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From Brussels: Ghent and Bruges Day Tour

1. From Brussels: Ghent and Bruges Day Tour

Discover 2 of Flanders’ most enchanting cities and follow your guide back in time on a day tour. Choose between a private and a shared option. Walk through both cities and see some of their most famous landmarks, including Saint-Bavo’s Cathedral of Ghent, Bruges' Old Town, and the Lake of Love. Ghent’s medieval architecture and vibrant atmosphere will impress you as you visit Saint-Bavo’s Cathedral, home to the famous Mystic Lamb painting (option), and pass by the Castle of the Counts of Flanders the picturesque medieval harbor Graslei and much more. In Bruges, you will enjoy the peaceful Lake of Love and the old beguinage. With your guide, discover the city and its cobbled streets on foot and you also have the option to enjoy a pleasant boat trip along the narrow canals.

Brussels Atomium Entry Ticket with Free Design Museum Ticket

2. Brussels Atomium Entry Ticket with Free Design Museum Ticket

Discover stunning panoramic views of Brussels and explore exhibitions about Belgium and digital art with this entry ticket to the Atomium. Take a walk through design works from the 20th and 21st centuries with a ticket to the Design Museum. Enter the iconic Atomium which symbolizes an iron crystal, magnified 165 billion times. Step into this relic of the past which was created for the 1958 World Fair. Marvel at 360-degree panoramic views of the 19 municipalities of Brussels. Stroll through the permanent Atomium exhibition which tells the history of this pavilion. Visit two temporary exhibitions, including 'ID#2021', an immersive sound and light show and 'View from My Window' which tells the a Belgian success story through a multimedia display. Have the option to purchase Belgian specialties or seasonal dishes at the Atomium Restaurant which offers exceptional views from 95 meters above ground. Visit the Design Museum Brussels to learn about Belgian design and its history. Make your way through permanent and temporary exhibits and see the Plastics Design Collection of around 2000 plastic objects.

Choco-Story Brussels: Chocolate Museum Entrance with Tasting

3. Choco-Story Brussels: Chocolate Museum Entrance with Tasting

Journey through the story of chocolate at Choco-Story Brussels, and learn the origins of the precious commodity and its transformation to the finished product. Delve deep in the history of the Aztecs, and discover how cocoa arrived in Europe.  Admire the exhibits of the museum, including illustrations, informative panels and videos that explain the culture of cocoa and how it is turned into chocolate. Watch a demonstration by a master chocolatier on how to make artisanal pralines.  Enjoy several tastings throughout your visit, and benefit from the chance to purchase some chocolates in the gift shop.

Brussels: Magritte Museum Entry Ticket

4. Brussels: Magritte Museum Entry Ticket

Visit the world's largest collection of works by René Magritte. Enjoy access to more than 230 works and archives of the famous surrealist artist. View oil paintings, sketches, and sculptures, as well as posters, photographs and films made by Magritte himself. After viewing the surrealist masterpieces, take a relaxing break at the on site café and restaurant. Stop by the shop for an impressive selection of posters, postcards, gifts and books.

From Brussels: Bruges and Ghent in a Day Guided Tour

5. 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. 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, the Dijver Canal and the tiny piazza of Tanners Square (Huidenvettersplein). Go to one of the city's most photographed spots at Rozenhoedkaai, and admire the Belfry on Castle Square. Admire the facades of the Gothic-style Town Hall and the 12th-century Basilica of the Holy Blood. Visit Market Square (Grote Markt) to see the Bell Tower (Belfort) and Sint-Salvator’s Cathedral. 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 look at the painting “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 charming Patershol neighborhood, the Great Butchers’ Hall, the Old Fish Market, and Friday Market Square.

From Brussels: Luxembourg Tour with Optional Dinant Visit

6. From Brussels: Luxembourg Tour with Optional Dinant Visit

Discover the landlocked Grand Duchy of Luxembourg on a full-day tour from Brussels, traveling through the scenic Ardennes forests along the way. Continue to Luxembourg City, capital of the Grand Duchy. Here, your guide will take you to the Kirchberg quarter, site of many of the buildings of the European Union, such as the European Court of Justice, and the European Commission. Wander the streets of the old town, and go to the impressive Notre-Dame Cathedral, a beautiful example of late Gothic architecture with Renaissance adornments. There will be time to marvel at the Palace of the Grand Duke, and see the city’s fortifications during some free time in the city center. After some free time in the city, visit the picturesque village of Dinant, with its fifteenth century collegial, its citadel and its tiny saxophone museum (optional). Choose between a private and a shared option.

Bruges: Full-Day Guided Tour from Brussels in English

7. Bruges: Full-Day Guided Tour from Brussels in English

Depart the Belgian capital in the morning and transfer to the charming town of Bruges. Upon arrival, see why the entire historic center of Bruges is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Go to the Lake of Love to see a calm oasis in the heart of the city. Marvel at the 13th-century Begijnhof,  covered in a carpet of daffodils in the spring. Continue to the quiet, paved square of Walplein, and stroll down the narrow Stoofstraat. See sights such as the 800-year-old St. John’s Hospital, and the imposing façade of the Church of Our Lady. Learn the history of the opulent palace of Gruuthuse, and walk alongside the banks of the Dijver Canal. Other highlights include the charming canal-side houses of the Rozenhoedkaai, the tiny square of the Huidenvettersplein, and the site of the 1st count’s castle on Castle Square.  Then, enjoy 2 free hours for lunch and explore the city as you please. Taste some of the exclusive chocolates of Bruges and pop into some of the legendary lace shops. Transfer back to Brussels, with an approximate 6:00 PM arrival time.

Brussels 3-Hour Guided Art Nouveau Tour

8. Brussels 3-Hour Guided Art Nouveau Tour

Enjoy a 3-hour guided tour on Art Nouveau architecture and Victor Horta. The tour will be led by a local Brussels guide. Discover the most beautiful and impressive Art Nouveau projects by architects who mastered the art of combining iron, glass, wood and stone into an infinite variety of different forms. The tour starts at the Grand-Place at 10:00. From there you’ll take the tram to the Bailli district, the famous village within the city that has the largest number of Art Nouveau buildings in Brussels. The program ends in front of the Victor Horta Museum. Detailed Itinerary: Old England House (Music Instrument Museum) Hotel Tassel, built by Victor Horta in 1893-1894 Van Rysselberghe House, built by Ocatave Van Rysselberghe in 1912 Hotel Otlet, built by Ocatave Van Rysselberghe and Henry van de Velde from 1894-1898 Hotel Goblet d’Alviella, built by Ocatave Van Rysselberghe in 1882 Hotel Ciamberlani, built by Paul Hankar in 1897 The house of painter René Janssens, built by Paul Hankar in 1898 Architect Armand Van Waesberghe The Beukman house, built by Albert Roosenboom in 1900 The private home of architect Paul Hankar Victor Horta Museum

Brussels: Private 3-Hour Sightseeing Walking Tour

9. Brussels: Private 3-Hour Sightseeing Walking Tour

Meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel if centrally located or at a centrally located meeting point in Brussels. On foot, discover the historical city center of Brussels including a visit of the famous Grand Place with its beautiful guild houses and surroundings such as the St Hubertus galleries, and the notoriously statue of Manneken Pis. Discover the Place de la Bourse Square with its imposing 19th-century stock market, the Place de la Monnaie Square with its opera house, and the Saint Goedele cathedral. Continue and take a stroll in the Warande Park until you reach the Royal Palace. Walk towards the Sablon Square before descending back to the Grand Place. 

Brussels Guided Bike Tour: Highlights and Hidden Gems

10. Brussels Guided Bike Tour: Highlights and Hidden Gems

Head out on a bike to discover Brussels' famous landmarks and hidden gems with the help of your local guide. Explore different neighborhoods of the city and see how they are all distinct and unique. Make a stop along the way to sit down and enjoy a drink at one of the cozy terraces in the city.  Hop on your bike for a great introduction to Brussels and its widely diverse neighborhoods. Pedal past the Marolles, the Fish Market, and the Courthouse, but also some less obvious spots that will offer you a surprising view of the city. Make stop around half-way of the tour and put aside your bicycle to have a short break in a cozy bar or terrace with the group. After, continue to discover more of what Brussels has to offer. 

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Mini Europe was an enjoyable activity. It was interesting seeing all the miniature aspects. It is fun for all ages with various interactive activities. This Venus’ appeal is multigenerational so all ages will enjoy.

I would definitely recommend this tour to everyone, the tour guide Stefan was very nice and knowledgeable. Being able to see Bruges and Ghent was great as they're both beautiful cities!! The coach was also great :)

We left at 8:30 from the meeting point and went to Bruges and then Ghent. The guide explained the essentials to us and then we had time to wander around the beautiful towns

Great day tour with good amount of free time in both Bruges and Ghent to wonder and enjoy after your guided walking tour in each

Both simple and complete, both in terms of "history" and manufacturing processes.