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Ghent: 50-Minute Medieval Center Guided Boat Trip

1. 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 of 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 into German, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Japanese available on board.

Zeebrugge to Bruges Return Cruise Shuttle Service

2. Zeebrugge to Bruges Return Cruise Shuttle Service

See the sights at your own pace and save money with a shuttle transfer service from the cruise terminal at Zeebrugge to the historic heart of Bruges. Avail of a quick transfer service that runs from the port to the city every 30 minutes in the morning and back to the port every 30 minutes in the afternoon. Take the worry out of your transportation needs during a cruise stopover in the pretty city of Bruges. Simply take the free port shuttle service to the gate, and then walk down to the bus departure point for embarkation. Get dropped off just a few minutes walk from the historic city center of Bruges.

From Brussels: Ghent and Bruges Day Tour

3. 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.

Bruges: Boat Cruise and Guided Walking Tour

4. Bruges: Boat Cruise and Guided Walking Tour

Explore Bruges on a walking tour with a local guide. Learn about local history as you stroll through the heart of the city, then join a boat trip along the canals. Admire quaint homes and iconic landmarks from the water. Meet your guide in the Market for a guided tour of the city. Discover the narrowest street, the beautiful 12th-century basilica, and the golden statues on the impressive courthouse. Next, explore the old fish market surrounded by 126 columns. Your guide will show the highlights and a hidden garden of an almshouse. Then, embark on the second part of the tour. Board your boat at the quay for a cruise along the canals. Sail beside ivy-covered facades and under bridges as you learn about the beautiful sites from your captain. Admire the old trading houses at the former harbor and the Beguinage.

Brussels: Belgian Chocolate Workshop

5. Brussels: Belgian Chocolate Workshop

Immerse yourself in the world of chocolate during this chocolate workshop at The Belgian Chocolate Makers in Brussels. Roll up your sleeves and follow alongside a chocolatier to make your own chocolate bar, truffles, and more. Enjoy a hot chocolate or a glass of refreshing water while you work. Start the day with a warm welcome from Elisabetta, your chocolate maker instructor for the day. She'll give you a short introduction to the world of Belgian chocolate so you can take home an array of chocolate-making secrets. After the intro, the real fun begins with a demonstration of chocolate tempering on a marble table. It’s then time to have a go yourself and make your own chocolate treats with the help of Elisabetta and her assistants. Make your very own personalized chocolate bar and some tasty mendicants and truffles using the original chocolate from Haiti. As you create, hear about ruby chocolate, a newly discovered cocoa bean that is 100% natural but which creates incredibly pink chocolate treats. Taste a real cocoa bean and a delicious liqueur de cacao. As you work, try the 3 different origin chocolates: Philippines (Mana), Congo (Ituri), and the illustrious ruby chocolate. During the activity, enjoy a delicious cup of hot chocolate on cold days or a glass of cool water on warm days. Before you leave, get some leaflets describing the ins and outs of cocoa production and enjoy a 10% discount in the store. At the end of the experience, pack up your chocolates and take them home with you to share with friends and family (or you can keep your sweet treats all to yourself).

Choco-Story Brussels: Chocolate Museum Entrance with Tasting

6. 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.

Bruges: Choco-Story Chocolate Museum Tour

7. Bruges: Choco-Story Chocolate Museum Tour

Cocoa has been tickling taste buds for centuries, from the spicy drink in the Maya and Aztec civilizations to the popular sweet chocolate milk in Europe. With more than three people out of four loving chocolate, it’s hardly surprising that there is an enormous fascination for this exquisite treat. This tour aims to bring to life the 4,000-year-old history of chocolate in words, pictures, and flavors. The museum submerges you in the exciting world of chocolate, taking you on a journey of the senses through time. Young or old, passionate chocoholic or simply just interested, the Chocolate Museum will stimulate your fascination. The museum is composed of three parts, telling the story of the origin and evolution of chocolate through a unique collection of almost a thousand objects. Besides the history, the museum also reveals how chocolate is made, with special attention for the variety of raw ingredients and the development of the production process. In the demonstration center you will uncover the secret of beautiful silky chocolate, getting the opportunity to taste the chocolate products made in the museum.

Brussels Atomium Entry Ticket with Free Design Museum Ticket

8. 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.

Brussels: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

9. Brussels: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Explore Brussels with a flexible one or two-day hop-on-hop-off bus tour. Enjoy the flexibility and freedom to jump on and off when you desire. See sites such as the Charles Rogier Square, Grote Markt, the Grand Place, and many more.  Choose a 1 or 2-day ticket to suit your schedule and start your sightseeing journey. Use your ticket on the blue and red routes and hop off wherever you like. See the sites you want to and spend as much time as you want there at your leisure. Pick a seat in the open-top for panoramic views or in the covered cabin to stay warm. Listen to the recorded commentary about the highlights, sit back, relax, and enjoy unlimited travel for 24 or 48 hours. Follow the blue bus route to see the Saints-Michel-et-Gudule Cathedral, the Belgian Comic Strip Centre, and Botanical Garden. This route also passes the Charles Rogier Square, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the Church of Our Lady of Laeken, the Royal Castle of Laeken, and Royal Greenhouses. Don't forget to stop off and take pictures at the Atomium, the Magritte Museum, Sainte-Catherine Square, the Manneken-Pis, and the market square to see the Grand Place. As well, explore the outstanding City Hall and the Art Nouveau major townhouses, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Jump on the red route to stop at the Place Royale to see the best viewpoint over Brussels, Mont des Arts. Hop off at the Palace of Fine Arts, the Sablons quarter, and the European Parliament, if you like. On this route, you can also see the Coudenberg Palace, the Musical Instruments Museum, the Horta Museum, or the Royal Museums of Art and History.

Brussels: Magritte Museum Entry Ticket

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Belgium

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4.5 / 5

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Such a great experience! So easy, getting driven to and from Bruges was comfortable and felt quick. The tour was great and we learnt a lot about the history of Bruges. It was great to get free time too to be able to explore on our own. Definitely recommend this tour for people unable to rent cars in europe but who want to explore different countries and cities close by.

Our family went in November and really enjoyed the tour. It was perfect since we were only in Brussels for a day and it was a quick summary in less than 3 hours. The fries were awesome and we really enjoyed the beer sampling.

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 :)

I had a great time! Patricia was so fun and knowledgeable! Got to keep all the chocolate we made and we bought some more from her shop! 10 out of 10 experience!

Our host was excellent. We had a great time and the waffles were delicious.