Zeebrugge is the gateway to Bruges, the capital of the Belgian province of West Flanders. Bruges was a wealthy city during medieval times when trade with Baltic ports flourished. The Zwin River, connecting Bruges with the North Sea, slowly began to narrow, marking the end of the city's great trade period. Today, visitors flock to Bruges to enjoy the charming, well-preserved medieval architecture lining the old and narrow roads and canals and to see some of Western Europe's finest artistic masterpieces.

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

  • Executive Collection Full Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 4 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

  • Executive Collection Half Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

  • Executive Collection Half Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 4 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

  • Executive Collection Full Day Minibus

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 16 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

  • Panoramic Ghent By Canal Boat

    Board your coach and drive approximately one hour through the beautiful Flemish countryside to the medieval city of Ghent. Upon arrival, you will board a canal boat for an entertaining and thorough exploration of the city.

    As you cruise through the historic city, you'll see highlights such as the Chinese Teahouses, Pharmacodynamics Institute, Bijloke, Palace of Justice, Old Guildhalls, Castle of the Counts, Fish Market, 13th-century monasteries, and the ancient port of Ghent, along with its mercantile houses.

    The canal boat will stop in the center of Ghent, where you will have some free time to explore on your own. Afterwards, re-board the canal boat for the return trip to the coach and drive back to the ship.

    Please note: Walking on this tour is mainly at the guests' discretion during free time. Guests must be able to negotiate the steps into and out of the canal boat with limited assistance. There are cobblestone streets and uneven surfaces in Ghent. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

  • Bruges Sights & Beer Tasting

    There is no doubt that Belgium is known for its beer since the country offers more than 450 varieties of it. Belgium, with its widely varying landscape, offers a range of beers with the most contrasting tastes and flavors. Beer is deeply rooted in the local culture and tradition. It considered to be more than a mere beverage, as beer is a reflection of the Belgium character.

    After a 30-minute drive from the port, you will arrive in Bruges and begin your guided walk. Often called "Die Scone" or "The Beautiful," the charm of this medieval city will capture you immediately. Smaller and more contained than many other old Flemish cities, Bruges gives 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. View the bustling marketplace, Belfry Tower, Town Hall and the Chapel of the Holy Blood.

    The highlight is undoubtedly a beer seminar and sampling at a local cafe. Together with your expert guide, you will explore the taste and flavor of four different beers. As Bruges is known for its lace, chocolate and beer shops, your free time will allow you to search for the perfect gift.

    Please note: This tour includes nearly 2-hours of moderate to strenuous walking plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. There will be steps and cobblestone surfaces to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobiilty concerns. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

  • Bruges At Your Own Pace

    This excursion is organized for those guests who have previously visited Bruges or who want to explore independently. The motor coach will transfer you to the entrance of the old city. During the transfer by private motor coach, a tour escort will be aboard to answer any questions you may have regarding the best places to sightseeing or shop. You will have free time on your own until you re-board your motor coach for your return drive to the ship.

    Please note: The drive between Zeebrugge (port) to Bruges is approximately 30 minutes in each direction. No guided tour applies, only transportation to Bruges. An official escort will be on the coach and will provide information about Bruges and places to visit. Maps are available on the coach. There is approximately a 20 minute walk on cobblestone surfaces from the parking area to the city center. Any additional walking is at the guests' discretion. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Guests should be prepared for the possibility of rain. You will have approximately 2 hours to explore the city, shop, and eat on your own before returning to the meeting place to take the coach back to the ship. On Sundays only souvenir shops are open.

  • Ypres, in Flanders Fields

    This tour takes in the dramatic history of World War I and the battles fought in and around Ypres. The city of Ypres, located in Flanders fields, was reduced to rubble by constant bombardments. Through the words of the poem "In Flanders Fields," by Canadian doctor Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, it has come to symbolize the meaningless slaughter of war. Now resorted to its former grandeur, Ypres contains numerous poignant sites and monuments commemorating the war.

    There are many battlefields around Ypres where German and Allied armies fought without decisive victories. New weapons such as gas, land mines and missiles left 1,200,000 injured and 500,000 dead. Stopping at one of the British cemeteries, you'll see the Menin Gate, a famous British War Memorial with the names of 54,896 missing soldiers engraved on its walls.

    Then, there's the In Flanders Fields Museum. It's an untraditional war museum, as it's not about weapons and strategy; rather it's about ordinary people, such as the soldiers, nurses, fugitives and children who endured the war. The purpose of the In Flanders Fields Museum is to keep this compelling history alive for future generations. The innovative high-tech methods used within the museum have earned it the title of "Best European Museum."

    Following this visit, there will be free time for shopping and lunch. Before returning to the ship, you will also visit the Essex Farm Cemetery. It's one of the area's most visited spots due to its association with John McCrae, who wrote the poem "In Flanders Field" on May 3, 1915, the day after he witnessed the death of his friend Lieutenant Alexis Helmer. Next to the cemetery is a marker with the date commemorating the writing of this poem.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate to strenuous walking, plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. There will be uneven surfaces and steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

  • Brussels in a Day

    Enjoy a leisurely drive through the verdant Belgian countryside en route to Brussels for a panoramic city tour past the most important sites and monuments of this Belgian capital. Highlights include St. Michael's Cathedral, the Atomium monument, the Centennaire halls, the Basilica of Koekelberg, the Royal Palace, European Community Headquarters and the Arch of the Cinquantenaire. Following free time for lunch on your own, continue to the breathtaking Grand Place in the heart of Brussels. Seven streets lead into this historic market square dominated by the magnificent Town Hall and its soaring tower. Surrounding this superb structure are splendid Baroque guild houses, each with its own name and unique decoration identifying it since there were no street addresses in the Middle Ages. A few blocks away you'll see the famed Manneken Pis, the whimsicle fountain depicting a small boy. Then, enjoy some free time to explore the Grand Place, browsing through the shops or relaxing in one of the stylish cafés before returning to the motor coach for the return journey to Bruges.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 hour 30 minutes of walking - at times on uneven ground, cobblestone surfaces, plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. It is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

  • Bruges On Your Own

    This excursion is organized for those guests who have previously visited Bruges or who want to explore independently. The motor coach will transfer you to the entrance of the old city. During the transfer by private motor coach, a tour escort will be aboard to answer any questions you may have regarding the best places to sightseeing or shop. You will have free time on your own until you re-board your coach for your return drive to the ship.

    Please note: The drive between Zeebrugge (port) to Bruges is approximately 30 minutes in each direction. No guided tour applies, only transportation to Bruges. An official escort will be on the coach and will provide information about Bruges and places to visit. Maps are available on the coach. There is approximately a 20 minute walk on cobblestone surfaces from the parking area to the city center. Any additional walking is at the guests' discretion. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Guests should be prepared for the possibility of rain. You will have approximately 6 hours to explore the city, shop, and eat lunch on your own before returning to the meeting place to take the coach back to the ship. On Sundays only souvenir shops are open. For calls when the ship is in port for only 8 hours, the tour duration will be shortened by one hour.

  • Ghent & Bruges: Flemish Art Jewels

    Visit two of Flanders best preserved medieval cities, Ghent and Bruges. Ghent is the home to one of the world's greatest oil paintings, Van Eyck's "Adoration of the Mystic Lamb," and picture-perfect Bruges is a city frozen in time.

    Board your coach and drive approximately one hour through the scenic Flemish countryside to historic Ghent. Upon arriving, your guided walking tour begins at St. Michael's bridge, where you'll have impressive views of the historic city center. From this vantage point, you can see the old port with gabled houses, the Castle of the Counts and the famous "Row of Three Towers." Cross the bridge and pass the Belfry Tower to reach St. Bavo's Cathedral. Inside, see the ornate wooden pulpit and the world-famous oil painting "The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb" by the Van Eyck brothers.

    Afterwards, you'll drive to the smaller and charming city of Bruges, often called "Die Scone" or "The Beautiful." Step back in time as you join your guide for a walking tour through the narrow, twisting, cobbled streets passing picturesque scenes of ancient buildings, tree-lined canals and gabled facades. See the bustling marketplace, Belfry Tower, Town Hall and the Chapel of the Holy Blood.

    Refresh yourself with a lunch at a typical Bruges restaurant before some free time (approximately 45 minutes) to explore the many chocolate and lace shops of Bruges. Your guide will lead you by the romantic "Lake of Love" as you return to the coach for the drive back to the ship.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 3-hours of moderate to strenuous walking, plus an additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. There will be cobblestone and uneven surfaces to negotiate as well as steps. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

  • Bruges & Belgian Chocolates Demonstration

    Belgium's finest export product is undoubtly the Belgian chocolates. Your tour begins with a scenic drive to Bruges, an exquisitely preserved medieval town. Often called Die Scone or The Beautiful, the charm of this lovely medieval city captures you immediately. Smaller and more contained than many other old Flemish cities, Bruges gives the impression that you have stepped back in time. Walk through the narrow, twisting cobbled 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. Continue to a Belgian chocolatier and see how the raw chocolate bars are made into the fine chocolates using only the best, freshest and carefully selected ingredients. As Bruges is full of lace and chocolate shops, enjoy free time to wander the streets. Continue by the romantic Lake of Love back to the coach and return to the ship.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2.5 hours of walking - at times on uneven ground, cobblestone surfaces, plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. It is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Order of sights visited may vary and the itinerary may be reversed. Dress conservatively to enter cathedral.

  • Explore Bruges

    Boarding your coach at the pier, you will depart on a brief 30-minute drive to Bruges (or Brugge in Flemish), an exquisitely preserved medieval city. This veritable jewel of a town beribboned with picturesque canals, came into its own in the Middle Ages as a port and became the chief market for the great Hanseatic League of mercantile cities. Being an important banking center as well, the town attracted such illustrious artists as Jan Van Eyck, Hans Memling and Gerard David, who no doubt enjoyed the patronage of its wealthy bourgeois. The general prosperity, visible in the opulence of the mansions and civic buildings, lasted until the end of the 15th century.

    Upon arriving at Bruges, you will embark on a guided walking tour. As your guide leads you through the narrow, cobbled streets, you will truly feel that you have stepped back in time. Often called Die Scone or The Beautiful, the charm of this medieval city will captivate you immediately. Enjoy picturesque scenes of ancient buildings, tree-lined canals and gabled facades as you make your way through the heart of the historical city center.

    Included in your tour is a delightful 30-minute canal cruise. Sit back and relax in your small boat as you are treated to the scenic and serene waterways of this enchanting city. Following your canal tour, you'll continue with your guided city walk, seeing such sites as the bustling Burg Square, Belfry Tower, gothic Town Hall and the Chapel of the Holy Blood. You will also have a brief visit inside Our Lady's church, where you may view Michelangelo's statue of Madonna and Child.

    Leaving the church, there will be a short walk to Walplein where you will have approximately 2 1/2 hours of free time to explore the shops and have lunch on your own. As Bruges is full of lace and chocolate shops, you'll have the opportunity to search for the perfect souvenir.

    Rejoining your guide in the afternoon, you will walk by the romantic Lake of Love as you travel back to your coach for the return trip to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 1/2 hours of walking, at times over uneven ground, plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time and is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Order of sights visited may vary and the itinerary may be reversed. Dress conservatively to enter cathedral.

  • Bruges - a Medieval Gem

    Smaller and more contained than many other Flemish cities, Bruges gives the impression that you have stepped back in time to the 14th century. A short drive from the port brings you to the old city where your guide will walk you through the narrow, twisting cobbled streets, past picturesque views of ancient buildings, tree-lined canals and gabled facades. Stroll through the bustling marketplace; see the Belfry Tower, the Town Hall and the Chapel of the Holy Blood. Discover another aspect of the city during what will undoubtedly be the highlight of your tour, a 30-minute canal boat ride. While sitting back in a small boat, you can enjoy the serene waterways of this romantic historic city. After some free time to explore on your own, re-board your motor coach for the return journey to the ship.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours 30 minutes of walking - at times on uneven ground, cobblestone surfaces and some steps to negotiate at the canal boats. It is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Dress conservatively to enter cathedral.

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