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Gravensteen: Our most recommended tours and activities

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 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: Bruges and Ghent in a Day Guided Tour

2. 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: Self-Guided Highlights Scavenger Hunt & Walking Tour

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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. 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, the Saint Bavo Cathedral, the St Peter’s Abbey dating from the 7th century and it’s 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

6. 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: Guided Walking Tour

7. Ghent: Guided Walking Tour

Discover the beauty of Ghent and its medieval monuments on a walking tour with a Spanish-speaking guide, and learn more about its historical former residents, including the famous Van Eyck brothers.  Learn why the local inhabitants have been known as "noose-bearers“ since the time of Charles V, a Ghent native who went on to become the Holy Roman Emperor and King of Spain. Visit the 13th-century Castle of Gerald the Devil and see the Gothic facade of Saint Bavo's Cathedral, where you can learn about the well-known painting “The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb” by the Van Eyck brothers. Look at the Belfort bell tower and the peculiar Gothic and Renaissance Town Hall. Marvel at St. Nicholas’ Church and the nearby Masons’ Guild House. Go to the Graslei embankment, and see the majestic battlements of the Castle of the Counts. Stroll the Patershol neighborhood, and see the open wooden truss roof of the Great Butchers’ Hall. Experience the lively atmosphere of the Old Fish Market and Friday Market Square.  Ask your guide any questions you may have along the way. Get recommendations on places to eat lunch outside the touristic area, advice about Belgian beer and what monuments and museums you might like to see on your own.

From Brussels: Ghent Guided Day Tour

8. From Brussels: Ghent Guided Day Tour

Meet your English-speaking guide at 8:30 AM in the center of Brussels and relax on the 60-kilometer journey to Ghent. Explore Ghent and learn the history at sights such as the 13th century Castle of Gerald the Devil, and St. Bavo's Cathedral, where you can learn about "The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb" by the Van Eyck brothers.  Hear why Ghent's inhabitants are known as noose-bearers as you visit the Belfry of Ghent and the Town Hall. Go to St. Nicholas’ Church and the Masons’ Guild Hall and see the quay side buildings of the Graslei. Visit medieval Gravensteen castle and enter the pretty Patershol neighborhood. Explore Ghent's trading history at the Great Butchers’ Hall, Old Fish Market and Friday Market. Get 4 hours of free time for lunch and to stroll on your own.

Ghent: Guided Walking Tour and Canal Boat Trip

9. Ghent: Guided Walking Tour and Canal Boat Trip

A local Ghent expert guide will make sure you finish your tour with the feeling that the city no longer holds any secrets for you. On our tour we will visit the Church of St. Nicholas and the Cathedral of St. Bavo, which, in addition to its architectural value, stands out for housing one of the most outstanding paintings in history: 'The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb', by the Van Eyck Brothers. Interpreting it will be a piece of cake with the explanations we will give you about its symbols. Nearby, you will see the Town Hall and the Belfort of Ghent, a bell tower that acts as a lookout point and is one of its tallest towers. But if the heart of the city surprises you, you've only just begun. Next, we'll delve into 16th-century Ghent by visiting the Herb and Grain Quay, a key trading post in the city at the time. Here we will also learn about the old guild trades. From here we will also discover the Meat and Fish Markets, the supermarket of the time, where we will find out why they played such an important role in the development of the city. We will continue our tour through the Patershol (or weavers' quarter) to the Castle of the Counts of Flanders. Its history is full of legends and curiosities and we will tell you all about them. In addition, so that you can visit other places of interest in Ghent on your own, we will give you recommendations and tips that will make your stay in the city unforgettable. In the second part of our tour we will take a boat trip along the main canals of Ghent. Sailing along the river Leie and the Lieve canal, we will have a wide view of the two banks and their lively life. In the meantime, we will have an audio guide with illustrated translations that will make our trip much more enjoyable and interesting.

From Brussels: Full-Day Guided Tour of Ghent in Spanish

10. From Brussels: Full-Day Guided Tour of Ghent in Spanish

Explore Ghent with a Spanish-speaking guide and learn the history at sights such as the 13th-century Castle of Gerald the Devil and St. Bavo's Cathedral, where you can see “The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb” by the Van Eyck brothers.  Hear why Ghent's inhabitants are known as "noose-bearers“ as you visit the Belfry of Ghent and the Town Hall. Go to St. Nicholas’ Church and the Masons’ Guild Hall and see the quay side buildings of the Graslei. Visit medieval Gravensteen castle and enter the pretty Patershol neighborhood. Explore Ghent's trading history at the Great Butchers’ Hall, Old Fish Market and Friday Market. Get 4 hours of free time for lunch and to stroll on your own.

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4.5
(2,735 reviews)

My husband and i enjoyed this experience. It was the best way to see most of beautiful Ghent. It did rain unfortunately but the boat had clear covers. There were some gaps so we could see out clearly but rain couldn’t get in. I would recommend this tour even in the rain! Our guide Alan did a great job in multiple languages.

Highly recommended experience with excellent value for money. You will not be disappointed either by the tour or by the guide who was very professional and friendly

Once again you can count on Getyourguide to connect you with the best. The Buendia Tours guides are very friendly and prepared. It was a wonderful day

Very good trip slightly ruined by rain on the Ghent stop. Overall a very pleasant trip with plenty of time to enjoy the 2 cities

Our guide David was great. He was very knowledgeable and helpful. Our driver Alfonso was also great.