Astonishing and magnificent are the best two adjectives to describe Flanders and the town of Brussels. This Belgian region will offer you a great cycling holiday for all the family with beautiful itineraries set against natural landscapes. Discover Belgian haute cuisine and travel back in time while admiring the architectural masterpieces and historical monuments of Brussels and Bruges.
Your day by day program
The beautiful town of Brussels is nothing like the megalopolises of London, Paris or Rome. Its unique architecture, palaces and art galleries will undoubtedly sweep you away and make you travel back to different times. Enjoy strolling down its web of enchanting little streets and exploring the city’s biggest landmarks. These include the Grand-Place, the Atomium and the Manneke Pips.
Start your first cycling day by travelling to Louvain. This town is not only famous for its universities but also for its delicious beer. Enjoy walking around Malines, near the Dijle River, and explore its historical buildings, which date back to the the dynasty of the Bourgonds. You will also have the chance to visit the Saint Rombout Cathedral and the palaces of Margareta von York and Marguerite d’Autriche. The children and children at heart will also enjoy the Museum of Toys in Malines.
Today, you will cycle up to Bornem, along the River Rupel and Schelde. This particular stage is rather short, but it will enable you to take the train to Anvers (15 minutes ride), where you will be able to admire the town’s architecture, go shopping in souvenir shops or to drink a Belgian beer in a local bar.
Distance: 35 km.
Known as the historical centre of the Flanders region, Gand will offer you a great variety of mouments and places to visit, such as the towers of the Cathedral of Saint Bravo and its famous Van Eyck painting. You will also have the chance to explore the old port and the medieval castle of the dukes of Gand. Often referred to as the ‘Gravensteen’, this castle is now the most visited building in Gand.
The historical centre of Bruges has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. No doubt will you notice its architectural treasures and historical gems. During your stay in Bruges, take your time to soak up the medieval atmosphere of its little streets and old markets, or to buy Belgian chocolate and drink beer. While exploring the Grand-Place in Bruges, you will also have the opportunity to taste a famous traditional dish: Belgian chips!
Cycle along the canals of Bruges in order to get to the picturesque little village of Lissewege and the seaside town of De Haan. Enjoy going for a refreshing swim in the sea or strolling down the village’s peaceful beach. Boat trips on the canals of Bruges can also be organised.
Bruges is also famous for its superb museums, its culinary delights and charming belfry, which was used as the backdrop for a Hollywood blockbuster in 2008.
Ostende is also a 15-minute train journey away from Bruges.
Your trip ends here, after breakfast. We can also book you an additional night in Bruges or Brussels.
Possible train transfer from Bruges to Brussels or vice-versa (duration: 1 hour, 2 trains every hour).
Every Saturday from the 29 April to the 16 September 2017.
Possible Sunday departures in July and August (2/07 - 20/08)
- Your hotel in Brussels.
- 3 and 4 star hotels - double or twin bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms.
- From 2.
- Easy: accessible to everyone including children. Road surfaces: flat. Distance: from 35 and up to 65km a day.
- Luggage transfers by vehicle (1 bag per person 20 kg)
- Renting a hybrid bike : 65€
- Electric bike rental - TREK UM3+ 2018 or NEOMOUV : 120€
- Supplement for nights in single bedrooms : 210€
- Summer supplement (17/06 - 27/08) : 40€
- GPS tracks on USB stick : 25€
- Nights in 3 and 4 star hotels, breakfasts from day 2 to day 7, luggage transfers, information package with maps and road-books.
- Transport options to the meeting point and from the point of dispersal, personal travel insurance, lunches, evening meals, train fares,parking.