Excursion

Brussels & Antwerp: Cultural Discovery

Discover the best of Brussels and Antwerp in a full day tour with authentic Flemish lunch.

  • Code
    ANR-10
  • Level
    Extreme
  • Walking Type
    Strenuous
  • Activity Type
    Cultural
  • Age
    All ages
  • Duration
    8 Hours
After a one hour transfer (approx.) to Brussels in a small van, you’ll begin a panoramic tour of the city that takes in a cache of the city’s major landmarks including the King Boudewijn Stadium, which was inaugurated on August 23 1930 just days after Belgium’s 100th anniversary, the Royal Castle of Laeken, the official residence of the Belgian King and Queen, and the Chinese Pavilion and Japanese Tower which were inspired by the 1900 Universal Exhibition in Paris. 

There will be a quick stop for a photo shoot at the iconic Atomium Statue depicting an iron molecule. The world-renowned monument was erected in 1958 to celebrate the World’s Fair. Then begin a guided walking tour into the heart of the Old City and the magnificent Grand Place or Grote Markt, surrounded by opulent guildhalls. After a delicious 3-course Flemish lunch at a nearby restaurant, continue past the Town Hall and the glass-roofed St. Hubert’s Gallery, a luxury shopping arcade, to Butcher’s Street, home to many popular restaurants and cafés. Your walking tour ends at one of Brussels’ most famous sights, Manneken-Pis. This bronze statue is of a young boy whose irreverence epitomizes the spirit of Brussels. 

Returning to Antwerp, your guide will lead you on a city tour through the old town area from Rubens’ House to the Market Square. Along the way, you’ll have a chance to step inside the e largest Gothic Cathedral in Belgium, the magnificent Our Lady’s Cathedral, where you can view step inside to see some of Rubens’ greatest paintings, then cap off your Antwerp visit with a short walk through medieval Vlaaikensgang (Pie alley),originally a street of shoemakers dating from 1591.

Important Notes:
Due to extensive walking included in this excursion, it is recommended that guests wear appropriate layered clothing for the season and flat, comfortable footwear. This tour is not recommended for guests with physical limitations.