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Gandante is an association of 40 enthusiast city guides, who are happy to share their love for Ghent with you. We show you around in Ghent and its environment. Our guides are not only specialists concerning the history and architecture of Ghent but will be happy to show you the best places to enjoy a Belgian beer, to taste typical sweets or to relax with a hot cup of coffee.
If you are already familiar with our city, you can choose among a wide range of thematic walks. Just let us know what kind of tour you are looking for! We also guide on demand, and you can even discover Ghent with a pair of binoculars. Each tour lasts 1:30 to 2:00 hours and costs 90 euros. Each guide can take up to 25 people.
Interested? Our office staff will be happy to help you. Info@gandante.be or + 32 9 375 31 61.
Would you like to discover Ghent?
A skyline with 3 towers, a medieval castle, an ancient port mixed with industrial remains, modern architecture and a vibrant cultural life… On a traditional city tour “highligts and hidden treasures“ you will be introduced into the historical heart of the city with a keen eye for the most prominent buildings and monuments such as the Belfry (Belfort) and the Cloth Hal (Lakenhalle), Town Hall (Stadhuis), Castle of the Counts (Gravensteen), Saint Bavo’s Cathedral (Sint-Baafskathedraal), the old Guildhouses etc. Apart from its rich history, Ghent has a wide range of high end restaurants, bars and cosy coffee houses to offer. A standard tour lasts one and a half to two hours and costs 90 euros.
Can it be something more?
You can visit the cathedral, the Belfry and the Castle of the Counts with a guide. You can also count on one and a half hours per monument. The price is the same as for a walk: 90 euros.
For the Castle of the Counts we have to charge the right to speak that we have to pay for it and we have to request the visit at least three weeks in advance. So please contact us in time.
You don’t have much time?
We have a formula where you can see the listed sights in an hour, the explanation remains concise. For “Ghent in one hour” you pay 60 euros.
Do you stay overnight in Ghent?
Why not book an evening walk? The city is beautifully lit. The rates are the same as during the day: 90 euros for a standard walk, 60 euros for an hour.
You want a culinary package?
Our guides take you on a walk during which you can taste Ghent specialities on the way: ham, cheese, mustard, a beer, chocolate. The guide tells anecdotes about the Ghent cuisine and delicacies. You pay – on top of the price of the tour – 13 euros per person for the tasters. For day programmes with meals included, please contact us by phone or e-mail.
What if we cycled through Ghent?
A good idea! The car free city centre is easily crossed by bike. A bike gives you the freedom to explore the 19th century belt around the centre or to discover new places tob e, such as Dok Noord. It also offers the opportunity to go deeper into themes such as spatial planning or urban development. The guide will pick you up at the place where you rent the bikes and will bring you yellow shirts, which you can use. A two-hour bike ride costs 90 euros, for three hours you pay 120 euros. Bicycles must be hired by yourself. For a guided tour by bike, the guides take only 20 persons.
You prefer to go on the road yourself?
We have developed a nice quest for small groups. All you have to do is buy a little booklet. This can be done at the ticket desk in the Belfry (open daily from 10:00 to 18:00). A booklet costs 8 euros and you need one for every four persons. You solve riddles, look around carefully for details that otherwise you might not notice and explore the city on your own. Available themes are:
– ‘Browsing around in the historical city’ that takes participants through all the little nooks and main squares in the city center of Ghent.
– ‘Photographic hunt trough the city’. Search for major landmarks and hidden gems in the center of Ghent through pictures taken in the city, and discover its rich history and its quirky residents.
Viewing Ghent from the Belfry Tower
The 93-metre-high Belfry of Ghent is one of the three medieval towers that overlook the old city centre of Ghent. A Belfry tower is the most typical building in medieval Flemisch cities. It represents the power of the cities and functioned as a watch tower and as a keeping of the municipal privileges. Our guides can tell you all about it, or you can visit the tower on your own. Visit the website for more information on the Belfry: http://www.belfortgent.be.
What is there to do in Ghent in 2020 ?
The Floralies will take place from 1 to 10 May. This is a world-famous flower exhibition. You can book a guide who will show you around during the Floralies or you can combine a visit to the Floralies with a walk in the city on the same theme. Our guides have already explored the world of flowers and plants and will be happy to show you around.
The artist Jan Van Eyck, who painted the Mystic Lamb together with his brother Hubert, will be in the spotlight in 2020. From February to April there will be an exhibition in the Museum of Fine Arts, in october a new visitor centre will open about Van Eyck and the Mystic Lamb. If you visit this centre, our guides can offer you a city walk in the same theme. This will give you an immediate day programme. You can find a link to our brochure here.