A tale of two cities ! Between 1551 and 1561, Mary of Burgundy authorised the excavation of the canal between Brussels and Antwerp. This intervention made it possible to cover the distance between Brussels and Antwerp in one or two days instead of eight or ten days of sailing along the Senne. Today, we are repeating this trip ! Although now we are not sailing for two days but for six hours!
The intercity boat trip between Brussels, Vilvoorde and Antwerp remains a unique experience. We cruise on the Sea Canal and on the river Scheldt.
The Sea Canal from Brussels to the Scheldt is one of our country's most economically important transport arteries. But it will soon become clear to you that the Sea Canal has many tourist-recreational assets in addition to its economic function. Once past Vilvoorde, we sail in the rural Green Belt passing marinas and water sports clubs and the 'Noordelijk Eiland' nature reserve, a habitat for water and wading birds.
Before sailing up the mighty tidal Scheldt and mooring at Antwerp, we experience the passage through the lock of Zemst and and the impressive sea lock of Wintam/Bornem.
You return on your own initiative, by train.
For groups, a guided walk between Steenplein and the Central Station can be organised on request (+/- 35 min. walk)
Info train trip: seniors 65+ travel at a fixed price of € 8,30 p.p. - groups from 15 pers. travel at a 60% discount or <€ 4,00 p.p. (purchase group ticket at least 7 days in advance). More info: belgianrail.be
Did all that cruising make you hungry?
We have various catering options on board.
Reservation in advance is required.
If you wish to eat something on board on a tourist trip, it's possible:
>> Tasty and budget-friendly meals on DE ARK and VIVALDI
>> Tasty and budget-friendly meals on MOZART and VERDI
Shared meals that require special equipment (cool box, large packaging, plate and cutlery) are not allowed on board. Bringing your own sandwich is allowed. Beverage must be purchased on board.
The Rivertours ships can welcome 30 to 300 guests for an event, a party, an excursion,... Each ship has its own atmosphere, setting and décor and is equipped with a bar, as well as audio and multimedia equipment. We set out from various embarkation points, with or without catering.