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Ghent-Authentic & the Ghent Altarpiece: a match made in heaven!

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Despite the fact that we see the Ghent Altarpiece almost on a daily base and this for the past 8 years, it doesn't cease to fascinate and inspire us. Since the foundation of Ghent-Authentic, the Ghent Altarpiece is the major focus, expertise  and inspiration of Ghent-Authentic.

Our  mission is to open up art, in this case medieval religious art which is traditionally considered as quite unaccessible, to a bigger audience, to make it inspiring and relevant today. In short, we see ourselves as a ‘a bridge’ between the scholars and the public.  We like to share our knowledge and passion for it with you. The Ghent Altarpiece has enough 'flesh' to stand on its own or it can be perfectly integrated in most of our tours. 

In this section below you find all our Ghent Altarpiece programmes

 

New! Walk Latem - iconic and inspiring countryside outside Ghent

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Cyriel Buyssepad Latem
Ghent-Authentic gidsen Eugène, Vicky en Martine
Beukendreef Latem

Latem is a wellknown, iconic village at the river Lyss at a short drive from Ghent (12km).

It has inspired many artists from the second half of the 19th century as Constant Permeke, Albert Saverijs, George Minne whose work you will find among others in the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent (MSK). 

Besides that it is today mostly known as Flanders most wealthy village with lofty mansions, elegant art galleries and boutiques. However we love it foremost because of its stunning nature, inspiring setting next to the river Lyss and the visible traces of the many artists who used to live here.

The guided walk takes max. 4 km (can be shortened), starts and ends at the Auberge du Pecheur and is guided by an experienced Ghent-Authentic guide.

Highlights:

- Auberge du Pecheur at the Lyss river

- Small church Algondis with artist cemetery

- Villa La Butte

- House Gust De Smet

- Beukenlaan

Included:

We pick you up at the Auberge du Pecheur where you can park the car

- A private tour, a tour just for you by a fluently English speaking, licensed, local Ghent-Authentic guide

- Tips & tricks to make the most out of your stay in Ghent

Price per guide:

€ 300,00 (taxes/21% vat included) - max.20p.

So if you are 20 p, you pay € 15,00 each, if you are 15 persons you pay € 20,00 each and so on

TO BOOK: send an email to info@ghent-authentic.com, we confirm, you pay and you are all set.

Important notice: tours have to be booked 24 hours in advance. Tours for the weekend have to be booked at the latest by Friday 2pm. This is a private tour, so no other people will join. You can book this tour just for you, for your loved ones, family, friends up till max. 20p. In case there would be more of you, a second guide need is required. Cancellations in the last week before the tour are not refundable.

EXTRA : In case you would like to include a guided visit to one of the small museums in Latem as there are museum Gust De Smet, Gevaert Minne or Dhondt-Daenens, or a visit to one of the major art galleries let us know well enough in advance (1 week) and we will send you an offer.

 

Ghent-Authentic's combo 'private boat & walking tour' - 2h

Private boat trip with Ghent-Authentic
De Lieve
Sint-Michielsbrug

 This is perfect for a first time visit of Ghent if you:

- look forward to a relaxing, guided private boat tour through the canals of Ghent

- love to combine the boat trip with a short private, guided walking tour into the historic city center and enjoy the best of both worlds!

Highlights:

- 45 min private, guided boat trip by Ghent-Authentic with private captain

- 1h15 guided walking tour by the highlights in the historic city center

Included:

- We pick you up at the hotel or at an for you easy to reach spot in the historic city center. 

- A private tour/boat/guide, guided by a fluently English speaking, licensed, local, high profile Ghent-Authentic guide

- Tips & tricks to make the most out of your stay in Ghent

Price per guide/boat:

€ 650,00 (taxes/vat included) - max. 20p/boat

TO BOOK: send an email to info@ghent-authentic.com, we confirm, you pay and you are all set.

Important notice: tours have to be booked 24 hours in advance. Tours for the weekend have to be booked at the latest by Friday 2pm. This is a private tour, so no other people will join. You can book this tour just for you, for your loved ones, family, friends up till max. 20p. In case there would be more of you, a second guide need to be booked. Cancellations in the last week before the tour are non refundable.

 

Ghent-Authentic's in-depth & behind the scenes architecture tours including the Krook

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Krook - New Landmark in Ghent
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Something to reflect upon in the new year !
Universiteitsforum (UFO) - arch. De Geyter & Beel
Boekentoren by Henry van de Velde
Boekentoren by Henry van de Velde

Woven in between ancient buildings of the medieval city center, contemporary 'temples' arise. Local architects with names that resonate far beyond Belgium as there are RobbrechtDaem & Van Hee (Stadshal/renovation Boekentoren), Stéphane Beel (UFO)Coessee & Goris (Krook), construct new landmarks alongside the river Scheldt. On top of that there's the iconic 'Boekentoren/Book Tower' of interbellum artist Henry van de Velde...

Several options:

2h, behind the scenes visit of new city library/landmark 'Krook' by local architects Coesee & Goris & Pritzker price winners RCR Arquitectes: € 260,00 (Vat, taxes & fees included) - max. 20p/guide

- 3h contemporary architecture walk alongside the Scheldt, including a behind the scenes visit of or 'the Krook' (Coussée & Goris & Pritzker price winners RCR Arquitectes) : € 450,00 (vat, taxes and fees included) - max. 20p/guide

- 3h contemporary architecture walk alongside the Scheldt, including a behind the scenes visit of the 'Boekentoren/Book Tower', interbellum landmark by Henry van de Velde: € 550,00 (Vat, taxes and fees included) - max. 20p/guide

- 4h, contemporary architecture walk alongside the Scheldt, including a behind the scenes visit of the 'Boekentoren/Book Tower' and the Krook: € 750,00 (Vat, taxes, fees included) - max. 20p/ guide

Included:

- Professional organization

- A private tour, a tour just for you by a fluently English speaking, licensed, local, specialized Ghent-Authentic guide

- Tips & tricks to make the most out of your stay in Ghent

TO BOOK:send an email to info@ghent-authentic.com, we confirm, you pay and you are all set.

Important notice: these tours have to be booked at least 1 week in advance. Note that no visits can be organized at the Krook on Sundays. At the Book Tower, no visits can be organized during the weekends or holidays.This is a private tour, so no other people will join. In case there would be more than 20 persons that would like to participate, a second guide needs to be booked. Cancellations in the last week before the tour are non refundable.

 

Ghent-Authentic's 'Classic, highlights and hidden corners' tour - 2h

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Graslei/Korenlei
Sint-Baafs kathedraal
De Lieve
Graslei

Perfect for a first time visit of Ghent if you:

- love to submerge yourself in the city's rich variety of stunning historic highlights and hidden corners

- want to know more about the world famous Ghent Altarpiece

Highlights:

- Graslei/Korenlei

- Castle of the Counts

- St-Michaelsbridge

- Friday market & medieval meat market

- Unesco Belfry/Clothhall

- St-Baafscathedral + worldfamous Ghent Altarpiece of 'Van Eyck' (30 min. visit)

Hidden corners:

- Achtersikkel/School of Arts

- Patershol area

- Grafittistreet

- St- Jacobs area

Included:

- We pick you up at the hotel or at an for you easy to reach spot in the historic city center. 

- A private tour, a tour just for you by a fluently English speaking, licensed, local, high profile Ghent-Authentic guide

- Tips & tricks to make the most out of your stay in Ghent

Price per guide:

€ 250,00 (taxes/vat included) + € 4,00/p ticket Ghent Altarpiece to be paid cash at the cathedral

TO BOOK:send an email to info@ghent-authentic.com, we confirm, you pay and you are all set.

Important notice: tours have to be booked 24 hours in advance. Tours for the weekend have to be booked at the latest by Friday 2pm. This is a private tour, so no other people will join. You can book this tour just for you, for your loved ones, family, friends up till max. 20p. In case there would be more of you, a second guide need to be booked. Cancellations in the last week before the tour are not refundable.

 

 

Ghent-Authentic & The Castle of the Counts

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Gravensteen
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Over 800 years old, the Castle of the Counts is one of Ghent's major tourist attractions. With its thick walls, its winding staircases and its knight's hall, it gives you more than just a glimpse about how life must have been in the Middle Ages. Don't forget to climb the dunjon and enjoy the view over Ghent !

A guided tour in the Castle of the Counts takes 1 hour. We combine it with a gentle stroll of max. 1h. to the adjacent authentic medieval areas of Patershol and Prinsenhof.

The tour can be shortened to your liking.

Included:

We pick you up at the hotel or at an for you easy to reach spot in the historic city center. 

- A private tour, a tour just for you by a fluently English speaking, licensed, local, high profile Ghent-Authentic guide

Tips & tricks to make the most out of your stay in Ghent

Price per guide:

€ 260,00 (taxes/vat included) + € 7,50 tot € 10,00/p ticket Castle of the Counts

TO BOOK:send an email to info@ghent-authentic.com, we confirm, you pay and you are all set.

Important notice: tours have to be booked 24 hours in advance. Tours for the weekend have to be booked at the latest by Friday 2pm. This is a private tour, so no other people will join. You can book this tour just for you, for your loved ones, family, friends up till max. 20p. In case there would be more of you, a second guide need to be booked. Cancellations in the last week before the tour are not refundable.

 

Ghent-Authentic City Museum STAM & BIJLOKE site

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Graslei/Korenlei
Leie en Sint-Michielsbrug
Opening STAM

Since its opening in October 2010, the Ghent City Museum received nothing but praise. Located at the exquisite historic site 'Bijloke' next to the river Lys, the museum offers a perfect mix of ancient objects, mind blowing miniatures and multimedia. It's without any doubt the perfect gateway to the city!

Besides guiding you through the museum (1,5h), we can organize a boat for you that takes you right from the museum into the city center. During the half an hour boat trip you will be smitten by the 19th century teahouses, the grand Palace of Justice, small bridges and old canals to finally moor at the impressive medieval harbor of Ghent. Talking about making an entrance !

 

Ghent-Authentic Shopping tour, with tasty stops and a splash of culture - 3h

Tasting some local top notch chocolate with Ghent-Authentic
Tasting some local Ghent products with Ghent-Authentic
Handmade soap "Kisses from Ghent"

Is perfect for a first time visit of Ghent if you:

- take pleasure in discovering local, iconic and authentic shops

- love to taste some local delicacies as there are Gandaham, Tierenteyn musterd, Roomer, chocolate and last but not least some local, high quality beer

- like to stroll through the city and enjoy the historic scenery

Highlights:

- Authentic shops

- Warm, personal contact with locals

- 3 different tastings at our local partners

- Charming hidden spots in the historic city centre

- The experience to become one of us in no time :) 

Included:

We pick you up at the hotel or at an for you easy to reach spot in the historic city center. 

- A private tour, a tour just for you by a fluently English speaking, licensed, local, high profile Ghent-Authentic guide

Tips & tricks to make the most out of your stay in Ghent

Price per guide:

€ 375,00 (taxes/vat included) + € 18,00/p (for 3 tastings)

TO BOOK:send an email to info@ghent-authentic.com, we confirm, you pay and you are all set.

Important notice: tours have to be booked 24 hours in advance. Tours for the weekend have to be booked at the latest by Friday 2pm. This is a private tour, so no other people will join. You can book this tour just for you, for your loved ones, family, friends up till max. 20p. In case there would be more of you, a second guide need to be booked. Cancellations in the last week before the tour are not refundable.

 

Ghent-Authentic's BEHIND THE SCENES EXCLUSIVE VISIT OF THE UNESCO BEGUINAGE

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Tucked away on the outskirts of the medieval city center, lays the wonderful 'OLV-Ter Hoye' Unesco beguinage. Once a stronghold for the illustrious 'beguines', it is now inhabited by residents of all walks of life, all attracted by the unique character the beguinage offers. The moment you enter the gate of this enclosed village within the city, you will be overthrown by its charm, its peace and quietness, its history. No wonder the UNESCO has recognized it as world heritage! 

Ghent-Authentic offers a relaxing 'behind the scenes' visit of the beguinage. During this 3 hour program, we explore its rich history, its art and architecture as well as its little bits and pieces that makes it truly unique. On top of that we have the privilige to visit two of its current residents who are eager to share not only their passion for the beguinage but also their homes as well as a well-deserved glass of sparkling wine!

Duration: 3h

Price: € 25,00/p (min. 15p, max 20p), including Ghent-Authentic private guide & a glass of sparkling wine!

It is highly recommended to book this tour well enough in advance.

 

Ghent-Authentic By Night

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Graslei/Korenlei
Nightlife
Aan de Leie
Ghent, Manhattan of the Middle Ages !

Ghent by day might blow you away but Ghent by night will dazzle you!

When night falls, thousands of spotlights of the intricate and award winning lightning plan by French designer Roland Jéol, switch on and bring out the best of the medieval heart of the city.

For 1 ½ hour we take you on an evening walk, tracing the unique lightning plan and the buildings that are so spectacularly showcased. As the city turns quiet, we stroll alongside the canals, hold still on small bridges and enjoy the reflection of the hundreds of year old buildings into the water.

While the tour takes it course, the magic of Ghent sips through and will make you want to stay up all night! 

Included:

We pick you up at the hotel or at an for you easy to reach spot in the historic city center. 

- A private tour, a tour just for you by a fluently English speaking, licensed, local, high profile Ghent-Authentic guide

Tips & tricks to make the most out of your stay in Ghent

Price per guide:

€ 250,00 (taxes/vat included)

TO BOOK:send an email to info@ghent-authentic.com, we confirm, you pay and you are all set.

Important notice: tours have to be booked 24 hours in advance. Tours for the weekend have to be booked at the latest by Friday 2pm. The latest departure is 8pm.This is a private tour, so no other people will join. You can book this tour just for you, for your loved ones, family, friends up till max. 20p. In case there would be more of you, a second guide need to be booked. Cancellations in the last week before the tour are not refundable.

 

Ghent-Authentic's Sacred Places

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Sint-Baafsabdij - Ruines
Sint-Baafsabdij - Authentic medieval Refectory
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In ‘Ghent-Authentic's sacred places it’s all about experiencing the serene, often spiritual, vibes of medieval churches, seemingly forgotten monasteries such as the wonderful St-Baafsabbey and last but not least ‘The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’, the world famous Ghent Altarpiece (1432) of the Van Eyck brothers.

During our visit, we mix moments of pointing out the (art) historical and architectural background with moments of silence so that you can experience these sacred and often secret places to the fullest. 

After a 3 hours tour of total immersion in the Middle Ages, there’s nothing better than a rich Belgian beer to finish the day!

Included:

We pick you up at the hotel or at an for you easy to reach spot in the historic city center. 

- A private tour, a tour just for you by a fluently English speaking, licensed, local, high profile Ghent-Authentic guide

Tips & tricks to make the most out of your stay in Ghent

Price per guide:

€ 375,00 (taxes/vat included) + € 4,00/p ticket Ghent Altarpiece

TO BOOK:send an email to info@ghent-authentic.com, we confirm, you pay and you are all set.

Important notice: tours have to be booked 3 days in advance as the St. Baafsabbey is rarely open to the public and permission to visit needs to be asked in advance. Tours for the weekend have to be booked at the latest by Thursdays 2pm. This is a private tour, so no other people will join. You can book this tour just for you, for your loved ones, family, friends up till max. 20p. In case there would be more of you, a second guide need to be booked. Cancellations in the last week before the tour are not refundable.