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Ghent History Tour

Old Town, Ghent, Belgium
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Ranked #7 of 113 attractions in Ghent
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Walking Areas, Tours
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We were on route back to Calais from Ypres by coach and the coach organizers handed out a Ghent town centre map. Ghent has so much history so much to see. We could not do the place justice in such a short time. We followed the map/tram lines and saw much of the centre. Plenty of cafes/bars/restaurants as we walked... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

I was really helped by the guidance. You can download the PDF file from Ghent tourism website as well. During my sightseeing, i had many help from people in taking pictures and showing the right path. I had the trip in dec 2012.

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Top Contributor
118 reviews 118 reviews
16 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

This is a 45 minute trip and costs very little. You get to see a lot in the time and from a different perspective. Some of the boat captains are pretty interesting characters. This is a must do. (We were here in summer)

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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108 reviews 108 reviews
26 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

This was the first time I experienced a concept like this. We were a group that started with a boat trip where champagne was served and our guide told us about the sights we could view from the canals and the river. Then we started on the walking tour with some stops for historical sights and we entered the first... More

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Southern England
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124 reviews 124 reviews
45 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Hour and a half tour within short distance but plenty of history and jokes/gibes. Chance to see interesting architecture in context.

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York, United Kingdom
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64 reviews 64 reviews
16 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Wonderful City full of beautiful buildings. Before you wonder about too much, get on a boat trip tour to find out what's what in Ghent. Would recommend an open air boat (if weather permits) they are not as wide and can go further. The tour last about 45 mins and is worth every cent of the €6.50.

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Dublin, Ireland
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

it was planned to do this city trip together with my sister, so early morning she called in with her husband. It was actually a short drive to Ghent. We putted the car under the Vrijdagmarkt and we started our walk from there. Ghent has a big history and the first statue we saw was "Jacob van Artevelde" in the... More

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Dusseldorf, Germany
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

I would like to visit this city again n again.. it was just amazing and I felt so welcoming as soon I reached the station and went to info counter for the first time.. Everyone speaks English so well, which is really rare thing one can expect in different European cities specially a small city like Ghent... I never expected... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

The tour is very professionally giuded, the Flemish speaking girl was amazingly informed on all the historical facts and even advised us on the best places to eat while the tour was progressing. Very nice experience. Thanks a lot.

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Arlington, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

East Flanders- population of 250,000, has for centuries been the focal point of the Flemish nationality. Ghent owes its historical importance to the cloth - The city flourished long time ago during the Middle Ages, and there was even a period, around the turn of the 14th century, when it was the second-largest city north of the Alps; only Paris... More

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