Belgium – Flanders and Beer 7 Nights Cycling
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Belgium – Flanders and Beer 7 Nights Cycling
This “self-guided” tour offers you the opportunity to discover the western part of North Belgium at your own pace. We welcome you in our cyclist friendly, comfortable hotel in Bruges, “the Venice of the North” and one of Europe’s most visited historical cities. This mainly flat 260 km long bike loop connects famous and authentic Flemish towns. Additionally we propose you to cycle two 50 km long extra bike loops: one through the scenic polder landscape and one through the more challenging Flemish Ardennes. Quiet, paved country roads and a combination of former tow/dike paths and train beds allow you to enjoy varied landscapes in a safe way. Signposts make maps unnecessary; however we provide you with clear road descriptions and maps. Charming taverns will welcome you with a cool local beer, typical farm dishes or pancake.
Cycling Belgium - a tour of Flanders from Bruges to discover four authentic Flemish towns of northern Belgium.

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+ Itinerary

<strong>Day 1</strong> | Arrival Day:

Day 1 | Arrival Day:

Installation in your hotel - orientation with Willy who will deliver the rental bikes, give an explanation of the road book, map material, bike routes info. With free time, you can visit the medieval historical city centre of Bruges: a short city walk will show you the Markt (Market square) with Belfry and Halles, Oude Burg (Burg Square) with Basilica of the Holy Blood and City Hall, Church of Our Lady (Notre Dame) and Cathedral. During a roundtrip by boat on the city canals (preferably at night), a horse-drawn cab or minicoach you will discover a rich architecture. Superior 3 star hotel Center Brugge, dinner on your own. 

Hotel Adornes

8000 Bruges Belgium

Hotel AdornesCome and feel at home in our elegant Bruges mansion. A restful location with a unique view over the canals of the historic city centre and within walking distance of all the main museums and sites. Personal welcome, comfortable and stylish rooms and a delicious buffet breakfast in our dining room with fire place. Also the ideal starting point for a walk or bicycle ride through the picturesque streets of Bruges.

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Amenities

Closed Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Seminar Room Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Hotel Lounge/Bar Room Service Restaurant

<strong>Day 2</strong> | 52 km ride with options

Day 2 | 52 km ride with options

Maerlant Route. The countryside between Bruges, the North Sea and Dutch Zeeland is a flat polderlandscape. Dike routes, former tow-paths and bicycle tracks along the sea side will take you from charming Damme to the Belgian coast (worldly Knokke) and the small Dutch historic places Sluis and Sint-Anna ter Muiden (former outports of Bruges). Damme is also well-known thanks to the Legend of Tijl Uilenspiegel (Thyl Owlglass) - the Flemish national hero - and to the 13th century author Jacob van Maerlant, who lived in Damme and gave his name to this bike route. Return to Bruges, same hotel, dinner on your own. (B) 

Hotel Adornes

8000 Bruges Belgium

Hotel AdornesCome and feel at home in our elegant Bruges mansion. A restful location with a unique view over the canals of the historic city centre and within walking distance of all the main museums and sites. Personal welcome, comfortable and stylish rooms and a delicious buffet breakfast in our dining room with fire place. Also the ideal starting point for a walk or bicycle ride through the picturesque streets of Bruges.

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Amenities

Closed Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Seminar Room Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Hotel Lounge/Bar Room Service Restaurant

<strong>Day 3</strong> | 50 km ride

Day 3 | 50 km ride

This route links Bruges with the historic centre of Ghent (in Dutch: Gent). Leaving Bruges along its remparts you will join and follow the tow path of the canal Brugge-Gent and enter the historic centre of Ghent along the Coupure canal. This centre with the St Bavo Cathedral, Gravensteen (Castle of the count), Belfry Tower, Town Hall and civil gothic buildings will tell you about the rich commercial past of the city which hosts the Royal State University (28.000 students). 3 star hotel Center Gent, dinner open. (B) 

Gravensteen Hotel

9000 Gent

Gravensteen HotelHotel Gravensteen is in the middle of Ghent town centre, just a few steps from the Castle of the Counts. Hotel Gravensteen dates from 1865, when it was an old mansion. It has now been completely renovated, although the style of the old Second Empire is still present to give the hotel a special historical touch. The impressive hallway, the high ceilings with their magnificent ornaments and the stairs in the reception encourage fantasies about the days of yore.

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Amenities

Open Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Seminar Room Internet Access Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Room Service Restaurant

<strong>Day 4</strong> | 40 km biking

Day 4 | 40 km biking

To day you’ll leave the busy city of Ghent for the Scheldt River (in Dutch: Schelde) countryside. This route brings you to Oudenaarde, a town which became famous thanks to tapestry weaving activities in the Middle Ages. The Town Hall (one of the most impressive medieval town halls of Belgium), Market square, churches in Scheldt Gothic style and wall tapestries are examples of a rich historic past. You’ll have the opportunity to visit the Tour of Flanders Centre (near the Market Square). Oudenaarde is the gateway to the slopes and cobble stone routes of the Spring Classic Tour of Flanders: our route will bring you to Wortegem-Petegem and Kluisbergen, typical Flemish Ardennes villages. 3 star hotel Oudenaarde with open dinner. (B) 

Pomme d'Or

Markt 62 - 9700 Oudenaarde

Pomme d'OrLa Pomme d'Or, an old Flemish livery stable from the 15th century, in those days called "the golden apple", became "La Pomme d'Or" under Louis XIV. "La Pomme d'Or" is located in the heart of Oudenaarde, beautifully situated directly opposite the famous Gothic town hall.

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Amenities

Air Conditioning Open Parking Pets Allowed Handicap Accessible Seminar Room Internet Access Cable TV Mini-Bar Safe in Room Restaurant

<strong>Day 5</strong>| 46 km ride with options

Day 5| 46 km ride with options

The Eddy Merckx-route. Starting from Kluisbergen, this route combines some highlights of the Flanders Classics such as Oude Kwaremont, Patersberg and Kluisberg. Especially strong cyclists will be happy to let themselves go. However, panoramic views and a superb peaceful nature also may be appreciated while walking beside your bike over cobblestone sections. Return to Oudenaarde, dinner open on your own. (B) 

Pomme d'Or

Markt 62 - 9700 Oudenaarde

Pomme d'OrLa Pomme d'Or, an old Flemish livery stable from the 15th century, in those days called "the golden apple", became "La Pomme d'Or" under Louis XIV. "La Pomme d'Or" is located in the heart of Oudenaarde, beautifully situated directly opposite the famous Gothic town hall.

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Amenities

Air Conditioning Open Parking Pets Allowed Handicap Accessible Seminar Room Internet Access Cable TV Mini-Bar Safe in Room Restaurant

<strong>Day 6</strong> | 73 km bike ride

Day 6 | 73 km bike ride

More tow and dike paths will take you along canals and the Leie River through the towns of Kortrijk and Wervik to Ypres (in Dutch: Ieper). Since the beginning of our era this area was subject to invasions and wars by several European hordes and countries. In Wervik you can visit the National Tobacco Museum. Ypres is a rebuilt beautiful medieval town famous for cloth production and trading in the Middle Ages. You will be impressed by the Cloth Hall, Cathedral and other monuments of this Town. The Menin Gate, with the names of 54.896 British and Commonwealth soldiers, is the most important momument of this Flanders Fields’ area and its numerous World War I cemetaries. 4 star hotel center Ieper, dinner on your own. (B) 

Hotel Ariane

Slachthuisstraat 58-60 Ieper

Hotel ArianeA majestic name, where enjoying is a must. Green surroundings in a historical rich town. Not quite in the city centre, but definitely near enough to discover our beautiful town by foot. A warm welcome, sunny terrace surrounded by gardens, pleasant conservatory, tastefully decorated bedrooms with all modern comfort, an immaculate service and gastronomical menu's. Ariane Hotel truly has everything to please, a well kept secret in the heart of Ieper (Ypres) and the ideal destination for lovers of culinary enjoyment and holiday makers looking for rest and comfort. The best guarantee to be spoiled on a high level, be our guest!

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Amenities

Air Conditioning Pets Allowed Seminar Room Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Restaurant

<strong>Day 7</strong> | 60 km cycling route

Day 7 | 60 km cycling route

A sequence of various landscapes, Flemish countryside villages and picturesque farms will be the scenery on your way back to Bruges. Take advantage of this itinerary to enjoy your last local artisanal beer with a slice of farm bread with home made ham and cheese… 3 star hotel center Brugge, dinner on your own with plenty of options nearby. (B) 

Hotel Adornes

8000 Bruges Belgium

Hotel AdornesCome and feel at home in our elegant Bruges mansion. A restful location with a unique view over the canals of the historic city centre and within walking distance of all the main museums and sites. Personal welcome, comfortable and stylish rooms and a delicious buffet breakfast in our dining room with fire place. Also the ideal starting point for a walk or bicycle ride through the picturesque streets of Bruges.

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Amenities

Closed Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Seminar Room Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Hotel Lounge/Bar Room Service Restaurant

<strong>Day 8</strong> | Depart at your leisure after   breakfast

Day 8 | Depart at your leisure after breakfast

We can help with additional nights in Belgium, or if you wish to travel on to Paris or Amsterdam, we can assist as needed with advance notice.  

+ Rates

Prices

Belgium Flanders - 7 nights

Double Occupancy:

1295 €/person

Single Supplement:

465 €/person

Hybrid Bike Rentals are are available for a supplement of 130 euros, please see the Bike Info below for details.



+ What's Included?

- 7 nights lodging as above
- 7 buffet breakfasts
- Orientation at the Bruges hotel with bike set up and testing
- Hotel to hotel luggage transfers
- Detailed road book with maps, route descriptions, tourist information
- Telephone assistance throughout the duration of the trip
- Bike return at the end of the tour.


Lodging

Accommodation:
- Hotel Adornes***
- Hotel Gravensteen***
- La Pomme d'Or ***
- Hotel Ariane ****
Options: Additional nights in Bruges, Brussels, or other cities. Optional longer rides possible. 
 
** Please see Itinerary tab for more information **

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Tour Details

General Tour Information

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

Dates: Mid May to Mid October possible, subject to hotel availability; you can choose your preferred travel time. Weather is best June-August

Level 3+ Moderate to advanced depending on mileage options. Flat country, subject to winds.

Tour Highlights:
- Map system allows daily rides to be shorter or longer depending on your preference.
- Discover local artisanal beer
- Itineraries mostly on bike paths

Need to Know:
- Extra night can be added in Ypres to allow more time to visit WWI sites, please inquire

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  • Local Coordinator

    Willy is our local Belgian who will meet you and offer a very warm welcome to his country! Fluent in many languages and with years of experience, Willy will charm you with stories and insider info about all the good local beers! 

    + Bikes & Gear
     
    Bikes Available on This Tour:

    Trek 7200 hybrids [Click for details/specs ] , 21 speed with Shimano groupo, Rapid fire shift, 700x35-38 presta, blade spokes, 15kg.  130 Euros

    Included are:

  • Helmets, (one size fits all).
  • Computer
  • Pannier for hybrids - 1 per bike standard.
  • Handlebar bag with map reader
  • Puncture kit: Tire levers, spare inner tube, patch kit included
  • Lock included
  • Frame pump included
  • Pedals: flat or with cages. Travelers may bring their own clipless pedals to have installed. If you bring your own pedals, please bring your tool to remove them from the bikes at the end of the tour.

     
     
     
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    Belgium – Flanders and Beer 7 Nights Cycling

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    Belgium – Flanders and Beer 7 Nights Cycling

    Tour Type: Self guided hybrid cycling
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    Distance: 46km to 76 km/day
    Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days
    Availability: May 15 to October 15
    Cost: Starting at €1295 Euros





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