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3 Days in Ghent: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, August 2015

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As the capital of the Flemish-speaking Oost-Vlaanderen (East Flanders) province in northern Belgium, Ghent is an important inland port and a buzzing university city. It’s also a medieval masterpiece, right up there with its neighbor Bruges for its spectacular Flemish Gothic architecture. 

Day One: Explore the City
Take a day to enjoy the buzzing streets of Ghent; discover the medieval splendors of Graslei and Korenlei; see the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb in the landmark St Bavo’s Cathedral; and climb to the top of the Belfry for views across the city rooftops. Come evening, head north of the River Leie to fashionable Patershol for a gourmet supper.

Day Two: Remember the Dead 
Pay your respects to the fallen of World War I with a tour of the battlefields of Flanders; walk in the trenches that marked the Western Front, see the countless rows of tombstones at Tyne Cot Cemetery and journey to Ypres, around which much of the fiercest fighting raged. Remember the dead at the sobering In Flanders Fields Museum, grab supper in Ypres’ main square and attend the heart-rending Last Post Ceremony, held in the Menin Gate Memorial at 8pm nightly. 

Day Three: Art and Design
Kick-start a day of culture in the superb Design Museum Ghent, then hop on a tram for the 10-minute journey south to Citadelpark for its brace of top-rate art museums (Flemish and contemporary). Pop into STAM, Ghent’s newest – and most entertaining – museum, to learn all about the city’s long journey from medieval to modern, and round off the evening at one of the many open-air restaurants along the quaysides of Graslei and Korenlei.  

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Private Tour: Ghent and Bruges Day Trip from Brussels

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Visit the historical cities of Ghent and Bruges in one day on this must-do private tour from Brussels! With an attentive private guide at your side, explore ...  Read more

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $166.44
Viator Exclusive: Private World War I Battlefields Tour of Flanders from Brussels, Brussels, ... 
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Viator Exclusive: Private World War I Battlefields Tour of Flanders from Brussels

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To mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I and the 100th anniversary of the battle of Passchendaele (1917), take this profoundly moving ...  Read more

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

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Ghent and Bruges Day Trip from Brussels

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Discover medieval history and Belgian mystery on this Ghent and Bruges day trip from Brussels. Explore the historic, UNESCO-listed cities of Ghent and Bruges ...  Read more

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $54.69
Brussels Super Saver: Brussels Sightseeing Tour, Antwerp Half-Day Trip, Day Trip to Ghent and ... 
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Brussels Super Saver: Brussels Sightseeing Tour, Antwerp Half-Day Trip, Day Trip to Ghent and Bruges

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This Brussels Super Saver combines three popular tours at one discounted price for you to enjoy over two full days! Spend the first day on a half-day city ...  Read more

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $127.20

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