Kortrijk (aka Courtray) is a Leie/Lys River (Scheldt River) cruise port and city in Belgium's West Flanders province, with population around 80,000. Kortrijk is also part of the Eurometropolis Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai (cross-border metropolitan area with combined population around 2,16 million).
Kortrijk is located on Leie River, approx 42 km (26 mi) southwest of Ghent and approx 25 km (16 mi) northeast of Lille/Rysel. Leie/Lys River (tributary of Scheldt River) has length 202 km (126 mi) and flows through France and Belgium.
The town (Cortoriacum) was founded during the Roman Empire and during the Middle Ages became prosperous by developing a textile industry based on the production of flax (linseed) and wool exported to France and England. The city is best known for the Battle of Courtrai (aka Battle of the Golden Spurs, on July 11, 1302) during the Franco-Flemish War (1297-1305). Popular tourist attractions include museums (Kortrijk 1302, Broelmuseum, National Flax Museum, Groeninge Abbey, Beguinage, Flemish Film, Agriculture, Begijnhofmuseum, Millmuseum, Castle t Hooghe), numerous medieval churches (dating back to the 13th-century), famous architectural landmarks (City Hall, Grote Markt, Broel Towers, Artillery Tower, Stadswaag, Onze-Lieve-Vrouwehospitaal, Baggaertshof with a Botanical Garden).
Three highways link Kortrijk with Ghent-Antwerp-Lille-Paris (E17), with Bruges-Ostend-Tournai-Mons-Charleroi (E403) and with Ypres (A19). Railways link Kortrijk with Bruges, Brussel, Antwerp, Ghent, Ypres. Kortrijk is approx 100 km (60 mi) from Brussels Airport and approx 35 km (22 mi) from Lille Lesquin Airport.
As cruise port, Kortrijk was introduced in 2021 when was included in the schedule of one of the largest river cruise companies - Avalon Waterways. Next table shows the Avalon Imagery 2 ship's 14-day itinerary roundtrip from The Netherlands (themed "Grand Tulip Cruise of Holland and Belgium for Garden Nature Lovers") with prices from USD 3595 per person (with double occupancy).
|Date / Time||Port|
|21 Mar||Departing from Amsterdam, Holland|
|22 Mar||Arnhem, Holland|
|23 Mar||Maastricht, Holland|
|24 Mar||Namur, Belgium|
|25 Mar||Liege, Belgium|
|26 Mar||Antwerp, Belgium|
|27 Mar - 28 Mar||Brussels, Belgium|
|29 Mar||Ghent, Belgium|
|30 Mar||Kortrijk, Belgium|
|31 Mar||Middelburg, Holland|
|01 Apr||Kinderdijk, Holland|
|02 Apr||Zaandam, Holland|
|03 Apr - 04 Apr||Arriving in Amsterdam, Holland|
Avalon's river cruisetour itinerary features as scheduled daily activities:
- (Day 1) Amsterdam (ship embarkation, tour to Keukenhof Gardens)
- (Day 2) Nijmegen (tour to Arnhem with guided sightseeing tour, Airborne Museum tour or hiking in National Park)
- (Day 3) Maastricht (city tour)
- (Day 4) Namur (city tour)
- (Day 5) Liege (city tour)
- (Day 6) Antwerp-Brussels (city tour, Grote Markt or botanical garden visit, leisure time in Brussels)
- (Days 7-8) Brussels (city tour, leisure time)
- (Day 9) Ghent (city tour)
- (Day 10) Kortrijk-Bossuit (Flanders Field Museum in Ypres, tour to the battlefields)
- (Day 11) Middelburg-Veere (Middelburg tour, Delta Works tour)
- (Day 12) Kinderdijk-Rotterdam (city tours, Rotterdam Harbor cruise)
- (Day 13) Zaandam-Haarlem (leisure time in Zaandam, Haarlem city tour)
- (Days 14-15) Amsterdam (canal cruise or jogging tour, ship debarkation)
Port Kortrijk cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Kortrijk, Belgium. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.