A classic must do is the canal boat tour. You will get to places in Bruges you can't get to when walking around. So if you need a break from all those cobblestones, just go to one of the embarkation points, hop on board and enjoy lovely Bruges from a different view. 

You'll find 5 boat companies located inside the tourist center:

  • Venetië van het Noorden on Huidenvettersplein
  • Coudenys on Rozenhoedkaai
  • De Meulemeester in Wollestraat
  • Gruuthuse in Gruuthusestraat
  • Stael in Kathelijnestraat

Each boat company has 4 boats (capacity: about 30 people per boat). They operate every day from March till November. The first boat departs at 10h00, the last at 17h30. The tour takes 30 minutes and starts and ends at the embarkation point of your choice (it's NOT hop on hof off). Each boat company does the same tour, gives the same explanation and has the same prices. Adults pay € 7,60 and children under 12 year pay € 3,40 (these are 2013 prices). Individuals don't need to book in advance, you can buy your ticket on the day itself.