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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

Best of Holland & Belgium

5 sailing dates May 2021 to October 2021
8 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
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Amsterdam

Western Front Explorer

2 sailing dates April 2021 to September 2021
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
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Middelburg

Tulip Time Cruise - Roundtrip Amsterdam

19 sailing dates April 2020 to April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam

Includes HUGE savings of up to £2,500 per couple plus FREE private home pick-up service!

Avalon Waterways logo FROM £1899pp
Rotterdam

Yuletide Spirit - Amsterdam to Brussels

7 sailing dates December 2020 to December 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Belgium , Brussels
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Middelburg

Amsterdam & Brussels Bound from Amsterdam

6 sailing dates April 2020 to September 2020
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Belgium , Brussels
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Brussels

Amsterdam & Brussels Bound from Brussels

6 sailing dates April 2020 to September 2020
7 Nights From Brussels, Belgium to , Amsterdam
U River Cruises logo FROM £2229pp
Ghent

Tulip Time Highlights - Brussels to Amsterdam

3 sailing dates April 2020 to May 2020
7 Nights From Brussels, Belgium to , Amsterdam

Includes HUGE savings of up to £2,500 per couple plus FREE private home pick-up service!

Avalon Waterways logo FROM £2689pp
Amsterdam

Grand Tulip Cruise Of Holland & Belgium

3 sailing dates April 2020 to May 2020
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam

Includes HUGE savings of up to £2,500 per couple plus FREE private home pick-up service!

Avalon Waterways logo FROM £4249pp
Amsterdam

Bruges, Medieval Flanders, Amsterdam

1 sailing date April 2020
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam

Receive up to €200 FREE to spend on-board per couple! Limited time only!

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Antwerp

15 Day Western Front Explorer

2 sailing dates March 2020 to April 2020
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam

Includes HUGE savings | Popular itinerary, cabins selling fast!

APT Cruising logo FROM £3729pp
Amsterdam

Roundrip Amsterdam

1 sailing date April 2020
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam

FREE flights and overseas transfers plus HUGE savings of up to £1,300 per couple!

AmaWaterways logo FROM £2499pp
Middelburg

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
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Amsterdam

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £4269pp
Ghent

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date March 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £3349pp
Ghent

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £4269pp
Antwerp

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £3349pp
Ghent

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £4269pp
Rotterdam

Round-trip Amsterdam

2 sailing dates April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £4269pp
Amsterdam

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £3799pp
Middelburg

Tulip & Windmills

8 sailing dates March 2020 to April 2020
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam

Includes direct flights and overseas transfers | Ultra-luxury Six Star River Cruising

Crystal Cruises logo FROM £3219pp

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