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Float on: see Brussels by Boat

Many of us enjoy messing about in boats – and it’s a fun and slightly different way to look at the landscape surrounding  Brussels, writes Martin Banks.

Rivertours owns a six-strong fleet of passenger boats that can accommodate between 20 and 250 people.

They offer a selection of trips, ranging from a pleasant leisurely cruise along the canal network from Halle, on the outskirts of Brussels, to boat tours from Brussels to Anderlecht and Drogenbos, during which you can discover how the canal changes as you pass numerous houseboats and an ever-changing landscape.

The trip starting from Halle is particularly pleasant, as the cruise meanders through some of the prettiest countryside on the periphery of the city.

Such trips could appeal to everyone from a company looking to host a team-building session for its staff to a couple in search of a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours or so. Also, Several of the company’s boats are adapted for wheelchair users.

Groups and associations can also hire boats for their own purposes and, for these tailor-made excursions, Rivertours will adapt the programme accordingly.

As well as the itinerary, trippers can choose a boarding point, the duration of the trip, plus any meals they’d like to take while on board. Travellers can also combine sailings with overland visits or other activities.

Cruises are not only relaxing and restful but also instructive as specially-trained and bilingual guides accompany all trips on all routes, explaining the history of the waterway and all the sites being gently passed.

So, for those wanting to discover a bit more about the ‘nautical’ history of the Brussels region or those who just fancy a spot of late summer sunbathing on the deck of a boat, a trip such as this could be ideal.

Most trips run from May to the end of September and you can find further details here, Alternatively, call 02 203 6406.


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