We booked this tour as it was the easiest way to get to Bruges. The town is lovely and picturesque, but very crowded even in late November. Pieter was a good guide, giving a nice overview of the area along our walking tour. As others mentioned, there's very little time to explore. Dont waste time on a relaxing lunch, there's too much to see. I wish we'd gotten a quick snack instead. We were able to see the beautiful church (with a Michelangelo statue), but the bell tower was already sold out. Some shops (especially a Christmas shop) were too crowded to even get into, but we still enjoyed window shopping.. Happily, we were able to stop at The Chocaholic on the way back to the bus. Unfortunately, on the ride home, the bus was pulled over due to faulty lights. Pieter did his best to help keep us informed during a 2.5 hour delay. When we arrived back at Central Station, the exit out was closed. We walked around for 30 minutes before finding help to get back outside to catch a tram. We arrived back at our hotel after midnight, a long but lovely day. Frankly, we were more bothered by the "complainers" who surrounded us, than by the delay.
Bruges is one of the most beautiful medieval cities of Europe and should not be missed. The guided tour is a great way to see Bruges especially if you are not close by. We cannot think of a better way to see Bruges as you have someone driving you there and a knowledgeable guide to share the history of Bruges and surrounding area. Just be aware it is a "long" day as the roundtrip is 6 hours and another 5-6 hours in Bruges. Even the rain (albeit for 2 hours) could not dampen the enjoyment we had in walking Bruges and enjoying the scenery as well as the ambience.
The tour was okay. It started with not being able to find the location for the check in. It should be explained that the check in for the tour was a tour office in the backside of the Central Station on the inside where there are several stores. I sent a message that I was not able to find it and no one ever answered. Fortunately I did eventually find it in time to make the tour. Not even sure they looked at my voucher.. The town of Bruges was nice. It helped that the rain stopped. Once the weather got better I was able to enjoy it more. Many shops and restaurants. And of course chocolate and waffles.
All Bruges is beautiful. You will enjoy this town from begining to the end. The people, the history, the food, the frietjes, the chocolate, and the 500 types of beers will keep busy
Poor as the guide was disinterested and the double decker bus was super slow we expected better ……..
Tour pick-up at the Amsterdam Central train station was on time, 15 minutes ahead of the scheduled tour start time of 9.30am. Do not be late. The bus ride from Amsterdam was pretty comfortable and the guide’s commentary on the way there (delivered in both English and Spanish) provided an overview of the history of the Netherlands as we passed specific landmarks along the way, as well as a good introduction to what we were to see in Bruges. It took about 3 hours to get to Bruges. Meeting time and meeting points for the return to Amsterdam was clearly communicated before we started the tour. Bruges itself is beautiful with historic landmarks, wonderful architecture and great food. We had about 4 hours to enjoy the city, 1 hour of which was a walking tour with our guide. The guide didn’t manage the large group well, with many people dropping off from the walking tour along the way. The experience was further marred with a poor microphone system used for the walking tour, and many of us in the group couldn’t hear clearly what the guide was trying to say as it was constantly disrupted by static. There were many tourists in the city on the day, and it would have been helpful if the guide stopped at certain key landmarks to ensure the group (or at least the majority) could catch up and to give information about those landmarks. Other than the walking tour, the 3 hours we had on our own provided a good opportunity for sightseeing, photography, shopping and a leisurely lunch. On our way back, the bus we rode on had a minor accident with a car which delayed the journey heading back by 45 mins. The guide provided us with an update on the minor collision. However, it would be good if the issue could have been resolved at a faster pace. The time was rather short for us to truly enjoy the city, and we would consider staying at least one night in the city if we were to visit again in the future. Overall, it was a wonderful trip despite some hiccups.
Several problematic Issues: 1. Departure point wasn't marked well (not the name on voucher). When waiting we heard some one saying Brouge and then followed her, but it wasn't clearly called for, and bus was rather far from the meeting point, we couldn't have found it if we would have missed it (and we were waiting at the point) 2. On the tour in the city we couldn't hear the tour guide. The system was not working well. Many people just left the tour because they couldn't hear what he was saying 3.On the way back the bus had an accident with another car. The guide or the driver didn't inform us why ae were waiting, give time estimation or anything. We waited there for an hour. No apology was said. We couldn't inform our families (we were with sim for Holland only and it took place in Belgium). We weren't even offered water. Only an hour after we went on the road again we were told that there will be an hour delay. I must say that the tour guide was nice and ready to answer ant question on the tour, but wasn't able to handle the old and not very useful technology
first of all, the instructions to find the tour office are confusing !!! it is inside the central train station but IJ Hall throws you off. even the information desk gave us wrong instructions and was about to put us on a ferry to the other side for this place. just look for it near Starbucks and the other shops the trip was OK. the tour guide was strict about the timings which is totally justified but also felt a bit rude. the place itself is extremely crowded. if you've been to Bath and similar places, you can probably skip it as it's 3 hours one way. the guide told us he will take us on a short walk and forgot to mention its optional. I ended up walking 1+hours with a hurting ankle.. when I could strolled and explored the city at my pace.
Amazing tour! Well worth the trip! Pedro our guide was fun and very informational. I would do it again
The city of Bruges is very beautiful, you travel to the middle ages seeing those monumental buildings, with their canals.
Awesome trip! I highly recommend. It was a fun filled day with great weather and history. The food was delicious.!
More touristy than expected. Our guide was good and funny! He was well informed. Too long a ride more time on bus than in Bruges.
It was an amazing trip from Amsterdam to Brugge’s. The bus ride was comfortable with a friendly guide. The time in Brugge’s was amazing! We loved every moment.
Even in what we thought would be 'off-season' for tourists, Bruges was overrun with them (including us) in early October. Nonetheless, it was wonderful to be able to return to one of my favorite towns after almost 30 years. We took the full-day tour to Bruges from Amsterdam and this was really the most convenient and cost-effective way for us to go, given that we knew this would be the last day of our vacation and that by bus or train the trip would be up to five hours each way (our trip by coach was 3 hours each way, giving us 4-1/2 hours in town, which provided a good opportunity for sightseeing, photography and a leisurely lunch). Our tour guide was knowledgeable and our driver was extremely helpful with storing my small, manual, foldable wheelchair in the hold and bringing the coach right to the terminal exit for a quick departure. Do not be deterred by language in the tour description that says the tour is not wheelchair accessible. It's challenging, but if you have a foldable chair and a strong companion it is doable. Insist on it!
Day trip to Bruges was wonderful! We had a great time exploring the city and trying food and chocolate.
We opted to take the bus excursion to Bruges and very happy we did. We checked into trains from Amsterdam but did not see any advantage. Would not have saved time and we would have had to change trains. This way was definitely less stress. The bus drops you off right at the Old town Bruges area. Pedro was our guide. He was helpful. Gave us good info on the bus ride down and then he gave us a guided tour in old town. I read reviews where some complained about the time it took for the guided tour. Pedro oriented us to getting around the several squares and showed us how to enter some of the churches to see artwork. I found his tour helpful. We saw Michelangelo’s Madonna in the Church of Our Lady and also the Basilica of the Holy Blood. Recommend both. Everyone spoke English. Purchased through Tours and Tickets. Everything worked smoothly. Everyone was on time. Double decker bus. Comfortable.
Bruges is a beautiful city and a place I have long wanted to visit. The beautiful architecture and history were everything I had imagined, but I was not prepared for the crowds and the commercialization. I guess it was naive of me to think that it wouldn’t be that way, but it was like Disneyland without the rides. The tour itself was great. Our guide, Pedro, was very knowledgeable, and saw to everyone’s comfort. I thought the price was very reasonable, and Bruges is very much worth seeing.
It was a pleasant tour. A bit shorter than I was expecting but I forgot to factor the time it takes to get there. But all in all, it was a really cool experience!
Bruges was Wow. as the time has stopped for them. All the horse riding and the castles and the people. i Felt in love immediately. Also the guide Peter was very funny and helpful for us.
Clean bus, on time, nice guide. Bruges is a wonderful place to visit. This was my third time enjoying this city from the 1500s.