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.
We start our boat trip in the Brussels canal district where industrial buildings are being transformed into new flats, galleries, museums, where pedestrian and bicycle bridges are being built.... and graffiti artists are leaving their mark on the quay walls. 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 and Grimbergen, 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 through the historic centre of Antwerp, between Steenplein and the Central Station is available on request (+/- 35 min. walk)
Info train trip: seniors 65+ travel at a fixed price of € 7,80 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
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.