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Vrijdagmarkt

Vrijdagmarkt: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Brussels: Bruges and Ghent in a Day Guided Tour

1. 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

2. 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: Small-Group Chocolate Tour with a Local Guide

3. Ghent: Small-Group Chocolate Tour with a Local Guide

Eat your way through Ghent enjoying what Belgium does best – chocolate. Although the city is famous for its chocolate making, it can be hard to find the best chocolatiers on your own. Join a local guide to find the sweetest spots in town. Meet the guide in central Ghent and start exploring its winding streets. Admire and learn the history behind some of the city's famous landmarks as you walk from shop to shop trying their specialties and learning the secrets behind how they are made. Savor a minimum of 8 sweet treats and enjoy time with friends or family on an interactive group tour. At the end of the activity, the guide will leave you in Ghent's medieval center to keep exploring.

Ghent: Guided City Tour with Food and Drink Tastings

4. Ghent: Guided City Tour with Food and Drink Tastings

Taste your way through Ghent on a guided food tour. Combine sightseeing with sampling local foods and learn about the city's culture from your guide. As you explore, see important icons such as the three medieval towers of Ghent: Saint Bavo Cathedral, Saint Nicholas' Church and the Belfry. The Belfry Tower is the tallest of its kind in Belgium and a Unesco World Heritage-listed site. Make sure to take some photos of these picture perfect sights. Meet your guide in the historic center of Ghent and set out on your foodie walking tour. As you walk, learn about local culture, discover the city's most important landmarks and find out why Ghent became famous for its street art. See Korenmarkt, a historic square located between the Old Harbour and Saint Nicholas' Church. Wander along cobblestone streets and admire the intersecting rivers that lend this historic town its character and name. You will also have the opportunity to see important architectural highlights, including the Ghent City Hall (stadhuis) and City Pavilion (Stadshal). Along the way, you'll make a total of 5 stops to savour the tastes of Ghent, sampling a food specialty or drink at each one. Every location has been carefully chosen, with an emphasis placed on small, locally owned businesses. Interact with the proprietors and hear their stories to gain insight into the city of Ghent and its people. Your tour comes to an end near the historic city center, the ideal spot to continue exploring on your own. 

Ghent: First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour

5. Ghent: 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 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. Download the ‘’World City Trail ‘’ app from the store. Then start your tour and enjoy!

Ghent: Escape Game and Tour

6. Ghent: Escape Game and Tour

Combine the excitement of a sightseeing city tour with a game fun on this self-guided smartphone walking tour in Ghent. Find attractions easily with the app's navigation function. Download the app and start the game by going to the first location. Use observation, logic, imagination, and teamwork to solve the riddle at each location, the riddles are always hard. Pause the app at any point if you want to take a break, stop for coffee, or spend some more time visiting one of the sights. Play the game at your own pace.

Ghent: Guided City Tour with Chocolate Tastings

7. Ghent: Guided City Tour with Chocolate Tastings

This delicious tour takes you on a 2 hour journey through Ghent whilst you pamper your taste buds and let your endorphins have a party. Combine a walking tour with yummy chocolate related tastings without feeling guilty! Our Ghent Chocolate Tour starts at the Jacob Van Artevelde statue in the middle of Vrijdagmarkt, where your guide will welcome you and give a brief introduction. From there, you will go and explore the city center and make stops at Graslei, Korenlei, the three Ghent medieval towers (Saint Nicholas Church, Saint Bavo Cathedral and the Ghent Belfry) and of course the famous Graffiti Street. Learn about the connection between a famous chocolate and the World Expo, hear the story about two Greek brothers, their passion for this aphrodisiac and how one of them became world-famous. During your sightseeing tour, you will make 5 stops. Your tastings are all very different from one another as each place has its speciality. And for the real chocoholics, we do have special offers with some of our partners as part of the tour.

Walking Tour - Ghent City Highlights and Beyond

8. Walking Tour - Ghent City Highlights and Beyond

We start with a brief introduction at Vrijdagmarkt and then go on an explorer journey for 1.5 to 2 hours. During this time you will find out where the name Ghent comes from and visit the very origins of our city, which is almost 1400 years old. Explore sites such as our yacht harbour (Portus Ganda), the tree medieval towers (Saint Bavo Cathedral, the Ghent Belfry and Saint Nicholas Church) and the historical harbour with Graslei and Korenlei quays, where the hustle and bustle never ceases. It is the also area where all trade took place during the late medieval times, which resulted in Ghent being the most prosperous city in Northern Europe at the time. Ghent is however so much more then this. It is the home of 3 beguinages, some exquisite museums, parks, host of the 1913 World Expo and capital of street art (and we do not just mean the popular Graffiti Street). Furthermore, it is a lively city where visitors, residents and students meet. This tour is an ideal introduction to Ghent and combines history with the the latest developments. Ghent is a continuous evolving city and we are very proud to show her to the world! Your tour comes to an end near the historic city center, the ideal spot to continue exploring on your own. 

Ghent: Guided City Highlights Walking Tour with Light Meal

9. Ghent: Guided City Highlights Walking Tour with Light Meal

If you want to explore Ghent and discover different corners of our city and happen to be a foodie or just curious about what we locals eat, this is the perfect combination. This tour exists of 1.5 hours sightseeing and a meal. You guide will accompany you to the restaurant and sort everything out. Once you have received your meal, they will leave, so you can stay as long as you want, have a rest and enjoy the food. Part 1 (Walking Sightseeing Tour) You start with a brief introduction at the Jacob Van Artevelde statue, which is in the middle of Vrijdagmarkt Square. From there, you will visit the historical heart of the city and make stops at and hear about Graslei, Korenlei and the three medieval towers of Ghent (Saint Bavo Cathedral, Saint Nicholas Church and the Belfry of Ghent). Learn about why these two churches are so close to one another and about the Golden Dragon (not the beer!). You will also touch base with the Ghent street art scene and visit the most colourful alley of town: Graffiti Street. Your guide will also tell you about its history and if you bring a pencil, pen or even a paintbrush, you can add your initials if you want to leave your mark! En route, you will also explore some other sides of Ghent than just the historical centre, such as e.g. the arts quarter, the area where Charles V was born, the former armoury storage place of the Counts of Flanders and so on. Part 2 (A local meal) After your walking tour, it's time to get some good food. We work together with local, independent partners as we want to share an authentic experience, not a commercial one. Each place has a story and so has the food! We alternate lunch, so places can be different each day. Examples of meals we have had in the past are: a very traditional chips and beef stew meal, a traditional, local favourite or even vegan - a reference to Ghent's hipster lifestyle. Drinks are not included as we want to give you the choice for this. Please check inclusions and let us know the option you prefer (1 option per booking). We look forward to welcoming you!

Hen Party/Stag do - Ghent's Coolest, Interactive Dance Party

10. Hen Party/Stag do - Ghent's Coolest, Interactive Dance Party

If you want to do something that might be a little bit out of your comfort zone, yet will give you the time of your life, then this Ghent hen/stag activity is definitely something you may want to try. Dress up in your coolest fancy dress and everything you ever wanted to wear, but never got an opportunity for, because now is your moment! This is like silent disco, only.... It is not silent, you don't sing (but are of course welcome to), and you will not wear any headsets. Everyone is welcome! How does it work? -Your guide will give you a brief introduction and do a 5 min warm up. -They will then teach you a few simple moves that you can use during the activity -You will dance and party your way through Ghent and use your dance moves to impress whilst you stop at landmarks to learn about them. These include, but are not limited to the three medieval tours of Saint Bavo Cathedral, the Ghent Belfry, Saint Nicholas Church, Korenmarkt, Vrijdagmarkt, the Ghent Opera House, Graffiti Street, the City Hall and City Pavilion. Music We have different themes, so you can choose the theme that suits your group best. What we have done in the past: 80s, 90s, Disney, Eurovision. Abba, Disco, Queer Pop and Contemporary Pop. Please note that during the Ghent Festival (Gentse Feesten) that runs from 14 - 23rd July 2023, we run this tour on a daily basis with a different theme each day. Check on www.toursofghent.com for more details.

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What people are saying about Vrijdagmarkt

Overall rating

4.1
(96 reviews)

Pablo as a guide deserves an award! He is so knowledgeable, so passionate, so much fun! He explains history in an exciting and intriguing way and although he probably is saying everything for the 1000th time in his career, it seems like it's the first time with all the excitement he shows for the history of Belgium! Great value for money and well planned, 100% recommend!

Sophie was an excellent guide. We had a delightful time discovering Ghent and tasting food at many unique places we would not have entered on our own. Be prepared to try both traditional Belgian fare with more modern cuisine mixed in. I can’t say I loved everything I tried but I am happy to have tried it!

Sophie was an excellent tour guide. We really enjoyed that she brought us to cafés stocking locally sourced produce and was also able to give us a good history of Ghent, being a local herself! We would definitely recommend this tour!

The trip started in Brussels we went to Brugge and Ghent . The whole trip was great because of the professional guide called Pablo he is so well informed and intelligent that made this trip unforgettable.

Unfortunately, as Italians we didn't understand anything about the explanations in Spanish. A real shame that there isn't a tour in Italian at an affordable price