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Bruges: Small Group Boat Cruise and Guided Walking Tour

1. Bruges: Small Group Boat Cruise and Guided Walking Tour

Meet your guide on the Market square in the heart of the city. Explore the historic core with a qualified guide who lives in this town. Learn about local history, legends and sightseeings. 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. 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 quaint homes and iconic landmarks from the water. Walk the Rosary Quay and enter a chocolate shop. Taste artisanal chocolate. It's not only fresh, but also carefully crafted. This results in a variety of tasty fillings and shapes. Tune your senses! Continue discovering the highlights as the Gruuthuse palace, the romantic Bonifacius Bridge and the Church of Our Lady. Get surprised by a hidden garden of an almshouse. Just experience Bruges in all its fascinating aspects!

Bruges: Self-Guided Highlights Scavenger Hunt & Walking Tour

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

Get to know Bruges at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts and legends. This is an ideal outdoor activity for first-time visitors, couples, groups, families, and children and can be used as a great team-building activity. After downloading the scavenger hunt tour on your mobile device, use the mobile app and integrated maps to reach 10 of Bruges’ most important attractions on foot. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the city sightseeing game. Start your tour at Burg Square in the center of Bruges. Visit Jan van Eyckplein with its beautiful architecture and learn about the Belfry of Bruges, the ultimate symbol of the city. Photograph the Sint-Salvatorskathedraal, the oldest church in Bruges, and admire the dreamlike Boniface Bridge. Then the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk with its mesmerizing style will await you. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the tour. As you walk through the city, enjoy the flexibility to pause your game at any time to take a break, snap the perfect photos, stop for lunch, or visit a museum. Choose to continue the tour later or save the rest for another day.

From Brussels: Day Trip to Bruges by Train

3. From Brussels: Day Trip to Bruges by Train

Travel to the medieval city of Bruges by train and take a 2.5-hour walking tour with an English-speaking guide on arrival. Marvel at the Minnewater that provides water to the canals and see the historical women-only convent of the Beguinage. Visit the city's only working brewery at De Halve Maan and get the chance to look inside the Hans Memling museum at the 12th-century Hospital of St. John. See one of the tallest brickwork towers in the world at the Church of Our Lady, where Michelangelo’s statue of the Madonna with Child can be found in the transept. Get a feel for everyday life at the historic Vis Markt (Fish Market) and look at the beautiful guildhalls on Tanners’ Square. Visit the Groeningemuseum and find one of Belgium's most famous Gothic buildings on the Markt (Market Square). Get 3 hours of free time to explore on your own. Take an optional canal cruise to appreciate the city from a different perspective before the train journey back to Brussels.

Bruges: City Sightseeing Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

4. Bruges: City Sightseeing Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

Bruges’s city plan hasn’t changed since the middle ages. On this walking tour, you’ll get to peek behind the curtain of history to see what life was like back then, on a journey through time. You’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in medieval Bruges where, through stories and quirky facts, you’ll get an understanding of what this city once was, and still is, all about. You’ll visit all the main sites and lesser known ones too. You’ll venture into little alleys, squares, inner courtyards and secret inner gardens that most visitors don’t see. By the end of the tour, you’ll know: • Why pigs were banned from the streets in the middle ages and Bruges still keeps swans in its canals • The barbershop symbol’s connection to a medieval hospital • Exactly where within the city you were considered safe from the law • Why Bruges’s citizens are called “the fools” • How a heroic blind donkey got a street named after him • The reason sightings of witches and angels could have been real • Why urine was traded in one tiny square, and where sayings like “piss-poor” originate from I’m a traveler and I started Legends Tours with a friend after years of taking tours and realising that I only remember the quirky, interesting facts along the way. Legends Tours brings history to life through entertaining stories, so after this tour you’ll be sure to have plenty of fun facts to share with others. This tour suits first time travelers, Bruges locals, folks interested in history, and even quickly bored kids. Allow at least 90 minutes for the tour but feel free to take your time, linger in some of the bars and restaurants en route, and take as many photos as you desire.

From Amsterdam: Guided Day Trip to Brussels and Bruges

5. From Amsterdam: Guided Day Trip to Brussels and Bruges

Start with pickup from a centrally-located meeting point in Amsterdam. Relax on a comfortable bus during the scenic transfer to Brussels. Begin your adventure amidst the architectural splendor of Brussels, a city that seamlessly blends medieval grandeur with modern vibrancy. See iconic landmarks such as the Manneken Pis or the Grand Place, where intricately gilded halls and the Town Hall create a breathtaking backdrop. Have the chance to purchase some world-renowned Belgian chocolates and waffles, treating your taste buds to a symphony of flavors. Venture into the idyllic Bruges, where winding canals, charming cobblestone streets, and historic architecture create a fairy-tale ambiance. Be transported to a bygone era as you wander the streets, discovering hidden gems and soaking up the unique atmosphere. Immerse yourself in the captivating landscapes of the Dutch countryside as you travel between these two gems. View windmills, tulip fields, and charming villages unfold before your eyes, providing a picturesque backdrop that epitomizes the quintessential charm of the Netherlands. Return to your meeting point in Amsterdam with a deeper appreciation of these two Dutch cities.

Bruges Guided Walking Tour: Stories, Mysteries and People

6. Bruges Guided Walking Tour: Stories, Mysteries and People

Ranked 5⭐ Star Bruges Walking Tour! Best Tour with a Local Guide 🎉 Welcome to the enchanting heart of Bruges, where the cobbled streets whisper tales of centuries past, and each cobblestone seems to have its own story to tell. I'm your trusty guide, your passport to the past, and your ticket to adventure in this charming medieval city. 🏰 Picture this: as we wander through the city centre, we'll journey through time, from the days when knights donned shiny armour to the modern era of delectable Belgian chocolates. It's like a time machine, but without the risk of accidentally changing history. Unless you really want to. But I don't recommend it. 🍫 Now, I know you're probably thinking, "Why Bruges? What's so special about this place?" Well, besides the fact that it's a Unesco World Heritage Site (which is basically the gold medal of cool places), Bruges boasts more chocolate shops than you can shake a cocoa bean at. And if that's not reason enough, let me tell you about the beer. Belgians take their beer seriously, and you should too. Trust me; it's a frothy adventure waiting to happen. 🏛️ But that's not all! We'll be rubbing elbows with towering cathedrals and cozy streets (try saying that after a few Belgian beers), all while taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of this living fairy tale. 🌊 And don't forget the canals! We've got more of those than Venice (well, almost), and they're the watery arteries that keep the city's charm flowing. We'll stroll along the water's edge, discovering why Bruges is sometimes called the "Venice of the North" (without the gondolas, but with lots more waffles). 🍻 So, are you ready to embark on a journey that's part history, part chocolate, and all fun? Grab your comfy shoes, your sense of wonder, and maybe an umbrella (because you never know when those Belgian skies will decide to sprinkle a little magic). Let's dive into the whimsical world of Bruges together, one Belgian chocolate at a time!

From Paris: Guided Day Trip to Brussels and Bruges

7. From Paris: Guided Day Trip to Brussels and Bruges

Start with pickup from a centrally-located meeting point in Paris. Relax on a comfortable bus during the scenic transfer to Brussels. Begin your adventure amidst the architectural splendor of Brussels, a city that seamlessly blends medieval grandeur with modern vibrancy. See iconic landmarks such as the Manneken Pis or the Grand Place, where intricately gilded halls and the Town Hall create a breathtaking backdrop. Have the chance to purchase some world-renowned Belgian chocolates and waffles, treating your taste buds to a symphony of flavors. Venture into the idyllic Bruges, where winding canals, charming cobblestone streets, and historic architecture create a fairy-tale ambiance. Be transported to a bygone era as you wander the streets, discovering hidden gems and soaking up the unique atmosphere. Immerse yourself in the captivating landscapes of the Dutch countryside as you travel between these two gems. View windmills, tulip fields, and charming villages unfold before your eyes, providing a picturesque backdrop that epitomizes the quintessential charm of the Netherlands. Return to your meeting point in Paris with a deeper appreciation of these two Dutch cities.

Bruges by bike with family and friends!

8. Bruges by bike with family and friends!

We start with our small group on the Market Square of Bruges. Meet your local guide and pick out a bike that suits you. When you feel comfortable, we go ahead for a bike tour to discover the highlights of the historic center. Ride past the towering Belfry of Bruges and the medieval Gruuthuse palace. Pause to admire views of a red-brick castle by Minnewater lake. Peddle by the windmills on top of the city walls. Head to a medieval city gate to get an idea of what the old city fortifications were like. Cycle along the old harbor to take in views of houseboats. Continue to the garden district of St. Anna. Visit a local chocolate shop. Taste the Belgian chocolate! After a short break we continue to see local street art and a colorful mural! Bruges has so much to offer! At the end of the tour we bring you back to the Market square. The guide will provide a map and a lot of ideas to spend the rest of your time in Bruges in the best way!

Bruges: First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour

9. Bruges: First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour

Walk through a beautiful route of the city, discover hidden gems and visit 10+ of the most important attractions and spots. Learn some introductory information about each place and interesting stories about the city in general. Download the ‘World City Trail ‘app from the store and login. Read the instructions and head to the starting location. Unlock photos of the exterior and the interior of the location. Read some information regarding the attraction and continue walking to the next checkpoint. Note what you liked and did not like and create your bucket list for the next days! Start your walk any time, without a schedule. Pause it for lunch, have a drink, visit an attraction of your choice, and continue later or even another day. With the maps feature, you will never get lost. Start your tour at Burg Square in the center of Bruges. Visit Jan van Eyckplein with its beautiful architecture and learn about the Belfry of Bruges, the ultimate symbol of the city. Photograph the Sint-Salvatorskathedraal, the oldest church in Bruges, and admire the dreamlike Boniface Bridge. Then the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk with its mesmerizing style will await you. Download the ‘’World City Trail ‘’ app from the store. Then start your tour and enjoy!

Unforgettable Bruges: Sightseeings, History and Tasting.

10. Unforgettable Bruges: Sightseeings, History and Tasting.

Ranked 5⭐ Star Bruges Walking Tour! Best Tour with a Local Guide 🎉 Welcome to the enchanting heart of Bruges, where the cobbled streets whisper tales of centuries past, and each cobblestone seems to have its own story to tell. I'm your trusty guide, your passport to the past, and your ticket to adventure in this charming medieval city. 🏰 Picture this: as we wander through the city centre, we'll journey through time, from the days when knights donned shiny armour to the modern era of delectable Belgian chocolates. It's like a time machine, but without the risk of accidentally changing history. Unless you really want to. But I don't recommend it. 🍫 Now, I know you're probably thinking, "Why Bruges? What's so special about this place?" Well, besides the fact that it's a Unesco World Heritage Site (which is basically the gold medal of cool places), Bruges boasts more chocolate shops than you can shake a cocoa bean at. And if that's not reason enough, let me tell you about the beer. Belgians take their beer seriously, and you should too. Trust me; it's a frothy adventure waiting to happen. 🏛️ But that's not all! We'll be rubbing elbows with towering cathedrals and cozy streets (try saying that after a few Belgian beers), all while taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of this living fairy tale. 🌊 And don't forget the canals! We've got more of those than Venice (well, almost), and they're the watery arteries that keep the city's charm flowing. We'll stroll along the water's edge, discovering why Bruges is sometimes called the "Venice of the North" (without the gondolas, but with lots more waffles). 🍻 So, are you ready to embark on a journey that's part history, part chocolate, and all fun? Grab your comfy shoes, your sense of wonder, and maybe an umbrella (because you never know when those Belgian skies will decide to sprinkle a little magic). Let's dive into the whimsical world of Bruges together, one Belgian chocolate at a time!

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4.3
(335 reviews)

Our guide, Nicole, was excellent. Her knowledge of the history, geography and culture of Bruges was astounding. She interspersed legends and facts in a very humorous way. Very good itinerary covering a range of interests. The boat ride was particularly enjoyable, as was the chocolate tasting. Thank you for a wonderful experience. We would definitely recommend this tour, especially with Nicole as a guide.

Anna our tour guide was lovely! I did this trip with my husband and two boys (age 13 and 10) and we all loved it! Anna was so knowledgeable and shared lots of interesting history/information. We also loved the canal tour - beautiful and great way to see parts of Bruges. Highly recommend!

Really good trip , guide was very informative and told us interesting stories . Boat trip was quite crowded as I thought it was just the people on the walking tour however still lovely and very scenic

Adrian was passionate about her home and treated us as guests, not tourists. Great experience of Bruges its history, architecture, people and certainly one of the best tours I have experienced.

Our tour guide Michel was brilliant - great information, answered all our questions, took a lot of time for us - he extended the city tour for us by 30 minutes.