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Overview

Traverse the historic streets and winding canals of Belgium's treasured cities with a fully customizable private tour. Together with private guides explore the top sights of Brussels, Ghent, and Antwerp from land. In Bruges enjoy an entertaining canal cruise and take in the beauty of the city from water! Taste Belgian chocolate, stay at central hotels and take advantage of plenty of free time reserved to explore on your own.

Tour type:
Private tour
Tour rating:
4.87 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 4-star centrally located hotels:
    7 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Private airport/railway station transfers
    3 train rides between cities
    Private transfers between cities
    1 canal cruise
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 4 guided walking city tours
    1 guided visit to sights and museums
  • MEALS
  • 7 breakfasts
    Chocolate tasting

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival in Brussels

Welcome to the magnificent capital of Belgium and center of European Union - Brussels! Upon arrival your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is free so you can start exploring the city center on your own, dine in one of the local restaurants or take a good rest in your comfortable room.

No meals included.

Day 2
Brussels City Tour & Belgian Chocolate Tasting

In the morning after breakfast you meet your guide in the hotel lobby who takes you on a comprehensive 4-hour walking tour of Brussels.

During your sightseeing tour you get to discover the legendary landmarks and impressive monuments of Brussels. Among the sights you marvel at are the medieval majesty of the Market Square and the remarkable facade of the City Hall. The world-famous Manneken Pis is naturally on the program too!

As a special treat you get to uncover the secret recipes behind delectable Belgian chocolate during a tasting session included in your city tour.

After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day at your leisure.

Please note: you may add a chocolate making master class to your tour. Please contact your travel specialist for details.

Breakfast and chocolate tasting included.

Day 3
Ghent City Tour & Transfer to Bruges

Today following breakfast you check out from your hotel and together with your private guide-driver proceed to another lovely Belgian city.

An important port in northwest Belgium and home to a quarter of a million people, Ghent boasts its gorgeous historical backdrop and a museum-like pedestrian area in the city center. During the visit of Ghent your guide shows you the must-sees of the city. You walk through the old city along the canals crossing bridges to enjoy the view of an Old Castle. You also get to see the three famous Gent towers – Saint Nicholas' Church, the UNESCO-listed Belfry and Saint Bavo's Cathedral. Entrance to Saint Bavo's Cathedral is included.

After the city tour of Ghent you head to Bruges. The tour duration including transfers is about 8 hours. Upon arrival you check in to the centrally located hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 4
Bruges City Tour
 & Sightseeing Boat Ride

After breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go on a wonderful walking tour around the most outstanding attractions of Bruges, the capital of West Flanders in northwest Belgium. The city boasts breathtaking canals, cobbled streets and medieval buildings.

During the tour you admire the sights of Bruges, including the town square, the Beguinage and the oldest hospital in Europe built in the 12th century. You also see the Church of Our Lady, where the Emperor Maximillian of Austria married. A special part of the day is dedicated to sightseeing cruise on a public boat along picturesque canals.

The rest of the day is reserved for you to explore the city's charming medieval streets at your own pace.

  • Optional tour: De Halve Maan Brewery Tour, Bruges
    Today we invite you to the family-run DeHalve Mann brewery. A visit to the brewery in a small group is followed by a professional beer tasting in the cellars.

Breakfast is included.

Day 5
Train to Brussels

Today after breakfast you check out, have a transfer to the train station and enjoy a short train ride back to Brussels. Upon arrival you meet your driver who takes you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is at leisure. In the evening you can join one of our optional tours.

  • Optional tour: Beer Tasting Tour, Brussels
    Enjoy an authentic atmosphere of out-of-sight Belgian taverns during the beer tasting group tour. Taste an exclusive selection of 8/1300 beers that Belgium is producing in 4+ local pubs.
  • Optional tour: Belgian Waffle Workshop, Brussels
    Join our Belgian waffle cooking workshop and learn how to make this delicious classic Belgian dish while having lots of fun. Start your workshop with a short walking tour.

Breakfast is included.

Day 6
Antwerp Sightseeing

Following breakfast you head for the train station (located short walk away from your hotel) and take a train to Antwerp.

Upon arrival at the station you meet your guide and start exploring the beautiful city which is not only the #1 diamond exporter in the world, but is also considered one of the top fashion cities in Europe. In the beginning of the tour you see the Brabo's Monument located next to the amazing Antwerp City Hall. After you pass by the house and studio of the famous Belgian painter - Ruben's House. Then you stroll along with your guide through the shopping street called "Meir".

You continue your walking tour of the lovely northern Belgian city until the railway station - where the Jewish quarter with its diamond factory and shops is located. Finally you take a return train to Brussels. The rest of the day is free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 7
Free Day in Brussels or Optional Tours

This day is free for you to enjoy and explore Brussels on your own. Alternatively, you can take one of our carefully planned optional tours.

  • Optional tour: Tour to Waterloo, Belgium
    Prepare to uncover the legends of Waterloo during a private half-day tour to the site of the bloody battle. Upon arrival to Waterloo you visit the Wellington Museum.
  • Optional tour: Day Trip to Bastogne & Visit to War Museum, Belgium
    In the morning meet your private guide-driver who takes you first to Namur. Here you explore the Citadel of Namur and enjoy fantastic views of the valley.
  • Optional tour: Tour to Liege, Belgium
    Embark on a half-day tour to explore Liege - the largest city in French-speaking Belgium. Together with your private guide you visit all main sights.
  • Optional tour: Day Trip to Ypres, Belgium
    Walking around this lovely city of Ypres, it is hard to imagine the incredible highs and lows it has endured. During the tour you visit several sights dedicated to the World War I.
  • Optional tour: Tour to Mons, Belgium
    Explore the city of Mons, the European Capital of Culture in 2015 and a must-visit destination for those who love architecture and art.

Breakfast is included.

Day 8
Departure from Brussels

This is the last day of your amazing tour to Belgium! After breakfast your driver transfers you to the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

Breakfast is included.


Included

7 nights at 4-star centrally located hotels

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant

Always included:

  • Best location for sightseeing
  • Breakfasts
  • All taxes and fees

What's included
  • Accommodation at remarkable centrally located hotels in Brussels & Bruges;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Professional English-speaking guides;
  • Rich sightseeing tours in Brussels, Ghent, Bruges and Antwerp;
  • 1st class train tickets: Bruges - Brussels and Brussels - Antwerp roundtrip;
  • Chocolate tasting in Brussels;
  • Entrance ticket to St Bavo's Cathedral in Ghent;
  • Canal ride on a public boat in Bruges;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary with private drivers;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

Not included: international flights, gratuities, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses, gratuities.

Tour highlights
  • Fully tailor-made program according to your interest;
  • Your own professional local guides and drivers;
  • Full flexibility of hotel options;
  • Relaxed pace with at least a 2-nights stay in each city with sufficient time to immerse yourself in the local culture;
  • Uncovering the secret recipes behind the delectable taste of world-famous Belgian chocolate;
  • Scenic beauty of cobbled streets and medieval buildings witnessed from water during a picturesque Bruges canals cruise;
  • Rich selection of carefully planned optional tours offering diverse experiences;
  • All of Belgium's must-see sights included in one package.
What to Know
  • Bringing a water-resistant jacket, umbrella, and some warm clothes is a must
  • Be prepared for currency conversion fees when paying with a card issued in USD
  • Tips to guides, drivers and restaurant staff in Europe are accepted but are fully at your discretion

Dates & Rates

Package type Price
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
$2,618
Deposit $524
Two travelers: double occupancy
$2,956
Deposit $592
Package type Price
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
$2,618
Deposit $524
Two travelers: double occupancy
$2,956
Deposit $592

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We had a top-notch tour to the UK. Even more than top-notch, "ace" as the locals say!

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