Boarding in Dinant at 6.00pm and time to settle comfortably in your cabins before meeting the crew during a welcome cocktail reception. Dinner on board then follow your guide on a walking tour of the old town. Overnight stop.
Breakfast on board before we sail down the Meuse to Namur, passing through several locks on the way. Lunch will be served on board before reaching Namur around 1.00pm. This charming town lies at the junction of the Sambre and the Meuse. Take a guided tour of the town (optional) visit the historic centre, before continuing on foot through the picturesque narrow streets to visit the old quarters. Return to the ship for dinner and a free evening. Overnight stop.
Early morning start and breakfast cruising up the Sambre, passing through several locks, stopping off at the lock in Auvelais from which an excursion is organised to Aulne abbey, followed by a visit to the Val de Sambre brewery. Lunch while cruising along the Charleroi-Brussels canal, through the locks and arriving in Seneffe where it branches off into the Nimy Blaton canal and on through the boat lift in Strepy-Thieu, which is unique in its kind (passage through the lock can also be scheduled day 4 morning if necessary). Dinner will be served on board as we sail through 2 more locks and on to reach Mons around 8.00pm.Overnight stop.
Breakfast on board before leaving on an excursion (optional) to Beloeil castle which has been the home of Princes for over 6 centuries and boasts a rich collection of antiques from between the 15th and 19th centuries, not to mention the famous library with over 20,000 works. The miniature train will take you across the huge 17th century park which stretches over 25 hectares to admire the most beautiful formal gardens in Europe. In the meantime, the ship sails on along the Nimy Blaton canal to Peronne where we will join it around noon for lunch. We set sail again towards Tournai, arriving there around 2.00pm for a guided tour. Before becoming a Royal city under the Franks it was a Roman town and played an active role in the spectacular development of Northern Europe. The city has kept a great number of treasures from that great period – its half Romanesque, half Gothic cathedral, ‘Grand Place’ and ‘Bridge of Holes’. Return to the ship around 5.00pm in Audenarde. Enjoy some free time or accompany your hostess on a walking tour of the town. Back to the ship for dinner and a gala evening before cruising off towards the lock in Lovendegen.
Breakfast while cruising to reach Lovendegen from where an excursion is organised (optional) to Ghent, whose medieval centre and typical houses still bear witness to the splendour of its past. Return to the ship in Bruges for lunch. Around 1.00pm, departure by coach on the optional sightseeing tour of the city, known as “Venice of the North”. Bruges is famous for its lacework and old world charm. For over 200 years, it was the most prominent town in Northern Europe for trade, politics and art. Return to the ship around 3.30pm before sailing off towards Ostend. Dinner will be served while cruising on to reach Ostend during the evening. Overnight stop.
Breakfast on board before disembarking at 9.00am. Return to Dinant by coach(2). End of our journey.
DRINKS INCLUDED with on board meals
wine, water, beer, fruit juice, 1 coffee
Belgium and its emblematic towns(1) :
Bruges, Ghent, Tournai and Namur
Discover the Abbey of Aulne(1) and the Château Beloeil(1)
Transfer by coach (2) Ostend/Dinant included.
Coach transfer from Ostend to Dinant - the cruise on full board from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the final day - the drinks included in our price are the water, the wine, the beer, the fruit juices and one coffee served by CroisiEurope during the meals on board only - accommodation in a double air conditioned cabin with shower and WC - entertainment on board - the welcome cocktail - the gala evening - the assistance of our hostess on board - insurance for medical repatriation - port taxes.
The drinks served in the bar, those on the wine list and the drinks at meals served during excursions or transfers - the insurance cancellation/luggages - the optional excursions (book and pay on board or at the travel agent) - personal expenses.
Valid national identity card or passport compulsory. Non-EU nationals are requested to consult their embassy or consulate.