Step back in time nearly 250 years as you explore Ghent’s rich industrial history on a tour that combines a dynamic museum visit, a guided stroll through town, and plenty of independent exploration. After a one-hour scenic drive to this important artisanal and pre-industrial city, immerse yourself in the story of this small town’s industrial society as you browse around the renowned Museum of Industrial Archeology and Textiles (MIAT). Housed in a former cotton-spinning factory, this space now features enthralling exhibits, workshops, films and textile machine demonstrations from the period of Belgium’s first industrial revolution. You’ll then set out on foot alongside a friendly and informative guide through the narrow streets of Ghent, passing stunning City Hall and Gothic St. Bavo’s Cathedral. Here in the city center is where you’ll be free to explore at your leisure for about an hour. Enjoy an interior look at the cathedral’s exquisite art treasures, shop for authentic souvenirs, or relax in a café while savoring authentic Belgian cuisine before being escorted back to port by motor coach.
This tour is provided by an operator that has been third-party certified to meet the Global Sustainable Tourism Council's Criteria for Tour Operators.
• Museum Exploration: Watch as Ghent’s rich industrial history is depicted through enthralling exhibits, workshops, films and textile machine demos.
• Guided Stroll: Meander along narrow streets past City Hall and Gothic St. Bavo’s Cathedral with an informative guide.
• Free Time: Explore the city center independently, admire the cathedral’s art treasures, shop for souvenirs, or enjoy a Belgian meal.
What to Bring:
• SeaPass card and photo identification
• Cash/credit cards
• Sun protection
What to Wear:
• Hat and sunglasses
• Walking shoes
• Guests must be able to walk approximately 1,800 yards over cobblestone surfaces and 60 steps.
• Consider physical fitness and medical history when selecting tour.
• Headsets will be used during this tour.
• This tour needs to be confirmed 5 days in advance.
• This tour is not recommended for guests with a wheelchair.
• Tours to Ghent cannot be offered from July 15–31 due to local festivities.
• The Museum is closed on Mondays and on Jan 1, April 6, May 25, November 2, December 25, December 28 and December 31.