Half day walk (3-4h) Morning or afternoon (starts and ends in Ghent)
Full day tour (6 -8h) This tour can also start/end at your hotel in Brussels or in Bruges. In this case we can combine it with a visit to Brussels or Bruges and a scenic drive through the Flemish countryside and the charming villages of Sijsele and Damme (contact us for rates).
Ghent is an unassuming, un-touristy city filled with university students, linger-as-long-as-you-like cafes, well priced restaurants and vibrant energy. Ghent combines stellar medieval and other historic sights with touches of gritty urban reality and the bustling character of a genuine, living city. You'll get to view some of the best of all these worlds on a stroll through the Old Center.
Under the watchful eye of Gravensteen Castle or Castle of the Counts, the city boasts an Opera House, 18 museums, 100 churches and over 400 historical buildings. The most visited site in Ghent is the famous St-Bavo Cathedral & its beautiful altarpiece, The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb painted by the brothers Jan and Hubert van Eyck in 1432.
During our guided walk we discover all the most famous sites and monuments of the city, including the Belfry and Cloth Hall, a superb gothic monument with a soaring bell tower that dates from 1425, and the Town Hall, a complex mix of architectural style.
Optional activities (with an entrance fee*):
- A 45-minute canal cruise* (private boat reservation by appointment)
- The chapel of the "Mystic Lamb" altarpiece, by Van Eyck*
- The Fine Art Museum*
- Medieval castle Gravensteen*
- Climb and visit the Belfry clock tower*