Flanders and northern France: a little-known jewel for Linssen boaters
Flanders in Belgium, the country of chocolate, beer and splen-did waterways. With 950 km of canals, it is probably one of the densest waterway networks in Europe. These waterways link many tourist cities, but also small charming hamlets. But they all have one thing in common: you sail through and berth at the heart of these communities, where you will be a wel-come guest. Wherever you are, you can enjoy the hospitality, the gastronomy, the historical and modern architecture. And should you wish to swap the pleasant tourist spots for a bit of peace and quiet, then berth at a jetty in the open countryside.
The Flemish art towns cruise
Kuurne – Oudenaarde – Ghent – Deinze – Bruges – Beernem – Kuurne
Kanaal Bossuit Kortrijk – Boven Zeeschelde – Ringvaart – Leie – Afleidingskanaal van de Leie – Kanaal Ghent Oostende
Circular tour | 1 week
32 hours | 212 km | 10 locks
A mix of culture, gastronomy and enjoy-ment. Overnight stays in the centre of the towns The big BBoat route*
Kuurne – Wervik – Lille – Aire sur la Lys – Arques – Bergues – Veurne – Ieper – Diksmuide – Nieuwpoort – Brugge – Ghent – Deinze– Kuurne
Grensleie – Canal de la Deûle – La Lys – Canal de Neuffossé – l’Aa – Canal de la Colme – Lo Kanaal – Yzer – Kanaal Ieper Yzer – Kanaal Plassendale Nieuwpoort - Kanaal Gent Oostende – Ringvaart – Leie – Afleidingskanaal der Leie
Circular tour | 2 weeks
54 hours | 375 km | 18 locks
A mix of culture, gastronomy and enjoy-ment. North France and Flanders
*Option departure from Ypres. Ask for availability.
The flax route
Kuurne – Deinze – St. Martens Latem – Ghent – Kortrijk – Kuurne
Afleidingskanaal van de Leie – Leie – Ringvaart
Return cruise | midweek*/weekend
20 hours | 100 km | 4 locks
Discover the Oude Leie and enjoy the splendid country homes and the culinary & cultural heritage
* We will be pleased to advise you about the ideal duration for you
De Dender route
Kuurne – Doornik – Ath – Aalst – Dender-monde – Ghent – Deinze – Kuurne
Kanaal Bossuit Kortrijk – Bovenschelde – Canal Nimy Blaton– Canal Blaton Ath – Boven Zeeschelde – Ringvaart – Leie – Afleidingskanaal van de Leie
Circular tour | 10 days
50 hours | 225 km | 42 locks
Relaxation, industrial heritage, culture and gastronomy Spierre - Lille historic canal
Kuurne – Bossuit – Roubaix – Rijsel (Lille) – Wervik – Kortrijk – Kuurne
Kanaal Bossuit Kortrijk – Canal de Roubaix – Kanaal Spierre Rijssel – Grensleie
20 hours | 91 km | 31 locks
Enjoy the fully restored canal from Spierre to Lille and the authentic locks The unique boat lifts route
Kuurne – Bossuit – Doornik (Tournai) – Bergen (Mons) – La Louvière – Kuurne
Kanaal Bossuit Kortrijk – Bovenschelde – Canal Nimy Blaton – Canal du Centre
20 hours | 91 km | 31 locks
Boat lifts: Ascenseur de Thieu – Ascenseur de Bracquegnies – Ascenseur de Houdeng Aimeries – Ascenseur de Houdeng Goegnies – Ascenseur Strépy – Thieu
Nowhere in the world are so many historic, interesting towns and cities linked by waterways as in Belgium and northern France. With the Linssen motor yachts which you, as a customer of Linssen Boating Holidays®, can charter in the Belgian base in Kuurne (Kortrijk), West-Flanders. Uou can combine relaxation with culture in a stylish manner. The peaceful waterways lead through beautiful countryside to well-known towns such as Brugge and Gent (you just have to spend a day on the beach!) as well as idyllic spots such as Diksmuide, Oudenaarde and Veurne. And of course you can also try out the restaurants and their culinary highlights, such as the uniquely abundant range of fantastic Belgian beers and chocolates. It‘s no coincidence that Belgians are referred to as bon viveurs.
Our Belgian LBH colleagues offer you a wide range of options. Let them advise you, and experience Belgium, northern France and the southern Netherlands from a perspective that few others are aware of…
Team BBoat: Veronique Peene, Lieven Vandeputte & Wim Dierickx
Bruges: the jewel in the crown
A city that needs no further explanation. One of the most well-known historic cities in the world, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A lively city for tourists, with a transit marina on the edge of the city canals.
Deinze - Ghent: Very pictureque
The old River Leie arm meanders from Deinze to Ghent. The open landscape is dotted with historical manor houses with huge gardens. The region is characterised by picturesque vil-lages. The old River Leie arm is a must for visitors to the Flem-ish waterways.
Ghent: A metropolis on a human scale
A surprise to many Linssen boating visitors. World Heritage Site, modern architecture, student city... which is probably why this city was listed by the Lonely Planet guide as seventh on the list of cities you must visit.“Probably the best kept secret in Europe”.
Nieuwpoort - Ostend: A day at the beach
Two towns located on the coast. A day at the beach or a walk along the dyke. The promenade with its bracing sea breeze is just a few minutes walk from the marinas. From your rented Linssen yacht it is easy to reach.
Diksmuide: A reminder of the war
Your Linssen is 'parked' in the marina of Diksmuide, with its up-to-date facilities and lies in the shadow of the IJzertoren (Iron Tower), the symbol of peace. The remnants of the Great War are clearly evident here.
Ypres: City of peace
This city, which was completely destroyed during the First World War, has risen from the ashes and is now a symbol for peace. It is an ideal starting point for the commemoration of the Great War (1914-1918), which broke out just one hundred years ago!! Visit the In Flanders Fields Museum. Do not forget the Last Post ceremony under the Menin Gate which salutes the many war victims. This is a moving occasion that has been held daily for almost one hundred years.
Veurne: Market day on Wednesday
A pleasant regional centre with striking buildings and an im-pressive church (13th to 17th century). One of the busiest markets in the region is held here on Wednesday.
Lille (France): Old Lille, pleasant hustle and bustle
Visit Lille on one of your stops with your Linssen. It is one of the largest cities in France. A city with a long cultural tradition, but with a lively centre with shops and many second-hand markets.
Kortrijk: Flax centre
With a marina in the shadow of the medieval Broeltorens tower, this in an opportunity to take time out and relax on your journey on your private Linssen motor yacht. Kortrijk is known for its Béguinage and Belfort (World Heritage Site). And do not forget the main shopping street with its large retail centre (KinKortrijk).