All-in-One: Bruges and Optional Ghent Shore Excursion from Zeebrugge

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About this tour

Duration (7-8 hours) Check availability to see starting times
Language English
Free Cancellation up to 24h in advance

Highlights

  • Make the most of your time visiting up to two beautiful Belgian cities - Bruges and Ghent (optional)
  • Guaranteed punctual pick-up and return on your cruise
  • Recuperate in our air-conditioned coach
  • Satisfy your curiosity with an experienced guide
  • Admire the beauty of two historic churches: the Basilica of the Holy Blood in Bruges and St. Bavo's Cathedral in Ghent
  • Taste the famous Belgian snacks

Overview

Discover the best of Belgium with this fascinating shore excursion for cruise ship passengers docking in Zeebrugge. Visit Bruges, often hailed as the Venice of the North. Savor the exquisite Belgian chocolate, marvel at its medieval architecture, and picturesque canals. If your ship docks longer, opt for a trip to Ghent ─ another Belgian gem waiting to be explored.  


This tour is aligned with your ship's schedule for a seamless experience. Upon disembarkation, our knowledgeable guide and comfortable transport await you. After a short drive through the Belgian countryside, you will arrive in Bruges. Here, you start your exploration with a leisurely 20-minute stroll into the city with our local tour guide.  


Listen to fascinating tales of Belgian history. Immerse yourself in the city's charming atmosphere. Discover its hidden gems and treasures led by your expert tour guide. Take advantage of our insider knowledge: as local experts we will help you make the most of your short time ashore! 


Upon reaching the iconic Market Square, marvel at the historic guildhalls and the iconic Belfry, a symbol of Bruges' rich heritage.  


Taste famous Belgian foods at the bustling market. From mouthwatering waffles, through famous Belgian fries - accompanied by local beer or hot chocolate - you cannot go wrong here!  Afterwards, admire the unique exterior of Basilica of the Holy Blood - a stunning example of a mix of Gothic and Romanesque architecture. The sacred sanctuary of this important religious site holds a revered relic said to contain a drop of Christ's blood. 


Next, those who opted to combine the trip with the stunning city of Ghent will head off to their next destination. Passengers staying in Bruges will have plenty of time for self-exploration and shopping. Glide along the city's picturesque canals on a leisurely boat ride. Indulge in delicious chocolate tastings at the Chocolate Museum. Or simply stroll through the picturesque boutiques scattered throughout the city. Bruges offers a wealth of experiences to suit all tastes!  


The journey to Ghent takes approx. 1 hour and offers panoramic views of famous Belgian picturesque windmills. In Ghent, see the Cathedral of Saint Bavo, a Gothic masterpiece, that holds the renowned Ghent Altarpiece. Then, take a serene stroll on the shores of Graslei and Korenlei. Marvel at the facades of historic buildings, which once served as a bustling trading hub. 

Follow our guide's insider recommendations and indulge in the exquisite flavors of authentic Belgian cuisine. It's the perfect way to culminate your visit with a delightful culinary experience!  

Whether you choose to immerse yourself in Ghent's history or savor the timeless allure of Bruges, our tour guarantees unforgettable moments. 

At the conclusion of our tour, our coach will ensure your timely return to the port. Sit back, relax, and revel in the finest shore excursion the port of Zeebrugge has to offer.  

If you've chosen to enjoy some free time in enchanting Bruges, we'll conveniently pick you up on our way back. Count on us to tailor your return to perfectly align with your ship's timetable. Come along for an unforgettable tour highlighting the absolute best of Belgium! 
 

What’s Included?

  • Modern, air-conditioned bus
  • Professional local English speaking tour guide
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks

Meeting and Pickup

We meet all passengers outside of the Cruise Terminal Zeebrugge. Please look for our hosts holding "VEXPERIO" signs.

Itinerary

7-8 hours

1. Cruise Terminal Zeebrugge

Let us invite you on a tour that will make your day in Belgium an unforgettable memory. You'll visit Bruges and optionaly Ghent, two Belgian cities whose beauty delights every visitor. And we'll make sure you don't miss a single essential element to enjoy the full experience.

When you step ashore in Zeebrugge, you will be greeted by our English-speaking guide, who will lead you to an air-conditioned coach. A carefully planned itinerary, tailored to your cruise schedule, will allow you to make the most of your precious time. No stress about transport (port pickup and drop-off), a punctual return and an experienced guide who will be on board at all times - guarantee a pool of wonderful memories.

2. Bruges: Bargeplein

In the day, when people still traveled from Ghent to Bruges by
“trekschuit” (pulled boat), this spot would’ve been their first entry
into Bruges.

Today this is where we welcome you by bus! The area
has been transformed to guide fresh adventurers into the medieval town, allowing to pass through the mesmerizing Minnewater park and the Beguinage.

3. Beguinage

Visit the Beguinage, once home to beguines.

The shifting dynamics and prosperity of Bruges prompted these medieval women to reconsider their societal roles. In this unique era, they seized the chance to unite and forge a new way of life.

Discover the serene and romantic tranquility of this religious sanctuary, sure to captivate your senses! 

4. Gruuthuse palace

In a bustling trading hub like Bruges, individuals seized opportunities to carve out their own fortunes and establish enduring legacies.

Prepare to be awestruck by the influence and opulence of one of Belgium's wealthiest families, whose wealth transcended Bruges to leave a mark across the nation.

Delve into the story of how they amassed the riches required to construct this magnificent residence!

5. Rosary Quay

Don't overlook another iconic sight in Bruges: the ancient belfry tower reflected in the water amid wooden facades. This spot captivates, enveloping you in Bruges' beauty like nowhere else...

6. Holy Blood Basilica

Then, a brief stroll will lead us to the Basilica of the Holy Blood, a significant sanctuary blending Gothic and Romanesque architecture.

Within lies a revered relic said to hold a drop of Christ's blood, giving the basilica its name. Inside, the serene atmosphere invites contemplation amidst exquisite adornments.

 

7. Market square

The Market Square is the beating heart of Bruges! Here, immerse yourself in its beauty as our guide ensures you don't overlook any highlights.

Next on our itinerary, our guide will escort the group to a quaint local chocolate shop, where you can savor irresistible treats.

Following our Market Square exploration, participants on the Bruges and Free Time tour will begin their leisurely activities from this juncture.

Meanwhile, those embarking on the Bruges and Ghent tour will seamlessly transition into the Ghent leg of their adventure.

The 5 hour tours end here and head back to port.

8. Ghent: Saint Bavo’s cathedral

Having marveled at Bruges' Basilica of the Holy Blood, now discover the Cathedral of Saint Bavo in Ghent.

This Gothic gem, adorned with towering spires and exquisite stained-glass windows, houses the famed Ghent Altarpiece—a masterpiece of Flemish artistry.

9. Belfry tower and the dragon of Ghent

Erected as a testament to collective achievement, the belfry tower stands as a steadfast guardian, witnessing Ghent's triumphs and tribulations, safeguarding its populace and riches.

At its summit, the golden dragon, shrouded in legend, awaits your guide's enlightening narrative of its true origins. As you approach, who can predict the melodies that will resonate from its carillon?

10. Gras- and Korenlei

Pause the urban buzz for a leisurely stroll along Graslei and Korenlei's shores, where historic facades recall Ghent's trading past.

Experience the city's tranquil canal promenade, a link to Europe's distant corners shaped by flowing waters.

Discover Belgian cuisine through expertly selected eateries, sampling classics like moules-frites and Belgian waffles, or innovative twists on traditional fare in delightful surroundings.

11. Gravensteen castle

Following that, our cozy coach will guide you through a tour of Ghent, offering a comfortable journey to soak in Belgium's beauty.

You won't want to overlook the remarkable Gravensteen Castle, a medieval stronghold boasting imposing turrets and formidable walls that echo Ghent's storied past. Let our guide illuminate its significance as a symbol of power and authority in medieval Flanders.

12. Cruise Terminal Zeebrugge

Finally, our coach will transport you back to the port for a seamless boarding experience. No need to anxiously check the time—our tour aligns perfectly with the ship's schedule, ensuring a stress-free return without any missed sights.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations less than 24 hours ahead (in the local timezone) or no-shows result in no refund.

The specifics of the tour require us to cancel the client's booking (full refund) in the following cases:

  • Bad weather
  • Not enough travellers

 

The route of the tour and time spent in the city is subject to your ship's docking times, traffic, special events, and any other circumstances beyond our control. We will not be able to provide a refund if the duration of the tour has to be amended in any of the above circumstances. 

Weather Forecast

Today in Bruges

Monday, 8 February

12°C
Precipitation 80%
Humidity 80%
Wind 80 km/h

Tue, 9 Feb

13° 5°

Wed, 10 Feb

13° 5°

Thu, 11 Feb

13° 5°

Fri, 12 Feb

13° 5°

Sat, 13 Feb

13° 5°

Sun, 14 Feb

13° 5°

Important Information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing


Know before you go

The tour involves walking on uneven surfaces and is not wheelchair accessible or suitable for people with mobility issues. 

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from €99.00 €169.00
Free Cancellation up to 24h in advance