Taking you to a country rich with heritage and known for wonderful food and drink, Belgium river cruises are always a pleasure. They offer you the easiest way to travel around the country, along with consistent overnight stays throughout. The voyages make immersing oneself in Belgium's culture effortless, partly because of great connections to the locals and tours. Our luxury cruise lines often travel along the Scheldt River, a well-connected body of water that connects to many European river cruise countries, including France and the Netherlands.
Cruise the Belgian Scheldt River
The Scheldt is a great backdrop for any Belgian adventure. Cruises along it offer ship passengers the opportunity to sit back and relax, but also actively explore at Belgium cruise ports like Brussels. To get to Brussels, river cruises follow a small offshoot called the Senne River. After a long day of wandering one of Belgium's cities, there's nothing like being able to retire to your comfortable quarters back on the ship.
Along the Scheldt, you'll find great sights and scenic views. There are plenty of points to catch beautiful green-space between port cities, so trips strike a perfect balance between fun and relaxing. The Scheldt, like many of Europe's rivers, is part of a much larger network of waterways. It is often part of Rhine River cruises and Rhône River cruises, allowing Belgium to be part of an even greater adventure.
Sample Belgian cuisine on river voyages
Belgium is most famous for its contributions to the food world. Many of its creations have gone on to become well-known dishes throughout the world. Foods like Belgian waffles, or Liège waffles as they're known in Belgium, or Belgian chocolate are seen as the best-of-the-best. In Brussels and Antwerp, world-class dining is all over.
The modern beer we have in stores and restaurants today takes heavy influence from Belgium. When monks used to create their own abbey beer hundreds of years ago in the country, it became popular -- so much that it spread across the world. Today, it's still a craft that many are passionate about in the country and others try to replicate around the world. For beer fans, there's no better place to sample one of Belgium's biggest exports. Fortunately, our Belgian river cruises take you right to the source.
Our cruisers' top attractions in Belgium
In Belgium, you'll find that there are endless possibilities when it comes to activities. Like many European countries, browsing the historic architecture in and around cities is a must. Here, we've put together a short list of some of our favorite spots in Belgium's cruise destination cities.
- The Grand Palace. A popular spot for Brussels river cruises, this massive medieval building complex is at the center of the city.
- Brussels Town Hall. Actually a part of the Grand Palace, this building is the oldest in the complex. It's a must-see for its Gothic styling and attention to detail.
- Museum aan de Stroom. Simply known as the "MAS," this Antwerp culture museum offers a neat glimpse into history all wrapped up in a Deconstructivist-style modern building.
- Cathedral of Our Lady Antwerp. This Gothic-style cathedral towers over its Antwerp surroundings with a giant spire.
- Le Berlaymont. Found in Brussels, this building is not only a feat of modern architecture, but the headquarters of the European Union's executive branch, the European Commission.
Exploring Belgium by River Cruise
As you can see from the list, Belgium has a lot of style -- and its the same with its culture. Throughout all river cruise ports in the country, you'll find very modern cities that happen to be packed with history too. It's a fun place to visit, with people that truly care about their crafts.
Traveling around the river cruise cities is easy as well. Like most European cities, Antwerp and Brussels are well-developed and offer convenient ways to get front one point to another. Because of that, exploring Belgium's port cities is always interesting and sure to be packed with great food. Pick a river cruise to Belgium when you're ready to have a Belgian waffle straight from the source!