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Belgium

Belgium – a land where Germanic northern Europe meets the Gallic south at the cultural and historic crossroads of Europe

Cruises in Belgium

Belgium is a country more often just passed through than properly visited, but a cruise on one of our hotel barges along its waterways passing its historic cities will convince you that it is a diverse and culturally rich nation.

Belgium is both multicultural and multilingual. Flemish speaking Flanders in the north, a land crisscrossed by waterways, is particularly proud of its medieval cities Antwerp, Bruges and Ghent. Suspended in time for centuries, Bruges, the ‘Venice of the North’, is one of Western Europe’s most beautiful medieval cities, with its picturesque market squares and network of canals.

Antwerp on the other hand boasts the country’s most impressive cathedral and tucked away in cobbled lanes and backstreets are antiques shops, art galleries, exclusive chocolate outlets and, of course, diamond shops. There is also the attractive medieval canal-side city of Ghent with its imposing architecture of churches and the former houses of wealthy traders. The city has an extensive network of canals and endless streets to explore and boasts the largest number of listed buildings in Belgium.

In the French speaking south, the cities of Ypres and Coutrai hold many memories of the Great War
Our barges Panache and La Nouvelle Etoile cruise through Belgium on their journeys between Holland and Paris.

Our Hotel Barges in Belgium

Panache

Panache is a deluxe, 12 passenger hotel barge that cruises from Holland to Belgium in mid-May and then from Belgium to Picardie in late May

La Nouvelle Etoile

La Nouvelle Etoile is an ultra-deluxe, 8 passenger hotel barge that cruises from Holland and Belgium in early May and then from Belgium to Paris in mid-May

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