Please find below the most common frequently asked question regarding Photo Tour Brugge and our offers.
Click a topic to see the answer, if anything still isn’t clear then feel free to contact us here.
A photo tour is at heart a walking city tour combined with a photography workshop towards discovering locations and improving photo results both on tour and afterwards.
Photo Tour Brugge offers you a chance to discover Brugge in a photo-focused way, as well as a chance to pick up a few (optional) tips towards better photography. With both ‘open’ and private photo tours on offer, we humbly believe we offer a photo tour for all photographers..
See our About page (here) for more details.
“Open photo tour” vs. “Private photo tour”
We offer 2 booking options for our photo tours in Brugge: Open photo tours and Private photo tours.
Open Photo Tours
Open group tours offer a great way to connect to Brugge for photos & maybe a new photo friend.
60€ per photographerBook as Open Photo Tour
- 2hr open tour based on on tour chosen.
- Fixed start time from the meeting point.
- Brugge map & tips & photo goodies.
- -20% off Andy’s Being in Brugge photo book.
- +1 “non camera friend” joins for free (?).
- Max. 4 photographers per open tour.
Open tours are rarely full (even pre-2020) so maaaaaybe you’ll have us to yourself!
Private Photo Tours
Private tours are a fully focused view of Brugge & our time together with the cameras. (more info).
220€ per private tourBook as Private Photo Tour
- 3hr private tour on route or as you prefer.
- Flexible start: Usual time or when it suits you.
- Flexible meeting: Our usual spot or wherever.
- Full choice/balance of learning vs. locations.
- Deluxe Brugge map & tips & photo goodies.
- Gift copy of Andy’s Being in Brugge photo book.
- Includes 4 guests of your choice, more on request.
Available in French & Flemish/Dutch on request
All photo tours include a +1 “non camera” friend that may join for free but take no photos.
Open & Private Tour Cancellation Policy
We’re as flexible as possible with all factors that can change plans, hope the following works for you:
- Open tour cancellation: 50% refund up to 1 week (7 days) before booked tour date.
- Private tour cancellation: Only the deposit (see below) is kept if cancelled up to 3 days beforehand.
- You can reschedule a tour for another date/time, but must notify at least 4 days (open tours) or 24hrs (private tours) before the agreed start time. Please note that rescheduling is down to availability of your guide Andy.
- You can give the booking to someone else at no extra charge, of course please notify us first.
In case of rain: We push on in very light rain (and offer you a free camera cover to help), in case of heavy or dangerous rain we will usually offer rescheduling or you can cancel for a 50% refund until 1hr before the tour starts.
Also: We’re probably not horrible people so will happily consider unusual exceptions as possible. 🙂
Photo tours leave on the advertised/agreed start time.
Please be on time or even 5 minutes early,we’ll try and wait or even call you… but miss us, sorry there’s no refund.
Private Photo Tours Deposits & Payment
A 75€ non-refundable deposit is required to secure your private photo tour booking.
If you decide to pay on the day, the 75€ deposit is still due if you cancel up to 3 days beforehand by bank transfer or online payment (paypal or credit card). If you miss or cancel a private tour within 3 days of your booking then surely note that the full fee (220€) of the private tour is due afterwards.
What if it rains?
Our photo tours operate rain or shine.
In light rain we push through with umbrellas, and even help you improve your technique in the wet. If the rain gets too serious we’ll then either move inside for indoor shooting and/or photo-talk over a coffee at a cozy café.
Please note: Booking for ‘open’ photo tours are non-refundable except at our discretion. However, we also understand the rain can “suck hard for photos” and offer a 50% refund up to the start of the tour if there is water on the ground and you wish to cancel.
If -we- cancel due to heavy/unsafe weather, you are are offered a 100% refund and our thanks for your understanding.
A +1 “non camera” friend is a partner or friend that may join the (paid ticket) photographer at no extra cost. While this guest is welcome to join us on the tour listen in, they are allowed absolutely no photo taking themselves.
Please note: That includes both big cameras and small, even a cameraphone counts as a camera!
Equally, +1 guests must remember that we’re here for the photographers first, and therefore priority on tour is given to the camera crowd first and foremost.
We obviously won’t be ignoring you (far from it), it simply must be kept in mind on full tours especially.
While we love kids and encourage them to join the photo tour either as guests or a +1 “non camera” friend, we don’t include children without charge as guests if not included in our +1 policy.
As an exception, babies (up to 3 years old) are permitted to join without charge. One unpaid baby per paid guest only.
As a further exception, any child (5-8 years old) who’s registered as a photographer will be loaned a waterproof/shatterproof camera at no extra charge. Please note: Parents are responsible for the camera cost (200€) if lost or broken on tour.
How to book a photo tour online?
Use the calendar (here) to select a photo tour, especially if you want to book an open photo tour.
As you’d expect, choose a date and the tour that interests you to join. You’ll then see details of the tour, prices, and a button to register or details for a private tour.
If you’d like to book multiple tours: Simply register for a tour, return to the calendar, select and register for another tour and repeat as needed. When you’re done, click ‘View Cart’ on the booking page to finish your registration.
You can book a private photo tour be clicking here to contact us and get in touch.
Please Note: You are welcome to check for tours without booking, but reservation is highly recommended.
Where do the photo tours meet?
All ‘open’ photo tours leave from the Burg square #14, in front of the Basilica of the Holy Blood.
Look for the grey building with 2 lions in front and the red door with a ‘b’ above it. Andy is often there when tours start, but best to book or contact us first.Meeting Point
Private Photo Tours
Private Photo Tours include optional meeting at the location (within the city center) of your choice. See our private tours (here) for details.
Do you offer hotel/special pick up?
How do I get to the Meeting Point from the train station?
Take a bus from the station (1, 3, 4, 11. 13. 14 & 16 go through the center) as many stop at central locations.
Ask the conductor to drop you off at the Market Square (near the Belfy on the map below), then only a 3 minute walk to the Burg (next square over).
See the Meeting Point (here) for further details.
How do I get to Brugge from Brussels?
From Brussels National Airport (Zaventem) : Buy a train ticket at the airport’s railway station (basement level -1). Up to 4 trains an hour connect the airport to Brussels (Nord/Noord, Central/Centraal or Midi/Zuid). Take an intercity train in direction of Oostende or Knokke/Blankenberge from any of these three main train stations. Trains run every 30 minutes.
From Brussels : Take an intercity train in direction of Oostende or Knokke/Blankenberge from any of the three main train stations in Brussels (Nord/Noord, Central/Centraal or Midi/Zuid). Trains run every 30 minutes.
For train departures please see the Belgian railways website : rail.be
From Brussels National Airport (Zaventem) : Take the A201 and follow the E40 from Brussels in direction of Gent. Take Exit 7 to Bruges in the direction of the railway station. Leaving the railway station on your right, you are now on the ring of Bruges.
From Brussels : Take the E40 from Brussels in direction of Gent. Take Exit 7 to Bruges in the direction of the railway station. Leaving the railway station on your right, you are now on the ring of Bruges.
How do I get from Zeebrugge (cruise ships) to Brugge?
We’ve had many guests on the photo tour happen to arrive from the port of Zeebrugge, often on a day stop from the cruise liners.
10am Photo Tour – Depending on your transport (see this thread) you should have enough time to make the 10am photo tour.
However, if like many cruise guests your boat disembarks around 8am, we warn you that time is tight.
1pm Photo Tour – The 1pm tour ends at 3pm by the Church of Our Lady (April-October only), close to either the Market Square, bus depot, and public transport.
By Bus and Train : The ship runs a free shuttle to the local train station where you can get a train every hour (10 past) to Bruges, cost €5.90 return, then immediately outside the train station you either enjoy a 20 minute scenic walk into town or you take the bus for €2 which drops you off in the center. A total journey time of about 60 minutes.
By Taxi : As taxi’s fill up quickly, it’s best to make advanced reservations through your travel company. Around 45-50€ one way for a up to 8 people.
When you join us for a photo tour we email you private info to some overall tips… and here’s some to get you started! 🙂
Other (non photo) tours in Brugge
– Quasimundo Bike Tours – The best way to discover Bruges on a bike, Jos and his crew of certified city guides will show you around the city center (morning tour) or the discover nearby Damme over the afternoon.
– Horse Carriage Rides: Available from the Markt Square and Begijnhof daily, relax from the camera time to enjoy a classic perspective. Note: Brugge horses are treated with true care and compassion, working 1/4 days with rest beyond that and strict treatment conditions followed to the letter.
– History Tours: Our city is simply stuffed with certified guides to share the rich history of this timeless city, from private guides like Your Bruges to guilds and groups like S-Wan offering a range of options and adventures into Brugge’s past.
– Quasimodo Battlefield Tours: Nearby Flanders Field shown to you by the best: Sharon & Philippe started over 25 years ago and can accommodate private to open groups with informed grace.
More ideas on what to do? Try the Bruges Travel Guide (via Kayak Tours).