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Canal Boat Tours

Bruges, Belgium
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Ranked #16 of 39 activities in Bruges
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Traveler Description: A classic must do is the canal boat tour. You will get to places in Bruges you can't get to when walking around. So if you need a break from all... more »
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English first
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

A great way to see the city and find out about it. We went from next to hotel Orangerie. The guide gave a tour in several languages depending on who was on the boat. I noticed other boat tours had no commentary at all. It was relatively inexpensive trip and gave a great perspective of the city.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

This is a great way to see the city! Beautiful views of the city and a narrated audio guide. Relatively inexpensive and you can catch a tour from several spots around the city.

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Courchevel, France
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I recommend the canal boat rides, gives a different view from street level. However, DO NOT go from Stael Boats, Katelijnestraat 4. The boatman was a thoroughly unpleasant individual who insisted I sat where he wanted not where I wanted, and was very rude. The other companies boatmen gave a personal commentary in various languages depending on who was in... More

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LONDON
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58 reviews 58 reviews
35 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

It was a beautiful sunny day, and being on the canal looking up at the unique architecture is a treasured memory of Bruges. The guide gave info in four languages which was a little tricky as you had to be aware of where your language came in the order-eg being english we were in advance of hearing about the view... More

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Den Haag, Nederland
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Nice calm way to enjoy the city. The guides are quite knowledgeable. Seeing the sights from the water gives them a hole new perspective.

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Canvey Island
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118 reviews 118 reviews
52 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

See the Venice of the north from a different vantage point. Worth the effort. Great way to enjoy this city.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We found the 40 minute ride enjoyable because the boat guide was both informative and humorous, and that probably makes the difference. My tip is apart from going on a fine day, choose to go around mid morning (say between 10.to 11am) when the guides are fresh and not yet jaded and the canals are not yet too crowded.

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Branchburg, New Jersey
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Bruges is a lovely old city with great architecture. There are many old buildings with lot's of canals that wind through the city. We took an inexpensive boat ride through the canals that was most enjoyable. It goes for about 30 minutes and shows many nice views visible only on the water.

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Seattle, Washington
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Take this opportunity to relax and enjoy the beautiful sites of Brugge while be enlightened by an informative and highly entertaining guide. A great value, a canal ride we enjoyed more than our cruise along the Amsterdam canals (although it was lovely as well). You can pick up this boat company at multiple stops around the canals; some stops are... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Brugge is such a charming place to visit, and like Venice, must be seen by boat as well as foot. There are many boat tours on the canal, and one thing to note is that they do not take credit cards, at least the two I stopped at before getting cash and getting on this one. The guide asks for... More

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