Bossuit, located in Belgium's Flemish region, is a charmi...
Before the Rhine ends its journey in the North Sea, it passes through much of the Netherlands and Belgium by way of the Dutch and Belgian Waterways. A river voyage in this tranquil and scenic corner of Europe offers a great way to see some of Belgium’s most popular and rewarding towns and cities. From the lively city of Antwerp with its rich diamond export heritage to Bruges, which is famous for a treasure of an altogether more edible kind, a river cruise in Belgium will give you a perfect taste of this diverse country and its rich heritage.
Located in the northwest of Belgium, Antwerp is a city of contrasts, offering a wealth of architectural wonders as well as a contemporary shopping experience. Perhaps its most celebrated structure is one that visitors by train have no choice but to see – its palatial railway station. Ordered by Leopold II as a vast baroque monument, it’s an incredible sight for visitors by land or river alike. Elsewhere in the city, the Cathedral of Our Lady and the Great Market Square offer further architectural delights. Antwerp is Europe’s diamond capital and its bejewelled legacy can be enjoyed with a trip to the diamond pavilion in the MAS museum and the city’s shimmering diamond district.
Belgium is synonymous with chocolate and its capital of chocolate is Bruges. A walk through the town’s quaint streets presents opportunities galore to sample some of the country’s most famous export and there are probably more chocolatiers per square foot here than anywhere else in Europe. Bruges is not called the Venice of the North for nothing and a canal boat ride is a great way to take in many of the sights. The most famous landmark has to be the Belfry which towers over the town and offers some spectacular views, while the Burg Square is lined by some truly splendid buildings. Aficionados of religious history shouldn’t miss the Basilica of the Holy Blood, which contains a relic said to hold a phial of Christ’s blood.
As well as serving as a point of departure for excursions to Bruges, Ghent is a popular river cruise port in its own right, not least because much of its most beautiful architecture enjoys an especially scenic riverside location. It’s a port with a rich heritage which can be explored with a stroll through the old town Graslei and Korenlei wharf and boardwalk area. The historic and architectural theme is indeed a common feature and a stroll through the town centre is equally rewarding. St Bavo’s Cathedral is a literally unmissable gem, bearing a beautiful altar piece and some stunning architecture, while Gravensteen Castle is a medieval treasure-trove and not so big that you won’t have time to explore it.
Bossuit, located in Belgium's Flemish region, is a charming village famed for picturesque landscapes and historical architecture. Delightful village streets alongside the peaceful Kortrijk–Bossuit Canal present a welcome opportunity to explore a quiet corner of Belgium and appreciate the country's history and cultural tapestry.
Namur, sitting alongside the Meuse River in Belgium's Wallonia region, is abundant in history and charm. Overlooked by its medieval citadel, which was once the castle of the counts of Namur, the city offers an alluring fusion of old-world allure and modern vibrancy.
Oostende, widely known as Ostend, is a lively coastal city famed for its vibrant seaside promenade and sandy beaches, as well as the historic Royal Galleries. Oostende blends alluring seaside city charm with rich cultural vibrancy, boasting an elaborate maritime heritage and diverse culinary scene alongside a rare taste of Flemish beach culture.
Gent (Ghent) is a must-visit Belgian city adorned with medieval architecture, such as the Gravensteen castle and the iconic Belfry of Ghent. Visitors to Gent are enamoured by charming canals and taken in by the local cuisine, finding opportunities to immerse themselves into the vibrant local culture at every turn.
In 1895 work began to construct a new seaport and harbour next to the tiny village of Zeebrugge, situated on the North Sea coast. Today the fast-expanding port of Zeebrugge is one of the busiest in Europe and its marina is Belgium’s most important fishing port. Many attempts were made to destroy this important port during both World Wars. Zeebrugge is ideally located for discovering the historic city of Bruges, and delightful seaside resorts with long sandy beaches can be visited by using the trams that run the whole length of the Belgian coast. Please note that no food may be taken ashore in Belgium. We shall not be offering shuttle buses to Bruges, but you may visit the city on an optional excursion: those visiting Bruges should note that there may be quite a long walk from the coach to the town centre.
Brugge (Bruges) is a city pulled straight from a fairy-tale, famed for its medieval architecture sitting alongside romantic canals, not to mention the iconic Markt square featuring the historic Belfry. Visitors to Brugge are enchanted by cobblestone streets, traditional chocolate shops, the serene Minnewater lake and a timeless ambiance of the city, transporting them to a bygone era.
Experience Belgium's capital, a city renowned for its cultural influence and significance in European politics. Brussels (Bruxelles) hosts iconic landmarks such as the Grand Place, Atomium and the Manneken Pis, and seamlessly blends historic allure with contemporary character. Between marvelling at the sites, enjoy world-famous gastronomy, chocolate and Belgian waffles, and find yourself immersed in the essence of Belgian tradition and innovation.
Explore Antwerp, Belgium's second city. Known for its diamond cutting industry, fashion and the many great artists that lived in its vicinity, Antwerp is a city focused on art and culture.
Characterised by lively markets, medieval architecture, and the Meuse river, Liège is a historic city situated in eastern Belgium and home to several renowned landmarks including the impressive Prince-Bishops palace and iconic Liège Cathedral. Blending traditional Belgian allure with contemporary energy, Liège presents a unique experience to explore the diverse cities of Belgium and appreciate the rich cultural tapestry.
Situated in the Flemish region of Belgium, Hasselt is famed for its welcoming feel and picturesque backdrop. Graced with historic architecture, including the beautiful Virga Jesse Basilica and the compelling Jenever museum that seeks to celebrate traditional Belgian spirit, Hasselt presents a harmonious blend of cultural depth and modern appeal.
Rich in World War I history, Ypres sits in the Flanders region of Belgium and is world-renowned as home to the Menin Gate, a poignant tribute to the fallen soldiers of the war. With a serene yet nostalgic feel to the city, Ypres is a destination built on expansive and compelling heritage, symbolised by the Cloth Hall and the Belfry.