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Belgium Travel Guide

Belgium might be small, but it's packed full of sights. When you choose a river cruise here, you're signing up for a front-row seat to some of Europe's most charming and history-rich scenes. Belgian river cruises mainly glide along the picturesque Meuse and Scheldt rivers, taking you through heartwarming small towns, vibrant cities, and landscapes dotted with castles and fortresses. With stops in places like Antwerp, Ghent, and Brussels, you get to step straight off the boat into bustling city centers. Imagine wandering through medieval streets one minute and sitting down to a plate of fresh mussels and fries the next. Plus, there's the chance to taste world-famous Belgian chocolates and waffles right where they're made. And don't even get us started on the beer—Belgium's brewing traditions are a highlight all on their own. With river cruise volume buys plus our low everyday prices you can save up to 50% versus the brochure price! Book your Belgium river cruise today with AffordableTours.com, your discounted river cruise headquarters.

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Mar 17, 2024VikingViking KvasirAmsterdamAntwerp10$3,699
Mar 17, 2024VikingViking SigrunAmsterdamAmsterdam10$3,599
Mar 18, 2024VikingViking VeAmsterdamAmsterdam10$3,199
Mar 19, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaSerenaAmsterdamAmsterdam10$3,849
Mar 19, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaSerenaAmsterdamAmsterdam10$3,849
Mar 21, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaSerenaAmsterdamAmsterdam8$3,099
Mar 21, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaSerenaAmsterdamAmsterdam8$3,099
Mar 22, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaLuciaAmsterdamAmsterdam10$3,849
Mar 22, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaLuciaAmsterdamAmsterdam10$3,849
Mar 23, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaMoraAmsterdamAmsterdam10$3,949
Mar 23, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaMoraAmsterdamAmsterdam10$3,949
Mar 24, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaLuciaAmsterdamAmsterdam8$3,099
Mar 24, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaLuciaAmsterdamAmsterdam8$3,099
Mar 25, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaCertoAmsterdamAmsterdam10$3,949
Mar 25, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaMoraAmsterdamAmsterdam8$3,199
Mar 25, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaCertoAmsterdamAmsterdam10$3,949
Mar 25, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaMoraAmsterdamAmsterdam8$3,199
Mar 26, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaSerenaAmsterdamAmsterdam10$3,949
Mar 26, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaSerenaAmsterdamAmsterdam10$3,949
Mar 26, 2024UniworldRiver QueenAmsterdamAntwerp10$2,499
Mar 27, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaCertoAmsterdamAmsterdam8$3,199
Mar 27, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaCertoAmsterdamAmsterdam8$3,199
Mar 28, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaSerenaAmsterdamAmsterdam8$3,199
Mar 28, 2024UniworldRiver PrincessAntwerpAmsterdam10$2,499
Mar 28, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaSerenaAmsterdamAmsterdam8$3,199
Mar 29, 2024Avalon WaterwaysPanoramaAmsterdamAmsterdam9$3,558
Mar 29, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaLuciaAmsterdamAmsterdam10$3,949
Mar 29, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaLuciaAmsterdamAmsterdam10$3,949
Mar 30, 2024Avalon WaterwaysPanoramaAmsterdamAmsterdam8$3,199
Mar 30, 2024Avalon WaterwaysPassionAmsterdamAmsterdam9$3,058
Mar 30, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaMoraAmsterdamAmsterdam10$4,049
Mar 30, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaMoraAmsterdamAmsterdam10$4,049
Mar 31, 2024Avalon WaterwaysImagery IIAmsterdamAmsterdam9$3,658
Mar 31, 2024Avalon WaterwaysPassionAmsterdamAmsterdam8$2,699
Mar 31, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaLuciaAmsterdamAmsterdam8$3,199
Mar 31, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaLuciaAmsterdamAmsterdam8$3,199
Mar 31, 2024UniworldSS VictoriaAmsterdamBrussels8$6,999
Apr 01, 2024Avalon WaterwaysImagery IIAmsterdamAmsterdam8$3,299
Apr 01, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaCertoAmsterdamAmsterdam10$4,049
Apr 01, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaMoraAmsterdamAmsterdam8$3,299

Belgium Travel Guide

Belgium River Cruises Highlights

  • Antwerp Port, Antwerp: The port of Antwerp is not just a bustling trade hub; it's a cultural goldmine. Within walking distance, you can explore the Grote Markt, a picturesque square bordered by guild halls and the impressive Cathedral of Our Lady. Don't miss out on the diamond district, where the sparkle is as rich as the trade history.
  • Port of Ghent, Ghent: Ghent's port leads you straight into a storybook setting. The medieval architecture, including the famous Gravensteen Castle, gives you a taste of history without leaving the present. The vibrant city life buzzes just steps away from where your ship docks, with delightful eateries and shops.
  • Antwerp's Cathedral of Our Lady: It's tall, it's old, and it's got some of Peter Paul Rubens' best paintings. Plus, it's smack dab in the middle of Antwerp, so it's hard to miss.
  • Liege Port, Liege: Liege's port gives you a slice of Belgium that's ripe with local flavors. The city is known for its vibrant nightlife, delicious waffles, and historical landmarks such as the Prince-Bishops' Palace. You're just a stone's throw away from the city's stairway, Montagne de Bueren, which offers a panoramic view you won't want to miss.
  • Brussels Port, Brussels: In Brussels, the port is your gateway to the heart of Belgium's capital. You'll find the iconic Atomium, the historic Grand Place, and the irresistible scent of Belgian waffles in the air. The city is a perfect blend of historical art and modern-day politics, a true feast for the senses.
  • Ghent's Gravensteen: A real-life medieval castle right in the city. It's got dungeons, a moat, and all that knight-in-shining-armor jazz.
  • Bruges' Canals: They don't call Bruges the Venice of the North for nothing. The canals are perfect for a boat tour to check out the city from a different angle.
  • Liege's Montagne de Bueren: Want a workout with your sightseeing? Climb this massive staircase. Once you're at the top, the view will knock your socks off.
  • Menin Gate in Ypres: It's a big arch with the names of soldiers who went MIA in WWI. They have a Last Post ceremony at 8 p.m. every night.

Belgium River Cruises Travel Tips

  • Beer is popular in Belgium but a warning to those who plan to drink it – the alcohol content is much stronger than traditional beer.
  • Before you go sightseeing, check to see if the city you plan to visit has a city card. The city card is an optional purchase that allows you to explore multiple tourist attraction sites for a discounted price.
  • Belgium uses the Euro currency and you will find it is much easier and quicker to make purchases if you keep it handy.
  • Learning some of the basics of the spoken language will help you get around the city. Many of the street signs are in the country's primary language.
  • Be aware of closure days. Often, many places are closed on Mondays and sometimes on Wednesdays. It helps to check with the local attractions before you plan your day.
  • While you may think of waffles when you think of Belgium, they are not as easy to come by as one may think. If you want some, you may need to do some exploring.

Belgium River Cruises Things To Do

  • Mont des Arts
    Mont des Arts

    The Mont des Arts, or the Hill of Arts, connects both uptown and downtown Brussels together and is a hub for people to visit. The gardens are one of the main attractions and travel through them leads you to a beautiful fountain and stairs to be climbed. The view that you see is said to be one of the most beautiful and iconic throughout Brussels. Many people rave about how picturesque the views are.  

    Best Time To Visit

    Any time of the year. However, if the weather is rainy or cold, it may not be a good time to visit. In addition, some of the best views you will see are on warm, clear days.   

     

    You Should Know

    There are many cultural and historical attractions nearby, and you can take some of the best photos here. The facility offers a self-guided walk or a walking tour.  
  • Royal Palace of Brussels
    Royal Palace of Brussels

    If you want to dig into history and royalty, the place to visit is the Royal Palace of Brussels. This is the official palace of the King and Queen of Belgium. While the King and Queen do not live here, the Palace operates as a place where the King works and makes decisions. Within the palace are grand rooms including the main stairway, which is made from white marble.   

    Best Time To Visit

    The Royal Palace of Brussels is not open all year long. In fact, it is only open when the King and Queen are out of town on vacation and this occurs from July 21st until the beginning of September.    

     

    You Should Know

    During the Palace's opening season, it is important to note that the Palace is closed on Mondays. The entire Palace is not open for exploration and guests will visit certain rooms.  
  • Antwerp Zoo
    Antwerp Zoo

    Who wouldn't want to spend their day surrounded by wild animals? The Antwerp Zoo is the place to be to take in wildlife from all over. From the hippo exhibit to the butterfly garden, you will have a wonderful experience while here. Guests can make an entire day out of the zoo as there are places to eat and of course, souvenir shops.  

    Best Time To Visit

    Guests can visit the Antwerp Zoo year-round, but it is important to note that on very cold days the animals may not be as active. Since the zoo is outside, it is recommended that guests do not visit on rainy days.  
  • Old England Building
    Old England Building

    The Old England Building is a unique adventure for any guest. This building used to be an old department store that was constructed at the end of the 19th century. The building is popular throughout Brussels because of its architecture and because it is home to a musical museum. Within the museum, guests will find more than 2,000 instruments that span across history.   

    Best Time To Visit

    You can tour the Old England Building at any time throughout the year while it is open. You may find that the building is busier when children are out of school and throughout the summer months. Since the museum is housed within the building, you can visit even if it is cold or rainy outside.     

     

    You Should Know

    Guests can enjoy lunch at the museum café, which is located on the roof of the building. It is recommended that guests plan to spend about 2 hours here.  
  • Grand Place
    Grand Place

    Considered one of the most beautiful places anywhere in the world, Grand Place is an attraction you want on your itinerary. Grand Place is considered the central square within Brussels and has been home to many large events and continues to host events throughout the year as well.   

    Best Time To Visit

    Guests can visit any time of the year and enjoy what the area has to offer. It is important to note that the area tends to be busy on weekends and throughout the summer.     

     

    You Should Know

    The Grand Place is free to visit. If you visit during the month of August, there is a flower garden that is set up.  
  • Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
    Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

    Arguably one of the best museums to visit while in Belgium, guests will enjoy more than 2,000 drawings, paintings, and sculptures while inside the Royal Museums of Fine Arts. The art that is contained within the museum dates back to the 15th century up until the present day, so you will be able to take in a lot of history while here.   

    Best Time To Visit

    The time to tour the museum is throughout the week as the weekends can be a bit busy. The operating hours of the museum are from 10:00 am standard time until 5:00 pm standard time Tuesday through Friday and on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am standard time until 6:00 pm standard time.     

     

    You Should Know

    If you purchased the Brussels card, admission is free. However, admission is also free on the first Wednesday of every month. The museum is closed on Mondays, so plan your itinerary accordingly.  
  • Brussels City Museum
    Brussels City Museum

    The Brussels City Museum is one of the hot places to be in the city and many tourists venture their way here. The museum sports a neo-Gothic style and is home to many different displays and exhibits. The first floor of the museum is an exploration of model recreations of the city over the years and maps. The second floor takes you on a journey through what Brussels is today. Guests will be able to see many different costumes and other artifacts that make the city what it is.    

    Best Time To Visit

    The museum is open year-round but do note that the museum can be a bit busy throughout the day. Since the museum is inside, inclement weather should not affect your trip.  

     

    You Should Know

    This attraction is also covered by the Brussels Card and allows you entrance into 39 museums around Brussels. The museum is closed on Mondays and several holidays throughout the year.
  • Het Steen
    Het Steen

    Het Steen is often shortened to just "The Steen" and is home to one of the popular attractions in Antwerp. It is one of the oldest buildings in the city and is home to the National Maritime Museum. Within the museum, guests will find themselves learning everything they can about the sea, nautical information, and river navigation. Guests can also check out the models on display of ships, sailboats, and more.   

    Best Time To Visit

    Visitors can stop in for a visit at any time of the year but should note that the museum does not open until 10:00 am standard time and closes at 5:00 pm standard time. Since the museum is indoors, poor weather conditions should not affect the experience. Also, the museum is closed on Mondays.  

Belgium River Cruise Packages

  • Getting There

    Getting to Belgium for your river cruise is a breeze. This small European country is nestled between France, Germany, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands, making it easily accessible from various major European cities. If you're flying in, Brussels Airport is your best bet, with good connections to the city center.

    For river cruises, most ships will dock in key Belgian cities like Antwerp or Ghent, which have well-equipped ports. These cities are connected to the North Sea by the Scheldt River, allowing sea-going vessels to sail right into the heart of Belgium. So, once you're in Brussels, it's just a short train ride to your cruise ship's boarding point. You'll find these ports welcoming, with staff ready to help you start your Belgian adventure as soon as you step off the train.

  • The Perfect Time for a Belgium River Cruise

    River cruising in Belgium offers a unique way to explore its temperate maritime climate, characterized by mild conditions year-round, although rain is frequent. For the most pleasant weather, consider a river cruise between May and September. During these months, the days are warm and long, perfect for enjoying the sights and sounds along Belgium's rivers. The peak of the river cruising season falls in July and August when temperatures hover around 22°C (72°F). However, these months are also the busiest for river cruising, so booking early is advisable.

    For those who prefer a quieter river cruising experience, April and October are excellent choices. These months offer fewer crowds, allowing for a more relaxed journey along Belgium's scenic waterways. The chance to witness the vibrant spring blooms or the rich autumn leaves while river cruising during these times adds a special charm to the experience.

    Belgium's weather, however, is known for its unpredictability, and this holds true even in summer. It's wise to pack a raincoat for your river cruising adventure to stay comfortable regardless of sudden weather changes. For travelers seeking to avoid the high season's tourist rush and eager for some great deals, the shoulder seasons of late spring and early fall present an ideal opportunity for river cruising. Not only will you enjoy milder weather and fewer tourists on your river cruise, but you'll also experience local festivals and the stunning seasonal transformations of the landscape, making your river cruising journey in Belgium both enchanting and memorable.

  • Experience the Flavors of Belgium on a River Cruise

    Get ready to treat your taste buds because Belgium's food scene is a knockout! On your river cruise, you'll get the chance to dive into a world of yummy eats. We're talking more than just waffles and chocolates – although let's be real, they're pretty awesome.

    Belgium's fries, or "frites," served in a paper cone with a dollop of mayo, are the real deal. You can find these at little stands or "friteries" almost everywhere. And for the main course, nothing beats a hearty Belgian stew, like carbonnade flamande, made with tender beef and beer.

    Speaking of beer, Belgium is a paradise for beer lovers. From fruity lambics to hoppy ales, each region has its specialties. Visit a local "brown cafe," named for its cozy, wood-paneled interiors, to sip on some of these brews like a local.

    And those sweet tooth cravings? Satisfy them with a box of pralines from a local chocolatier. Or sit in a cozy café and slowly savor a warm waffle topped with strawberries and cream.

    To get the best of these flavors, stop by the markets or riverfront eateries in towns like Bruges or Ghent. They know how to whip up traditional dishes that'll have you coming back for seconds or even thirds!

  • Immerse Yourself in Belgium's Culture

    Belgium's culture is rich and vibrant, offering a warm welcome to travelers. It's a place where old traditions and modern life blend seamlessly. You'll notice it in the friendly "hello" or "bonjour" from locals, as Belgium has three official languages: Dutch, French, and German.

    Belgians love their festivals, and if you time your visit right, you could catch the colorful Carnival of Binche, a UNESCO-recognized event with roots going back centuries. Music lovers won't want to miss the lively jazz or rock festivals that are a staple in the summer months.

    Customs here are all about community and friendliness. Don't be surprised if you're invited to join a group at a pub or offered a piece of chocolate in the street. When you're in Belgium, you're among friends.

    And remember, a simple "thank you" or "dank je" goes a long way. Soak in the local charm, enjoy the festive spirit, and you'll carry a piece of Belgium with you long after your cruise has docked.

  • Why Book a River Cruise to Belgium?

    Wondering why you should see Belgium from the deck of a river cruise? Well, for starters, it's a real bang for your buck. On a cruise, you unpack once, and your hotel floats along with you – no need to book multiple stays. Plus, meals and some activities are usually part of the deal, which can save you some euros.

    And the views? You get a front-row seat to some of the best scenery Belgium has to offer. Think rolling hills, medieval castles, and charming villages, all from the comfort of your cruise ship. It's like having a constantly changing backdrop of postcard-worthy sights.

    Cruises can also dock at smaller ports that big buses and trains don't get to. This means you can explore hidden gems without the crowds. Sometimes, cruises arrange special tours just for passengers, like a visit to a local brewery or a private tour of a historic site before it opens to the public.

    A river cruise in Belgium is hassle-free, packed with value, and gives you a unique perspective on the country. It's an experience that's hard to beat for travelers looking to dive into the heart of Belgium without the fuss of planning every detail themselves.

  • Ready to Book Your Belgium River Cruise?

    Ready to experience the heart of Europe from its serene waterways? Belgium river cruises offer an intimate glimpse into the region's soul. Picture yourself gliding past medieval castles, bustling city quays, and tranquil countryside. It's not just a trip; it's a journey through history, culture, and unmatched flavors.

    Belgium is welcoming, with its blend of languages, rich history, and, of course, incredible beer and chocolate. Cruising here means you get to see it all at a pace that lets you soak it in from the comfort of your floating hotel.

    Booking a Belgium river cruise is your ticket to an adventure that's as relaxing as it is enriching. It's perfect for travelers who love to discover new places, taste new foods, and meet new people. Why wait? The rivers of Belgium are calling.

Belgium River Cruises Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a Belgium River Cruise?

    A cruise to Belgium is a way for you to relax affordably and enjoy an all-inclusive trip. You will have the opportunity to visit some beautiful cities including Brussels, Paris, and Antwerp. Many of the local spots are filled with different activities, adventures, and attractions for you to see and partake in. A cruise in general is a wonderful chance for you to get out and explore a new area without the hassle and worry of transportation or hotel accommodations.

  • What Comes with a Belgium River Cruise?

    A Belgium Cruise is considered all-inclusive, which means that everything you need will be included in the cruise including food and drinks. Alcoholic beverages and excursions off the boat are offered at an additional fee. You will also have the opportunity to explore the cities around you and even stop into their souvenir shops, so make sure to bring some extra cash with you, as these are also not included in the price.

  • How Much Does a Belgium River Cruise Cost?

    The price to go on a cruise to Belgium will vary depending upon your needs, the length of stay, the ports, the destination, excursions, and any additional amenities that you may want to add. In general, you can expect the price to range from $2,000 to $4,800 per person. Remember, it is an all-inclusive cruise, so everything is included, which makes this price more than reasonable.

  • What is the Best Cruise to Take to Belgium?

    The best cruise to take to Belgium will depend on what you are looking for, the length of cruise you want, what is offered on the cruise, the price, and any extras you may want to add. As you look through your available options, you can narrow down your search to find the cruises that best meet your needs. If you need any assistance, please reach out to our team today.

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