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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

Rotterdam

Tulips & Windmills From Antwerp To Amsterdam

4 sailing dates April 2023
9 Nights From Antwerp, Belgium, Belgium to , Amsterdamoa
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Koblenz

Magnificent Europe with Paris

6 sailing dates July 2022 to November 2022
17 Nights From Paris, to Hungary , Budapest
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Bamberg

Magnificent Europe - Prague to Paris

11 sailing dates June 2022 to December 2022
20 Nights From Prague, to Paris
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Prague

Magnificent Europe - Paris to Prague

6 sailing dates July 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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Middelburg

Active Discovery in Holland an Belgium

2 sailing dates August 2022 to September 2022
7 Nights From Amsterdamoa, to Amsterdamoa
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Bruges

Amsterdam, Cologne and the Best of Holland

5 sailing dates July 2022 to September 2023
7 Nights From Cologne , Germany to , Amsterdamoa
Riviera Travel logo FROM £1969pp
Haarlem

Tulip Time Highlights

1 sailing date August 2022
7 Nights From Brussels, Belgium to , Amsterdamoa
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Rotterdam

Amsterdam, Cologne and the Best of Holland

10 sailing dates July 2022 to October 2023
7 Nights From Amsterdamoa, to Germany , Cologne
Riviera Travel logo FROM £1779pp
Brussels

Best of Holland & Belgium

17 sailing dates June 2022 to December 2023
7 Nights From Amsterdamoa, to Amsterdamoa

Amazing EXCLUSIVE prices available on this sailing - call for more information and prices! Incldues flights and overseas transfers

AmaWaterways logo FROM £2259pp
Rotterdam

Western Front Explorer

2 sailing dates November 2022 to March 2023
14 Nights From Amsterdamoa, to Amsterdamoa
APT Cruising logo FROM £3969pp
Rotterdam

Tulip Time Cruise - Roundtrip Amsterdam

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

Book early for 2023! Includes flights and overseas transfers

Avalon Waterways logo FROM £1879pp
Rotterdam

Amsterdam & Brussels Bound from Amsterdam

10 sailing dates July 2022 to September 2023
7 Nights From Amsterdamoa, to Belgium , Brussels
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Rotterdam

Amsterdam & Brussels Bound from Brussels

11 sailing dates June 2022 to September 2023
7 Nights From Brussels, Belgium to , Amsterdamoa
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Hoorn

Bruges, Medieval Flanders, Amsterdam

8 sailing dates April 2023
7 Nights From Amsterdamoa, to Amsterdamoa
Riviera Travel logo FROM £1299pp
Antwerp

Tulip Time - Amsterdam to Amsterdam

23 sailing dates March 2023 to April 2023
7 Nights From Amsterdamoa, to Amsterdamoa
AmaWaterways logo FROM £1899pp
Hoorn

Tulips & Windmills - Amsterdam to Antwerp

4 sailing dates March 2023 to April 2023
9 Nights From Amsterdamoa, to Belgium , Antwerp, Belgium
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £3419pp
Budapest

Avignon to Giurgiu

1 sailing date April 2023
45 Nights From Avignon, France to , Giurgiu
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Würzburg

Basel to Wurzburg

1 sailing date April 2023
26 Nights From Lyon, France to , Iron Gate
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