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Do you want to discover Bruges in a unique way? Or are you more interested in the area around Bruges? Check out this list to give you some ideas.
Most prices are 2014 prices, still need to update some.
MIND: I like TA, but I don't always have time to update. So if you spot a mistake, please let me know!
FYI: contact me personally if you wish to receive this list in PDF-format. Easier to print and with a better layout.
Probably the best way to quickly get to know Bruges is go along with a guided tour. There are lots of guided tours, as you can see for yourself in this Trip List, but the classic guided tour is of course a walking tour. So put on your walking shoes and join the World Heritage Tour.
Qualified guides are happy to show you the must sees in medieval Bruges, enabling you to visit places where time seems to have stopped completely. The tour takes two hours and starts at the tourist office inside the Concertbuilding on 't Zand square. It is necessary to buy tickets in advance, as one guide is only allowed to take 25 people. Tickets can be bought online (click on the link) or at the tourist office on 't Zand square.
If you can't find the guide (normally he/she will have a sign) feel free to approach one of the tourist office employees as guides will have to announce their presence upon arrival.
There are three guides for 3 languages: a Dutch tour, a French tour and an English tour. Days and time of departure of the tour depends on when you visit:
January: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday @ 16h00 + Sunday @ 10h30
February: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday @ 16h00 + Sunday @ 10h30
March: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday @ 16h00 + Sunday @ 10h30
April: Saturday @ 14h30 + Sunday @ 10h30 + Easter holiday (5/4 until 20/4) on weekdays @ 14h30
May: Saturday @ 14h30 + Sunday @ 10h30
June: Saturday @ 14h30 + Sunday @ 10h30
July: Monday until Saturday @ 14h30 + Sunday @ 10h30
August: Monday until Saturday @ 14h30 + Sunday @ 10h30
September: Saturday @ 14h30 + Sunday @ 10h30
October: Saturday @ 14h30 + Sunday @ 10h30
November: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday @ 16h00 + Sunday @ 10h30
December: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday @ 16h00 + Sunday @ 10h30
There is a guided tour @ 10h30 on the following Belgian public holidays in 2014:
- 20 April
- 21 April
- 30 May
- 8 June
- 21 July
- 15 August
- 1 November
If you're not entirely sure about a date / time, feel free to contact me via personal message.
PRICE: 12,50 euro for adults | free of charge for children younger than 12
January, February, March, November and December are free if you have bought a Brugge City Card.
The yellow sightseeing line buses from City Tour can be found on the Market square, the departure point for a 50-minute discovery tour of the main highlights of Bruges.
The tour leaves every half an hour. The first bus always leaves at 10h00. The last bus leaves at:
* January & February: sunset
* March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October: 18h30
* November - December: sunset
Explanation is given in Dutch, French, English, German, Spanish, Italian and Japanese.
MIND: this is not a hop-on hop-off bus, you stay on the bus. You can easily walk back to all the places you have seen after the bus drops you off at the Market square.
PRICE: 16 euro for adults | 9,50 euro for children aged 6 to 11
The canal boat tour is a classic must do in Bruges. Even though the boats are usually packed with tourists it is still a wonderful way to discover the city. You will get to places you will never see when just walking around or when taking the minibus tour.
There are 5 different embarkation points, all located inside the tourist center. To find the embarkation points you can use the tourist map. In TOP QUESTIONS on the forum page you'll find the link for the tourist map.
The boats run daily between early March and mid-November.
PRICE: 7,60 euro for adults | 3,40 euro for children aged 4 until 11
Winter stops, 2013 - 2014
- Venice of the North (on Huidenvettersplein): open daily until Friday 15 November 2013. Last boats at 17h00. However, when the weather should be bad, chances are this company will close the entire afternoon.
- Coudenys (on Rozenhoedkaai): open daily until Sunday 17 November 2013. Then, but only when the weather is nice, on w weekends until the end of 2013.
- De Meulemeester (in Wollestraat): open daily until Monday 11 November 2013
- Gruuthuse: open daily until Sunday 3 November 2013. Then weekends in November and December 2013.
- Stael (in Katelijnestraat): open daily until Monday 11 November, but only when the weather is nice. Last boats at 16h00.
This is also a classic must do even though you can also see all the places that you'll pass when you just walk around. But still, taking a horse carriage ride with your loved one, friend or family in picturesque Bruges feels very romantic.
The horse carriages operate each day of the year and you can find them on the Market square (Wednesday morning on the Burg square).
The ride takes about 30 to 35 min. and will take you from the Market square to the Beguinage and back. There is a short stop at the Beguinage where you can stretch your legs while your horse gets a fresh drink.
You can't book this in advance, you just have to show up and wait if there is a queue.
PRICE: 39 euro per carriage (max. 5 people in one carriage)
Quasimodo offers two different full day trips from Bruges:
* Flanders Fields
This tour takes you to the famous WW1 battlegrounds around Ypres. Highlights during this trip include: Passchendale, Hill 60, bunkers and craters, restored trenches, the town of Ypres and the Menin Gate.
If you want to visit an ancestor you can do so, but you have to ask in advance.
Click on the link above to see some of my pictures, I've done this trip in September 2010.
* Triple Treat
Presents you with some of Belgium's most famous treats: chocolate, beer and waffles, during a trip in the countryside around Bruges.
Places you'll certainly visit during this tour are Damme and Lissewege.
To keep things informal Quasimodo uses minibuses for their tours. There are several pick-up and drop-off points in Bruges, so you need to go to one of those places.
The guided tours are always done in English and your lunch is included in the price.
Booking in advance is necessary! Check the official website http://www.quasimodo.be to find out more about the tours, their prices and how to book.
NO TOURS in January 2014
Daytours is another organization which makes guided trips to Ypres and Flanders Fields. They offer:
* In Flanders Fields> a full day tour
During which you'll visit among others Tyne Cot cemetery, In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres, the Menin Gate, Mount Kemmel, Passchendaele Museum and also trenches, artifacts, remains of the war, memorials, bunkers and craters.
Visiting a certain cemetery or memorial related to an ancestor is possible, as long as you ask in advance.
* Last Post ceremony> an evening tour
"Every evening since 1928, at precisely eight o'clock, the Last Post - the traditional salute to the fallen warrior - has been played under the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres. This daily tribute - performed by a team of local buglers - serves to honour the memory of the soldiers of the British Empire, who fought and died in the immortal Ypres Salient during the First World War. It is the aim of the Last Post Association to maintain this ceremony in perpetuity." - taken from the official website
This evening tour gives you the opportunity the experience The Last Post for yourself.
Daytours uses even smaller buses than Quasimodo (max. 8 people) and they pick you up and drop you off at your hotel/b&b in Bruges. The tours are done only in English and just as with Quasimodo, your lunch is included (in case of the full day tour).
Again, booking in advance is mandatory. Go to the official website for more information, prices and reservations.
View my photo album (link in item 5) to get an idea of this tour.
The nostalgic river boat Lamme Goedzak takes you on a calm and peaceful trip from Bruges to Damme in the months from 1 April until 15 October. The ride takes about 45 minutes.
In Bruges you'll find the departure point at Noorweegse Kaai and in Damme near the famous windmill. You can catch bus 4 or 14 (at the train station, 't Zand square, or on the Market square) and get off at "Sasplein". From there it's about 10 min. walking to Noorweegse Kaai.
* from Bruges at 10h00, 12h00, 14h00, 16h00 and 18h00
* from Damme at 9h15, 11h00, 13h00, 15h00 and 17h20
PRICES - single trip
* 7,50 euro for adults
* 6,00 euro for children aged 3 to 11
PRICES - return trip
* 10,50 euro for adults
* 8,50 euro for children aged 3 to 11
BIKE AND BOAT
One of the bike rental companies in Bruges has made a deal with Lamme Goedzak. You can now rent a bike for the entire day at B-Bike, inside the Concertbuilding on 't Zand square in Bruges, and take it on the boat to Damme. This combination ticket costs 14 euro per person (2014 price: TBC). The normal price to rent a bike for the entire day is 12 euro.
Not to be confused with Quasimodo tours, this company offers two different bike tours:
* Bruges by bike
This two-and-a-half hour tour leaves every day at 10h00 between March and November. Bruges by bike is an interesting tour if you also want to discover some places off the beaten path. Of course you'll also get to see the highlights of Bruges, but because you're on bike it's easier to reach places "normal" tourists wouldn't go to on foot.
* Border by bike
This 4-hour tour starts daily at 13h00, between March and November, from the same meeting point on the Burg square. Instead of discovering Bruges, the experienced guide will take you in our countryside, going north towards the Dutch border. Damme is one of the places you'll visit. Prepare to see lots of wonderful nature.
Tours are given in English and booking in advance is required as Quasimundo needs to know how many bikes to bring to the meeting point! So go to the website if you want to make a reservation.
PRICE: 28 euro for adults | 26 euro for people aged 8 until 26, including your bike, a rain jacket and a drink in a local pub.
Pink Bear Bike Tours presents you with one tour, namely
* A perfect morning in the country
It's a three-and-half hour tour from Bruges to Damme, offering you a chance to see and experience the countryside around Bruges. You'll stop along the way for a refreshing drink in a local pub.
The meeting point is in front of the Belfry Tower on the Market square, at 10h25.
The tour is given in English but Dutch and French speaking guides are also available, but you have to ask in advance, upon booking.
PRICE: 25 euro for adults | 23 euro for people aged 9 until 26 | free of charge for children younger than 9, including your bike.
Last but not least we have Green Bike Tour. They also take you on a trip to Damme. By now you probably realize what an important tourist destination Damme really is. So being guided by qualified people makes it all the more interesting.
The tour can be made every day, but only if yo book in advance. You can choose your own day and time of departure.
Your guide will meet you at the Concerthall on 't Zand square.
The tour can be given in English, French or Dutch, so indicate your preferred language upon reservation.
GREEN BIKE TOUR
Tel. 0032 (0)479 97 12 80
Fax 0032 (0)50 61 26 67
PRICE: 15 euro for adults, including your bike.
If you're Italian you'll feel right at home. The guides from Vespa tours take you on a splendid ride around Bruges, along places like Damme, Lissewege, Zeebrugge and Knokke. The price depends on the tour you wish to make (half a day or full day) and if you want to share a Vespa with another person. The price always includes a helmet, insurance and two pictures> a group picture and one of you alone and your Vespa.
So if biking isn't fast enough for you, you might want to consider taking one of these tours.
For most people taking a hot air balloon ride is a once in a lifetime experience. So why not combine that with your holiday? What better way to see Bruges and its surroundings than up from above?! It's a truly unique trip that will certainly take your breath away. You either get up early, or stay up late, because these trips can only be done in the morning or evening. The flight itself takes at least one hour, the entire experience (picking up passengers, finding a takeoff site, preparing the balloon, flying, landing, the drink and dropping off passengers) takes about 4 hours.
Search for Bruges Ballooning on Tripadvisor for reviews, or go to www. bruges-ballooning.com. Click the link above to see pictures of my trip.
Guided jogging tours instead of guided walking tours are a new trend and several cities offer these type of tours. Tourist Run organises such a tour in Bruges.
Anyone can sign up for the 9.5 km tour, which takes about 1h00 / 1h30 You can easily book it via the website which has a calendar with availability.
The tour starts and ends at the statue on the Market square.
PRICE: 15 euro for adults, including drink, energy bar and city map
Your guide Andy McSweeney will take you on a walking tour through Bruges and show you how to make better photos (of Bruges).
* Edges of Bruges @ 10h00
* Essential Bruges @ 13h00
* Hidden Bruges: @ 16h00
* Bruges by night @ 20h00
Check the website if you prefer to have a private tour.
PRICE: 40 euro per photographer | every paying participant can bring along a non-photographing partner