About us

Boat in Gent welcomes everyone. With a smile, we sail you around the waterways of Ghent and offer the convenient hop-on-hop-off water tram.

Below, we would like to tell you what we do, who we are and what makes us special. Feel free to read on or meet us in person on the banks of the river Leie: under the bright yellow umbrella close to the Castle of the Counts.

What do we do?

Sail with Boat in Gent on a cosy boat and immerse yourself - but not too literally - in the history of Ghent. With an enthusiastic team we welcome every visitor at the bright yellow umbrella close to the Castle of the Counts. Then we will lead everyone around the attractive waterways of our city. Water is the guide line of the tour.

Water heals and also connects people with nature. Moreover, we offer every visitor a mix of the following ingredients, over and over again:

  • the beautiful architecture and rich culture

  • a journey through time

  • a touch of witticism and some amusing humour

  • an almost imperceptible gentle swaying enjoyment of beauty and tasteful oxygen

Who are we?

Boat in Gent is a family company, founded in 2004 by Ilse Luyten and continued by her children. Ilse's life's work is meant for a wide audience and aims at an unforgettable experience for everyone who wants to discover Ghent from the water.

With a big passion and a lot of love, Boat in Gent continues to sail the course that already gave many visitors a blissful smile.

What makes us special?

Besides the boat trips through Ghent, Boat in Gent is also the pioneer of the hop-on-hop-off water tram. This convenient service combines the best of two worlds: a lovely relaxing boat trip and a beautiful walking tour through Ghent. The hop-on-hop-off water tram, with 6 stops, allows you to discover Ghent in an original way.

Enjoy the hop-on-hop-off water tram and have you guided between the various stops in different languages: Dutch, French, English and German. Moreover, we have carefully selected for you top 50 must-sees in Ghent  and we have mapped out 6 beautiful walking routes. Each walking route starts and ends at a hot spot (hop-on-hop-off water tram stop). The stops are:

  • Castle of the Counts

  • Medieval harbour /  Korenlei/Graslei

  • Museumsite

  • St Peter’s Abbey

  • Cathedral

  • Shopping Veldstraat.