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Cruises and Boats

River Cruises

Whether you want to enjoy a luxury barge cruise, rent a self-drive boat or experience a mixture of comfort and exercise on a boat & bike tour, it is all possible while drifting through the beautiful landscape of Belgium.

Belgium's waterways offer the great advantage that the pleasure of enjoying a boat trip can be combined with sightseeing great historic cities, as well as exploring the rustic countryside. The Escaut River brings you to Tournai, Bossuit and Ghent or near the coast, the Meuse and Sambre in the south let you visit Namur and Liege and the Willebroek-Charleroi Canals let you experience the Boatlift (lock-gate) of Ronquiere.


Boat Trips & Rentals

Various pleasant and affordable boat trips along Belgium's waterways are departing from easily accessible locations in several cities. Enjoy historic city sights; the countryside; combine a canal trip with a brewery visit or even experience going through a boat lift. If you are planning to visit one of the cities or regions below, a boat trip can certainly be part of your itinerary!

US & Canada Based Tour Operators

Amadeus Travel

Visit Holland and famous medieval cities in Belgium during tulip time during a 10 day cruise.

Avalon Waterways

Cruise through Holland and Belgium in the spring enjoying the scenery and visit Antwerp, Ghent and Brussels.

Destination Oceans

Discount European Cruises which can be customized with any combination of Cruise, Hotel, Air and transfers - even chauffeur service in cities worldwide.

4Winds Tours

Adventure Bike-Barge tours to Belgium and Holland of 8-11 days. Bike paths and country roads cover distances of approximately 25-35 miles daily, with frequent stops for rest and sightseeing.

Grand Circle Travel

Enjoy a week on board a deluxe Grand Circle river ship and visit Belgian and Dutch historic cities. All shore excursions are included and trip extensions are possible. Roundtrip airfare from several airports in the US are part of the package. Different destinations are offered.

Jerry Van Dyke

This family owned & operated river cruise tour operator out of Canada offers deluxe river cruises aboard their ship, The Elegant Lady. Itineraries are inclusive of air, meals and shore excursions.

Tauck World Discovery

Springtime riverboat cruises through Holland and Belgium at Tulip Time of 10 days. Discover a vast array of cultural treasures, from the arts to nature, in picturesque villages and towns nestled along storied shores.

Trafalgar Tours

Poets, painters, musicians and artists still find inspiration along the banks of romantic rivers. Sail by many castles, more than any other river valley in the world.

Viking River Cruises

Windmills, tulips and picturesque harbor villages will warmly welcome you to Holland and Belgium. In this land of rich history, you'll explore Brugge, one of Europe's best-preserved medieval cities, and Brussels, with its beautiful Grand Palace town square.


Belgian Based Tour Operators


Valid only in July & August. Short summer cruises lasting 45 minutes. Trips start from right in the heart of the city.

Compagnie des Bateaux

Offering river cruises in  Dinant and Namur.

De 4 Vaargetijden

"Barge & Bike" tours throughout Belgium. No need to pack your luggage every night, by the time you cycled to your day's destination, your barge is awaiting you with a strengthening dinner. You can bring your own bike or rent one. A selection of biking tours are available on the barge.  If you want to register as an individual, you can book a cabin on one of the prescheduled routes.

Dutch Paradise

Barging on Belgian waterways for 25 years. Experience Belgium, Flanders and Wallonia along the river Meuse. Combination of river cruising and biking is also available.

Bateau Peniche Embrun

Cruises departing from Liege. Several itineraries are available for groups of 2, 4, 6 or more. Trips can include a cook onboard upon request. From Liege, you can pass the boatlift at Strépy-Thieu or Ronquieres and visit the permanent exhibitions.

Boat Trips


A boat carries a captive audience, one that is relaxed while enjoying the passing countryside of southern Belgium. From the discreet to the dazzling, the boats of Rivertours can be adapted to your requirements and your budget.

Dinant-Anseremme or Freyr: A cruise in the region of Haute-Meuse will be one of the best moments of your stay in Dinant. From April through October. In July and August, every Saturday: nocturnal cruises with animation and tasting sessions of local products. Learn more: Ansiaux Boats "Le Copere".

Hainaut: Take a boat trip on the canal and experience the Hydraulic boat lift during this day program. Reservations are required. Learn more: Boat lift in Strépy-Thieu: Voies d'eau de Hainaut. All year except January Boat lift in Hoedeng-Gougnies: email. May through October. Boat lift in Ronquieres: email (guided tours of the site or a ride on the boat lift). April through October.

Namur-Dinant-Liege: A different way to discover the area around the Meuse river. Various day trips available from Namur, Dinant and Liege. All year. Learn more: Compagnie des bateaux.


Boat Rentals and General Information
WaterDreams.be: River boats, self-drive
Locaboat.com: River boats, self drive.
Naviclass.be: Yacht on the sea with skipper.
ChannelSailing.be: Sea boats, with or without skipper.
Sailaway.be: Sea boat with skipper.
CoolSailing.com: Sea boats Channel North Sea, self drive.
Map of Belgian Waterways (PDF)
General Information on Belgian Waterways and recreational boating.