Water activity

Ghent: 40-Minute Historical Boat Tour of City Center

Activity provider: GENT-WATERTOERIST BV
Water activity

Ghent: 40-Minute Historical Boat Tour of City Center

Activity provider: GENT-WATERTOERIST BV

From US$ 10.23 per person

Relax and enjoy the view of the city from the river. Bask in the fascinating history of Ghent as your professional tour guide shares with you all the history and secrets of the city. See the beautiful buildings of Ghent including the Castle of the Counts.

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Dutch, English, French


  • Enjoy a unique way to discover Ghent from the water side
  • Learn about Ghent's fascinating, long history from a local knowledgeable guide
  • See the beautiful architecture in Ghent and view the impressive walls of the Castle of Counts
Full description
Departing from the picturesque jetty, embark on a relaxing 40-minute cruise of Ghent city center. Learn about the history of this beautiful city from a local, knowledgeable guide. Discover Medieval Ghent and its prestigious and glorious past. See the beautiful house fronts of the Graslei and the old meat-market. Be in awe at the rugged and steep walls of the Castle of Counts. Imagine the lives of the powerful people that once stalked its corridors. Soak in the history from your riverside view point.
  • 40-minute guided boat tour
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    • Wheelchair users

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    Meeting point

    Graslei Jetty - Ghent Watertoerist, near n° 7, the white/green boat house. Not to confuse with bootjes van gent which is on the other side of the water (korenlei).

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    • Boat tours run in open or covered boats depending on the weather conditions
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.2 /5

    based on 246 reviews

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    Nice walk with a guide who spoke perfect French and gave a lot of information about the city. Boats open despite the cold. I did not like at all how it is noted EVERYWHERE that tipping is customary without forgetting the visual insistence of the guide when getting out of the boat! It was abused and not at all appropriate, besides no one gave him one! I recommend all the same because you learn a lot about the city and the price is quite correct!

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    February 8, 2023

    The river trip was good. The positive side of it was the fact that you get to see the top of the river spots in 40mins (especially if you spend only a day in the city). A bit strange that we had to wait to listen to other 2 languages before English and the “jokes” had lost their meaning by the time we heard people laughing at them in 1 min earlier. I would suggest splitting the groups with up to 2 languages.

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    November 20, 2022

    The experience was absolutely fantastic! It was an incredibly hot day so me and my partner decided to do a boat tour, seeing as I’ve recently moved here and wanted to learn more about the city. The tour guide was extremely friendly and interactive with the group, explaining the tour in Dutch, French and English. The only criticism I have (and it’s very small) is that on occasion he would mention something in Dutch and French, and wouldn’t translate it into English, so there was some small bits of information that I then had to translate for my partner. Overall this didn’t remove from the experience in anyway, but I felt it important to mention for others who may want to get all the information and not just the key points.

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    August 16, 2022

    Product ID: 169243