Guiding tours of Bruges, Ostend and Nieuwpoort, touristic and thematic walks, siteseeying visits


Guided tours, discover Bruges, Ostend, Nieuwpoort, trawler Amandine, sailing vessel Mercator, excursions

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Joris Surmont is a former Navy officer. After his sailing period he worked as a program manager at the Belgian Navy Staff. He finished his career as a contract manager in the Navy Procurement Service of the Belgian MOD. After his retirement Joris joined the Navy reserve and thaught nautical and general courses at the Nautical School of the Belgian Navy Component. In the aftermath of his definitive retirement Joris attended a tourist guiding course in Bruges. If you are interested in discovering the most beautiful spots in Bruges, in exploring the art of the Flemish Primitives with a qualified guide, Joris is your man. He is a member of ‘Hello Bruges’, the official association of Tourist Guides of Bruges, associated with the European Federation of Tourist Guide Associations. His maritime background makes of him an ideal storyteller regarding the evolution of the Bruges maritime ambitions until today.

Joris Surmont is since 2008 also foreseeing guiding tours at the Fishing Museum NAVIGO in Oostduinkerke. He has good knowledge of sustainable and modern fishing techniques. As a youngster he embarked on trawlers fishing around Iceland, in the Celtic Sea and the Irish Sea. A visit of O.129 Amandine, the former Iceland trawler or of the floating museum Mercator in Ostend with Joris is an unforgettable experience. The three masted sail training barque Mercator was build in 1931 by Ramage & Ferguson shipsbuilders in Leith, Scotland.

Joris is also doing guided tours at the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady in Koksijde, and in Damme, Ostend, Nieuwpoort, Raversyde and in the Hinterland of Bruges.

Booking a guided tour

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Booking a thematic guided walk in Bruges has to be done via the website of 'Hello Bruges',
the Association of official Tourist Guides of Bruges.
Booking a guided tour at the National Fishing museum in Oostduinkerke has to be done using the website of NAVIGO.
If you are planning a guided visit of the Cistercean Abbey of Our Lady in Koksijde you will find more information on the website of the Abbey of Ten Duinen.
For guided visits of the trawler O.129 Amandine, the remains of the former German Atlantic Wall or the medieval fishing village at Raversyde use the link to the 'Association of Guides of Ostend'.
Arrangements for guided visits of Nieuwpoort for individuals or groups can be made at the Tourist Bureau of the town of Nieuwpoort.

Please indicate on your reservation if you want Joris Surmont as your guide.

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