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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 From Antwerp To Amsterdam

4 sailing dates April 2023
9 Nights From Antwerp, Belgium to , Amsterdam
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £3779pp
Melk

Seven River Journeys

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

Magnificent Europe with Paris

2 sailing dates October 2022 to November 2022
17 Nights From Paris, to Hungary , Budapest
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Prague

Magnificent Europe - Prague to Paris

3 sailing dates October 2022 to December 2022
20 Nights From Prague, to Paris
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Paris

Magnificent Europe - Paris to Prague

3 sailing dates October 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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Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Cologne and the Best of Holland

2 sailing dates July 2023 to September 2023
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to , Amsterdam
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Bruges

Amsterdam, Cologne and the Best of Holland

7 sailing dates April 2023 to October 2023
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Germany , Cologne
Riviera Travel logo FROM £1399pp
Ghent

Best of Holland & Belgium

19 sailing dates October 2022 to December 2024
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
AmaWaterways logo FROM £2259pp
Rotterdam

Western Front Explorer

2 sailing dates November 2022 to March 2023
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam

Includes flights and overseas transfers

APT Cruising logo FROM £2219pp
Antwerp

Tulip Time Cruise - Roundtrip Amsterdam

6 sailing dates April 2023 to May 2023
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam

Includes flights and overseas transfers

Avalon Waterways logo FROM £2499pp
Rotterdam

Amsterdam & Brussels Bound from Amsterdam

6 sailing dates May 2023 to September 2023
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Belgium , Brussels
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Ghent

Amsterdam & Brussels Bound from Brussels

6 sailing dates May 2023 to September 2023
7 Nights From Brussels, Belgium to , Amsterdam
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Ghent

Bruges, Medieval Flanders, Amsterdam

8 sailing dates April 2023
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Riviera Travel logo FROM £1499pp
Kinderdijk

Tulip Time - Amsterdam to Amsterdam

46 sailing dates March 2023 to May 2024
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam

Includes flights and overseas transfers

AmaWaterways logo FROM £2039pp
Amsterdam

Tulips & Windmills - Amsterdam to Antwerp

4 sailing dates March 2023 to April 2023
9 Nights From Amsterdam, to Belgium , Antwerp
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £3599pp
Ghent

Brussels to Brussels

4 sailing dates November 2023 to December 2023
7 Nights From Brussels, Belgium to Brussels
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £2599pp
Hoorn

Undiscovered Gems of Belgium and the Netherlands

2 sailing dates August 2023 to October 2023
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
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Amsterdam

Tulip Serenade

8 sailing dates March 2023 to May 2023
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
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