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From Brussels: Day Trip to Bruges by Train

1. 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.

Antwerp Day Trip from Brussels

2. Antwerp Day Trip from Brussels

A day trip to Antwerp, Belgium’s diamond and fashion capital, city of Peter Paul Rubens, and the current second biggest port of Europe. Departure from Brussels. Itinerary: Start your visit in the Central Train Station, known as the ‘iron cathedral’ and considered one of the most beautiful railway stations in the world. Visit the diamond district and go to a diamond workshop, where you will learn about the history and cutting process of diamonds, and admire unique jewelry pieces. Next, go to “The Meir”, Antwerp’s main shopping street and where you can admire fashion stores in a beautiful architectonical setting. See “Meir Palace”, a Rococo mansion that was Napoleon’s palace. Taste artisanal coffee and handmade chocolate in what is now one of the most famous chocolate shops in Belgium. Visit Rubens’ house and learn a quick history of his work and contribution to Flemish art. Go to the Cathedral of Our Lady, which is the largest Gothic church in the Low Countries, and admire its north tower. Inside, contemplate an art collection that includes four masterpieces of Paul Peter Rubens. Visit the Baroque pulpit with a wooden sculpture of Pocahontas, and beautiful stained glasses. See Saint Charles Borromeo church, a jewel of Baroque architecture in the city which houses one of the most beautiful Baroque confessionals in the world. Walk to“Het Steen”, a medieval castle located in the city’s ancient port, where you can admire the Scheldt River and view a sunset next to the water. Enjoy some Leisure time to visit museums, eating a meal, and shopping. Return to Brussels at 7:30 pm. 

Brussels: Private Trip to Bruges & Food Tour with 6 Tastings

3. Brussels: Private Trip to Bruges & Food Tour with 6 Tastings

Enjoy authentic and delicious tastings in this personalized food tour in Bruges with a local guide. Head to the Markt, the city’s medieval heart lined with quaint pavement cafes under the watchful eye of the Belfort, Belgium's most famous belfry. Start your food journey by whetting your appetite at a no-frills pub or bar for a drink and a couple of appetizers like cheese, olives, salami, and meatballs. Continue to a longstanding local cafe or bistro for some traditional Flemish cuisine – take your pick of hearty, beer-based Flemish stew or pie, bouillabaisse, and vol-au-vents. Take a break before your next round, walking through the city center’s cobbled medieval streets, and squeezing in some sightseeing with on-the-go Belgian Frites (twice-cooked, thick-cut fries). End on a sweet note with sweet, syrupy, fluffy Belgian waffles and a chocolate tasting at a local chocolatier. All these delectable tastings are included in the price of the tour, so all that’s left for you to do is enjoy the best food Bruges has to offer!

From Brussels: Leuven Day Trip by Train

4. From Brussels: Leuven Day Trip by Train

The university town of Leuven is known for its youthful atmosphere. Although it's smaller and not as well known as cities like Bruges and Ghent, it's definitely worth exploring this beautiful Flemish city and seeing what it has to offer.  At 10 AM leave Brussels and head towards Leuven, a 30-minute journey away by train. Visit Leuven's Grote Markt and Plaza where you'll find the imposing Church of San Pedro and the famous Town Hall, a masterpiece of Gothic Brabantino. Be amazed by what is perhaps the longest bar in the world in the Oude Markt. See a major school and impressive library, rebuilt after World War II. At the end of the visit, enjoy some free time to eat and see the city at your leisure. Make some purchases or try a Stella Artois, the headquarters being located in Leuven. Your guide will provide you a return train ticket back to Brussels and you can return when you wish.

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What people are saying about Brussels

Our guide Louisa was fantastic! Very friendly and very knowledgeable. She took us around to the key areas and gave us lots of information. We had some free time in the afternoon and got to choose our train home- she made that very clear and easy to understand. Although we had poor weather and lots of rain- we had a great day in Bruges.

The company put me with an English speaking guide once we arrived in Antwerp which I believe showed good awareness and planning. Both Isola and Luisa if I remember correctly were excellent. My guide in Antwerp was very knowledgeable, passionate about the city and excited to share as much as possible in the time.

Our guide, Ringo, was very well informed and patient with elder persons. We had a very good time in Brugge. We found wierd not to come back with our guide, they just gave our tickets to come back to the Brussels, because we where new we dorp off in another station and had to pay for a cab.

Bruges is a very pretty city, do not hesitate to visit it the guide was very pleasant and her knowledge delighted us

Great guide. Great food. Great city. We really enjoyed our food tour to Bruges with Michael!