Ghent is a dynamic city with a centre straight out of the Middle Ages. In rebellion against annexation, it was the simple weavers and poorly-trained infantry militia from Bruges, Ghent and the area surrounding the town (but not the town leaders) who took up arms to defeat the 10,000 mounted French Knights of King Philip IV in The Battle of the Golden Spurs in 1302.
After a 1-hour drive through the Flemish countryside, you will arrive at the medieval city of Ghent. Your guided walking tour starts at the bottom of St Michael's bridge. On top of the bridge, you will be rewarded with an impressive view of the historic city centre. From that point, you can see the Old Port, with gabled guild houses, the age-old castle of the Counts and the famous "Row of Three Towers;" St. Nicolas Church, the Belfry tower and St. Bavo's Cathedral. Pass the Old Port, the Meat House and the City Hall to reach St. Bavo's Cathedral.
The highlight of this tour will be the visit to a chocolate factory. A Belgian chocolate maker will show you how raw chocolate bars are made into the fine Belgian chocolates using only the best, carefully selected ingredients. Afterwards, there will be time to purchase some world-famous Belgian chocolates.
Following the visit to the factory, there will be free time (approximately 45 minutes) for shopping. After this free time, your coach will bring you back to the ship.