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Canal Boat Tours

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Address: Bruges, Belgium
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes

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We thoroughly enjoyed our canal tour. The guide/captain of the boat was entertaining and I enjoyed his titbits of historyof Bruges. He was fluent in English, French and Spanish.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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Guelph, Canada
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Guelph, Canada
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed our canal tour. The guide/captain of the boat was entertaining and I enjoyed his titbits of historyof Bruges. He was fluent in English, French and Spanish.

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Market Deeping, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Drift along away from the hustle and bustle in the streets above. See the wonderful architecture from a different perspective and enjoy the folklore told by the excellent tour guides.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

The tour guide simply told sexist jokes around his drinking experiences in a sarcastic tone. He told us nothing about Bruges and raced around as quickly as possible, cutting out canal ends where possible and then demanded tips. Save your money and walk the canal banks. The boat was also overcrowded as we're all those we passed.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

The canal boat tour operators all know each other, all have pretty much identical boats and follow a similar script when it comes to speaking about the history. The boat we were on asked what languages everyone spoke, and the guy then repeated everything in English, French and Dutch - which was pretty impressive. The canals are beautiful and you... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Our Flemish guide and driver took us around the canal system explaining everything in perfect French and English. It was a refreshing view of the city.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Took this short - 30 minutes - canal ride on the spur of the moment. It was what I excepted. Over crowded boat and little chance to take pictures unless you wanted the other riders in your picture. The commentator did a good job. However, he made it clear that he didn't own the boat and only worked for someone.... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

30 minutes and you see Bruges from the canal which is well worth it. A good and basic description of the sights is a perfect accompaniment. A well spend 8euros

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Beirut, Lebanon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

It's a relaxing tour after a long walking day in Brugges, you can see the most important places and the guide explain every site.

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We waited for about half an hour for a canal boat cruise and then were desperately disappointed. We thought the commentary was inane and mainly focussed on drinking. We viewed the city from a different perspective, but learned nothing from the guide. Such a shame.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

There are multiple pick up/drop off points all around the central canal area. The boats are all the same, cost 8 euros each for 30 minutes and ONLY drop you off where you set off. Commentary was helpful and enjoyable, the sights around the inner city were lovely and varied with loads of history and architecture on display. Boats dont... More 

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Address: Address: Bruges, Belgium
Location: Europe  >  Belgium  >  Flanders  >  West Flanders Province  >  Bruges

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