Explore one of the most beautiful cities in Europe on a day trip to Ghent, departing from Brussels. Marvel at medieval churches and the guildhalls of the old port of Graslei, explore the picturesque district of Patershol, see art by Rubens and much more.
What to Expect
Depart Brussels and journey to the port city of Ghent, located at the scenic confluence of the Leie and Scheldt rivers. Start your tour of the historic city at Saint Bavo Cathedral and admire the spectacular Gothic church and Baroque ornamentations. Step into the marble choir and private chapels, appreciate the painting of “Saint Bavo Enters the Convent at Ghent” by Rubens and the beauty of the Rococo pulpit. Look at the stunning frescoes of the Romanesque crypt.
Then, opt to visit the altarpiece of "The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb" by the Van Eyck bothers and admire one of the most important works of art from the Middle Ages for a small extra fee. Go to City Hall to see its extraordinary mix of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture.
Continue to Market Hall to look at the Belfort tower and covered market. Marvel at the nearby churches of Saint Nicholas, Saint James and Saint Michael, serving as reminders of Ghent’s medieval past. Proceed to the old port of Graslei for beautiful views of the River Leie and the old guildhalls. Then, head to the medieval castle of Gravensteen, where the counts of Flanders used to live.
Explore the picturesque district of Patershol and see charming buildings of brick facades where restaurants and cafes offer the best of the Flemish cuisine. Go to the 15th-century Great Butchers' Hall to discover one of Europe's oldest meat markets. Enjoy some free time to visit the museums or eat and shop at leisure before your return trip to Brussels at 18:30.
- Guided tour
- Local guide
- Transportation from/to Brussels
What's Not Included
- Entrance to “The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb” by the Van Eyck bothers (€4)
Know Before You Go
• Please wear comfortable shoes as there will be a lot of walking on uneven surfaces