to an introduction of the brewing process, followed by 2 beer tastings. After beer we head to the old port of Ghent with its gildhouses and it's castle the Counts of Flanders. One of the specialities, beside beer and chocolate is geneva gin. Therefore we go to one of the smallest taverns situated along the waterside and in front of the old meathalls. We will finish our adventure with 3 more beers in different taverns spread out in the center and impossible to find for the normal tourist. The beers are accompanied by local snacks. When the tour is finished you can stroll down the small streets looking for a good local restaurant with food dishes like Waterzooi, Gand ham. Our guide Eddy will be happy to provide where to go.

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What people are saying about Ghent

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4.7
(228 reviews)

David, the tour guide was really nice, spoke English and Spanish the entire tour. And he also speaks French. He was very tentative, made sure everyone feels comfortable, and answered any question. I definitely recommend him and the tour. Thank you David :)

Our guide was very engaging and clearly knowledgeable. He was able to communicate in a few languages which meant most people on board could enjoy the wonders and not have to read the sheet handed out. Excellent tour.

I loved this tour! The guide was great, the group was on perfect time. Bruges and Ghent are both lovely and definitely worth a visit. I loved them both, and would definitely recommend this tour to anyone!

Great one day tour. We saw more than expected. Our guide Alber was very intelligent, positive and communicative. We learned a lot from him. The driver Mehmed was also positive and professional.

It was very enjoyable and educational trip. Our guide and driver were polite, helpful and professional. Thanks very much