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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

Amsterdam

Playgrounds of The Netherlands & Belgium

1 sailing date September 2022
5 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Trier

Grand Rhine & Moselle - Amsterdam To Basel

1 sailing date April 2023
17 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Switzerland , Basel
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Amsterdam

Captivating Europe (Southbound)

2 sailing dates July 2022 to April 2023
14 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Switzerland , Basel
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Ghent

Legendary Rhine - Basel To Amsterdam

1 sailing date July 2022
14 Nights From Basel , Switzerland to , Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Rotterdam

Tulips & Windmills (Floriade) -Amsterdam Roundtrip

3 sailing dates April 2022 to May 2022
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Koln

Captivating Europe (Northbound)

1 sailing date April 2022
14 Nights From Basel , Switzerland to , Amsterdam, Netherlands
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £8219pp
Hoorn

Tulips & Windmills From Antwerp To Amsterdam

7 sailing dates April 2022 to April 2023
9 Nights From Antwerp, Belgium to , Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Hoorn

Tulips & Windmills - Roundtrip Amsterdam

5 sailing dates March 2023 to April 2023
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Amsterdam

Playgrounds of The Netherlands & Belgium

1 sailing date October 2023
5 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £2129pp
Brussels

Dutch & Belgian Christmas Markets

1 sailing date December 2023
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Rotterdam

Tulips & Windmills - Roundtrip Amsterdam

2 sailing dates April 2023
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £4169pp
Basel

Vineyards, Castles & Masterpieces

1 sailing date October 2023
15 Nights From Basel , Switzerland to , Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Vidin

Seven River Journeys

1 sailing date April 2023
60 Nights From Avignon, France to , Giurgiu
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Ghent

The Inaugural Cruise from Arnhem

1 sailing date March 2022
7 Nights From Arnhem, Holland to , Amsterdam, Netherlands

VIP door-todoor travel service in the UK, Travel from Folkstone via coach or Eurotunnel, up to 5 shore excursions

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Würzburg

Magnificent Europe with Paris

9 sailing dates March 2022 to November 2022
17 Nights From Paris, to Hungary , Budapest
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Dürnstein

Magnificent Europe - Prague to Paris

15 sailing dates April 2022 to December 2022
20 Nights From Prague, to Paris
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Vienna

Europe with Paris, Transylvania & Bucharest

2 sailing dates March 2022 to May 2022
28 Nights From Paris, to Romania , Bucharest
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Paris

Magnificent Europe - Paris to Prague

9 sailing dates March 2022 to November 2022
20 Nights From Paris, to Prague
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Brussels

Amsterdam To Brussels

1 sailing date September 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Belgium , Brussels
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Middelburg

Brussels To Amsterdam

1 sailing date October 2021
7 Nights From Brussels, Belgium to , Amsterdam
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