Belgium river cruises

A Belgium river cruise is a charming blend of history, culture and, of course, chocolate! Straddling the cultural boundary between Germany and Latin Europe, Belgium is divided into two main regions – Flanders in the north and Wallonia to the south. On an Avalon Waterways river cruise to Belgium, you'll travel into the north of the country where you can expect warm summers and mild winters to explore its historic charms. Antwerp is a treasure trove of Gothic and Flemish baroque-influenced architecture to discover, such as the grand and imposing city hall which stands in the Grote Markt, and World Heritage Site, the Church of Our Lady. Avalon’s cruises to Belgium also visit the country's capital Brussels, a laid-back city of beautiful architecture, delicious chocolate and frothy Belgium beer. Experience a charming blend of old and new in the Flemish city of Ghent, the ‘diamond of Flanders’; and in Bruges, passengers can visit famous landmarks such as the Basilica of the Holy Blood and the towering Belfry of Bruges. And, of course, a river cruise to Belgium in the winter months wouldn't be the same without visiting the country's famous Christmas markets.

Highlights of our Belgian river cruises

  • Antwerp
    • From its Renaissance-style guildhalls to the grand city hall in Grote Markt, discover the city’s rich vein of architecture.
  • Brussels
    • Don’t leave without sampling some of its delicious Belgian beers.
  • Ghent
    • Head inside St Baafs Cathedrals to explore its many art treasures.
  • Bruges
    • Climb to the top of the 262 ft high Belfry of Bruges for stunning views from the top of the clock tower.

River cruises to Belgium

Tulip Time


from £1,570 per person

  • 8 days
  • Price based on 23 Mar 19
  • 8 dates available

This European river cruise in Holland gets underway in its popular, modern capital of Amsterdam. This 700-year-old city offers an abundance of classic architecture, cafés, and restaurants to explore before you embark on your river cruise through Holland and Belgium. Sail through Rotterdam’s harbor, said to be the world’s busiest port. Garden enthusiasts will delight in a visit to see the breathtaking colors of Keukenhof, also known as the “Garden of Europe.” With 70 acres of parkland and lakes, it’s one of the world’s largest flower gardens. Alternatively, an excursion to the city of Gouda, famous for its cheese, is available, before sailing to Antwerp—Belgium’s second-largest city, combining ancient buildings and monuments with modern architecture. In Ghent, Belgium, join a local expert for a guided tour of the city, including a visit to St. Bavo’s Cathedral. Back in Holland, Middelburg was formerly an important trading city and you’ll get a sense of its wealth today with its impressive structures like the gothic Town Hall, Abbey Tower, and bustling Market Square. No trip to Holland is complete without a visit to the technical miracle that is the Delta Works, a storm flood barrier almost six miles long, constructed after the floods of 1953. This beautiful and historic springtime river cruise during tulip season in Holland and Belgium concludes with more chance to explore the colorful city of Amsterdam. See the most fascinating areas of the city on a canal cruise along the elegant Grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.” From seemingly unending fields of color from Holland’s gardens, to windmills and waterways of Amsterdam, to the ancient and modern mix of Belgium’s architecture, this European river cruise is sure to grow in your memory for endless seasons to come.