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Belgian Holiday Markets

From the Chocolate Capital to the finest markets and Christmas in Caves in the Netherlands, you will never run short of festive excursions.

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Brussels Christmas Market

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Belgian Holiday Markets Special Offer

The holiday season in Belgium is something truly special. Each city throws an enchanting winter festival, which could include anything from market stalls and elaborate light displays to Ferris wheels and ice skating rinks.

Bordered by the bigger tourism magnets France, Germany, and the Netherlands, Belgium is a small country bursting with cultural impact and well worthy of being the highlight of any European trip—whether it's your first time on the continent or your tenth. Chocolates, french fries, specialty spirits, and beers are amongst the many things this stretch of the Earth is known for doing well. You'll get to experience it all during Belgium's most festive time of the year, when you can sip vin chaud and the world's most delicious cups of hot chocolate between bites of warm liege waffles and spiced gingerbread.

Who will enjoy this cruise: This trip is perfect for those who have been to the classic markets of Germany and are looking for something new, for anyone looking to explore a different side of Belgium than most tourists see, or for those excited to lean into a holiday extravaganza for their next winter season. Please note that some of the winter festivals we visit may not be open during sailings departing on the 25th of November or the 2nd of December.

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Belgian Holiday Markets Itinerary

Day 1 - Brussel (Bruxelles)

Arrive at Brussels Airport. If your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer, or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship.

Day 2 - Gent (Ghent)

Visit one of two national gems: beautiful Bruges, the capital of West Flanders and one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe, or fascinating Ghent, the capital city of East Flanders, whose long history does not weigh on its vibrant present. Belgium’s second-largest city, Ghent abounds in medieval architecture, which makes for a particularly magical canvas for the town’s Christmastime decorations.

Day 3 - Antwerp

You’ll find a penchant for all things high quality in the country’s biggest port city. Diamonds, art, fashion, and more compete for attention here, so you’re sure to find just the thing to make your time in Antwerp memorable.

Day 4 - Hasselt

Today, you’ll explore the trendy-yet-quaint town of Hasselt. A blend of city interest—with plenty of cafés and shopping—and an easygoing, small-town atmosphere, the mostly car-free Hasselt is a charming place to explore on foot.

Day 5 - Maastricht

Venture into the Netherlands to visit Maastricht, known as one of the most beautiful and romantic cities of Holland and loved for its convivial lifestyle and historic center, which has long played a strategic role in European politics. Not only will you explore this city’s Christmas market, but you will also have the opportunity to head into Germany to visit the famous Aachen Christmas Market.

Day 6 - Antwerp

Discover an eclectic mix of historic and modern in Belgium’s “Second City,” Antwerp, a town where well-preserved medieval buildings are interspersed with artful modern architecture. After your included explorations today, you may find your final Christmas market for this journey centered in Antwerp’s Old Town, lighting up nostalgic facades and the local castle to create the perfect backdrop for this festive event. Please note that Antwerp’s Christmas Market will not be open during the December 2 sailing of this itinerary.

Day 7 - Brussel (Bruxelles)

Brussels, the capital of Belgium, offers a treasure trove of historic architecture, along with a rich culinary tradition—chocolate!—and a vibrant culinary capital. Food lovers will be lured by the divine aromas drifting from the many holiday market stalls, while others will be attracted to the city’s enchanting architecture and elaborate Christmas displays.

Day 8 - Brussel (Bruxelles)

Disembark the ship. If your cruise package includes a group departure transfer, or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Brussels Airport for your flight home.

Price Includes

  • Return travel from UK
  • Shore excursions
  • Unlimited beverages on board (excludes premium wine and premium spirits)
  • Open seating for meals
  • Informal dress code
  • Mainly UK/US passengers
  • All gratuities onboard and onshore
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2024 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • November
    • Nov 25th - Brussel (Bruxelles) and back - Sailing on: SS Victoria From: £4099
      French Balcony Signature French Balcony Deluxe French Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £4099 Blue Water Price from: £5799 Blue Water Price from: £4799 Blue Water Price from: £12699
  • December
    • Dec 2nd - Brussel (Bruxelles) and back - Sailing on: SS Victoria From: £9751
      Signature French Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £9751 Blue Water Price from: £12668
    • Dec 9th - Brussel (Bruxelles) and back - Sailing on: SS Victoria From: £9751
      Signature French Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £9751 Blue Water Price from: £12668
    • Dec 16th - Brussel (Bruxelles) and back - Sailing on: SS Victoria From: £6251
      French Balcony Signature French Balcony Suite Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £6251 Blue Water Price from: £9226 Blue Water Price from: £12068 Blue Water Price from: £25868

2025 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • December
    • Dec 2nd - Brussel (Bruxelles) and back - Sailing on: SS Victoria From: £6699
      French Balcony Signature French Balcony Deluxe French Balcony Suite Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £6699 Blue Water Price from: £9499 Blue Water Price from: £7899 Blue Water Price from: £12399 Blue Water Price from: £22999
    • Dec 9th - Brussel (Bruxelles) and back - Sailing on: SS Victoria From: £6699
      French Balcony Signature French Balcony Deluxe French Balcony Suite Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £6699 Blue Water Price from: £9499 Blue Water Price from: £7899 Blue Water Price from: £12399 Blue Water Price from: £22999
    • Dec 16th - Brussel (Bruxelles) and back - Sailing on: SS Victoria From: £5999
      French Balcony Signature French Balcony Deluxe French Balcony Suite Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £5999 Blue Water Price from: £8799 Blue Water Price from: £7399 Blue Water Price from: £11599 Blue Water Price from: £22399

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