Northern Europe presents a diverse wealth of culture and any traveller who decides to embark on a journey to this region will be handsomely rewarded. Pullmantur can take you on a fantastic journey around Northern Europe, stopping at destinations such as Le Havre, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Tallinn and St Petersburg. The port town of Zeebrugge is your entry point into Belgium, where you can embark on excursions within the cities of Bruges and Antwerp.
With stunning architecture, glistening canals, beer, chocolate and much more – Bruges and Antwerp both have much to offer. Pullmantur takes a closer look at the excursion opportunities available during a visit to Belgium. Excursions are subject to availability and may change.
Bruges and Canal Cruise
As you will already know from spending time on your Pullmantur cruise ship, travelling by boat is one of the most graceful and tranquil ways to see the world. Bruges consist of many flowing waterways and a canal boat can take you to some of the city’s most iconic highlights, including the Belfry and the Church of Our Lady. It can also take you to areas inaccessible by other methods of transport, as not every canal runs parallel to a street.
Bruges at your Leisure
Speaking of iconic landmarks, Bruges has plenty of them and one of the best ways to experience everything this city has to offer is to explore without a guide. The Historic Centre of Bruges, with its towering Gothic buildings, is a good place to start. Admire these impressive buildings before heading to the Belfry, one of the tallest buildings in the city. A 366 step climb to the top of the tower will provide fantastic views over the magnificent buildings.
It is not the tallest building in Bruges, however, that accolade belongs to the 122 metre tall Church of Our Lady – the second tallest brickwork tower in the world. Round off your journey with a unique Belgian beer or a waffle with an extravagant topping and make sure to take some gifts home from one of the many chocolatiers.
Bruges and Beer Tasting
If the mention of beer has whetted your appetite, you won’t be disappointed during a visit to Bruges. Beer remains one of the Belgium’s most important exports and, during the 15th century, Bruges was home to a staggering 54 breweries. Blonde ales, pale ales, amber beers, beers flavoured with different fruits and many more can all be found in Bruges. Take a seat at one of the many bars and sample what Bruges has to offer whilst you watch the world pass by.
The most populous city in Belgium, Antwerp, provides an alternative option during your visit to Belgium. Immense architecture will greet you around every turn – from the 16th century guildhalls in the Market Square to the towering gothic-style Cathedral of Our Lady. In addition to stunning exteriors, Rubenshuis features an artistic interior. This house was once home to Baroque painter, Peter Paul Rubens and it is now a museum of his life and art.
Whatever you enjoy, Belgium has something to please all the senses. From fantastic architecture to the finest chocolate and aromatic beers, you will not be disappointed in the cities of Bruges and Antwerp.
The best way to experience these cities is via an all-inclusive cruise with Pullmantur. All your food, drinks, gratuities, flights and overseas transfers are included in the price you pay – so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy!Tweet