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Ghent and Bruges Day Trips from Brussels

Ghent and Bruges Day Trips from Brussels

Ghent and Bruges are two of Belgium’s most picturesque cities. Their UNESCO World Heritage–listed monuments, scenic canals, and well-preserved medieval buildings can be visited in tandem in a single, wonderful day. Here’s how to maximize your time in Ghent and Bruges on a full-day tour from Brussels. 


  • Marvel at Ghent landmarks including the Gravensteen (Castle of the Counts), St. Nicholas’ Church, and St. Bavo’s Cathedral with its legendary “Mystic Lamb” altar painting.

  • Admire top Bruges sights such as the Basilica of the Holy Blood, the Beguinage (Begijnhof), Bruges City Hall, and the Lake of Love (Minnewater).

  • Take in the highlights on a guided walking tour, then enjoy free time to shop for souvenirs or sightsee independently.

  • If you have time to spare, combine a day tour to Bruges and Ghent with half-day Antwerp and Brussels city tours.

  • Enjoy a more personalized experience by choosing a small-group or private tour.

Things to Know

  • Ghent is located about 35 miles (57 kilometers) northwest of Brussels, about one hour by road.

  • Bruges lies 32 miles (51 kilometers) northwest of Ghent, about 45 minutes by road.

  • Day tours from Brussels typically last between nine and 10.5 hours.

  • Be sure to bring your camera, comfortable walking shoes, and water and snacks for the journey.

  • Most tours include hotel pickup and drop-off in Brussels.

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Bruges and Ghent - Belgium's Fairytale Cities - from Brussels

Bruges and Ghent - Belgium's Fairytale Cities - from Brussels

Immerse yourself in the medieval majesty and rich historical heritage of Ghent and Bruges on a full-day trip from Brussels. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, marvel at the UNESCO-listed city of Ghent as you visit legendary landmarks like the Castle of the Counts, St. Bavo’s Cathedral, and the picturesque old port. Then, travel through the verdant Belgian countryside to Bruges in order to witness the architectural beauty and winding waterways of the iconic city. Stroll quaint cobbled streets on the way to Market Square and absorb the sacred ambiance of the Basilica of the Holy Blood during your comprehensive tour of the city.
  • 10 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation