Silversea Luxury Cruises A Zeebrugge

Zeebrugge

Brugge is a city that could have sprung from the pages of a Gothic fairy tale. Its cobbled streets, spidery canals, and medieval churches are remarkably well-preserved, having been spared the devastation that saw much of Belgium leveled during the 20th-century wars. The secret got out years ago, though, and avoiding weekends and high season is often the only way to skirt the crowds that flood its many boutique hotels. View more

Indeed, tourism has long been the principal industry here, and preservation orders and strict bylaws ensure that the center looks much as it did during its medieval pomp (how the modern—and modern-looking—Concertgebouw Brugge concert venue on ‘t Zand got planning permission is still a matter of heated debate).Today, the center is encircled by a ring road that loosely follows the line of the city's medieval ramparts. The ancient gates—Smedenpoort, Ezelpoort, Kruispoort, and Gentpoort—still stand along this route, and due to the city's size, all of its best sights, such as the impressive basilica or the Groeningemuseum, home to some of the finest paintings by Belgium’s famed Flemish Primitive artists, can easily be reached on foot. In modern times, Brugge has developed a reputation for culinary indulgence. More than 50 chocolate shops cram its narrow streets; there’s even a museum dedicated to the history of cacao, while local artisans such as The Chocolate Line’s Dominique Persoone have gained international recognition. At the time of writing, Brugge also boasted as many three-starred Michelin restaurants as London. True, prices tend to be on the high side, but there are literally hundreds of places to dine, with some excellent seafood and traditional Belgian cuisine to be found across the city. For many, though, beer is the main draw, with a number of Brugge’s bars and estiminets considered among the finest around by connoisseurs. The city once housed nearly 60 breweries in its heyday, though today only a few remain–-look out for local Fort Lapin, Straffe Hendrik, and Brugse Zot beers. For other beer-related activities, head to the Brugge Beer Museum or for a brewery tour at De Halve MaanIn truth, though, little changes in Brugge. It’s a city that has been both liberated and constricted by its tourist appeal, and like its famed chocolate, it is best sampled in small doses—preferably one or two nights at the most. However, when the day-trippers head home and the shadows draw in, the wonderfully eerie, Gothic charm of this remarkable city emerges. To stroll its cobbled byways is to be transported back in time, and while you’ll never have them all to yourself, it really is one of the most atmospheric places in Europe. Note: Although it's often called Bruges (its French name) in many guidebooks and by English-speakers, the city’s official Flemish name is indeed Brugge (bruhg-guh), the spelling you’ll see and hear most often while exploring the city.

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Excursions depuis Zeebrugge

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Full-Day)

Explore Zeebrugge at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 5 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Half-Day)

Explore Zeebrugge at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 5 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Full-Day)

Explore Zeebrugge at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Half Day)

Explore Zeebrugge at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Biking to Damme with Free time in Bruges

This tour offers a combination of a biking tour in the Flemish countryside with some free time in the beautiful medieval city of Bruges.


Depart by coach from the pier for a thirty-minute drive to Bruges with the Bruges on your own tour. After being outfitted, leave Bruges and escape into the silence and beauty of the flat countryside. Travel along tree-lined canals and through quaint Flemish villages and past farmlands dotted with windmills. Stop at a local pub for a Belgian beer or soft drink, then start your return ride to Bruges.


Once back in Bruges, enjoy some leisure time to visit the town or explore the many quaint shops offering Belgian chocolates or world-famous Belgian lace.


At the appointed time, meet your guide who will escort you to the waiting coach for the transfer back to Bruges.


Please note: This tour involves riding a bicycle for approximately 12 miles (19.3 kilometres) and guests should be physically fit to participate. Safety equipment is provided and must be worn. It is recommended to wear comfortable clothing and flat sporty shoes. Please bring local currency as lunch is on your own. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages.

Romantic Bruges (Guided in Spanish)

Embrace the Old World beauty and charm of Bruges during a scenic sightseeing tour of this romantic city.


Depart the pier for the approximate 30-minute drive to Bruges, and Belgian chocolates served en route. Upon arrival in Bruges, often referred to as the 'Venice of the North', commence your guided walking tour through the twisting, narrow streets of the city.


Bruges City Tour

The Medieval aura surrounding Bruges dates from the early-Middle Ages, when the town was world-renowned for its prosperous wool and cloth trade, and as a trading centre and port. The silting of the Zwin Estuary that linked the city to the sea resulted in the decline of Bruges' importance as a trading port. Over the past decade, however, restoration of the old houses, gabled façades and cobblestone streets has made Bruges one of the greatest attractions in Belgium. Large areas have been closed to vehicular traffic.


The Burg

Your first stop is the Burg, a Medieval square in the centre of Bruges and the highlight of this Old World city. See the Town Hall, a jewel of Gothic-style architecture from the 14th century, and among the oldest of its kind in Europe. A bridge arching over the narrow Ezelstraat links the Town Hall with the graceful Old Recorder's House.


Basilica of the Holy Blood and Belfry (outside visit)

On a corner of the Burg stands the Basilica of the Holy Blood. A vial thought to contain drops of Christ's blood is kept in its chapel. From here, proceed to the renowned Belfry. This 275-foot (83-metre) Medieval tower is the city's centrepiece, and dominates Bruges' ancient market square. The Belfry has a carillon and boasts 47 bells.


Canal Boat Ride

At the conclusion of your walking tour, take a 30-minute canal boat ride along the serene waterways of this historic city, and see the arching stone bridges and lovely settings that give Bruges its special character.


Following your boat ride, some free time is made available for lunch and shopping at the Walplein at your leisure; handmade lace and delicious chocolates are popular items here. Afterward, re-board your coach for the approximate 30-minute return drive to the pier, passing by the Lake of Love en route.


Please note: Tour is Guided in Spanish, minimum amount of guests required to operate. It requires an extensive amount of walking, at time on cobblestone surfaces. The sightseeing boat is not wheelchair-accessible, and guests must be able to embark and disembark the boat without assistance. The boats are uncovered, and umbrellas are provided in the event of rain. Bruges must be explored on-foot, please wear flat comfortable shoes and bring water from the ship. The tour sequence may vary.

Bruges On Your Own

This program offers the flexibility of shopping and sightseeing at your own pace while still having the convenience of easy and reliable transportation to and from the town and the availability of a knowledgeable guide.


Bruges

Depart by coach from the pier for a thirty-minute drive to Bruges along with guests on the Biking to Damme tour. En-route, an experienced guide, who will lead you to Walplein Square, provides you with a brief background on the city, its main points of interest and answers any questions regarding sites, dining and shopping.


As is the case with many of the strategically located towns and cities throughout Europe, both large and small, Bruges was first established as a Roman fortification by the legions of Julius Caesar in the first century BC. Bruges was granted its town charter in 856 AD and developed into an important trading hub during the Middle Ages. With its public squares and canals, many of the buildings from that period, though restored over the centuries, still grace this beautiful and historic city.


At the appointed time, meet your guide who will escort you to the waiting coach for the transfer back to Zeebrugge.


Please note: This coach transfer tour involves a moderate amount of walking on uneven surfaces and cobblestones. It is intended for guests wishing to pursue their own interests in Bruges. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair, however, wheelchairs must be foldable and guests must be able to get on/off the coach's with no assistance. This tour provides roundtrip coach transportation. Please bring local currency for any purchases including lunch, as lunch is at guest own expense.

Ypres, In Flanders Fields

Ypres was one of the great Flemish cloth towns of the Middle Ages. Occupied by the German army for one night at the beginning of the Great War, it fell under control of the Allied Forces in 1914. Some five million British and Commonwealth soldiers passed through Ypres on their way to the salient. Reduced to rubble by constant bombardment, the town has come to symbolize the meaningless slaughter of the Great War. Now restored to its former grandeur, Ypres contains numerous poignant sites and monuments linked to the war.


Take time to remember those who lost their lives at one of the British Cemeteries, followed by a stop at Menin Gate, a famous War memorial of the First World War. 'In Flanders Fields' Museum is not a traditional war museum. It is about ordinary people who endured the war, the soldiers, nurses, fugitives and children. The innovative high-tech methods used within the Museum earned 'Flanders Fields' the title of 'Best European Museum'.


Menin Gate

Depart the pier for the one-hour drive to Ypres. On the way, a stop is made at Tyne Cot cemetery for a visit. Continue the drive and make a brief photo stop at the 'Menin Gate'. This famous British War memorial of the First World War is by far the most important edifice in Ypres for the British visitor. Designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield, the names of 54,896 missing soldiers are engraved in its walls.


In Flanders Fields Museum (inside visit)

Then continue to the In Flanders Fields museum. This newly renovated museum is not a traditional war museum. It is about ordinary people who endured the war. Before returning back to the ship, visit the Essex Farm Cemetery. Probably one of the most visited sites in the salient, and this is principally because of its association with John McCrae, writer of the famous poem In Flanders Fields. Next to the cemetery is a marker with the date May the 3rd 1915, commemorating the writing of this poem.


Following this stop, re-join your coach for the return drive to the ship.


Please note: This tour involves a considerable amount of walking over uneven surfaces, including some steps and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lunch is not included however some free time will be available after the visit to the Flanders Fields Museum. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended, and bring water from the ship Please bring local currency for any purchases made including lunch.Tour order may vary.

Romantic Bruges (Guided in German)

Embrace the Old World beauty and charm of Bruges during a scenic sightseeing tour of this romantic city.


Depart the pier for the approximate 30-minute drive to Bruges, and Belgian chocolates served en route. Upon arrival in Bruges, often referred to as the 'Venice of the North', commence your guided walking tour through the twisting, narrow streets of the city.


Bruges City Tour

The Medieval aura surrounding Bruges dates from the early-Middle Ages, when the town was world-renowned for its prosperous wool and cloth trade, and as a trading centre and port. The silting of the Zwin Estuary that linked the city to the sea resulted in the decline of Bruges' importance as a trading port. Over the past decade, however, restoration of the old houses, gabled façades and cobblestone streets has made Bruges one of the greatest attractions in Belgium. Large areas have been closed to vehicular traffic.


The Burg

Your first stop is the Burg, a Medieval square in the centre of Bruges and the highlight of this Old World city. See the Town Hall, a jewel of Gothic-style architecture from the 14th century, and among the oldest of its kind in Europe. A bridge arching over the narrow Ezelstraat links the Town Hall with the graceful Old Recorder's House.


Basilica of the Holy Blood and Belfry (outside visit)

On a corner of the Burg stands the Basilica of the Holy Blood. A vial thought to contain drops of Christ's blood is kept in its chapel. From here, proceed to the renowned Belfry. This 275-foot (83-metre) Medieval tower is the city's centrepiece, and dominates Bruges' ancient market square. The Belfry has a carillon and boasts 47 bells.


Canal Boat Ride

At the conclusion of your walking tour, take a 30-minute canal boat ride along the serene waterways of this historic city, and see the arching stone bridges and lovely settings that give Bruges its special character.


Following your boat ride, some free time is made available for lunch and shopping at the Walplein at your leisure; handmade lace and delicious chocolates are popular items here. Afterward, re-board your coach for the approximate 30-minute return drive to the pier, passing by the Lake of Love en route.


Please note: Tour is Guided in German, minimum amount of guests required to operate. It requires an extensive amount of walking, at time on cobblestone surfaces. The sightseeing boat is not wheelchair-accessible, and guests must be able to embark and disembark the boat without assistance. The boats are uncovered, and umbrellas are provided in the event of rain. Bruges must be explored on-foot, please wear flat comfortable shoes and bring water from the ship. The tour sequence may vary.

Romantic Bruges

Embrace the Old World beauty and charm of Bruges during a scenic sightseeing tour of this romantic city.


Depart the pier for the approximate 30-minute drive to Bruges, and Belgian chocolates served en route. Upon arrival in Bruges, often referred to as the 'Venice of the North', commence your guided walking tour through the twisting, narrow streets of the city.


Bruges City Tour

The Medieval aura surrounding Bruges dates from the early-Middle Ages, when the town was world-renowned for its prosperous wool and cloth trade, and as a trading centre and port. The silting of the Zwin Estuary that linked the city to the sea resulted in the decline of Bruges' importance as a trading port. Over the past decade, however, restoration of the old houses, gabled façades and cobblestone streets has made Bruges one of the greatest attractions in Belgium. Large areas have been closed to vehicular traffic.


The Burg

Your first stop is the Burg, a Medieval square in the centre of Bruges and the highlight of this Old World city. See the Town Hall, a jewel of Gothic-style architecture from the 14th century, and among the oldest of its kind in Europe. A bridge arching over the narrow Ezelstraat links the Town Hall with the graceful Old Recorder's House.


Basilica of the Holy Blood and Belfry (ouside visit)

On a corner of the Burg stands the Basilica of the Holy Blood. A vial thought to contain drops of Christ's blood is kept in its chapel. From here, proceed to the renowned Belfry. This 275-foot (83-metre) Medieval tower is the city's centrepiece, and dominates Bruges' ancient market square. The Belfry has a carillon and boasts 47 bells.


Canal Boat Ride

At the conclusion of your walking tour, take a 30-minute canal boat ride along the serene waterways of this historic city, and see the arching stone bridges and lovely settings that give Bruges its special character.


Following your boat ride, some free time is made available for lunch and shopping at the Walplein at your leisure; handmade lace and delicious chocolates are popular items here. Afterward, re-board your coach for the approximate 30-minute return drive to the pier, passing by the Lake of Love en route.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking, at time on cobblestone surfaces. The sightseeing boat is not wheelchair-accessible, and guests must be able to embark and disembark the boat without assistance. The boats are uncovered, and umbrellas are provided in the event of rain. Bruges must be explored on-foot, please wear flat comfortable shoes and bring water from the ship. The tour sequence may vary.

Ghent, Canal Cruise and Belgian Chocolates

Explore the Middle Ages in a unique new way during this picturesque tour, cruise through Ghent, and visit to a chocolate factory.


Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to Ghent, Belgian chocolates are served en route. Ghent is a dynamic modern city with a centre straight out of the Middle Ages.


Ghent City Walking Tour

Upon arrival at the centre of this Medieval city, your guided walking tour commences at St. Michael's Bridge. From here, take in splendid views of Ghent's three glorious Medieval steeples, the early-Gothic St. Nicholas Church, the Belfry dating from 1314 and the honey-coloured tower of St. Bavo's Cathedral in the background.


Canal Boat Ride

Next, proceed to the pontoon and board a canal boat for a cruise through this historic city. Along the way, see highlights that include the impressive Castle of the Counts, Fish Market, 13th-century Monasteries, and the ancient port of Ghent with its mercantile houses. After your canal cruise, the walking tour continues past the Old Port, Meat House and City Hall en route to Chocolaterie Van Hoorebeke, a chocolate factory.


Chocolaterie Van Hoorebeke - Chocolate Factory

Enjoy a live demonstration on chocolates during this visit. A Belgian chocolatier shows you how raw chocolate bars are made into the fine Belgian chocolates using only the best of fresh and carefully selected ingredients. At the end there is time to purchase some world famous Belgian chocolates.


Following your visit, free time is made available for browsing the area shops at your leisure; handmade lace and delicious chocolates are popular items here. Afterwards, re-board your coach for the approximately one-hour return drive to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking, at time on cobblestone surfaces. The sightseeing boat is not wheelchair-accessible; guests must be able to embark and disembark the boat without assistance. It is recommended to wear comfortable clothing with flat walking shoe and bring water from the ship. The tour sequence may vary. Please make sure to have a hearty breakfast and arrange lunch with your butler upon return to the ship as the dining room will be closed.