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Boating Holidays in Belgium

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Highlights of Belgium Boating Holidays

  • Bruges, the 'Venice of the North' with canals and cobbled street
  • Menin Gate at Ieper (Ypres) and daily Last Post ceremony
  • Nieuwpoort long sandy beaches
  • Gent and its historic centre
  • Belgian beer and the famous 'moules et frites'
  • Historic towns such as Diksmuide, Oudenaarde and pretty waterways

Useful Information:

  • Gent is a one-way cruising base for routes to or from Nieuwpoort
  • All locks and lifting bridges are staffed by lock-keepers. Some may be closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays
  • At Bruges take the main 'ring' canal around the town outskirts, and moor securely in La Coupure, a canal inlet with barrier access controlled by the harbourmaster. Mooring fees of approximately 10 euro per night

Suggested Cruises from our 2 cruiser bases in Belgium

Cruiser Boat Holidays from Nieuwpoort

Nieuwpoort is a lively and cosmopolitan city on the seaside, popular with families and has a 2 km long promenade. A pretty town for a break, with a long sandy beach, and a choice of one-way or 'out and back' routes.

Nieuwpoort - Ypres - Nieuwpoort
Short Break Return Trip • 4 Days • 98km • 6 Locks • 16 Bridges • 20hrs
View Nieuwpoort to Ypres out and back short break boating route in Google Maps

This direct route goes cross country to Ypres (Ielper). Every day at 8pm buglers play the Last Post at the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres to honour the soldiers who died in World War I.

Nieuwpoort - Bruges - Nieuwpoort
Short Break Return Trip • 3 Days • 39km • 15 Locks • 2 Bridges • 12hrs
View Nieuwpoort to Bruges out and back short break boating route in Google Maps

Leave the golden beaches of Nieuwpoort behind and head for Bruges, the Venice of the North, where you can explore the town from a mooring just off the ring canal.

Nieuwpoort - Gent (or vice versa)
One Way • 1 Week • 70km • 8 Locks • 18 Bridges • 25hrs
View Nieuwpoort to Gent one-way boating route in Google Maps

You can smell the sea whilst cruising to Ostend, a wonderful port with beach and a famous promenade. Look forward to savouring Moules et Frites (mussels with French fries) at a seaside restaurant, and the next day your Belgium cruise brings you closer to magnificent Gent, the former Flemish capital, where you can moor in the historic centre.

Nieuwpoort - Bruges - Ypres - Veurne - Nieuwpoort
Return Trip • 1 Week • 158km • 14 Locks • 40 Bridges • 40hrs
View Nieuwpoort, Bruges, Ypres one-week boating route in Google Maps

You marvel at the network of waterways that lace inland away from the sea which include historic cities, looming castles and waterfront bistros. Fascinating museums reveal archaeological, artistic and even culinary history, such as the Museum of the Bakery in Veurne. Ypres and Diksmuide feature Belgium’s bloody World War I history, with the serenity of the waterway contrasting with the tumult of the past.

Nieuwpoort - Deinze - Nieuwpoort
Return Trip • 1 Week • 200km • 5 Locks • 37 Bridges • 42hrs
View Nieuwpoort, Deinze one-week boating route in Google Maps

Travel via Bruges, the capital of West Flanders, with its famous canals, cobbled streets and chocolate shops. Cruisel through beautiful country settings into mediaeval cities like Gent with its impressive Gothic architecture.

Nieuwpoort - Oudenaarde - Nieuwpoort
Return Trip • 2 Weeks • 350km • 27 Locks • 57 Bridges • 80hrs
View Nieuwpoort, Oudenaarde one-week boating route in Google Maps

Cruise through scenic Belgian countryside to historic Gent. Shop in chic boutiques, explore the castle, and the city centre. Your cruise brings you to Oudenaarde, famous for its tapestry making, good restaurants and the noted Belgian beers.

Cruiser Boat Holidays from Gent

Gent, the pearl of Flanders, was once the largest city in Europe after Paris. No other city in Belgium has as many monuments and important buildings as Gent. The historic centre is ideal to explore on foot from your boat.

Gent - Nieuwpoort (or vice versa)
One Way • 1 Week • 70km • 8 Locks • 18 Bridges • 25hrs
View Gent to Nieuwpoort one-way boating route in Google Maps

City lights bathe Gent’s Gothic buildings in warm yellows and soft whites, sparkling on the waters. Your Belgium river and canal cruise winds through scenic towns, past historic Bruges and through lush green fields at the edge of the North Sea. End the trip on the beach at Nieuwpoort.

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