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Brussels/Bruges (Zeebrugge), Belgium

Bruges Coat of Arms

Origin/meaning :
The above arms were granted on July 1, 1986.

The arms were first officially granted by the Count of Vlaanderen in 1304. The lion is most likely derived from the lion of the Counts of Vlaanderen, but shown in a different colour (blue instead of black). The colours are known since the 14th century.

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Bruges & Ghent

Explore the two best-preserved medieval cities in Northern Europe. A highlight of the tour is a cruise ride along Bruges' romantic canals.

WHAT YOU VISIT
St. Bavo's Cathedral - Charles V, the first Hapsburg to become Holy Roman Emperor, was baptized in Ghent's primary cathedral in 1500. The interior features an ornate pulpit of white Italian marble and Danish oak, but the cathedral's greatest treasures are Rubens' painting, St. Bavo's Entrance into the Monastery, and a supreme masterpiece of Western art, The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb (1432) by Hubert and Jan Van Eyck.

Bruges - Cobbled streets, centuries-old buildings and canals are hallmarks of this medieval city. Your guided walk takes you past the marketplace with its guildhalls, the Belfry, Town Hall, Our Lady's Church and the Gothic Chapel of the Holy Blood.

CANAL BOAT RIDE
A highlight of your visit to Bruges is an approximately 30-minute ride along the city's romantic canals.

SHOPPING
Your excursion includes free time in Bruges to shop for souvenirs, Belgian chocolates, tapestries and Flemish lace.

LUNCH
Stop for lunch at a restaurant in Bruges to sample Belgian specialties.

WHAT YOU SEE ALONG THE WAY
From Zeebrugge, you will travel southeast through the Flemish countryside to Ghent. After your excursion of Ghent, continue for approximately 45 minutes on to Bruges.

SPECIAL NOTES
The drive between Zeebrugge and Ghent is approximately one-hour each way.

The drive between Zeebrugge and Bruges is approximately 30-minutes each way.

On Sundays, when St. Bavo's Cathedral is closed in the morning, the tour will operate in reverse order.