Ghent Cruises & boat tours

Our most recommended Ghent Cruises & boat tours

Ghent: 50-Minute Medieval Center Guided Boat Trip

1. Ghent: 50-Minute Medieval Center Guided Boat Trip

Take a boat close to the amazing Castle of the Counts to discover the most beautiful places of Ghent. A guide will take you through the fascinating history of medieval Ghent and its historical buildings and architecture on this 50-minute tour. Enjoy the famous three towers of Ghent, various medieval churches and monasteries, the birthplace of Charles V of Spain, majestic guild halls, a breathtaking castle, and much more! Hear the stories behind these magnificent monuments. Your tour is guided in English, Dutch, and French. There are also illustrated translations into German, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Japanese available on board.

Ghent: Medieval Center Guided Boat Tour

2. Ghent: Medieval Center Guided Boat Tour

See the highlights and hidden pearls Ghent has to offer on a river cruise. Learn about the city's history from your local guide. Start in the beautiful medieval harbor of Ghent. Board the boat and meet your tour guide. Sail along the River Leie as you take in the sites of the city. Admire the three famous towers of Ghent: St Bavo's Cathedral, the Belfry of Ghent, and St Nicholas Church. See medieval churches and monasteries as you are taken back in time by your guide. Take in the Prinsenhof, the Princes' Court where Charles V of Spain was born. Marvel at majestic guildhalls and the medieval Gravensteen (Castle of the Counts) before heading back to dry land.

Ghent: 40-Minute Historical Boat Tour of City Center

3. Ghent: 40-Minute Historical Boat Tour of City Center

Departing from the picturesque jetty, embark on a relaxing 40-minute cruise of Ghent city center. Learn about the history of this beautiful city from a local, knowledgeable guide. Discover Medieval Ghent and its prestigious and glorious past. See the beautiful house fronts of the Graslei and the old meat-market. Be in awe at the rugged and steep walls of the Castle of Counts. Imagine the lives of the powerful people that once stalked its corridors. Soak in the history from your riverside view point.

Full Day Private Excursion to Ghent as from Brussels

4. Full Day Private Excursion to Ghent as from Brussels

Spend a full day exploring the incredible city of Ghent in an easy day trip from Brussels. During your excursion, you'll have a chance to walk along the picturesque Greselei and Korenlei, both sides of the river that divides this city. You'll soon discover why National Geographic Traveler has listed Ghent as the "third most authentic city in the world." As you cross the river, you will enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding houses and bridges. Snap some pictures of the steeples of the St. Nicolas church, and enjoy a visit to the impressive belfry and cloth hall, both UNESCO World Heritage Sights. After leaving the church, we'll head to Vrijdgsmarkt, where you will see flamboyant Gothic architecture melding beautifully in with the more somber Renaissance. Here, you'll also find the statue of Jacob Van Artevelde, who oversees a Ghent that thrives just as it did in the 14th century when Jacob ended the English boycott on wool imports. Continuing on, your guide will point out a cast iron cannon, aptly named the "Evil Woman." Here in the center of town, you will find the almshouse which is now a Museum of Folklore and the only neighborhood in Ghent where the original medieval street plan still exists today. Winding your way through the alleys and cobbled streets of this area is a great place to enjoy life in the old country, and the smiling faces of the locals will surely make you feel at home. We'll even stop for a three course lunch along the way, before heading by boat to the MSK (Museum of Fine Arts) and the SMAK (Museum for contemporary and avant-garde). You will transfer back to Brussels around 17:00 and should be back at your hotel by around 18:00.

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What people are saying about Ghent

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 176 reviews

Very fun way to see this very beautiful part of the city. So impressive that the guide can translate so many languages and had a relaxed demeanor and good sense of humor. It is highly recommended!

Informative friendly guide. Thoroughly enjoyed our experience. It added a lot to our enjoyment of our day out in Ghent.

Super value for money. Visit to do if you come to Ghent. Very funny and nice guide

Nice boat tour of the city center, great guide and good value for money!

I really enjoyed the activity. It was awesome. I highly recommend it.