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Bus day trip to Antwerp & Mechelen from Brussels + Atomium stop

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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Overview

Antwerp is Belgium’s second-largest city, but you can still take in the highlights in a day. This full-day tour to Antwerp from Brussels is led by a Spanish-speaking guide and includes a walking tour of attractions such as the Rubens house, the Cathedral of Our Lady, and Steen Castle, plus free time to explore independently.

Additional Details

  • Full-day tour of Antwerp from Brussels
  • Explore the historic center of Antwerp on a walking tour
  • See the Church of San Carlos de Borromeo, Castle Steen, the Diamond Quarter, and the Rubens House
  • Enjoy up to four hours of free time to sightsee independently
  • Tour the city with a Spanish-speaking guide
  • Enjoy round-trip transport from Brussels by air-conditioned coach
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Professional English-speaking guide
Round-trip with A/C
City tips
Discounts (discounts at restaurants, chocolate shops, museums etc.)
We keep your suitcases on the bus
Food and drinks
Gratuities
Museum entrance
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Carrefour de l'Europe, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Rue du Marquis 1100, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
Meet your guide in central Brussels in time for an 8.30am departure and relax aboard the tour bus on the around 50-minute journey to Antwerp.

On arrival, set out to explore the city on a guided walking tour, stopping to admire landmarks such as the Church of San Carlos de Borromeo, Steen Castle, and the Cathedral of Our Lady. Along the way, see the Rubens House, the former residence of the city’s most famous artist; soak up the atmosphere along Paseo de las tortas and Meir Street, and feel like a VIP as you stroll around the lavish Diamond Quarter.

At the end of the tour, enjoy around four hours of free time to grab lunch (own expense) at one of the many cafés or restaurants, shop for traditional Belgium souvenirs, or continue sightseeing independently.

After meeting back up with your guide, return to Brussels where your tour ends back in the city center.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Atomium
On our way to Antwerp, we will make a brief stop at the Atomium, the monument considered as the symbol of Brussels and Belgium. Here you will have the chance to take some photos.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Plantinkaai
The bus will drop us off at the city bus station.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Steenplein
We will head down the sidewalk of the river to the city center. Before starting our tour, we will make a stop to go to the bathroom and indicate the place where we will meet in the afternoon to return to Brussels. Here, with the skyline and the river on the background, you will enjoy a small introduction to the history of the city.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Steen Castle
The first stop of our tour will be Steen Castle. Here will be explained the history of the building as well as the reason why the roof of the buildings in Holland and Belgium have that particular shape.
Duration: 7 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Vleeshuisstraat
In addition to admire the building that use to hold the meat house, at this point, we will talk about how commerce worked and how the city was organized in the past.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Grote Markt
In this emblematic square, we will discover the town hall, the different guild houses and the legend surrounding the sculpture Standbeeld van Brabo.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Carolus Borromeus Church
In this stop we will visit the old Saint Ignatius of Loyola church and currently of Saint Carlous Borromeus. Enter the church and enjoy a painting by Rubens in its context.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Lijnwaadmarkt
We headed towards the cathedral. Along the way, our guide will tell us about how Belgian politics works.
Stop At:  
Cathedral of Our Lady
We will get to know the architectural styles that shape this cathedral as well as some of the Rubens works that are kept inside. In front of the cathedral, you will found a beautifull sculpture and you discover the emotional history that surrounds it.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Groenplaats
We will discover how the old cathedral cemetery became the current "green square". You will also be able to take some beautiful photos of the cathedral and of the Rubens sculpture.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Meir
We approach Meir Avenue, where some incredible buildings are located and which is the shopping street par excellence of the city. In the middle of the avenue we find the sculpture of a giant hand. In it, we will explain the different reasons why Antwerp also Belgium are linked to this symbol.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Chocolate Line - Dominique Persoone
In front of this store, it will be explained what kind of products related to chocolate can be bought as well as some peculiar stories related to the creator of the store. Here our guide will also give some tips about where to eat or which other spots can you visit during the free time. The guide will also remember you when and where you must be to take the bus back to Brussels.
Duration: 7 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Antwerp
Free time, you will enjoy about 1,5 hours of free time (it depends on the traffic and the rhythm of the group).
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Plantinkaai
The bus will pick us up and head to Mechelen.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Grote Markt
Our first stop in Mechelen will be the Grote Markt. Here among other buildings we highlight the Town Hall, whose history and architectural style we will discover.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Keizerstraat 3
Our next stop will be at Margaret of York's palace. Here, we will discover the different uses that this palace has had over time and the story of this woman.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Paleis van Margareta van Oostenrijk (Palace of Margaret of Austria)
Our guide will talk to you about the architectural style of the palace as well as the history of the city linked to this building.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
St. Rumbold's Cathedral
We discover the city's cathedral as well as its huge tower of 514 steps and 43 bells.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Museum Hof van Busleyden
In this magnificent Renaissance palace in Mechelen, we will learn about the history and present of the city.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Sint-Janskerkhof
Our next stop is St John's Church. Our guide will tell you about the Peter Paul Rubens' famous baroque triptych 'The adoration of the three wise men' which is inside.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Groen Waterke
The next stop is in one of the most charming places in Mechelen. We will also enjoy a fun story linked to the place.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Klapgat
Our next stop is the Klapgat, an alleyway opposite the tower of St John's Church, here we will learn the old purpose of this alley.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Large Beguinage
The next step of our tour will be the Large Beguinage, declared a UNESCO world heritage site. This picturesque streets of the beguinages save the history of an incredible group of women.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Brouwerij Het Anker
Het Anker is one of Belgium's oldest breweries. Here we will learn about the beer in Belgium and our guide will tell us about the famous 'Gouden Carolus' beer.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Haverwerf
The last stop on our tour will be Haverwef. Here the guide will give some tips about which are the best shops to buy souvenirs or what can you visit in your free time. The guide will also remember you when and where you must be to take the bus back to Brussels.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mechelen
Free time, you will enjoy about 1.5 hour of free time (it depends on the traffic and the rhythm of the group).
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • You will receive the confirmation at time of booking
  • Our guides have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites & stories mentioned and lasts about 2.5 hours, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group
  • No meals are included but your guide will be happy to point you some great food spots.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Buendía Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Bus day trip to Antwerp & Mechelen from Brussels + Atomium stop ?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers.

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El tour a Amberes con Isolda como guía fue buenísimo. La guía muy profesional y amena nos mantuvo interesados todo el tiempo durante el walking tour, con sus documentadas explicaciones.
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