Cruise through Belgium - from Ghent to Halle
Cruise through Belgium - from Ghent to Halle

Cruise through Belgium - from Ghent to Halle

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Croisi Canal Cruise: GMH_AIPP

7 Days

Belgium has a dense network of waterways crossing Flanders and Wallonia from east to west and north to south. Join us for a gentle cruise focusing on the good things in life. With the abundance of cultural riches concentrated on the canal banks, you'll discover the characteristic cities, exciting sites, and unique flavors only Belgium can offer. Indulge in local specialties such as chocolate, beer, wine, and other delicacies. Discover Ghent, Bruges, Oudenaarde, Mons, and Brussels. Visit the Château de Beloeil—nicknamed the Belgian Versailles—and the award-winning Chant d’Éole vineyard and wine cellar.

THE CROISIEUROPE DIFFERENCE

  • All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at the bar
  • Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi in lounge and bar
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included
CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS
  • Exclusive cruise to the heart of Wallonia and Flanders
  • The Strépy-Thieu Boat Lift and the Ronquières Inclined Plane—two extraordinary achievements
  • EXCURSIONS INCLUDED:
    • Bruges, Flemish architecture at its best
    • Oudenaarde throughout the centuries
    • Château de Beloeil, nicknamed the Belgian Versailles, and its immense gardens
    • The Chant d’Éole vineyard and its sparkling wines with a Belgian flair

Day 1: Ghent

Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, you will be introduced to the crew at a welcome cocktail.

Possibility of a transfer from Brussels to Ghent (journey of approx. 1hour) - price on application 

Day 2: Ghent - Oudenaarde

This morning, join a guided tour of Bruges and a brewery. Head to Bruges (about a 60-to 75-minute coach ride leaving Ghent). Its works of art, tranquil ambiance, romantic aura, and stunning architecture make it one of the top places to visit during any European vacation. The city has meticulously preserved the elegance and class it exuded during its golden age as a maritime trade center. Continue to visit a brewery for a taste of ale. This brewery was founded in 1856. Six generations later, it is a dynamic brewery still attached to its origins and the authentic Bruges Zot. Return to the ship in Ghent. During the afternoon, you will glide along the Scheldt from Ghent to Oudenaarde, surrounded by the magnificent scenery of several natural parks. Arrive in Oudenaarde in the early evening. You will remain in port overnight.

Day 3: Oudenaarde - Peronnes Lez Antoing

This morning, embark on a guided tour of Oudenaarde and a distillery. Oudenaarde is a picturesque city full of historic monuments, with the most notable being the town hall and its two main churches. Other memorable sites include the lovely beguinage, the house where Margaret of Parma was born, the Boudewijnstoren, and the 18th-century meat market. Everything is testimony to a rich and lively past. The city has more than 100 historic monuments. Set off on an urban hike taking you to the loveliest areas and tourist sites. Enjoy some free time on your own to see what the city has to offer, then head over to a distillery. This will be the time to learn about how jenever, gin, and whiskey are distilled. Of course, you will have a taste! After you return on board, your ship will continue cruising to Péronnes-lez-Antoing. Take advantage of some downtime to relax on the Sun Deck and watch the scenery roll by. Cross through the city of Tournai before arriving in Péronnes-lez-Antoing in the early evening. If you'd like, you can work off dinner during an evening stroll. The ship will remain in port overnight.

Day 4: Peronnes Lez Antoing - Mons

Spend the morning cruising on the Nimy-Blaton-Péronnes Canal, a strategic waterway in the center of Belgium. The canal opened in October 1955 and enabled a liaison between the Canal du Centre and the Scheldt River. Arrive in Mons at the beginning of the afternoon. Set off on a visit to the Château de Beloeil and the Chant d’Éole vineyard. Head over to the Château de Beloeil—nicknamed the Belgian Versailles—which contains a valuable collection of 15th- to 19th-century art, including a library with more than 20,000 books and precious manuscripts. The furniture is a sampling of some of the top work of French cabinet makers in the 17th and 18th centuries. The paintings depict the grand achievements of most of the castle's family members. Continue on to the Chant d’Éole estate. The vineyard came to be when a family of Belgian farmers joined forces with a family of eminent sparkling-wine makers. They use the best modern techniques to guarantee a sparkling wine that adheres to Belgian tradition. Take a guided tour recounting the vineyard's history. Your enthusiastic guides will explain the different stages of production— from planting to bottling, and everything in between. You will finish up the tour with a tasting of three signature spirits—the Brut Blanc de Blancs, the Rosé Brut, and the Elixir Saint-Georges. Rreturn to Mons. Remain in port overnight.

Day 5: Mons - Strepy Thieu

Depart on a food tour in Mons this morning. Few cities can boast about their heritage like Mons can. This is a vibrant, modern city with a deep, historic past. The Grand-Place offers a myriad of places to lose yourself in. Your guide will take you to the center of Mons to learn about the city's history and edible delights. This stroll is a combination of history, culture, and anecdotes accented by a tasting of four local specialties. Indulging in the local cuisine makes this tour an unforgettable experience. You will return to the ship for lunch. This afternoon, cruise on Canal du Centre to Strépy-Thieu. Remain in port overnight.

Day 6: Strepy Thieu - Halle

Get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime experience as your barge takes a boat lift. Using two independent caissons, the lift allows a crossing in less than 35 minutes with a 240-foot height difference (75 m) and single-handedly replaced four former boat lifts and two locks. Continue your trip on the Brussels-Charleroi Canal to Halles. The next adventure is the monumental Ronquières Inclined Plane, built between 1960 and 1968. Construction of the plane reduced delays caused by the 14 previous locks. You will continue cruising to Halle. In the afternoon, take a coach to Brussels for a guided tour of the city and a Belgian chocolate maker's workshop. Set off for the Belgian capital. In the city center, you will see the Grand-Place with its glorious city hall and lavish guildhalls. With its richly decorated facade and impressive tower, the City Hall is one of the most beautiful buildings in the country. Further along, you will see the iconic Manneken Pis and the Royal Saint-Hubert Galleries. After, visit a Belgian chocolate maker in the heart of Brussels. Learn about our favourite indulgence—from its Mayan origins to the modern creations of master chocolate makers— while watching a demonstration of the meticulous and precise work through windows peering into the small factory. Return on board the ship in Halle. Tonight is a festive gala evening.

Day 7: Halle

Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m.
 
Possibility of a transfer from Halle to Brussels - price on application

INCLUSIONS:

  • Your cruise with all meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast on the final day
  • Onboard drinks included (except for drinks from our special lists)
  • Double-occupancy cabin with shower in bathroom
  • Excursions and visits mentioned in the program
  • Assistance from onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Gala dinner
  • All port fees

EXCLUSIONS:

  • Drinks from the special lists, or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers
  • Cancellation and baggage insurance
  • Transfers
  • Personal expenses

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