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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.

  • Bastogne and Battle of the Bulge tour
    Tank in front of Bastogne War Museum, Belgium

    Bastogne and Battle of the Bulge tour

    Liège

    Bastogne and Battle of the Bulge tour

    On this private day-long trip, you’ll visit sites that were important in the last German offensive of World War II — the Battle of the Bulge. You’ll also get a chance to see some of the finest museums and memorials to the fallen.

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  • Diamond District tour & diamond cutting workshop
    Loose diamonds, Antwerp

    Diamond District tour & diamond cutting workshop

    Antwerp

    Diamond District tour & diamond cutting workshop

    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.

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  • Bruges old town tour & canal cruise
    Canal cruise in Bruges, Belgium

    Bruges old town tour & canal cruise

    Bruges

    Bruges old town tour & canal cruise

    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.

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  • Coastal bicycle ride Zwin Nature Park & Damme
    Windmill outside of Damme, Belgium

    Coastal bicycle ride Zwin Nature Park & Damme

    Bruges

    Coastal bicycle ride Zwin Nature Park & Damme

    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.

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  • Private canal cruise with champagne & charcuterie
    Banks of the Leie River, Ghent

    Private canal cruise with champagne & charcuterie

    Ghent

    Private canal cruise with champagne & charcuterie

    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.

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  • World War I tour
    Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, Belgium

    World War I tour

    Bruges

    World War I tour

    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.

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  • Culinary walking tour of Antwerp
    Frites, waffles, chocolate and Belgian beer, Antwerp

    Culinary walking tour of Antwerp

    Antwerp

    Culinary walking tour of 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.

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  • Shrimp farming by horseback in Oostduinkerke
    Traditional shrimp farming in Belgium

    Shrimp farming by horseback in Oostduinkerke

    Bruges

    Shrimp farming by horseback in Oostduinkerke

    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.

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  • Brussels highlights & beer tasting
    Grand Place, Brussels

    Brussels highlights & beer tasting

    Brussels

    Brussels highlights & beer tasting

    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.

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