A City Excursion to Brussels
An hour's coach ride from Antwerp, Belgium's cosmopolitan capital city awaits. Enjoy a full-day Brussels tour that combines panoramic drives, a guided walk, free time, and visits to the Magritte Museum and famous Atomium site.Complimentary
Enroute to the city center, you'll encounter many other landmarks including the atmospheric Chinese Pavilion and Japanese Tower adjacent to the Royal Castle of Laeken, official residence of the Belgian Royal Family.
Your sense of Surrealism will be tickled by an hour-long visit to the Musée Magritte, home to over 200 of works by the artist known for his mind-bending compositions.
Continuing awhile in on-foot touring mode, you’ll walk through Old Town to admire the St Hubert Arcades (considered the world's earliest shopping mall), café-lined Butchers' Street, and on to magnificent Grand Place market square – surrounded by Baroque guild houses and a Town Hall that's stood here since the 15th century. Nearby is Brussels’ best-known little boy – the bronze Manneken Pis statue – who's been relieving himself unabashedly for nearly as long.
An interval at leisure will enable some free-style wandering – perhaps to sample a few of Belgium's famously savory beers or search for the perfect chocolate or lace souvenir. Rejoining your guide a bit more than an hour later, you'll walk back to the coach for a scenic return drive to Antwerp – passing yet more Brussels must-see's like the European Parliament and NATO building along the way.
This day trip includes some 2.5 miles of walking over mainly flat and cobblestone streets. Weather in the Low Countries can change rapidly, so bring along an umbrella and sunscreen. Order of tour itinerary and stops may vary.