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Ghent: Beer and Sightseeing Adventure

1. Ghent: Beer and Sightseeing Adventure

Ghent is in the Flemish-speaking part of Belgium. Although it’s a popular tourist destination, it certainly retains its own, authentic, local atmosphere. It’s a city characterised by its local population, who will set the scene for your adventure. Ghent also houses a fascinating collection of ancient architecture. Absorb the city’s fascinating history as you admire and photograph its beautiful buildings and cityscapes. Then relax on the 30-minute canal cruise and enjoy even more new perspectives on the city’s breath-taking sights. The scenic canal route and beer tasting on board will certainly form an unforgettable part of your Ghent experience. In addition to its sights, Ghent will charm you with its astounding beers. This tour is perfect for beer lovers. On this Ghent beer tour you will taste 6 beers, each very different from the others - all served with a complimentary snack. You will also discover vibrant, hidden-away taverns. These are places you may miss if exploring on your own.

Ghent: Guided City Food Tour with Food and Drink Tastings

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

Compared to Brussels, Bruges and Antwerp, Ghent is still a bit of a hidden gem, but therefore not less cool. On the contrary. Ghent is probably one of the most exciting cities in Belgium with its entrepreneurial spirit, liberal mindset, rebellious heart and old soul, that is reflected in the history of the city. This tour is a combination of sightseeing and food tasting. You will walk through famous and significant squares, and see some of the most important landmarks. These include, but are not limited to Vrijdagmarkt & Artevelde Statue, Korenmarkt, the old harbour at Graslei, Korenlei, the Unesco protected Ghent Belfry (Belfort), the St Bavo Cathedral (Sint- Baafskathedraal), which is the home of the famous Ghent Altarpiece, the medieval St Nicolas church, Graffiti Street and so on. During your walk, you make 5 food (and/or drink) tasting stops. The tasters are small (not full meals or drinks) and give you the chance to try something different. Some of these are typical Belgian (eg chocolate, waffles), whilst others are popular with the locals (eg plant based food). Each of our taster stops is consciously chosen and your guide will share the story behind it. We work together with local, independent vendors rather than large commercial ones. Your tour finishes at the last stop, which is in the centre or walking distance from the historical heart of Ghent. Your guide will make that sure you are looked after, and when you have been served your last taster, they will leave you be so you can enjoy the tasting at your own pace and have a rest after the walking.

Ghent: Discover Belgium's Beer World with a Young Local

3. Ghent: Discover Belgium's Beer World with a Young Local

Meet your guide in the center of Ghent and set off on your beer tasting adventure. Learn more about Belgium’s proud brewing traditions from your passionate guide as you walk to your first stop and discover the secrets behind its wide range of beers. As you make your way to the first bar, stop by your guide's favorite chocolate shop to taste some artisanal sweet treats. Discover how to pair chocolate and beer using different flavor combinations.  Your first stop will be at one of the city’s most popular bars. Here, sample your first beer, swap thoughts on the flavor and notes and soak up the convivial spirit as you chat to your group.  From here, move on to another lively beer haunt, loved by and known only to the locals. You will visit bars that range from trendy and modern to medieval and traditional, so there will be a bar to satisfy every age group. Over the course of the tour, sample a blend of bigger brands and craftwork brews, tasting a gutsy mix of malty, hoppy, fruity, reddish, and herby beers to sour and triple varieties. Finally, head to your last stop. Here, sample some delicious Trappist and Lambic beers, perfectly matched with Belgian chocolate and other local delicacies. Finish your tour in central Ghent, where your guide will leave you after giving you some recommendations on where to continue bar-hopping.

From Brussels: Bruges & Ghent Full-Day Trip

4. From Brussels: Bruges & Ghent Full-Day Trip

Discover the highlights of Bruges and Ghent, Belgium's most attractive cities, with round trip by train from Brussels. Tour two of the most fascinating medieval cities in Europe with an English/Spanish or French-speaking guide on a 10-hour guided day trip. Depart from the Grand Place at 09:30 only on Sunday. Upon arrival at the central station of Bruges, begin with a 2.5-hour walking tour and 2-hours of free time for eating, souvenirs and a boat trip. Scheduled return to Brussels will be at 18:00 and arrival at 19:00 with your guide. Program in Bruges: In the ancient city wall park, the ‘Lake of Love’ is one of the main water reservoirs nourishing the canal system of the Venice of the North. Visit the Beguinage, one of the best-preserved examples of medieval gated communities in which only women could live. Brewery ‘De Halve Maan’ is the only brewery still operating in the city center. Afterwards, Old St. John’s Hospital is one of the oldest hospitals in Europe, where you can appreciate 800 years of European architecture, learn about its history and visit the museum of Hans Memling (optional). Head on to Our Lady of Bruges is one of the oldest churches in the city. Admire its impressive tower that is still one of the tallest brickwork towers in the world, and take a look to its art treasures, including Michelangelo’s Madonna with the Child (optional). Stop by the VisMarkt (fishmarket) and the Tanners’ Square, two of the oldest squares in Bruges with their beautiful guildhalls and lovely cafés and restaurants. You will also visit Groeninge Museum, Burg Square and Markt Square, the 10th century city market that has been for a millennium the economic heart of Bruges. Admire its imposing guildhalls and its bellfort tower, which is one of the most famous Gothic buildings in Belgium. At the end, have an optional canal tour (8 EUR per person, pay while embarking on the boat), which is one of the best ways to see Bruges. Program in Ghent: Journey to the port city of Ghent, located at the scenic confluence of the Leie and Scheldt Rivers. Start your tour of the historic city at Saint Bavo Cathedral and admire the spectacular Gothic church and Baroque ornamentations. Step into the marble choir and private chapels, appreciate the painting of “Saint Bavo Enters the Convent at Ghent” by Rubens and the beauty of the Rococo pulpit. Look at the stunning frescoes of the Romanesque crypt. Then, opt to visit the altarpiece of "The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb" by the Van Eyck brothers and admire one of the most important works of art from the Middle Ages for a small extra fee. Then, go to City Hall to see its extraordinary mix of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Continue to Market Hall to look at the Belfort Tower and covered market. Marvel at the nearby churches of Saint Nicholas, Saint James and Saint Michael, serving as reminders of Ghent’s medieval past. Proceed to the old port of Graslei for beautiful views of the river Leie and the old guildhalls. Then, head to the medieval castle of Gravensteen, where the counts of Flanders used to live. Explore the picturesque district of Patershol and see charming buildings of brick facades where restaurants and cafes offer the best of Flemish cuisine. Go to the 15th century Great Butchers' Hall to discover one of Europe's oldest meat markets.

From Brussels: Ghent Discovery Full-Day Small Group Tour

5. From Brussels: Ghent Discovery Full-Day Small Group Tour

The tour begins with pickup from the meeting point in Brussels and heads out of the city towards Ghent where a day of adventure awaits. During the journey, listen to your passionate guide bring to life the rich-history of Ghent and the ancient capital of Flanders whilst soaking up scenic views of the countryside. Arrive in Ghent and stretch your legs with a guided tour of the city’s highlights including the churches of Saint Jacob, Saint Michael, and Saint Nicholas, as well as the Town Hall, the Cloth Hall, and the Old Harbor. Next, enjoy a guided tour of the cathedral where you can learn about the Adoration of the Lamb painting by the Van Eyck brothers. Later, discover the impressive Castle of the Count of Flanders, one of Europe’s most important medieval castles which was built in the late 12th century. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, head over to the medieval Great Butcher’s Hall where you can taste local Ganda Ham that has been cured amongst the great wooden rafters. The ham is salted and dried by local craftspeople following an age-old traditional recipe. Afterwards, enjoy an option set lunch in the heart of the city followed by free time to explore at your own pace. The highlight of the day is a scenic boat ride along the rivers of Ghent, providing a unique perspective of the city. At the end of an unforgettable day, sit back and relax on the return journey to Brussels.

Ghent: Small-Group Chocolate Tour with a Local Guide

6. 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.

From Brussels: Ghent and Bruges Combination Small Group Tour

7. From Brussels: Ghent and Bruges Combination Small Group Tour

The tour begins with pickup from the meeting point in Brussels and heads out of the city towards Bruges where a day of adventure awaits. During the drive to Bruges, learn about the rise and fall of the city from your guide, and how it came to be a UNESCO World Heritage Listed location. Upon arrival, stop by Europe’s oldest Saint John’s Hospital then enjoy a guided visit of the Church of our Lady which feature the tombs of the Dukes of Burgundy, as well as the Madonna painting by Michelangelo. Next, walk to the Belfry Tower in the Market Square, then continue onto the Town Hall and the Basilica of the Holy Blood. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, enjoy a short beer tasting session followed by an optional lunch at a local restaurant with views of the Belfry. After lunch, enjoy a boat tour along the canals of Bruges and see the sights from a new perspective. Depart Bruges and listen to your guide bring the history of Ghent to life as you travel to the city. Stretch your legs with a guided tour of the Ghent’s highlights including the churches of Saint Jacob, Saint Michael, and Saint Nicholas, as well as the Town Hall, the Cloth Hall, and the Old Harbor. Later, visit the impressive Cathedral as well as the Castle of the Count of Flanders, built in the late 12th century. Your time in Ghent also includes a trip to the medieval Great Butcher’s Hall where you can taste local Ganda Ham that has been cured amongst the great wooden rafters. After another idyllic boat tour, which cruises along the rivers of Ghent, sit back and relax on the return journey to Brussels.

Ghent: Walking Tour from Friday Market to the Cathedral

8. Ghent: Walking Tour from Friday Market to the Cathedral

During the bus tour, you will see the Millionaires' Quarter, St. Peter's station, the nearby avenues with Art Nouveau and Art Déco exteriors, St. Peter's square with St. Peter's church and Vooruit, the building of the socialist trade union. Ghent is historical and contemporary at the same time and is crossed by a number of canals and by two rivers, Scheldt and Leie. In preparation for a universal exhibition which was organised in 1913, Ghent renovated many squares and buildings, for example, the 1000 year old Count's Castle. During the walk in the old town center, you will discover the beauty and the stories of the picturesque streets and canals. Start at the Woodrow Wilson square and discover historical Ghent including the fortress Gerard de Duivelsteen and St. Bavo's cathedral with "the Mystic Lamb" by Jan Van Eyck. You will see the Belfry, the Town Hall, the Friday market, the Patershol and the old Fish Market. The old harbor offers the finest views of St. Michael's church and Ghent's famous three towers: the tower of St. Nicholas' church, the Belfry and the tower of St. Bavo's cathedral.

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What people are saying about Ghent

Liselotte was a great host. Gave us interesting information about the history and making of Belgian beers and led us to unique places that I would otherwise not discovered. Our group was super fun too, so it was a blessing on top:)

I had an amazing time on my tour. My tour guide Aymeric was a lot of fun to travel with and was very knowledgeable. Would absolutely do it again. Also Bruges is now my favorite place in Belgium.

Louise was very knowledgeable and she treated each of us with all our knowledge.. she had good experience in Brugge and Ghent

It was a great and enjoyable experience. A bit tiring for a 1 day trip but totally worth it!

Very nice n knowledgeable guide. Tad Tiring because of too much of walking.