Silversea Luxury Cruises To Antwerp

Antwerp

Wandering the narrow streets of central Antwerp (Antwerpen in Flemish, Anvers in French), it's easy to see why it often suffers in comparison with Belgium's heavyweight destinations. It struggles to compete with the Art Deco bravado of Brussels or the sheer medieval nobility of Gent and Brugge. Instead, as befits a successful port, Antwerp is the city that embraced its commercial heritage, becoming the shopping capital of Belgium. But there's more to it than just high-streets. View more

Dig a little deeper and you'll discover a vibrant, youthful city that doesn't just trade on its illustrious history, but is actually building on it.In its heyday, Antwerp played second fiddle only to Paris. Thanks to artists such as Rubens, Van Dyck, and Jordaens, it was once one of Europe's leading art centers. Its printing presses produced missals for the farthest reaches of the Spanish empire, and it became, and has remained, the diamond capital of the world. Its civic pride was also such that the Antwerpen Sinjoren (patricians) considered themselves a cut above just about everybody else. Arguably, they still do.Much of these achievements were built on the success of its port. During the 16th century, Antwerp's waters controlled the world's trade in silver, pepper, and textiles, putting it among the wealthiest cities on Earth. Sadly, the centuries of wars and conflicts that followed put an abrupt end to its golden age. However, a 10-year rebuilding program in the 1960s transformed it into the second-largest port in Europe. Consequently, it has much of the zest often associated with a harbor town. And just as in its earlier heyday, it retains an outsized influence in some unexpected realms. Since the 1980s, Antwerp-trained fashion designers have become renowned for experimental styles paired with time-honored workmanship. Several designers, such as Dries Van Noten and Ann Demeulemeester, stay firmly rooted in the city; others have filtered into major European couture houses. On their home turf, you can experience the fascinating mix of tradition and innovation that influences their work. Antwerp is not just a shopping mecca, though. Its grey, industrial roots have been thoroughly plucked and dyed. South of the center (Het Zuid), in an area once notable only for its red light district, has been transformed by an influx of upmarket bars, restaurants, galleries, and museums. Meanwhile, the city's hipper crowd gathers around youthful Mechelseplein, where a sprinkling of cafés, bars, and arts venues have cropped up in recent years. It is also the clubland capital of the country. Often, Belgium's tourist-orientated cities seem hamstrung by their past. In Antwerp, you'll find a zesty, modern metropolis accented by some beautiful churches and cathedrals. It's this mix of old and new that makes it one of the country's most underrated destinations.

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    Sep 08, 2018
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    Silver Wind

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Excursions in Antwerp

Antwerp Pub Crawl

Belgium's beer-brewing tradition dates back to the Middle Ages. There are approximately 178 breweries in the country, ranging from international giants to microbreweries, which produce a wide range of beers. Discover the Belgian beer culture on this pub crawl through Antwerp.


Belgian Cafés

Depart the pier on foot to the city centre with your guide. There is no doubt that Belgium is synonymous with beer since it offers more than 450 varieties of man's favorite beverage. Together with your expert guide, learn about the beer making process and history of Belgian brewing. Visit some authentic Belgian cafés enjoy the refreshing taste of three different Belgian beers and appetizers.


At the end of pub crawl, your guide will lead you back to the ship on foot.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking approximately 2 miles (3.2 kilometres) about 45 minutes, over cobblestones and uneven surfaces. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least 21 years to participate in this tour and to be served alcoholic beverages. The tour sequence may vary.

Breendonk and WW II Heros

While Belgium is replete with fine art and charming town squares, it shares with the rest of Europe a grim World War II history. You will see, and perhaps feel, the weight and tragedy of the war during a two-hour visit to Breendonk, an S.S. prison camp.


Breendonk SS Transit Camp

Depart the pier via coach and journey by freeway to Breendonk. The first prisoners arrived in this former Belgian army base in September 1940. At first, they were mainly petty criminals, social deviants, or Asoziale, and citizens who defied anti-Jewish laws. But as the war progressed, more and more members of the resistance were brought here and made political prisoners.


In the four years before the liberation, an estimated 3,532 prisoners passed through Breendonk. Of these, 1,733 did not survive.


Following this poignant visit, your guide will lead you back to the coach for your return to the ship.


Please note: This tour must be pre-reserved 7 days prior to the start of the cruise. If cancelled within 7 days, penalties will apply. Tour involves an extensive amount of walking approximately 2 hours over cobbled and uneven surfaces. It is not suitable for guests utilising a wheelchair or those with limited mobility. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended and bring water from the ship. Order of tour may vary.

Brussels Highlights (Guided in German)

Explore the many wonderful sights and landmarks of Brussels during a memorable, half-day sightseeing tour of this historic city.


Brussels Sightseeing Drive

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximate one-hour drive to the Belgian capital of Brussels. En route you will receive and a little box with two Belgian chocolates. Upon arrival, take a sightseeing drive through the city. Pass by the King Boudewijn Stadium, Belgium's national sport stadium, and the Centenaire, where exhibition halls were built to celebrate Belgium's 100th anniversary. Here, photo stop is at the Atomium Statue, which was built for the World's Fair in 1958 and represents an iron molecule.


Your tour of Brussels continues with a picturesque drive through the centre of the city. Along the way, see the Chinese pavilion, Japanese Tower, Royal Castle of Laeken, residence of King Filip and Queen Mathilde, European Parliament and the Cinquantenaire, an arcade built to commemorate Belgium's 50th anniversary.


Old Town Walking Tour

Next, stop near the Central Station and begin your guided walking tour through the Old Town. Sights to be seen include the shops at St. Hubert Arcades and Rue de Boucher, or 'Butchers' Street', with its many restaurants and cafes. A few blocks away, take in the spectacular beauty of the Grand Place. With its Baroque guild houses and Town Hall, the Grand Place is often called the world's most beautiful market square. Nearby, meet Manneken Pis, Brussels' best-known little boy.


Grand Place Shopping

Following your walking tour, some free time is made available for shopping and exploring the Grand Place area. You can browse for souvenirs such as Belgian chocolates, lace and tapestries, or stop by a café and relax with a refreshing Belgian beer. Afterward, return to the coach on-foot and drive by more city sights before commencing the approximate one-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: Tour is Guided in German, minimum amount of guests required to operate. It involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately one hour, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. Walking in the Old Town is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended, bring water from the ship. The tour sequence may vary.

Brussels Highlights (Guided in Spanish)

Explore the many wonderful sights and landmarks of Brussels during a memorable, half-day sightseeing tour of this historic city.


Brussels Sightseeing Drive

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximate one-hour drive to the Belgian capital of Brussels. En route you will receive and a little box with two Belgian chocolates. Upon arrival, take a sightseeing drive through the city. Pass by the King Boudewijn Stadium, Belgium's national sport stadium, and the Centenaire, where exhibition halls were built to celebrate Belgium's 100th anniversary. Here, photo stop is at the Atomium Statue, which was built for the World's Fair in 1958 and represents an iron molecule.


Your tour of Brussels continues with a picturesque drive through the centre of the city. Along the way, see the Chinese pavilion, Japanese Tower, Royal Castle of Laeken, residence of King Filip and Queen Mathilde, European Parliament and the Cinquantenaire, an arcade built to commemorate Belgium's 50th anniversary.


Old Town Walking Tour

Next, stop near the Central Station and begin your guided walking tour through the Old Town. Sights to be seen include the shops at St. Hubert Arcades and Rue de Boucher, or 'Butchers' Street', with its many restaurants and cafes. A few blocks away, take in the spectacular beauty of the Grand Place. With its Baroque guild houses and Town Hall, the Grand Place is often called the world's most beautiful market square. Nearby, meet Manneken Pis, Brussels' best-known little boy.


Grand Place Shopping

Following your walking tour, some free time is made available for shopping and exploring the Grand Place area. You can browse for souvenirs such as Belgian chocolates, lace and tapestries, or stop by a café and relax with a refreshing Belgian beer. Afterward, return to the coach on-foot and drive by more city sights before commencing the approximate one-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: Tour is Guided in Spanish, minimum amount of guests required to operate. It involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately one hour, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. Walking in the Old Town is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended, bring water from the ship. The tour sequence may vary.

Strolling Through Medieval Ghent

Ghent is a dynamic city with a centre straight out of the Middle Ages. It was weavers from Ghent, joined by others from Bruges, who took up arms to defeat the French in 1302.


Depart the pier for the scenic, approximate one-hour drive to Ghent, with Belgian chocolates served en route.


Ghent City Walking Tour

Discover a city that abounds in culture, beauty and charm. Your 1.5-hour walking tour of Ghent will take you past St. Michael's Bridge. From here you have a perfect view of Ghent's three glorious medieval steeples. The closest is the early Gothic St. Nicholas' Church; behind it you can see the 14th-century Belfry; in the background rises the tower of St. Bavo's Cathedral. Completing the picture are the Old Port with its gabled guild houses and the Castle of the Counts. This turreted 12th-century fortification is both beautiful and forbidding. Built by the Count of Flanders, Phillip of Alsace in 1180, the castle is a Ghent landmark that is featured on postcards and guidebooks.


Next, enjoy some time at your leisure for strolling the streets or perhaps shopping for souvenirs such as Belgium lace or chocolates.


Please note: This tour involves approximately 1 mile (1.5 kilometres) of walking along uneven, cobbled streets. It is not recommended for guests utilising a wheelchair or those with limited mobility. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended, bring water from the ship. The tour sequence may vary.

Brussels Highlights

Explore the many wonderful sights and landmarks of Brussels during a memorable, half-day sightseeing tour of this historic city.


Brussels Sightseeing Drive

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximate one-hour drive to the Belgian capital of Brussels. En route you will receive and a little box with two Belgian chocolates. Upon arrival, take a sightseeing drive through the city. Pass by the King Boudewijn Stadium, Belgium's national sport stadium, and the Centenaire, where exhibition halls were built to celebrate Belgium's 100th anniversary. Here, photo stop is at the Atomium Statue, which was built for the World's Fair in 1958 and represents an iron molecule.


Your tour of Brussels continues with a picturesque drive through the centre of the city. Along the way, see the Chinese pavilion, Japanese Tower, Royal Castle of Laeken, residence of King Filip and Queen Mathilde, European Parliament and the Cinquantenaire, an arcade built to commemorate Belgium's 50th anniversary.


Old Town Walking Tour

Next, stop near the Central Station and begin your guided walking tour through the Old Town. Sights to be seen include the shops at St. Hubert Arcades and Rue de Boucher, or 'Butchers' Street', with its many restaurants and cafes. A few blocks away, take in the spectacular beauty of the Grand Place. With its Baroque guild houses and Town Hall, the Grand Place is often called the world's most beautiful market square. Nearby, meet Manneken Pis, Brussels' best-known little boy.


Grand Place Shopping

Following your walking tour, some free time is made available for shopping and exploring the Grand Place area. You can browse for souvenirs such as Belgian chocolates, lace and tapestries, or stop by a café and relax with a refreshing Belgian beer. Afterward, return to the coach on-foot and drive by more city sights before commencing the approximate one-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately one hour, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. Walking in the Old Town is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended, bring water from the ship. The tour sequence may vary.

Brussels on your own

Explore the many wonderful sights and landmarks of Brussels during a memorable, full-day sightseeing tour of this historic city.


Brussels Sightseeing Drive

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximate one-hour drive to the Belgian capital of Brussels. En route you will receive a little box with two Belgian chocolates. Upon arrival, take a sightseeing drive through the city. Pass by the King Boudewijn Stadium, Belgium's national sport stadium and the Atomium Statue, which was built for the World's Fair in 1958 and represents an iron molecule.


Your tour of Brussels continues with a picturesque drive through the centre of the city. Along the way, see the Chinese pavilion, Japanese Tower, Royal Castle of Laeken, residence of King Filip and Queen Mathilde.


After this sightseeing drive your guide will escort you to the Grand Market Square, where you will be allowed some free time for lunch/shopping and independent exploration of the city.


Please note: Walking in the Old Town is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilize a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended, bring water from the ship. The tour sequence may vary.

Diamond Museum

Explore the fascinating world of diamonds and precision diamond-cutting during this scenic and informative, full-day sightseeing tour.


Bruges City Centre, Walking Tour

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately two-hour drive to Bruges, the original home of the art of diamond-cutting. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour through the city centre. Along the way, learn about the diamond trade and diamond-cutting techniques, which were originally invented by an inhabitant of Bruges. Following the first-half of your guided tour, a visit is made to the Diamond Museum.


Diamond Museum, Diamond-Cutting Demonstration, Lunch, Free Time, Shopping

Upon arrival, you are met by the owner or his son and escorted on a guided tour of the museum. Following your tour, experience a diamond-cutting demonstration, then proceed for a three-course lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, begin the second-half of your guided walking tour through the city, along with some free time for shopping and/or further exploration at your leisure. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately two-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately two miles (about 3.2 kilometres), at times over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and at the entrance to the Diamond Museum. Walking in Bruges is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests prone to motion sickness, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. The driving distance between the pier and Bruges is approximately two hours in each direction. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Full Day)

Explore Antwerp at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Half Day)

Explore Antwerp at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Full Day)

Explore Antwerp at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 5 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Half Day)

Explore Antwerp at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 5 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.