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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

Cochem

Grand Rhine & Moselle - Amsterdam To Basel

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

Captivating Europe (Southbound)

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

Tulips & Windmills From Antwerp To Amsterdam

8 sailing dates April 2023 to April 2024
9 Nights From Antwerp, Belgium, Belgium to , Amsterdam
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Hoorn

Tulips & Windmills - Roundtrip Amsterdam

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

Playgrounds of The Netherlands & Belgium

1 sailing date October 2023
5 Nights From Amsterdam , to Amsterdam
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Brussels

Dutch & Belgian Christmas Markets

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

Tulips & Windmills - Roundtrip Amsterdam

2 sailing dates April 2023
7 Nights From Amsterdam , to Amsterdam
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Strasbourg

Vineyards, Castles & Masterpieces

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

Seven River Journeys

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

Magnificent Europe - Prague to Paris

25 sailing dates April 2023 to December 2024
20 Nights From Prague, to Paris
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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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Rotterdam

Amsterdam, Cologne and the Best of Holland

1 sailing date September 2023
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to , Amsterdam
Riviera Travel logo FROM £1949pp
Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Cologne and the Best of Holland

2 sailing dates April 2023 to May 2023
7 Nights From Amsterdam , to Germany , Cologne
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Ghent

Best of Holland & Belgium

17 sailing dates May 2023 to December 2024
7 Nights From Amsterdam , to Amsterdam

EXCLUSIVE €100pp FREE to spend on-board for any new 2023 European bookings ENDS 28th February. Save up to £1,200 per couple PLUS FREE flights from London and FREE overseas transfers* on selected sailings. Regional supplements from just £75pp.

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Ghent

Western Front Explorer

2 sailing dates March 2023 to April 2024
14 Nights From Amsterdam , to Amsterdam

Luxury sale - save up to 50% | Return scheduled flights from the UK and home-to-airport transfers by private car*

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Amsterdam

Tulip Time Cruise - Roundtrip Amsterdam

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

Buy one get one FREE on selected 2023 cruises. Prices advertised already included discounts.

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Ghent

Amsterdam & Brussels Bound from Amsterdam

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

Amsterdam & Brussels Bound from Brussels

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

Bruges, Medieval Flanders, Amsterdam

17 sailing dates April 2023 to April 2024
7 Nights From Amsterdam , to Amsterdam
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