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A tour that should be a part of every visitor's itinerary is a boat ride along the canals. Open and covered boats, which feature a narrative commentary in several languages, depart from boat docks on Graslei, Korenlei, and Groentenmarkt. There's a variety of options, with tours lasting from 40 to 90 minutes. Frequency ranges from every 10 minutes daily during the busiest period in summer to a few tours per day on weekends in winter. Fares begin at 5€ ($6.25) for adults and 2.50€ ($3.15) for children under 12 for a basic tour, to 9€ ($11) for adults and 4.50€ ($5.65) for children under 12 for a longer tour. The tour companies are: Gent Watertourist (tel. 09/266-05-22; www.gent-watertoerist.be) for departures from Graslei; De Bootjes van Gent-Rederij Dewaele (tel. 09/223-88-53; www.debootjesvangent.be) for departures from Korenlei; and Rederij De Gentenaer (tel. 0477/36-48-20; www.degentenaer.be) for summer-only departures from Groentenmarkt.

On 1 evening a week during July and August, you can take a 5-hour dinner-dance cruise on the Leie River. This costs 37€ ($46) for adults and 27€ ($34) for children under 12, and advance booking is required. The cruises are operated by Benelux Rederij (tel. 09/225-15-05; www.benelux-rederij.com).

The tourist office can arrange qualified guides for private walking tours, at a charge of 50€ ($63) for the first 2 hours (Mon-Fri) and 25€ ($31) for each additional hour. Also ask them about organized group-walking tours sometimes conducted during summer months at a fee of 6€ ($7.50) for adults and free for children under 12 (admission to see The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb included).

From Easter to October horse-drawn carriages (tel. 09/227-62-46) that seat up to five people depart from Sint-Baafsplein from 10am to 6pm for half-hour rides that cost 25€ ($31) per carriage.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.