Bruges or Brussels (from Zeebrugge) cruises

Zeebrugge is your gateway to Brussels, Bruges and Ghent. The old capital of the Duchy of Burgundy, Brussels is famed for its fine cuisine and is also capital of the European Union. Bruges and Ghent are perhaps the best-preserved cities in Northern Europe. Bruges is a fairy-tale city where medieval edifices, proud bridges and overhanging trees admire their beautiful reflections in glassy canals. Around its waterways quaint cobbled streets lead you to markets, museums and churches.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Bruges At Your Own Pace

    This guided transfer is ideal for those who prefer to spend half a day exploring the beautiful city of Bruges independently.

    Bruges At Your Own Pace

    A scenic drive takes you into Bruges, for you to spend a delightful half day in the beautiful medieval city. During the drive you’ll be provided with a city map to allow you to plan your time ahead.

    Arriving on the outskirts, your guide will remain at the coach park for up to one hour to answer any questions, to assist you in planning your day. Afterwards, the time is yours to enjoy at your leisure.

    Explore the cobble-stone streets, marvel at the medieval Flemish architecture, or perhaps take a canal boat ride along the tranquil waterways. You may also choose to indulge in a spot of shopping or simply relax in one of the many cafés or restaurants and watch the world go by.

    Belgium is famous of course for its delicious chocolates and you’ll find the shops are in abundance with all different varieties for that perfect gift.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. As coaches are not permitted in the city centre, all coach transfers from Zeebrugge drop at the same coach park, this is a scenic 20 minute stroll into the centre, with a few steps en route. At the end of your free time in Bruges, your meeting point will be at the coach car park in the same location as you disembarked the coach.

    Tour code

    ZE1_005

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Bruges In A Day

    Enjoy a morning guided walk and canal tour, then the afternoon is free for you to explore the city's treasures as you please.

    Bruges In A Day

    Discover the medieval old town of Bruges, with its cobble-stoned streets and centuries-old buildings next to picturesque canals. A guided walk takes you through the picturesque city passing the Market Place with its merchant guild houses, the Belfry Tower, Town Hall, Our Lady's Church, and Gothic-style Chapel of the Holy Blood.

    Take home memories of a delightful short boat ride along the canals of this romantic, historical city.

    Souvenir shops are in abundance, with delicious Belgian chocolates, finely-made tapestries and, of course, the world-famous lace - so the opportunities are hard to resist.

    For the remainder of the afternoon you will have free time to browse independently through Bruges, exploring the charms of this delightful town at your leisure.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour requires a moderate level of activity. Guests are advised that there are steps to be negotiated when boarding and disembarking the canal boat. Luncheon has not been included to allow maximum flexibility. There is approximately two hours' total walking, some of which involves steps and cobblestones.

    Tour code

    ZE1_008

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    7 hours

  • Medieval Ghent

    Soak up the atmosphere of the charming city of Ghent, with its gabled houses and narrow cobbled lanes, bustling with activity.

    Medieval Ghent

    Your scenic drive takes you along the highway with scenes of the Flemish countryside as your companion. On arrival in Ghent, take a walking tour through the old city passing by the interesting guild houses with their steep, gabled fronts.

    The Flemish city of Ghent was considered the most powerful next to Paris in the 16th Century and was an important Medieval and Renaissance art centre. During a walk in the heart of the city it will feel as though the past is still alive. Take a stroll over St Michael’s Bridge, which overlooks the old river port and enjoy a view of the well-known ‘Row of Three Towers’, consisting of St Nicholas Church Tower, the Belfry Tower and St Bavo’s Cathedral Tower.

    During your visit inside St Bavo’s Cathedral, you will have an opportunity to admire the church’s highlight – the famous painting of ‘The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’, by the brothers Van Eyck. Also of particular interest is the ornately carved wooden pulpit.

    Enjoy some free time browsing independently through Ghent. Find the perfect memento of your visit in the many shops offering delicious Belgian chocolates, handmade lace and wonderful little souvenirs and handicrafts.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There are cobble-stoned streets and small steps leading into St Bavo’s Cathedral. Appropriate attire is required for the visit to the Cathedral. An ongoing project to renovate the panels of the 'Lam Gods' is currently being undertaken, during this process, some panels may be replaced by black and white copies.

    Tour code

    ZE1_002

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Christmas Spirit in Brussels

    Enjoy a full day in Brussels to capture the festive spirit of the famous Christmas Market, with its array of gifts and delicacies.

    Christmas Spirit in Brussels

    On arrival in Brussels drive past the King Boudewijn Stadium and make a photograph stop at the Atomium. This was built for the World Fair in Brussels in 1958 and represents the atoms of an iron molecule.

    Near the Central Station walk through the Old Town area to admire the St Hubert Arcades and Butchers' Street with its plethora of restaurants and cafes. You will be astonished by the beauty of the Grand Place, adorned in its Christmas finery. A few blocks further, meet Manneken Pis, Brussels' best known little boy.

    During your free time, visit the annual Christmas Market. No fewer than 220 wooden chalets will be present for the Christmas market. A huge array of Christmas goods, craft products and delicacies will be on sale in the beautifully illuminated shopping area. A 160 feet high giant wheel gives fantastic views of the city and the traditional Christmas tree and decorations.

    As the year-end draws near, the Christmas markets blossom in many cities and towns in Belgium. This market with its cheerful lights, delicious aromas and vast number of stalls promises a truly festive atmosphere.

    After a short walk back to the coach, pass by the Royal Palace, the European Parliament, the Cinquantenaire Arcade and the Koekelberg Basilica before heading back to Zeebrugge.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The transfer to Brussels is approximately 1¾ hours by coach and upon arrival there will be a scenic tour of 1½ hours before disembarkation for the walking tour. There will be walking over some cobble stoned areas in the city. Luncheon is not included on this tour to allow guests maximum flexibility.

    Tour code

    ZE1_011

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    8 hours

  • Christmas Spirit in Bruges

    Visit the Christmas markets of Bruges as well as a guided walking tour through the city and its highlights.

    Christmas Spirit in Bruges

    Enjoy a narrated panoramic drive with scenes of the Flemish countryside, before arriving in Bruges for a walking tour followed by free time.

    As you enter this historical old town, the beautiful medieval atmosphere is immediately evident. Cobble-stoned streets twist and turn and centuries-old buildings hover over the canals. A guided walk takes you through the picturesque city passing the Market Place with its merchant guild houses, the Belfry Tower, Town Hall and the Gothic-style Chapel of the Holy Blood (exterior views only).

    Enjoy free time to visit the charming Christmas Markets. Browse the stalls selling hand-made decorations, gifts, chocolates and local delicacies. The traditional step-gabled buildings decorated with sparkling lights, the huge Christmas tree and the ice rink in Market Square all add to the delightfully festive atmosphere.

    Your guide will lead you to the 'Lake of Love' to rejoin your coach for the return journey.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour requires a moderate level of walking over cobbled streets. Lunch has not been included to allow maximum flexibility.

    Tour code

    ZE1_003

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4¾ hours

  • Belgian Coast & Countryside

    Combine the medieval village of Damme with the stylish resort town of Knokke on this wonderful tour.

    Belgian Coast & Countryside

    Sit back and relax on board your coach as a scenic drive through the countryside takes you to the medieval village of Damme. Formerly the port for Bruges in the 13th century, today Damme is a picturesque little village full of character. Join your knowledgeable guide on a leisurely walk around the village, before enjoying some free time to discover the village’s charm independently.

    Re-board your coach for the brief transfer to the pretty resort town of Knokke. Made famous in the early 19th century when the wealthy people of Brussels chose it as their vacation haven, Knokke continued to thrive as a resort town, attracting an upmarket clientele to its white sandy beaches and designer brand stores. Today Knokke remains a popular Flemish town that offers something for everyone.

    Your guide will lead you into the town centre and the famous ‘Lippenslaan’, one of the most expensive streets in the Belgian version of Monopoly. From here, you’ll have free time to explore independently. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the sea front, explore the streets filled with designer brand stores as well as local stores, or simply relax at a café and sample one of the many kinds of beers that Belgium is famed for.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and involves approximately one hour of walking during the visit to Damme; however guests can omit the guided part of the tour if they wish and opt for additional free time. All walking at Knokke is at the guests’ discretion during free time.

    Tour code

    ZE1_182

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • A Taste of Bruges

    Discover Bruges with its canals, beautiful medieval buildings, chocolates and lace.

    A Taste of Bruges

    Your narrated panoramic drive offers picturesque scenes of the Flemish countryside, before arriving in Bruges for a walking tour, canal ride and free time for shopping.

    As you enter this historical old town, the beautiful medieval atmosphere is immediately evident. Cobble-stoned streets twist and turn and centuries-old buildings hover over the main canals. Take a guided walk through the picturesque city passing the Market Place with its merchant guild houses, Belfry Tower, Town Hall and the Gothic-style Chapel of the Holy Blood (exterior views only).

    A true highlight of your tour of Bruges will be a relaxing canal boat ride along the serene waterways of this romantic, historical city.

    Take time to browse independently around Bruges where the shops are plentiful and overflowing with souvenirs; including delicious Belgian chocolates, finely made tapestries and, of course, the world-famous lace - so the opportunities are hard to resist.


    This excursion will operate by coach, canal boat and on foot. This tour requires a moderate level of activity. Guests are advised that there are steps to be negotiated when boarding and disembarking the canal boat. There is approximately two hours' total walking, some of which involves steps and cobblestones.

    Tour code

    ZE1_001

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4¾ hours

  • Bruges, On Your Own

    A guided transfer to the heart of Bruges with a full day to explore, sightsee and shop.

    Bruges, On Your Own

    Arguably the capital of chocolate, savour a taste of what’s to come and enjoy authentic Belgium chocolates as we whisk you from your ship to Bruges. The perfect opportunity to plan your day, you’ll receive a Bruges City Map and your local guide will highlight the iconic activities and attractions - their insider’s insights will help you build an expertly planned itinerary.

    Arriving on the outskirts, your guide will remain at the coach park for up to 1 hour to answer any questions to assist you in planning your day. Afterwards, the time is yours to enjoy at your leisure.

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bruges is simply stunning. Climb the 13th Century Belford for a breathtaking view and catch your breath afterwards (there are 365 steps to climb) with a Belgian beer at one of the award-winning breweries or many canal side beer cafés. Wander through quaint lanes adorned with countless chocolate and lace shops or join a canal tours - a hugely popular way to see the city as they crisscross the centre and have rightly earned Bruges the nickname, ‘Venice of the North’.

    With so much to see and do, and so many tempting cafés, restaurants and shops to while away the hours in, it’ll feel like no time at all before you meet your guide back at the coach park.


    As coaches are not permitted in the city centre, all coach transfers from Zeebrugge drop at the same coach park, this is a scenic 20 minute stroll into the centre, with a few steps en route. At the end of your free time in Bruges, your meeting point will be at the coach car park in the same location as you disembarked the coach.

    Tour code

    ZE1_006

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    7 hours

  • Bruges Highlights

    Discover Bruges with its beautiful medieval buildings, chocolates and lace.

    Bruges Highlights

    Your narrated panoramic drive will provide scenes of the Flemish countryside, before arriving in Bruges for a walking tour, followed by free time for shopping.

    As you enter this historical old town, the beautiful medieval atmosphere is immediately evident. Cobble-stoned streets twist and turn and centuries-old buildings hover over the main canals. You’ll take a guided walk through the picturesque city passing the Market Place with its merchant guild houses, the Belfry Tower, Town Hall and the Gothic-style Chapel of the Holy Blood (exterior views only).

    Afterwards, enjoy time to browse independently around Bruges. The shops are plentiful and overflowing with souvenirs, delicious Belgian chocolates, finely made tapestries and, of course, the world-famous lace - so the opportunities are hard to resist.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and requires a moderate level of activity. There is approximately two hours’ total walking, some of which involves steps and cobblestones.

    Tour code

    ZE1_176

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4¾ hours

  • Ypres - in Flanders Fields

    This tour takes in the dramatic history of war and the battles fought in and around Ypres.

    Ypres - in Flanders Fields

    Ypres was reduced to rubble by constant bombardments during the Great War. Now restored to its former grandeur, Ypres contains numerous poignant sites and monuments linked to the war.

    There are many battlefields where German and allied armies fought without decisive victories. Take time to remember those who lost their lives at Tyne Cot Cemetery.

    Menin Gate is a famous British War memorial and is by far the most important evidence in Ypres of the British presence. The names of 54,896 missing soldiers are engraved on its walls.

    ‘In Flanders Fields’ Museum is not a traditional war museum. It is not about commanders and strategists, but about ordinary people who endured the war, the soldiers, nurses, fugitives and children. ‘In Flanders Fields’ Museum is active in keeping the veterans’ stories alive for future generations. The innovative hi-tech methods used within the Museum earned it the title of ‘Best European Museum’.

    A short visit will be made to St George’s Memorial Church, which stands as a memorial to the thousands who died in the three battles of the Ypres Salient.

    Enjoy free time in Ypres to browse through the shops or relax in one of the quaint cafés or restaurants for luncheon.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Luncheon has not been included in this tour to allow flexibility. There is approximately 1½ hours’ total walking with steps in the Museum, Menin Gate and the Cemetery.

    Tour code

    ZE1_007

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    7 hours

  • Bruges & Belgian Beer

    Explore one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Northern Europe, and indulge in a special beer tasting.

    Bruges & Belgian Beer

    Your scenic drive brings you to Bruges, where you will discover the highlights on a guided walk. The charm of this medieval city will capture you immediately as it is smaller and more contained than many other old Flemish cities, giving the impression that you have stepped back in time. Your guide will lead you through the narrow, twisting cobblestone streets, passing by picturesque scenes of ancient buildings, tree-lined canals and gabled facades. See the bustling marketplace, Belfry Tower, the Town Hall and the Chapel of the Holy Blood (exterior views only).

    There is no doubt that Belgium is the country of beer as it offers more than 450 varieties of brew. Belgium’s widely varying landscape enables the most contrasting tastes and flavours and beer is deeply rooted in its culture and tradition. Belgian brewing has kept pace with technology and produces beers that correspond to consumer demand whilst still maintaining the traditional character and range of beers. Enjoy a tasting of four different beers in a local beer café, before taking to the streets for 30 minutes of free time for shopping.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately one hour of walking on this tour over some cobblestoned streets and participants must be over 18 years old.

    Tour code

    ZE1_178

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4¾ hours

  • Ypres & Passchendaele Memorial Museum

    This tour takes in the dramatic history of war and the battles fought in and around Ypres.

    Ypres & Passchendaele Memorial Museum

    Ypres was reduced to rubble by constant bombardments during the Great War. Now restored to its former grandeur, it contains numerous poignant sites and monuments linked to the war.

    A stone’s throw away from Ypres is the small village of Passchendaele, where the Battle of Passchendaele, one of the bloodiest battles of the First World War took place. Today the memory of the battle is kept alive through an informative Memorial Museum. During your visit of the museum you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back in time, with images, films and historical artefacts that explain how 500,000 soldiers lost their lives in 100 days. A highlight of the museum is an underground dugout tunnel that showcases how the British were forced to live underground like moles. You’ll also have the opportunity to 'walk the trenches' and see the difference in design between those used by the French, British and German forces.

    Afterwards, a stop will be made at Tyne Cot Cemetery, the resting place of 11,954 soldiers of the Commonwealth forces.

    Continue to Menin Gate, a famous British War memorial of the First World War. It is by far the most important evidence in Ypres of the British presence, and has the names of 54,896 missing soldiers engraved on its walls.

    You’ll then make a short visit inside St George’s Memorial Church, which stands as a memorial to the thousands who died in the 3 battles of the Ypres Salient.

    Round off your tour with some free time in Ypres to explore the pretty town and perhaps indulge in a spot of lunch.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and requires approximately 1½ hours of walking, as well as some steps to negotiate. Lunch is not included.

    Tour code

    ZE1_184

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    7 hours

  • Scenic Villages & Chocolates

    Visit quaint Flemish villages on this scenic tour, before heading to one of the largest chocolate shops in Bruges.

    Scenic Villages & Chocolates

    Your scenic drive through the Flemish countryside will take you to the quaint little village of Damme, typically Flemish and steeped in historic character. Enjoy free time to stroll round the streets or relax at a café and try one of the many kinds of beers that Belgium is famed for. Damme is also known as a book town, with regular book fairs.

    Afterwards, drive through the outskirts of the historical city of Bruges catching sight of the windmills and the impressive medieval walls surrounding the city. A highlight for many will be a visit to Roose’s Chocolate World, one of the largest chocolate shops in Bruges.

    Continue south of Bruges, to the peaceful village of Loppem, where one of the main attractions is undoubtedly the stunning castle. Loppem Castle has a particular and homogenous style, in the sense that the architecture and the interior have retained their original state. It was in 1856 that the future castellans, Baron Charles van Caloen and his wife, Countess Savina de Gourcy Serainchamps, appointed the English architect Edward Welby Pugin (whose father, August Welby Northmore Pugin, participated in the building of the Westminster Houses of Parliament) with the task of designing the plans for the castle. Pugin's task was pursued by Jean Bethune, who brought a more Flemish character to the construction. Loppem Castle later came to play a prominent role in the political history of Belgium at the end of World War I.


    This excursion will operate by coach and involves minimal walking. The ground at Loppem Castle is uneven and cobblestoned. There are approximately six steps to negotiate to enter the castle.

    Tour code

    ZE1_180

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Ghent On Your Own

    If you have visited Bruges before, the medieval city of Ghent is the next pearl in Belgian's crown to discover. Explore, sightsee or relax as the time is yours to do as you please.

    Ghent On Your Own

    The Flemish city of Ghent was considered the most powerful next to Paris in the 16th century and was an important medieval and renaissance art centre.

    During your one hour journey along the highway, your guide will provide you with a map of the city, which the National Geographic Magazine listed as the most authentic historic city in the world.

    Upon arrival, join your guide for a walk into the heart of the city, where it will feel as though the past is still alive. Take a stroll over St Michael’s Bridge, which overlooks the old river port and enjoy a view of the well-known ‘Row of 3 Towers’, consisting of St Nicholas Church Tower, the Belfry Tower and St Bavo’s Cathedral Tower.

    Your guide will accompany you to St Bavo Square, and then the time is yours to spend in this well-preserved historic city.

    You can explore the old streets, lined with independent chocolatiers, bakers, delicatessens and fashion boutiques, or enjoy the many architectural delights found in the churches, castles and cathedrals. You may also choose to walk along the canals, stroll through the large pedestrianised squares or wander down the tiny medieval streets, the choice is yours.

    This tour will operate by coack and on foot. Due to local traffic restrictions, there is a walk of approximately 20 to 30 minutes over cobblestones between the city and the coach park. This tour is non-guided and does not include any meals, refreshments or entrance fees.

    Tour code

    ZE1_183

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Bruges & Belgian Cheer

    Explore Bruges with its charming Christmas markets, and indulge in a special tasting of seasonal Christmas beers.

    Bruges & Belgian Cheer

    A scenic drive brings you to Bruges, where you will discover the highlights on a guided walk.

    The charm of this medieval city will capture you immediately as it is smaller and more contained than many other old Flemish cities, giving the impression that you have stepped back in time. Your guide will lead you through the narrow, twisting cobblestone streets, passing by picturesque scenes of ancient buildings, tree-lined canals and gabled facades. See the bustling marketplace, Belfry Tower, the Town Hall and the Chapel of the Holy Blood (exterior views only).

    Every year the main square hosts an array of charming Christmas markets, complete with a huge Christmas tree and ice-rink. Enjoy some free time to browse the stalls for Christmas gifts, handmade decorations, local delicacies, and of course, a box of Belgium chocolates for that special Christmas present.

    There is no doubt that Belgium is the country of beer, offering more than 450 varieties of brew. Belgium’s widely varying landscape enables the most contrasting tastes and flavours and beer is deeply rooted in its culture and tradition. Complete your visit to Bruges with a stop at a local beer café where you’ll enjoy a tasting of four different seasonal beers served in unique glasses.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately two hours of walking on this tour over some cobblestoned streets and participants must be over 18 years old. The order of the itinerary may vary.

    Tour code

    ZE1_181

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4¾ hours