Bicycle Tour in Belgium for beer and bikes in Flanders!
Bicycle Tour in Belgium for beer and bikes in Flanders!
Bicycle Tour in Belgium for beer and bikes in Flanders!
Bicycle Tour in Belgium for beer and bikes in Flanders!
Bicycle Tour in Belgium for beer and bikes in Flanders!
Bicycle Tour in Belgium for beer and bikes in Flanders!
Bicycle Tour in Belgium for beer and bikes in Flanders!
Bicycle Tour in Belgium for beer and bikes in Flanders!

Belgium – Flanders and Beer 7 Nights Bike Tour

from €1,297

Everyone knows that Beer and Belgium are inseparable. But Pure Adventures Tours believes that cycling should also be part of that inseparable equation! That is why we’ve organized this 8 day, Beer, Bike, and Belgium cycling vacation for the fit biker. Our tour starts in Bruges, the "Venice of the ... Read More

  • Reviews
  • Difficulty
    Fit: 3/5
  • Tour Type
    Self-guided hybrid cycling (Level 3)
  • Availability
    May 15 to October 15
  • Duration
    7 Nights / 8 Days
  • Distance
    47km to 81 km/day

Day 1 | Arrival Day: Bruges

Arrive to your hotel, where you will be received by Willy for your orientation. He will deliver the rental bikes, give an explanation of the road book, map materials and bike routes info. With free time, you can visit the medieval and 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 round trip by boat on the city canals (preferably at night), via horse-drawn cab or mini-coach, you will discover a rich architecture. Overnight at a superior 3 star hotel in Center Brugge, dinner on your own. Suggestion in Brugge: De Halve Maan Brewery Tours & Lunch Spot

Overnight: Bruges

Hotel Adornes


8000 Bruges Belgium

Hotel Adornes

Come 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.

Closed Parking '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Handicap Accessible '; Seminar Room '; Internet Access '; Cable TV '; Hair Dryer '; Hotel Lounge/Bar '; Room Service '; Restaurant ';
Bicycle Tour in Belgium for beer and bikes in Flanders!

Bicycle Tour in Belgium for beer and bikes in Flanders!

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Day 2 | Bruges Loop Ride; 52 km / 22 miles with options

The countryside between Bruges, the North Sea and Dutch Zeeland is a flat polder landscape. 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. If you are interested in a brewery stop, close by to Damme is Bryggja Brewery. Return to your same hotel in Bruges, with dinner on your own.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 52 km / 22 miles ride with options
Highlights: polder landscape, historic towns of Bruges, brewery
Overnight: Bruges

Hotel Adornes


8000 Bruges Belgium

Hotel Adornes

Come 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.

Closed Parking '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Handicap Accessible '; Seminar Room '; Internet Access '; Cable TV '; Hair Dryer '; Hotel Lounge/Bar '; Room Service '; Restaurant ';
Bicycle Tour in Belgium for beer and bikes in Flanders!

Bicycle Tour in Belgium for beer and bikes in Flanders!

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Day 3 | Bruges to Ghent; 47 km / 29 miles

This route links Bruges with the historic centre of Ghent. Leaving Bruges along its ramparts, 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 (41,000 students). Overnight at a 3 star hotel in Center Gent, with dinner on own. Suggestion for Gent: Gruut Brewery - tasting, dining, tours!

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 47 km / 29 miles
Highlights: Brugge-Ghent, St. Bavo Cathedral, castles and Gothic buildings
Overnight: Gent

Gravensteen Hotel


9000 Gent

Gravensteen Hotel

Hotel 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.

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

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Bicycle Tour in Belgium for beer and bikes in Flanders!

Bicycle Tour in Belgium for beer and bikes in Flanders!

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Day 4 | Ghent to Oudenaarde; 55 km / 34 miles

Today 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 in Oudenaarde with open dinner. Suggestion for Brewery Tour: Liefmans Brewery

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 55 km / 34 miles
Highlights: historic Town Hall, Market Square, Flanders Centre, brewery
Overnight: Oudenaarde

Pomme d'Or


Markt 62 - 9700 Oudenaarde

Pomme d'Or

La 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.

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

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Bicycle Tour in Belgium for beer and bikes in Flanders!

Bicycle Tour in Belgium for beer and bikes in Flanders!

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Day 5| Oudenaarde Loop; 46 km / 29 miles with options

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 (note a longer ride option over the Eddy Merckx Route is possible for strong riders.) However, panoramic views and a superb peaceful nature may also be appreciated while walking beside your bike over cobblestone sections. For those who prefer a gentle and relaxing bike ride, the Scheldevallei Route allows you to see notorious Koppenberg, Paterberg, and Oude Kwaremont. Enjoy some local blonds and browns in the oldest 'brown" cafe of Oudenaarde. Return to Oudenaarde for the evening, with dinner on your own.

For Eddy Merckx riders: this is a 46 km steep, challenging loop, starting/ending at 14 km from Oudenaarde, with 537 meters of elevation gain with a grade up to 20%, making a 74 km day. Note: if you are on hybrids and want a day of challenge with a road bike, in Oudenaarde you can find carbon bikes with Shimano 105, SPD pedals at 30 EUR per day.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 46 km / 29 miles with options
Highlights: Flanders Classics or Eddy Merckx Route, panoramic views, local beer
Overnight: Oudenaarde

Pomme d'Or


Markt 62 - 9700 Oudenaarde

Pomme d'Or

La 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.

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

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Bicycle Tour in Belgium for beer and bikes in Flanders!

Bicycle Tour in Belgium for beer and bikes in Flanders!

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Day 6 | Oudenaarde to Ypres; 80 km / 50 miles

More tow and dike paths will take you alongside canals and the Leie River, through the towns of Kortrijk 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. 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 monument of this Flanders Fields’ area and its numerous World War I cemeteries. The Hotel Ariane is a 4 star hotel where you are close to the center of Ypres. Dinner on your own. Beer Theme near Ypre, the Trappist beer of Westvleteren: St Sixtus Abbey

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 80 km / 50 miles
Highlights: Ypres, Cloth Hall, Cathedral, Menin Gate
Overnight: Ypres

Hotel Ariane


Slachthuisstraat 58-60 Ieper

Hotel Ariane

A 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!

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

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Bicycle Tour in Belgium for beer and bikes in Flanders!

Bicycle Tour in Belgium for beer and bikes in Flanders!

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Day 7 | Ypres to Bruges; 81 km / 50 miles

A sequence of various landscapes, Flemish countryside villages and picturesque farms will be the scenery on your way back to Bruges. Be sure to take advantage of this itinerary and enjoy your last local artisanal beer with a slice of farm bread with homemade ham and cheese… Overnight at a 3 star hotel in the center of Brugge, with dinner on your own. There are plenty of options nearby! Beer Suggestion: Palm/Rodenbach Breweries near Brugge and Roselare

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 81 km / 50 miles
Highlights: Flemish countryside, farms, beer, local cuisine
Overnight: Bruges

Hotel Adornes


8000 Bruges Belgium

Hotel Adornes

Come 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.

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

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Bicycle Tour in Belgium for beer and bikes in Flanders!

Bicycle Tour in Belgium for beer and bikes in Flanders!

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Day 8 | Depart at your leisure after breakfast

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

Meals: breakfast

Bicycle Tour in Belgium for beer and bikes in Flanders!

Bicycle Tour in Belgium for beer and bikes in Flanders!

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.

- 7 nights lodging in 3 and 4 star deluxe properties
- 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
- Suggestions for dining and sites to visit
- custom experiences in option - beer or chocolate themes
- pre and post trip planning and assistance
- post trip customer incentives

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 **
Prices
Belgium Flanders - 7 nights
Double Occupancy:

1297 euros/person
Single Supplement:

495 euros/person
Rates are shown based on 2-4 persons. Single supplement is for single room occupancy when 2 or more travel; no solo bookings available. For groups of 6 or more, contact us for quotes. A 4 night version is possible with a finish in Oudenaarde.


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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+, 4 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, including time as a NATO officer during the Balkan wars of the 1990s. He developed these routes with us and in function of the best beer and best sites of Flanders. He knows his military history too which makes up a good part of the sites on this trip. Willy will charm you with stories and insider info about all the good local beers! 

    Bikes Available on This Tour:
    Trek 7.2fx hybrids [Click for details/specs ] , 24 speed with Shimano components; 3x8 drivetrain, , 700x35-38 presta,  240 Euros Note: bike rental includes delivery and pickup transport fees and equipment below:
    Included are:
  • Helmets, (one size fits all).
  • Computer
  • Pannier for hybrids - 1 per bike standard.
  • Rear trunk bag
  • Puncture kit: Tire levers, spare inner tube, patch kit included
  • Lock included
  • Frame pump included


  • Pedals: flat or your own. 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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