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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

Western Front Explorer - Roundtrip Amsterdam

2 sailing dates March 2022 to November 2022
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
APT Cruising logo FROM £4359pp
Brussels

Canals and Capitals

2 sailing dates April 2021 to July 2021
7 Nights From Brussels, Belgium to , Amsterdam

Includes Coach or Eurotunnel from Folkestone. Regional flights available at a supplement.

Saga River Cruises logo FROM £999pp
Ghent

Amsterdam To Brussels

5 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Belgium , Brussels
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Ghent

Brussels To Amsterdam

5 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2021
7 Nights From Brussels, Belgium to , Amsterdam
Uniworld River Cruises logo CALL
Amsterdam

Active Discovery in Holland an Belgium

7 sailing dates April 2021 to September 2022
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
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Amsterdam

Springtime In Holland And Belgium

3 sailing dates April 2021 to April 2022
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
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Ghent

Amsterdam, Cologne and the Best of Holland

4 sailing dates May 2021 to October 2021
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to , Amsterdam
Riviera Travel logo FROM £1759pp
Ghent

Grand Tulip Cruise of Holland & Belgium

4 sailing dates April 2021 to April 2022
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
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Kinderdijk

Tulip Time Highlights

5 sailing dates April 2021 to April 2022
7 Nights From Brussels, Belgium to , Amsterdam
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Rotterdam

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date March 2022
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £3969pp
Amsterdam

Roundrip Amsterdam

3 sailing dates April 2022
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £4199pp
Ghent

Belgium & Holland in Spring - Southbound

4 sailing dates April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Belgium , Brussels
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Ghent

Belgium & Holland in Spring - Northbound

5 sailing dates April 2021
7 Nights From Brussels, Belgium to , Amsterdam
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Amsterdam

Roundtrip Amsterdam

1 sailing date April 2022
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £4199pp
Amsterdam

Roundtrip From Amsterdam

4 sailing dates July 2022
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £4199pp
Bruges

Bruges, Medieval Flanders, Amsterdam

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

Amsterdam, Cologne and the Best of Holland

7 sailing dates April 2021 to April 2022
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Germany , Cologne

Holiday to help out! Receive €100pp FREE to spend on-board!

Riviera Travel logo FROM £1199pp
Kinderdijk

Best of Holland & Belgium

16 sailing dates May 2021 to December 2022
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam

FREE flights and HUGE savings available on selected itineraries!

AmaWaterways logo FROM £2769pp
Amsterdam

Undiscovered Gems of Belgium and Netherlands

1 sailing date July 2021
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Saga River Cruises logo FROM £2499pp
Amsterdam

Western Front Explorer

4 sailing dates April 2021 to June 2022
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam

Includes HUGE savings of up to £3,000 per couple! Limited time only!

APT Cruising logo FROM £4549pp

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