Brussels, from old harbor to today’s canal

Boat tour in Brussels + guided walk in the old harbor area

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Brussels is not passed through by one but actually by two canals: the canal Brussels-Charleroi and the Sea canal Brussels-Scheldt. These two canals come together under ‘place de Sainctelette’. The oldest canal allowed ships from Antwerp and Willebroek to ship their goods to the heart of the city. The first port of Brussels was situated in the quarter that today bears the name of Saint-Catherine. Many traces of the past are still recognizable in streetnames, in the buildings of the neighborhood and the houses of that time... During this tour you will discover by concrete examples the development of Brussels, city by the water.


​10:00:

Guided tour of the Saint-Catherine district. During this guided walk you will be immersed in the history of the city. Numerous signs show the presence of the first port of Brussels. Until today, the streets still contain names such as firewood quay, arduin quay or brick quay.... The numerous fish and mussels restaurants, old docks and fountains, the ancient wheel,... are many signs of the presence of the old port.

12:00 - 12:15:

boarding (av. du Port / Sainctelette - Brussels).

​12:15:

While cruising, you will discover Brussels and its port, the historic buildings of Tour & Taxis and the 'Familistère' Godin, historic bridges, new pedestrian bridges and new parks near the canal. There is also the Laeken Domain, the Brussels marina and new buildings along the canal in Brussels and Vilvoorde. Efforts are being made to improve biodiversity in and along the water by creating nesting places for swallows, installing green riverbank rafts, etc... We continue our boat trip through the northern green belt and pass Grimbergen and Kapelle-o/d-Bos. The ship turns before the lock of Zemst and heads back to the starting point in Brussels.

​16:15:

End of the boat trip (av. du Port / Sainctelette).

For large groups (50 participants or more):

€ 29,50 p.p. for guided walk + boat trip. The boat is exclusively for your group. Catering can be provided. Possible every day. Small groups: price on demand.

For small groups:

Guided walking tour: € 110 + boat trip by Waterbus (2h): € 8 p.p.

Departure Waterbus: quai Beco - Brussels at 10:00, 13:00 and 15:00 from Monday to Friday and from 1/05 to 31/10.


Info & reservation: Rivertours: T. 02 218 54 10 or info@rivertours.be

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Our ships can welcome 20 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.

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Verdi

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