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Ghent, Belgium

Things to do in Belgium

For centuries, large armies and vast trading networks have treated Belgium as a crossroads of northern Europe, leaving the country with a complex legacy that offers a wealth of experiences for you to explore. You could sample the country’s signature foods, like frites, waffles and artisanal chocolates, on a walking tour in Antwerp. Or, watch traditional shrimp farmers tend their crustacean flock from horseback on the beaches of Oostduinkerke.

Our carefully chosen experiences capture the essence of Belgium and cover a wide range of interests — you can explore battlefields from both World Wars, enjoy a guided sampling of the country’s renowned beers or pedal along the coastal flats of Zwin Nature Park to drink in the peaceful quiet. Tour the Diamond District, a clearinghouse for most of the world’s diamonds, and learn the art and science of gem cutting, or simply cruise along Ghent’s canals, sipping Champagne as you enjoy the cityscape.

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Ideas for experiencing Belgium

Experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. As part of their research trips, our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know Belgium, and the best local guides. These activities reflect some of their best-loved experiences.

  • Loose diamonds, Antwerp

    Diamond District tour & diamond cutting workshop

    Antwerp

    Explore Antwerp’s legendary Diamond Quarter, a stopover for 86% of the world’s legal raw diamonds, on this three-hour walking tour. Your guide will take you to a workshop where you can watch the gemstones be cut, shaped and polished.

  • Windmill outside of Damme, Belgium

    Coastal bicycle ride Zwin Nature Park & Damme

    Bruges

    Explore the windswept beaches, flat green meadows and reed-lined streams and canals along Belgium’s coast. Your local guide will lead you along a series of paved bike paths through the countryside, seaside resort towns and small, authentic villages.

  • Banks of the Leie River, Ghent

    Private canal cruise with champagne and charcuterie

    Ghent

    See a world-renowned altarpiece, a bird’s-eye view of the city, a medieval castle and lively market squares on a walking tour of Ghent. Then explore the city’s waterways on a boat tour of the canals, where you’ll be served local delicacies and Belgian beer.

  • Traditional shrimp farming in Belgium

    Shrimp farming by horseback in Oosduinkerke

    Bruges

    See one of Belgium’s most singular cultural traditions. At Oostduinkerke, you can watch fishermen farm shrimp atop sturdy Brabant draft horses. You’ll then get to try the shrimp during a beachfront cookout.

  • Grand Place, Brussels

    Brussels highlights & beer tasting

    Brussels

    Combine history with beer on this five-hour guided walking tour of Brussels. As you make your way to the city’s most renowned landmarks, you’ll get to stop along the way at well-known breweries and off-the-radar taverns.

  • Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, Belgium

    World War I tour

    Bruges

    See the fields where soldiers fought on the front lines during World War I on this full-day trip around Flanders with a private guide and driver. You’ll see a preserved trench, burial grounds, museums and memorials.

  • Canal cruise in Bruges, Belgium

    Bruges old town tour & canal cruise

    Bruges

    Spend a few hours with a guide exploring Bruges’ historical highlights, where you’ll see artwork by Michelangelo, Gothic cathedrals and a towering belfry. Then, spend an hour cruising the postcard-worthy canals and see step-gabled houses and stone bridges.

  • Frites, waffles, chocolate and Belgian beer, Antwerp

    Culinary walking tour of Antwerp

    Antwerp

    Get to know Antwerp’s history and try some of its best cuisine on this guided walking tour. You’ll see the city’s oldest building and busiest square, and get to try frites, artisanal chocolates, waffles and beer.