Rent a ship

On trip with your association

As the person responsible for an association, you are annually looking for new, interesting trips for your members. It is not always easy to find fascinating combinations, in which, in addition to active visits, some beneficial rest points can also be built in. A boat trip, accompanied by a nautical guide and a enjoyable meal on board, might meet your wishes.

We are happy to make you a no-obligation quote for a guided boat trip with lunch.

On the home page of this site (section: Group Excursions) you will find a number of ready-made group arrangements. You can also only book the guided boat tour with lunch at Rivertours and freely plan the rest of the day yourself.

An example: boat trip on the route of the remarkable boat lifts

10:00:You will come by your own bus to the departure point of the ship at Ronquières, at the bottom of the Inclined Plane, where the boat trip starts. Welcome on board by the guide, the captain and his crew. Welcome with coffee and pastry.

During this unique guided boat trip we pass with the ship in a large water basin over the famous Inclined Plane of Ronquières and at the end of the trip we also experience the descent into the largest boat lift in Europe; the Strépy-Thieu funicular.

We sail on the former coal transport route. For decades, inland vessels transported coal from the Walloon coal basins to Brussels and on to Flanders via this route.

But… don't think that you will see any old industry on the route. From the deck of the boat you have a beautiful view of a green and slightly undulating Brabant and Hainaut landscape and changing views.


We stop at Houdeng-Goegnies for a short walk up to hydraulic boat lift no.1 on the historic Center Canal, an interesting site recognized as Unesco World Heritage.


Return on board where the tables were set for lunch and the cold dishes were prepared. Appropriate drinks are ordered from the bar staff. The ordered snack is served around 16:00, a piece of fruit pie or a pancake. The bar will remain open for the duration of the cruise.

16:30 to 17:00:End of the boat trip and disembarkation at the bottom of the boat lift of Strépy-Thieu after taking part in one of the most spectacular boat trips in Belgium!

Catering on board

Rt catering

Rivertours catering

Cold dishes, grill, sandwiches, coffeecakes an pie: order by Rivertours.
>> Tasty and budget-friendly meals on DE ARK and VIVALDI
>> Tasty and budget-friendly meals on MOZART and VERDI




The caterer Duchateau from Brussels (02 262 21 68 - 0496 57 72 33) offers you a large culinary choice adapted to your budget, different types of buffets, barbecues and menus served at the table. Region: Brussels and surroundings. Other regions from 30 seats.




Caterer Kouterhoeve in Malderen (052 34 21 71) offers you a range of possibilities at a good price/quality ratio. Available in all regions.

We are happy to help you with the English translation and explanation of the dishes, feel free to contact us with your question regarding a dish.




Katering de Belsele (0475 43 89 76) stands for creative, inventive and delicious cuisine. Always seasonal menus, also for small groups. Available in the region Scheldt and Dender.


SOEGITO Catering


Are you hesitating between a classic buffet or a trendy party with an Asian touch? A lunch with surprise breads or a BBQ? SOEGITO Catering with Indonesian origin is sure to have a formula to suit your needs. Region Brussels and surroundings. Other regions from 30 seats.

Shared dinner

Share a dinner


Share a Dinner in Gooik (0474 47 87 97). Chef Rein Janssens has gained his experience with renowned and starred restaurants in Belgium and abroad. Share a Dinner has developed into a catering company with an excellent reputation. For family dinners or company events as well as for large-scale congresses, Share A Dinner develops a customised menu and concept according to the wishes and budget of its clients. Region: Brussels and surroundings. Other regions from 30 seats.

We are happy to help you with the English translation and explanation of the dishes, feel free to contact us with your question regarding a dish.




Traiteur Art&Food (Waasmunster - 03 689 84 57) offers contemporary cuisine with hints of influence from other cultures. They stand for genuine enthusiasm and inspiring new dishes. Receptions, walking dinner, food stand or dinner party? Art&Food stands for the ultimate party experience. Available in the Scheldt and Dender region. Other regions: on request.


Horeca toppers


Whether it is a wedding party, family party, corporate party or any other occasion, team Horeca Toppers is ready to welcome you and your party. They realize your dishes within the agreed budget.
Taste les dents

Taste Ledent


For over 18 years, Taste Ledent have been catering to the culinary needs of their clients. The approach is always personal and with integrity. Grown out of drive, passion and the urge to keep getting better. They provide all kinds of catering: an intimate dinner, wedding, communion party, large business event,... with always the same goal in mind: exceeding the expectations of their clients! With the end goal of giving the client a special, precious and unique experience.




Caterer Savoury, from Linkebeek (0479 930 358 - 0474 50 50 65) offers you fine and sophisticated cuisine with an exotic touch. Region: Brussels and surroundings. Delivery only. Service fees will be charged by the dealer (subject to server availability).

We are happy to help you with the English translation and explanation of the dishes, feel free to contact us with your question regarding a dish.

Your own caterer

Want to bring your own caterer on board? Check out our terms and conditions here:

>> Bring your own caterer on board


drinks on ship

Have a look at our beverage lists:

>> Beverage list for DE ARK and VIVALDI
>> Beverage list for MOZART and VERDI

4 drink formulas are possible on board:

  • All consumed drinks are listed and charged afterwards
  • Ticket-formula (each person receives a certain number of drink tickets)
  • Forfait-formula
  • Each person pays his own drinks

Boarding points

You can find our boarding points by clicking a place on the map.
Our tourist boat trips depart from fixed boarding points.
When renting a ship, the boarding place can be adapted to your wishes as far as possible.

Click on a sailing region of your choice for more information and photos.

Our ships

Our ships can welcome 25 to 350 guests for a celebration, teambuilding, excursion, seminar...
Each ship has its own atmosphere, setting and arrangement and is equipped with bar, audio and multimedia devices. Sailing can be done from different embarkation points, with or without catering.

Click here for our rental prices