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.
What is a “Photo Tour”?
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.
What’s the cancellation/refund policy?
Open Photo Tours
As part of competitive pricing for open tours, these tours are non-refundable except at our discretion. However, you may:
- Reschedule a tour for another date (must notify at least 3 hours before your tour start time).
- Give the tour booking to someone else at no extra charge, as long as you notify us first.
- Request a 50% refund up to 7 days before your tour start time.
Photo Tours leave on the advertised start time. Please be on time or even 5 minutes early.
Private Photo Tours
A 50% non-refundable deposit (per booked tour) is required to secure your private photo tour booking.
If you decide to pay on the day and miss our agreed appointment, please note you still owe the 50% deposit by later payment (paypal or bank transfer).
You may reschedule a private photo tour (on guide availability) at no extra charge up to 4 hours before a tour starts.
Please see Private Photo Tours (here) for further info.
“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
- Join an open photo tour 3x daily.
- Easy to find & central meeting point (here).
- 2hrs per open photo tour: 10am, 1pm, 4pm.
- Small groups, Max. 5 photographers per tour.
- 50€ per tour, booking ahead highly recommended.
Private Photo Tour
- Choose for full focus & flexibility.
- Our meeting point or hotel pickup, your choice.
- 3hrs per private tour. Flexible start time.
- Max. 3 photographers of YOUR choice.
- Groups & events: On request, get in touch.
All photo tours (except group tours) include a +1 “non camera” friend that may join you at no cost, but take no photos.
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 25% refund up to the start of the tour if there is water on the ground and you want to cancel.
If -we- cancel due to heavy/unsafe weather, you are are offered a 100% refund and our thanks for your understanding.
What’s a +1 “non-camera” friend?
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. Also, one camera to one photographer so no splitting the paid ticket please.
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 busy tours especially.
Are children included as unpaid guests?
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.
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 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 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.