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Ghent River Cruises

About Ghent 

As well as acting as a river cruiser’s gateway to Bruges, Ghent is the capital of East Flanders and one of Belgium’s most important and beautiful cities, offering plenty of cultural and architectural attractions as well as a quant and enjoyable riverside atmosphere. Its location in Belgium’s Flemish region ensures a French feel and as it's situated on the Leie – one of the Dutch Belgian Waterways – it is ensured of an enduring popularity as a river cruise port. Its riverside location was doubtless a contributing factor to its reputation in the Middle Ages as one of Europe’s most prosperous cities and indeed, a rich medieval heritage remains one of the city’s biggest draws. 

Exploring Ghent 

The Graslei and Korenlei area encapsulates everything that many river cruisers want out of Belgium but without many of the crowds. Historic buildings, quant cafes, restaurants, the option of a sight-seeing idle down a secluded waterway, it’s all here. In fact, the old city centre, which it is a part of, does an excellent job in that department too and there’s a wealth of beautiful architecture to be found along the canals and indeed, at every turn. One of the architectural focal points is St Michael’s Bridge, which leads to the city centre and offers what many consider to be the finest of Ghent views, with the city’s main church towers being a main focal point.   

Indeed, it is those towers which comprise a number of Ghent’s other most popular architectural attractions. St Bavo’s Cathedral is perhaps the most popular, with some stunning architecture inside and out, not to mention a number of celebrated artworks, such as Rubens’ rendering of the saint himself and the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb Altarpiece, which dates back to the 15th century. The city’s Belfry is another very visible attraction, a gothic treasure full of atmosphere and offering fantastic views. There are over 250 steps to the top but thankfully a lift, too. The bells chime every 15 minutes, so you’ll be able to hear them for yourself, no matter how brief your visit is.

Ghent tips 

Ghent’s great for stout European cuisine with a touch of delicate French flair, with mussels and spare ribs being two favourites. Friday is market day and has been for hundreds of years, so if you’re in Ghent then, it’s a great opportunity to pick up a bargain.

Ghent Itineraries

Ghent

Tulips & Windmills - Amsterdam to Amsterdam

7 sailing dates March 2019 to April 2019
9 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Viking Cruises logo FROM £2145pp
Ghent

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £3699pp
Antwerp

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £4149pp
Kinderdijk

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date March 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £2439pp
Rotterdam

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £4149pp
Hoorn

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £3259pp
Amsterdam

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £4149pp
Ghent

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £4149pp
Kinderdijk

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £3699pp
Viviers

Rhine, Rhone & Moselle Paris to Arles

1 sailing date May 2019
17 Nights From Paris, France to Arles
APT Cruising logo CALL
Amsterdam

Cities of the Low Countries

2 sailing dates April 2019 to August 2019
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Saga Group logo CALL
Nijmegen

Colours and Castles of the Rhine

3 sailing dates May 2019 to August 2019
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Germany , Cologne
Saga Group logo CALL
Ghent

Tulip & Windmills

8 sailing dates March 2020 to April 2020
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £2359pp
Ghent

Belgium & Holland In Spring

5 sailing dates April 2019
7 Nights From Brussels, Belgium to , Amsterdam
Tauck logo FROM £3599pp
Antwerp

Holland & Belgium In Spring - Southbound

4 sailing dates April 2019
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Belgium , Brussels
Tauck logo FROM £3759pp
Ghent

New Year - Cities of Belgium

1 sailing date December 2018
4 Nights From Bruges, to Belgium , Antwerp, Belgium
Shearings logo FROM £869pp
Ghent

Tulip Time

11 sailing dates March 2019 to April 2019
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £2129pp
Ghent

Roundtrip Amsterdam

1 sailing date March 2019
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £2189pp
Antwerp

Tulip Time Cruise - Amsterdam to Amsterdam

1 sailing date April 2019
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £3389pp
Rotterdam

Tulip Serenade - Amsterdam to Amsterdam

3 sailing dates April 2019
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Amadeus River Cruises logo FROM £1119pp

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