The Belgian river cruises available from The River Cruise Line offer an exciting way to tour this beautiful country.
Belgium sits in north-western Europe and is one of three countries (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg) that are collectively known as the Benelux. These countries are shaped by the waterways that flow through them. If you’re interested in Belgian river cruises, then you’d probably also be interested in our river cruises in the Netherlands, specifically our Dutch waterways cruises.
Belgium has an approximate population of 11 million people and is divided into three administrative regions: Brussels, Flanders and Wallonia. A distinguishing feature of Belgium is that it is trilingual, with citizens speaking any one of French, Dutch or German.
Belgian River Cruises
Guide to cruising in Belgium
Cruise through Belgium and you’ll discover charming architecture and beautiful scenery, all of which share a rich narrative with the waters you will glide along. Your journey will vary from sleepy fishing villages to large cities sitting on the riverbank.
Belgium has many attractions that hark back to its diverse history. From medieval buildings to forested hills and World War battlegrounds, there is sure to be something to pique your interest.
Many of Belgium’s cities have canals running through them. This adds an additional layer to the fascinating stories many of the Belgian cities have to offer and also provides an excellent vantage point to explore them.
Aside from the capital city, Brussels, other cities you should explore are the medieval cities of Bruges and Ghent, and the heart of the international diamond trade, Antwerp.
Great food and wine
Belgian cuisine is world-famous. Highlights include its chocolates, waffles, mussels, fries (better known as frites in this part of the world), and a vast variety of beer — a trip to Belgium is certainly ideal for food and drink lovers.
A trip through Belgium is very scenic, with the various rivers and waterways revealing lush countryside and beautiful landscapes that still show clear signs of their medieval roots.
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• Bruges is filled with gabled houses, majestic churches, cobbled streets and charming canals. It is also famous for its textile production, chocolate making and beer.
• The medieval city of Ghent is a maze of cobbled streets dominated by the magnificent towers of the Tyne Cot cemetery — the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in the world.
• Ypres is the home to the Menin Gate — one of the most visited Great War memorials on the western front.
• Floralia is a large flower festival held in the grounds of the Château de Grand-Bigard.
• Antwerp, the heart of the international diamond trade, features remarkable buildings, narrow streets and a famous cathedral.