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  • New York City Streets Full-Day Bike Tour

    1. New York City Streets Full-Day Bike Tour

    Begin with a ride through Greenwich Village and a stop at the Stonewall Inn, the birthplace of the gay rights movement of the 1960s and 70s.  Next ride along the Hudson River Greenway to Wall Street, where bankers rub shoulders with bike messengers, and brokers down their lunch as fast as the stock market fluctuates. Then onto the World Trade Center, where the new tower rises tall, a monument to human despair and resilience. Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge, learn the story of this glorious architectural wonder and discover the amazing history of an underground railroad stop in Brooklyn. Discover how unique churches, a few tropical fruits, and a fabulous hotel made Brooklyn Heights one of New York’s gems. Then back over the Manhattan Bridge and into Chinatown, find yourself on a street where secret meetings were once held to overthrow the dynasties of China and, later in an alley leading t...

  • San Francisco: Beyond the Painted Ladies Walking Tour

    2. San Francisco: Beyond the Painted Ladies Walking Tour

    Your day begins at Lafayette Park, where you’ll meet your small group of 20 people and take in a slew of different Victorian mansions from the outside, including the famous (and jaw-dropping) Spreckels mansion. Pass some of the famous row houses and learn how much money it takes to afford your own slice of a San Francisco Victorian.  Your next stop is the highlight of the trip. Get special access to a privately-owned Victorian mansion that has been lovingly restored and features a private collection of Victorian artifacts and knick-knacks. The tour, which is guided by the home’s owner, is completely exclusive and the experience of a lifetime for any lover of Victoriana. Your final stop is the famous Alamo Square, home to the “Painted Ladies” which you will recognize from television and postcards. Approaching from the very best viewpoint, you’ll be able to take your own postcard-perfect...

    Ted, our guide, was very helpful and always ensured we were comfortable with the walking up hills. He gave us various options for the route to view the wonderful houses. Ted’s knowledge was vast on San Francisco, as well as the architecture and history of the many houses we visited.

  • Chicago: Willis Tower Skydeck and The Ledge Ticket

    3. Chicago: Willis Tower Skydeck and The Ledge Ticket

    Enjoy an unrivaled view over the city of Chicago on a trip up the city's Willis Tower. This famous building, once known as the Sears Tower, is not only home to a Skydeck on the 103rd floor, but it also features The Ledge, a series of 4 glass-paneled boxes that extend out from the building's facade to give visitors a view straight down. As you wind through the ground levels of the Willis Tower, you will be surrounded by museum-quality exhibits highlighting the iconic tower. Learn about Chicago's rich history and culture through these informative visuals. Watch a video presentation, "Reaching for the Sky," where you will be briefed on the history of the building and of architecture in Chicago. Then step into your elevator and you will be amazed at how quickly it ascends. As you travel, your multimedia-equipped elevator will inform you about your vertical progress. Upon reaching the 1...

    It was amazing. If you’re visiting Chicago you definitely have to go here. Beautiful pictures from up here

  • Antelope Canyon: Canyon X or Lower Antelope Entry Ticket

    4. Antelope Canyon: Canyon X or Lower Antelope Entry Ticket

    Get to know one of the three different slot canyons in Antelope Canyon. Select from the Upper Antelope, Lower Antelope, or Canyon X.

    Canyon X

    Located southeast of Lower Antelope canyon by the gateway town of Page, Ari. This part of the canyon is chiseled out by millions of years’ worth of flood erosion and impactful winds on its sandstone, enough to sculpt out the iconic "X" shape that aptly named the canyon.

    Canyon X is a relatively new scenic tour and the lesser-known cousin of Upper/Lower Antelope Canyon, which results in fewer visitors by comparison to the other two. Canyon X is a mixture of the characteristics of both the Upper and Lower canyon, with the Upper’s feature of pillars of light and the Lower’s steepness. Canyon X is also deeper than the other two and brings ample photo opportunities. It truly is a great vac...

    We enjoyed the Canyon X Tour. There were 13 people in our group and they only let one group in at a time so it was not crowded. The tour guides were very pleasant and interesting to talk with! Josh led us through the slot canyon and he was informative, easygoing, and was happy to take pictures of us.

  • Fort Sumter: National Monument Entry Ticket & Ferry

    5. Fort Sumter: National Monument Entry Ticket & Ferry

    Enjoy 2 convenient ferry departure points: Liberty Square in downtown Charleston or Patriot’s Point in Mount Pleasant. See the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge as you ride the ferry along, and take in sighes of  Charleston’s stately Rainbow Row and Battery homes.  As you approach Fort Sumter, graceful sailboats and playful dolphins add to the photogenic scene. If you depart from Mt. Pleasant you will enjoy views of the USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier from up-close, while tours embarking from downtown will see Aquarium Wharf as they depart and return. Arrive at The Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park, which sits prominently at the mouth of the Charleston Harbor, a strategic location that was crucial to its defense.  While here, explore the grounds of Fort Sumter. Stand on the grounds where America’s deadliest war began at Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park...

    It was raining so we didn't have the ability to enjoy the fort but the ranger provided a good, detailed history.

  • Chicago: Navy Pier Centennial Wheel Regular & Express Ticket

    6. Chicago: Navy Pier Centennial Wheel Regular & Express Ticket

    Located on Historic Navy Pier, the Centennial Wheel is suspended over Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Chicago River and offers spectacular views of the iconic Chicago skyline, the many attractions on Navy Pier, as well as the famous parks and world-class attractions located along the shoreline of Lake Michigan. Choose between Regular of Fastpass ticket options: The Regular Barcoded ticket is pre-barcoded to allow you to skip the line to purchase tickets and proceed directly to the line to board the wheel. The Fastpass Express ticket allows you to skip all the lines - both the ticket line and the regular boarding line - and gives you VIP access via the exclusive Fastpass Boarding Entrance. Both tickets also feature the Flexible Date feature which lets you visit whenever you like, within 7 days of your scheduled ticket date - so you can plan your visit around the weather when you are in...

    Great experience! Fast pass did relatively nothing to move you up in line. 3 times around and Tyrone loading and unloading…

  • Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex: Admission Ticket

    7. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex: Admission Ticket

    Enjoy many exhibits, shows, and attractions at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, including Space Shuttle Atlantis®, Shuttle Launch Experience, Rocket Garden, and Heroes & Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame presented by Boeing®. Experience the exhibit "Journey to Mars: Explorers Wanted", which includes a live interactive theater presentation about the Red Planet. Head to the Apollo/Saturn V Center via a Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour, which features a fully restored, massive Saturn V rocket, one of only 3 in the world. At Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex you'll have the opportunity to explore the world’s largest collection of astronaut memorabilia. Not only will you see tributes to the heroes of the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and Space Shuttle Programs, but what is happening now and next at Kennedy Space Center, America’s multi-user spaceport.

    Download the App before you get to the space center. There is absolutely zero data available on AT&T or T-Mobile throughout the entire complex. If you do get a signal you can expect less than 1mbps of data and a dialup modem from 1993 would be way faster.

  • Las Vegas Strip: The High Roller at The LINQ Ticket

    8. Las Vegas Strip: The High Roller at The LINQ Ticket

    There's no better way to enjoy the views of Las Vegas than from the top of the High Roller. This observation wheel, which stands over 550 feet tall (around 168 meters), provides the perfect viewpoint to see everything that’s going on along the Strip. See for yourself during a 30-minute revolution in one of the High Roller’s 28 air-conditioned compartments. The High Roller even beats out the London Eye as the biggest observation wheel in the world. During your ride, an amusing audio tour will cover the history of Las Vegas, perfectly timed to point out the area’s landmarks as they appear during the rotation. The High Roller is located at the heart of Las Vegas’s LINQ, a lively promenade featuring bars, shops, and restaurants. This leaves you in the perfect place to continue your evening after experiencing Las Vegas from above.

    We booked at the last minute online and were able to get our tickets on our apple wallet, made for an easy bypass of a very long line! The experience was great with a slight issue upon returning to ground, there was an electrical issue that delayed us 10-15 minutes and some of the passengers got pretty ugly and it kinda left a negative feeling at the end. The views were great though!! Ride lasted about an hour w the delay.

  • Boston: Whale Watching Catamaran Cruise

    9. Boston: Whale Watching Catamaran Cruise

    Go whale watching off the coast of Boston on a comfortable, high-speed catamaran with maximized outdoor and indoor viewing capacity. Getting you to and from the whales in less time means you get more time to actually watch them on your 3.5-hour trip.

    Benefit from the best guided experience, with professional researchers from the Whale Center of New England, the region's foremost authority on whale populations, on-hand to provide you with expert commentary.

     

    After you find your crew at the dock, board the high-speed catamaran that offers the fastest, most comfortable way to explore the Atlantic. 

    Make the most of the 3 outside viewing decks, climate-controlled cabin space with cushioned seating, tables, state-of-the-art sound and video systems, and a galley offering snacks an...

    It was great to see the mom and calf But when you have 40 people trying to het in an area 20 people fit. Well. There ya go.

  • Chicago River: 1.5-Hour Guided Architecture Cruise

    10. Chicago River: 1.5-Hour Guided Architecture Cruise

    Experience more of Chicago than on any other architectural cruise as you travel not only the main Chicago River but also the North Branch of the river (as far as the Old Montgomery Ward Building) and the South Branch of the river (nearly as far as Chinatown). View all of Chicago's architectural highlights during this comprehensive sightseeing tour. Be entertained by the expert and friendly tour guides as they explain the 130 year-long history behind the skyline, while bartenders and staff keep you comfortable with refreshments.  Choose between the fresh air of the open-air decks or enjoy the comfort of the climate-controlled interiors during your cruise. The tour starts at the Michigan Avenue (DuSable) bridge and goes up the main branch of the Chicago River past Wolf Point, and cruises along the north and south branches of the river, before heading back past the Chicago Riverwalk toward...

    The tour was great. The only problem was when my wife and I were checking in and the young man said that my ticket was invalid. The only reason we were able to go on the tour is that there was another gentleman there who knew that I had already purchased two tickets

5 best day trips from Brussels

Day trip to Bruges

1. Day trip to Bruges

Cruise the canals of picture-perfect Bruges and see why this fairytale city is one of the most visited in Belgium. The colorful houses reflect in the sparkling waters while the cobbled streets wind through the UNESCO-recognized old city center. Travelers should spend time in the Market Square, see the Michelangelo sculpture at the Church of our Lady, and climb the 366 steps to the top of the belfry for impressive vistas. Don’t forget to sweeten your time in the city by tasting some of the famous chocolate.

How far is Bruges from Brussels?

It only takes about an hour and 15 minutes to drive the 100 kilometers (62 miles) from Brussels to Bruges. By train, travel time is just around an hour.

2. Day trip to Ghent

A medieval powerhouse, the charming Flemish city of Ghent is one of the most popular places to visit from Brussels. Ghent is well known for its decorative medieval architecture — a reminder of the city’s rich past — which can be seen in all corners of the city. Visitors can tour the commanding Gravensteen castle, relax in the Vrijdagmarkt square, and take in the expansive views from the Belfry tower.

How far is Ghent from Brussels?

Ghent is located just 57 kilometers (35 miles) northwest of Brussels. By car or bus, the journey takes just under an hour, while the train will get you there in a quick 40 minutes.

Day trip to Antwerp

3. Day trip to Antwerp

As the second largest city in Belgium and diamond processing capital of the world, Antwerp is a true gem to visit. With over half a million people calling the city home, there is always plenty to do and see. Some of the top attractions in the city include one of the oldest zoos in the world, the Rubens House Museum — former home of the famed Dutch master — and the glittering jewels of the diamond district.

How far is Antwerp from Brussels?

Only 50 kilometers (31 miles) north of Brussels, Antwerp is easy to get to. Driving takes only 35 minutes, while the train takes just 10 minutes more. The bus is the slowest method of travel, but it still gets you to town in about 50 minutes.

4. Day trip to Leuven

Say cheers to a day out in the beautiful city of Leuven. Perhaps best known as being the birthplace of the beloved Stella Artois beer, visitors can still tour the brewery and sample the legendary lager today. Aside from the brewery, other frequented sights in Leuven include the intricately decorated gothic Town Hall, the lively Old Market Square, and the historical quarter of Groot Begijnhof, which dates back to the 13th-century.

How far is Leuven from Brussels?

Located a mere 30 kilometers (18 miles) from Brussels, Leuven only takes around 30 minutes to reach by rail or by car. The public bus only takes 40 minutes.

5. Day trip to Dinant

Head out of town for the day to the serene riverside city of Dinant. The city strikes a dramatic silhouette at the base of a towering rock cliff. Atop the cliff, the Citadel of Dinant has guarded the city since the 11th century, while at the base, travelers shouldn’t miss the Church of Notre Dame de Dinant. For music lovers, Dinant was also the hometown of Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone. Learn about his life and his melodious invention at his former home. Finish off your adventure with a tour of Maison Leffe and a sample of this favorite Belgian brew.

How far is Dinant from Brussels?

By train, you can travel the 98 kilometers (60 miles) in 90 minutes to two hours. By car, the journey takes between an hour and 90 minutes.

Brussels day trip FAQ

What transportation options are best for my day trip?

Belgium is a relatively small country with good transportation options, giving you plenty of choices for how to go about your day trip.
  • • Brussels day trips by train

    Brussels and the rest of Belgium have excellent rail and train transportation. With the city’s several train stations, the train is often the quickest and best option for traveling in any direction.

  • • Brussels day trips by bus

    The bus is the most economical option for getting around on your day trip. Often costing only a few euros, the public bus usually doesn’t take much longer than a private vehicle. Many tour companies also operate their guided tours via bus.

  • • Brussels day trips by car

    The independence of your own car can be a great benefit. Truly customize your plans and change course at a moment’s notice. A car also allows you to explore at your own pace, so you can really soak up the whole experience.


Should I take a guided tour for my day trip?

While traveling solo can be rewarding, guided tours provide you with the insight you might not get on your own. Many guided tours even offer pickup and drop-off directly from your hotel, letting you avoid any difficulties of planning.


What should I pack for my day trip?

What to pack depends greatly on the time of year. The summers are generally warm, but layers are always a good idea during the rest of the year. Of course, bringing water and some snacks is always smart, especially if you plan to enjoy some of the delicious (but particularly strong) Belgian beer.


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What people are saying about Brussels

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 1,967 reviews

Really great way to see Bruges in one day! We covered all of the hotspots and there was time to have a meal and get in some shopping. James was an excellent tour guide. Very knowledgable and friendly.

It was a trip that was worth it, the value for money, the very diligent guide and the service in general 100 points, in addition to the fact that the places are beautiful. Thanks

An amazing sight ... But even more surprising the guide, a hand that made us enjoy a wonderful city. Thanks for everything Pablo.

Stephon was great. Very knowledgeable and easy going. Great history lesson without the boring parts.

Great service and guidance . Our guide was excellent