"Ghent is uncommonly generous... Discovering Ghent is giving yourself the chance to come across unlikely scenes"... (Le Monde)
"Daring Ghent is game for everything, loves to surprise, knows how to open up to all trends and styles, without ever turning tasteless or becoming incoherent". (Le Monde)
This tour is closely related to the Ghent Classic tour, but for a more avid shopper.
Gent was a large and important city in Europe during the Middle Ages. It was larger then London and second only to Paris in size. Today, this pocket-sized metropolis comes alive each day with music, outdoor markets, higher education and verve, all amidst a landscape steeped in European history. On this 3-hour tour you'll get a glimpse of a medieval castle, called Gravensteen, built in 1180AD. You'll enter St. Bavo Cathedral, consecrated in 942AD. The Cathedral is also home to a great artistic masterpiece of the Renaissance-The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb- one of the most coveted paintings in the world. You'll see these highlights while exploring Ghent's trendy shops and tasting its delicacies-like beer-served continuously in Ghent since the Crusaders.
Some of the sights we will visit: the medieval port with its guild halls, the Belfry, The Cathedral, the city Unesco Heritage sights, the Castle of the Counts of Flanders. . . .
You will be taken to world-recognized landmarks and the hidden corners of Ghent which are within walking distance. Ghent has a car-free historical center. Added to your historic tour will be ample opportunities to experience local tastes and culture. You will visit authentic shops and boutiques-both trendy and traditional. If you'd like, you can experience Ghent's music and art, its places of gastronomic repute and its beer pubs of longstanding excellence. your preferences will be customized for your tour.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: -Unless other arrangements are made, you will be welcomed at any hotel or location downtown Ghent;
-Pick up time is dependent on your scheduled arrival;
-From Brussels by train: 35 minutes
-From Brugge by train: 45 minutes
End location: Any location in center of Gent.
Or any other city (by train or car).
Duration: 2 hours 30 min.
The idea is to spend 2,30 hours on the tour in Ghent. Transport-time not included, unless of course requested otherwise.
-free map of Ghent and documentation;
-Your local guide Doris will make sure you're taken or shown the way to everything that interests you;
-You will get the best advise about restaurants, bars, coffeehouses and shops;
-Doris' enthusiasm in showing you the city she loves!
Estimated Local Cash Needed
30 Euro - This represents the total admission fees to all sites combined, if visited.
The Belfry of Ghent-St.Bavo Cathedral-The Castle of the Counts-The Boat Tour along the canals and beverages
-Additional fee of 15€ when pick up at Ghent train station.
-There are extra transportation costs if you choose to be collected by car or train from other cities in Belgium;
-There are admission fees to some of the venues;
-Food and beverages costs will vary depending upon your preferences.
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Doris is a superb tour guide, providing lots of really interesting information and taking you to all the gems that Gent has to offer. She is enthusiastic about her beautiful city, and will provide a tour that exactly meets your needs. I highly recommend Doris, you will not be disappointed!