Welcome to Belgium

Unexpected Riches

Belgium’s biggest draws are its medieval town cores, home to a bounty of Unesco sites and many a delightful cafe-bar serving some of the planet's finest beers. But there's so much more, from stalactite-filled caves to post-industrial heritage, forest-edged kayaking rivers and rural chateaux to sandy North Sea beaches. Cutting-edge museums and finely endowed galleries unveil the complex history of what has been a crucible of European art, from the Flemish Primitives, through Rubens' voluptuous nymphs and art nouveau's sinuous curves to bizarre surrealism, comic strips and 21st-century fashion. Belgium also hosts some of the world’s weirdest carnivals.

Battle Scars

Since at least Roman times, what we now call Belgium has regularly found itself in the path of invaders. Cities have been ravaged and brutal conflicts have raged, not least in the last two centuries. A lion statue atop a conical artificial hill overlooks the world famous Waterloo battlefield where Napoleon was finally defeated. Seemingly endless rows of white gravestones in Flanders fields commemorate four years of WWI hell. And haunting former prison camps and numerous museums sensitively honour those who died in WWII, the last throes of which included Hitler's devastating 'Battle-of-the-Bulge' counter-attack in the Ardennes.

Town & Country

Though compact, Belgium is a place of striking contrasts: linguistic, cultural and topographic. Most of the historic ‘art’ cities lie in predominantly flat, Dutch-speaking Flanders, seducing visitors with medieval belfries, magical market squares and step-gabled houses that often overlook pretty urban canals. Dotted with superb museums and galleries, these places are close together and seamlessly interconnected by regular public transport. In contrast, despite some intriguing post-industrial cities, much of hilly, French-speaking Wallonia is profoundly rural. So it's useful to have your own wheels to reach the region's spectacular caves, impressive castles and bucolic valleys, where there's endless outdoor fun to be had.

Chips, Chocolate & Beer

Prepare to add an inch or two to your waistline: Belgium's remarkable range of comestible specialities goes far beyond the country's diminutive size and isn't aimed at weight-watchers. Brussels and Liège compete over what constitutes the perfect waffle, while countless speciality shops sell some of the world's most luscious chocolates. Jumbo mussels are served with crispy, twice-fried frites that you'll only call 'French' fries at your peril. Then, of course, there’s beer. Brewing is an almost mystical art in Belgium with a dazzling rainbow of different styles, most notably the six great Trappist beers, still created within active monasteries.

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Ghent and Bruges Full-Day Tour from Brussels

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle), Ghent, East Flanders ProvinceThe 91-metre-tall belfry of Ghent is one of three medieval towers that overlook the old city centre of Ghent, Belgium, the other two belonging to Saint Bavo Cathedral and Saint Nicholas' Church.Pass By: Graslei and Korenlei, Ghent, East Flanders ProvinceA quay in the historic city center of Ghent, Belgium, located on the right bank of the Leie river.Pass By: St. Bavo's Cathedral (Sint-Baafskathedraal), Ghent, East Flanders ProvinceThe Saint Bavo Cathedral an 89-meter-tall Gothic cathedral in Ghent, Belgium. It is the seat of the diocese of Ghent, is named for Saint Bavo of Ghent, and contains the well-known Ghent Altarpiece.Pass By: Saint Nicholas Church, Ghent, East Flanders ProvinceSt. Nicholas' Church is one of the oldest and most prominent landmarks in Ghent, Belgium. Begun in the early 13th century as a replacement for an earlier Romanesque church.Pass By: Gravensteen, Ghent, East Flanders ProvinceThe current castle dates to 1180 and was the residence of the Counts of Flanders until 1353. It was subsequently re-purposed as a court, prison, mint, and even as a cotton factory.Stop At: Basilica of the Holy Blood, Bruges, West Flanders ProvinceThe Basilica of the Holy Blood is a Roman Catholic basilica in Bruges, Belgium. The church houses a venerated relic of the Holy Blood allegedly collected by Joseph of Arimathea and brought from the Holy Land by Thierry of Alsace.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk, Bruges, West Flanders ProvinceThe Church of Our Lady in Bruges, Belgium, dates mainly from the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries. Its tower, at 115.6 metres in height, remains the tallest structure in the city and the second tallest brickwork tower in the world.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Stadhuis, Bruges, West Flanders ProvinceThe Bruges City Hall is one of the oldest city halls in the entire Netherlands region. It is located in Burg Square, the area of the former fortified castle in the centre of Bruges.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Minnewater Lake, Bruges, West Flanders ProvinceThe famous area is called the "Lake of Love" and" Lovers bridge" .It’s a romantic place to be with someone you love! An amazing location within the confines of the city. Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Burg Square, Bruges, West Flanders ProvinceThe Burg Square is the political center of Bruges. It is a lovely place where architecture lovers can enjoy the amazing mix of beautiful buildings.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Beguinage (Begijnhof), Bruges, West Flanders ProvinceThe Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaerde is the only preserved beguinage in the Belgian city of Bruges. There are no more Beguines living there, but since 1927 it functions as a convent for Benedictines, founded by canon Hoornaert.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Historic Centre of Brugge, Bruges, West Flanders ProvinceThere will be time for an optional but unforgettable canal tour. Duration: 30 minutes

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Brussels Beer Tasting Guided 4-Hour Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Global Enterprises Tours, BrusselsMeeting PointDuration: 5 minutesPass By: St. Catherine's Church, BrusselsFishmarket of Brussels with authentic barsStop At: Place St. Gery, BrusselsLost river ZenneDuration: 5 minutes

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Brussels Chocolate 4-Hour Walking Tour with Workshop, Tastings

Brussels Chocolate Walking Tour and Workshop allows you to learn how to make the real Belgian pralines yourself through a fun workshop. Orangettes, pralines, Easter eggs... The chocolates are made with real cream or alcoholic filling, they do not keep well, but then, you weren't planning on keeping them for long anyway, were you? You will love this original and extremely delicious walking tour that looks at the authentic Brussels like no other does. You will also walk through the historic old town, see the major sights like Manneken Pis, Grand'Place, Royal Galleries but also the hidden treasures that only the locals know how to find. Also a lot of inside information about where to eat, museums, and other activities.

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Full-day Bruges Trip from Amsterdam

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Begijnhof, Amsterdam, North Holland Province.Pass By: Burg Square, Bruges, West Flanders Province.Pass By: Historic Centre of Brugge, Bruges, West Flanders Province.Pass By: Lindbergh Day Tours, Amsterdam, North Holland Province.Pass By: Boottochten Brugge, Bruges, West Flanders Province.Pass By: Centraal Station, Amsterdam, North Holland Province.

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Paris to Bruges Full-Day Trip with Transport and Walking Tour

Step off your luxury coach into a picture postcard! You’ll instantly fall for Bruges’s medieval charm as you arrive in its famous center, an UNESCO World Heritage area thanks to its incredibly preserved architecture. Walking its wonderful winding streets, hear about the jewel of the Flemish region’s fascinating history. You’ll be guided to some of the city’s legendary landmarks, including Béguinage’s monastery, Basilica of the Holy Blood, the gothic Town Hall and Notre Dame Cathedral. Take time out for lunch and sample some of the local specialities as you recharge your batteries. Enjoy the ‘Venice of the North’ from the water, cruising along its romantic canals. Shopping is also part of the day’s adventure - don’t go home without the delicious chocolates Bruges is famous for!   Luxury air-conditioned coach travel from Paris for your comfort Guided tour of the UNESCO-recognized city centre with highlights such as Béguinage’s monastery, the Basilica of the Holy Blood and the gothic Town Hall Picturesque summer canal cruise Relaxed lunch and shopping time 

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Flanders World War I Battlefields Tour from Brussels

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: In Flanders Fields Museum, Ieper (Ypres), West Flanders ProvinceThe In Flanders' Fields Museum is a museum in Ypres, Belgium, dedicated to the study of the First World War. It occupies the second floor of the Cloth Hall on the market square in the city centre. The building was largely destroyed by artillery during the war, but was afterwards reconstructed.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesPass By: Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West Flanders ProvinceZonnebeke is a municipality located in the Belgian province of West Flanders. The municipality comprises the villages of Beselare, Gheluvelt, Passendale, Zandvoorde and Zonnebeke proper. Pass By: Vladslo German War Cemetery, Diksmuide, West Flanders Provinceladslo German war cemetery is about three kilometres north east of Vladslo, near Diksmuide, Belgium. Established during World War I, the cemetery holds 3,233 wartime burials.Pass By: Hill 60, Ieper (Ypres), West Flanders ProvinceHill 60 is a World War I battlefield memorial site and park in the Zwarteleen area of Zillebeke south of Ypres, Belgium.Stop At: Essex Farm Cemetery, Ieper (Ypres), West Flanders ProvinceThis was the dressing station where Dr. John McCrae wrote the famous poem "in Flanders Fields". Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Passchendaele Prints & Battlefield Tours, Ieper (Ypres), West Flanders ProvinceNear the town of Ieper in Belgium is Passchendaele and Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in the world. It is now the resting place of more than 11,900 servicemen of the British Empire from the First World War. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Last Post ceremony, Ieper (Ypres), West Flanders ProvinceA daily tribute to all commonwealth soldiers and officers that were missing after battle. Duration: 30 minutes