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Antwerp: 2 hour Highlights Walking Tour

1. Antwerp: 2 hour Highlights Walking Tour

See the historical sights of Antwerp on a guided walking tour in English or Dutch, and marvel at the main monuments of the main square of Groenplaats, such as the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal cathedral and statue of the artist Rubens. Venture down small alleys to find charming courtyards and Gothic churches, along with the remains of the ancient stone walls and beautiful city hall on the impressive Grote Markt (Great Market Square). Hear how the Vikings, Napoleon Bonaparte, and medieval guildsmen have all played a part in shaping the city.

Antwerp: Guided Bike Tour

2. Antwerp: Guided Bike Tour

Ride through the charming city of Antwerp on a guided bike tour. See stately mansions, picturesque squares, and beautiful Gothic architecture. Start at Antwerp Central Station and ride through the Jewish neighborhood towards the city park. Continue towards the majestic south you'll enjoy a leisurely ride among the luxurious mansions of the fancy part of town. Explore pleasant squares and see a beautiful Gothic cathedral in the historic center. Catch great views of the all-important Scheldt River and the old port. Discover the newest park in Antwerp and ride through the Seefhoek neighborhood to the station for a splendid view of the imposing building.

Antwerp: Walking Tour from Steen to Central Station

3. Antwerp: Walking Tour from Steen to Central Station

During the walk, you will explore the Market Square with the Town Hall and the beautiful Golden Age Guild Houses, the Cathedral of Our Lady with The Elevation of the Cross and The Descent from the Cross by Rubens, Saint-Paul's Church, the harbor and the Jewish district. You can visit Rubens' former house during the lunch break. In the former home and studio of the master, you will embark on a fascinating journey back in time and into the world of this great baroque artist. There is a lot of modern architecture in Antwerp, for example, the new Palace of Justice by Richard Rogers, the Museum aan de Stroom by Neutelings & Riedijk and the new Port House by Zaha Hadid. Downtown you can reflect on all you have seen and learnt with a nice Belgian beer.

From Amsterdam. 12-Hour Guided Day Trip to Bruges

4. From Amsterdam. 12-Hour Guided Day Trip to Bruges

Discover the old-fashioned charm of Bruges on this guided tour from Amsterdam. Ride in a comfortable and airconditioned coach and See sights like the Minnewater lake, Gruuthuse Palace, and the Grote Markt on a guided tour and have free time to explore the sights on your own. Depart Amsterdam and journey to Bruges to see the UNESCO World Heritage monuments with an English-speaking guide. Get an introduction to the history of Belgium as you visit attractions such as the "Lake of Love" (Minnewater) and 13th-century Begijnhof. Learn more about the beers of Belgium and admire the brick tower of the Church of Our Lady. Explore the charming area around the Dyver canal, and then stroll the cobbled square of Walplein. Wander the narrow lanes of the Stoofstraat and discover the Gruuthuse Palace, Burg Square and Basilica of the Holy Blood. End in the Grote Markt and get 3 hours of free time for lunch or to visit the chocolate and lace shops independently.

Antwerp Day Trip from Brussels

5. Antwerp Day Trip from Brussels

A day trip to Antwerp, Belgium’s diamond and fashion capital, city of Peter Paul Rubens, and the current second biggest port of Europe. Departure from Brussels. Itinerary: Start your visit in the Central Train Station, known as the ‘iron cathedral’ and considered one of the most beautiful railway stations in the world. Visit the diamond district and go to a diamond workshop, where you will learn about the history and cutting process of diamonds, and admire unique jewelry pieces. Next, go to “The Meir”, Antwerp’s main shopping street and where you can admire fashion stores in a beautiful architectonical setting. See “Meir Palace”, a Rococo mansion that was Napoleon’s palace. Taste artisanal coffee and handmade chocolate in what is now one of the most famous chocolate shops in Belgium. Visit Rubens’ house and learn a quick history of his work and contribution to Flemish art. Go to the Cathedral of Our Lady, which is the largest Gothic church in the Low Countries, and admire its north tower. Inside, contemplate an art collection that includes four masterpieces of Paul Peter Rubens. Visit the Baroque pulpit with a wooden sculpture of Pocahontas, and beautiful stained glasses. See Saint Charles Borromeo church, a jewel of Baroque architecture in the city which houses one of the most beautiful Baroque confessionals in the world. Walk to“Het Steen”, a medieval castle located in the city’s ancient port, where you can admire the Scheldt River and view a sunset next to the water. Enjoy some Leisure time to visit museums, eating a meal, and shopping. Return to Brussels at 7:30 pm. 

Antwerp Tour From Brussels

6. Antwerp Tour From Brussels

Take a day trip from Brussels to Antwerp, the second-largest city in Belgium and home to Europe’s second-largest harbor. On a 5.5-hour excursion you’ll have the opportunity to explore Antwerp’s rich past. This is the city that was home to P. P. Rubens, the world-famous painter of the 17th century. You’ll be taken to the city center and depart the tour bus to visit Marquet Square, which is lined by ancient houses. This is also the site of Our Lady's Cathedral. The entrance fee for touring the cathedral is included in the price of the tour. Our Lady’s Cathedral houses, among other treasures, 2 of Rubens' masterpieces. You’ll see The Elevation of the Cross and The Descent from the Cross on display here. You’ll also have a chance to see the oldest part of Antwerp’s harbor, during a drive-through on the tour bus. Choose between a private and a shared option.

Antwerp: Private Historical Highlights Walking Tour

7. Antwerp: Private Historical Highlights Walking Tour

Get the most out of your visit to Antwerp with a private guided walking tour through the historical heart of the city. Explore all of Antwerp's highlights while learning about history, legends, and interesting facts. Admire historic churches, characteristic squares, popular museums, and medieval architecture. After meeting your guide at the Grote Markt, Antwerp’s main square, walk through the city’s historic quarter on a route that includes all the must-visit spots. You'll explore Grote Markt first, where you can marvel at the medieval guild houses, city hall, and Brabo Fountain. From there, head to Hendrik Conscience Statue, named after the Flemish writer Hendrik Conscience. This site hosts an impressive Baroque church and the old city library. Visit the world-famous Carolus Borromeus Church with its 17th-century Baroque details before stopping at Handelsbeurs Antwerpen (the Bourse of Antwerp), the world's first Wall Street. Here, you’ll find out how the city came to be an important international trading center in the 16th century. Rubens House is next on the itinerary: the house is the former home and workshop of the famous Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens. Learn more about his life story and some secrets behind the artist’s success. At MoMu, one of the world’s leading fashion museums, you'll get some inspiration for your next fashion shopping trip before heading to the Museum Plantin-Moretus, the first museum to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk through Vlaeykensgang, a secret medieval alley that’s not easy to find on your own. Your guide will take you back in time and show you the best-preserved remnants of the Middle Ages in Antwerp. This spot is said to be the most photographed place in the city. Make sure to be camera-ready as you arrive at the Nello & Patrasche Statue, another popular attraction in the city. Finish the tour in front of the Cathedral of Our Lady, where you’ll learn the history and curious facts about its construction.

From Amsterdam: Day Trip to Antwerp by Coach for Exploring

8. From Amsterdam: Day Trip to Antwerp by Coach for Exploring

There is so much to experience in Antwerp. The city has a beautiful old center with many sights and many cozy terraces where you can settle down for a delicious Belgian beer. But there's more! For example, visit the 'Zoo' in the middle of the city, the diamond museum and go shopping at (one of) the countless shops on the 'Meir'. In short: you will certainly enjoy yourself in this pleasant city! Hop on Hop off Holland will gladly take you to Antwerp by luxury coach from Amsterdam City Center. We arrive in the Belgian city at approximately 10:30 am and at 5:00 pm our driver will take you back safely and comfortably to your pick-up point. Day trip including: * Day to Antwerp * Visit the famous Vogeltjesmarkt on Sundays * Transport by luxury coach (free Wi-Fi) * Experienced driver Day trip program: * Departure from pick-up point Amsterdam City Center 07.30 am , A-Post (next to Barbizon Hotel), Prins Hendrikkade 58, corner Zeedijk * Arrival Antwerp: +- 10.30 am * Departure home: 17.00 pm

Antwerp: Private 3-Hour Historical Sightseeing Walking Tour

9. Antwerp: Private 3-Hour Historical Sightseeing Walking Tour

Meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel then embark on a historical exploration of the city center. Visit the bustling Market Square, also known as Grote Markt, nestled in the heart of the city’s old quarter. Admire the square's beautiful and iconic Brabo Fountain and learn about the history of the fountain, which was inaugurated in 1887. Continue the tour onto the stunning Renaissance City Hall and surrounding 16th and 17th century guild houses. Marvel at the intricate architecture of the buildings, which dominate the Antwerp skyline, and listen to your guide share insightful information about them. Walk to the magnificent Our Lady Cathedral next, which houses a collection of art pieces by famous Flemish masters. Wander through the medieval part of the city, Vlaeykensgang, characterized by narrow streets and crooked alleyways, then through Groenplaats Square until you reach the Meir, the most popular shopping street of Antwerp. Pass by The Rubens House, the home and atelier of the baroque painter Pieter Paul Rubens. Finally, the tour ends with a guided visit to the Central Station of Antwerp, a beautiful building constructed at the end of the 19th century.

Brussels: Full-Day Antwerp and Ghent Guided Tour

10. Brussels: Full-Day Antwerp and Ghent Guided Tour

At 8:30AM you will be picked up from a meeting point in the center of Brussels to head towards the city of Antwerp. On your way to Antwerp you will make a stop for a few minutes at the emblematic Atomium, where you will take a picture and continue your trip. Once there you will explore the Meat Market, Steen Castle, Town Hall Square, the Gothic-style Church of Our Lady, the Church of San Carlos de Borromeo, the Walk of the Cakes, and the beautiful Meir Street. Following this guided tour, you will receive an hour of free time to explore the city at your own leisure. The next destination will be the beautiful and powerful city of Ghent. Throughout this visit you will see the Cathedral of San Bavón (which contains the famous painting of the Van Eyck brothers), the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, the Belfort Bell Tower, the peculiar Gothic and Renaissance Town Hall, the Church of San Nicolás, the Guild House of the Masons, the Wharf of the Herbs and the Grain, the Meat Market, and the majestic Castle of the Counts of Flanders. Following this magical trip you will re-board your bus, upon which you will return back to Brussels.

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What people are saying about Antwerp

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 70 reviews

The company put me with an English speaking guide once we arrived in Antwerp which I believe showed good awareness and planning. Both Isola and Luisa if I remember correctly were excellent. My guide in Antwerp was very knowledgeable, passionate about the city and excited to share as much as possible in the time.

Yasmin was an excellent guide. She’s a pentalingual guide who delivered her job well explaining everything thoroughly and make sure that we’re all comfortable during the journey.

Excelente tour, la guía fue muy amigable, servicial y clara durante todo el recorrido! Súper recomendado

Great excursion, the guidance was very good and Bruges is an awesome place, Straight Out of Fairy Tales

Very comfortable and informative tour. The place is beautiful