CroisiEurope Launches A Brand New Hotel Barge Cruise Through Belgium

CroisiEurope (Logo)Europe’s largest river cruise operator, CroisiEurope, has launched a brand new hotel barge cruise along Belgium’s little-known waterways, taking in beautiful towns with a rich cultural heritage as well as a wide range of architectural and culinary discoveries.

This is CroisiEurope’s first hotel barge cruise itinerary outside of France.

The six-night cruise, which launches in April 2025, operates between Ghent and Halle and visits Bruges, Oudenaarde, Péronnes-Lez-Antoing, Mons, Strépy-Thieu and Brussels. Key highlights of this itinerary are the Strépy-Thieu boat lift, the second largest boat lift in the world with an impressive 73.15 metre incline; and the Inclined Plane of Ronquières which carries barges and other inland sailing vessels along a 1432-metre ramp with a 68-metre rise.

Other highlights include:

•Guided tours of Bruges, Oudenaarde and Brussels.
•A visit to a Bruges brewery with a tasting.
•A visit to a distillery in Oudenaarde to discover the traditional distillation process for jenever, gin and whiskey following by a tasting.
•A culinary walk through Mons with a tasting of local specialities.
•A visit to the Château de Beloiel, known as the Belgian Versailles, to discover its vast art collection, library and stunning gardens.
•A guided tour of the award-winning Chant d’Éole vineyard which only produces sparkling wines made according to the traditional method, including a tasting of the Brut Blanc de Blancs, Brut Rosé and Elixir Saint Georges.
•A demonstration of how artisanal Belgian chocolate is made, plus a tasting

The cruise takes place on the MS Raymonde which features just 11 en-suite outward facing cabins, restaurant, lounge bar, sun deck and relaxation area with Jacuzzi. And, with six crew members including a talented chef serving up a variety of mouth-watering dishes, guests are guaranteed a truly personalised service.

The cruise will operate between April and October 2025 with prices from 2 815€ per person for the cruise with all meals and drinks onboard, excursions, use of onboard bicycles and port fees. Fly/cruise prices are also available.

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